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ECHL: Derek Lodermeier Returns to Jacksonville for a Second Season

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Icemen, newest ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Derek Lodermeier for the 2021-22 season. In addition the Icemen have agreed to terms with defensemen Croix Evingson and Jacob Panetta for the 2021-22 season.

Evingson, 24, joined the Icemen last spring after concluding his collegiate career at Niagara University (AHA) where he recorded 12 points (1g, 11a) in 21 games. The 6-5, 230-pound bluliner then went on to appear in seven games with Jacksonville, logging an assist.

From 2017-2019, Evingson collected eight points in two seasons at UMass-Lowell. The Anchorage, Alaska resident pieced together a 52-point season (12g, 40a) with 125 penalty minutes in his final season in juniors with the Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL). Evingson was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Panetta, 25, returns to Jacksonville after spending all of last season with the Icemen, while appearing in six games. Prior to Jacksonville, the 6-0, 192 defenseman played four seasons at Colgate University registering 25 points. The Bellville, Ontario resident finished the 2015-16 season with 45 points (9g, 36a) in 47 games played with the OJHL’s Wellington Dukes.

Lodermeier, 26, returns to Jacksonville for his second professional season, after spending his rookie campaign with the Icemen during the 2020-21 year, registering 23 points with 15 goals in 68 games.

“We are extremely excited to have Derek back in Jacksonville,” said Icemen Head Coach Nick Luukko. “Derek is a great two-way forward that thinks the game well. We believe he’s going to have a breakout year offensively and play a pivotal role in our lineup on a nightly basis.”

Prior to Jacksonville, the 6-3, 225-pound forward complied 58 points (18g, 40a) during his four collegiate seasons at the University of Vermont from 2016-2020. Lodermeier served as captain for the Catamounts during his junior and senior seasons. The Brooklyn Center, MN resident also captained the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) during the 2015-16 season, logging 60 points (26g, 34a).

The Icemen’s home opener for their 2021-2022 All-Star Season is set for November 6 against the South Carolina Stingrays. Full and partial season packages that include tickets to the 2022 ECHL All-Star Classic are currently available. Contact the Icemen office at 904-602-7825, or visit www.jacksonvilleicemen.com.

Lodermeier joins Ara Nazarian (F), Abbott Girduckis (F), Travis Howe (F), Jacob Friend (D), Croix Evingson (D), Jacob Panetta (D) and Charles Williams (G) as players who have agreed to terms with the Icemen for the 2021-22 season.

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