ECHL: History of the Savannah Ghost Pirates

Welcome to the thrilling world of the Savannah Ghost Pirates, where history, culture, and community come together as one. Despite their short history, the team has already left its mark, haunting the ice and stealing hearts in the charming city of Savannah.
Savannah Ghost Pirates Home Opener (Photo Credit: The Hockey News)

The Haunt Begins

The Savannah Ghost Pirates have emerged as a captivating addition to Savannah’s sports landscape, making history as the city’s first-ever indoor ice hockey team. Founded in the 2022-23 season through a partnership with Jacksonville Icemen owner Andy Kaufman, the team has embraced a unique approach that involves the community in every aspect of its identity.
Davy, Ghost Pirates Mascot (Photo Credit: Savannah Magazine)

Embracing Savannah’s Spirit

To ensure a lasting connection with the city and its residents, the team took a novel approach to naming itself. Savannah’s history of pirates and ghostly folklore inspired the name “Ghost Pirates,” a choice that resonates with the community’s fascination with its past.

Fans were invited to participate in the naming process, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in their team.

This involvement extended to naming the team’s mascot, resulting in the name “Davy” – a nod to the legendary “Davy Jones’ locker.”

A Symbol of Local Culture

The Ghost Pirates have further endeared themselves to the community by adopting team colors that pay homage to Savannah’s rich Irish heritage. The striking combination of black, white, and fluorescent green not only represents the city’s vibrant St. Patrick’s Day celebrations but also connects the team more deeply with its fans.

An Iconic Logo

Photo Credit: Savannah Ghost Pirates

The team’s logo, designed by renowned sports graphic designer Dan Simon, captures the essence of the Ghost Pirates.

Depicting a ghostly figure wielding a hockey stick with glowing eyes, the logo appeals to fans of all ages.

The design serves as a potent symbol of action, entertainment, and fun, setting the stage for an exhilarating, spooky hockey experience.

Viva Las Savannah?

In a groundbreaking move, the Ghost Pirates announced a one-year affiliation with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights on May 19, 2022.
Affiliation Announcement (Photo Credit: NHL)

This partnership presented a significant opportunity for player development and aligned Savannah with the NHL’s newest Stanley Cup Champions.

The “Fantoms”

Passionate season ticket holders, affectionately known as ‘Fantoms,’ form the heart and soul of the Ghost Pirates’ fan base. Their unwavering support and enthusiasm have transformed the team into an integral part of Savannah’s sports culture.
Ghost Pirates Fans Cheer on Their Team at the Home Opener (Photo Credit: Benjamin Payne / GPB News)

Looking Forward

The Savannah Ghost Pirates have embarked on an extraordinary voyage thus far, uniting history, community, and hockey spirit in the heart of Savannah. By adopting a name that symbolizes the city’s past, involving the public in key decisions, and embracing local culture, the team has etched its place in the community’s hearts. 

With their striking logo and affiliation with the Golden Knights, the Ghost Pirates have already carved out a captivating presence in the hockey world. With Enmarket Arena as their home ice, the Ghost Pirates are set to ignite thrilling rivalries with neighboring ECHL teams in Savannah, Jacksonville, and North Charleston.

Their pursuit of success and commitment to entertaining fans guarantee a spooky and swashbuckling voyage for everyone.

Sam Chacon

Sam Chacon is a Target Analyst serving the U.S. Air Force, and an aspiring writer for Inside the Rink covering the San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Norfolk Admirals

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