02/23/2024

BUF:

2

CBJ:

1

Final

WPG:

3

CHI:

2

Final

MIN:

4

EDM:

2

Final

02/24/2024

STL:

1

DET:

6

Final

MTL:

3

NJD:

4

Final

TBL:

4

NYI:

2

Final

NYR:

2

PHI:

1

Final

WSH:

2

FLA:

3

Final

TOR:

4

COL:

3

Final

VGK:

3

OTT:

4

Final

BOS:

2

VAN:

3

Final

DAL:

2

CAR:

1

Final

CGY:

6

EDM:

3

Final

MIN:

5

SEA:

2

Final

NSH:

4

SJS:

2

Final

ANA:

2

LAK:

3

Final

02/25/2024

TBL:

4

NJD:

1

Final

PHI:

6

PIT:

7

Final

CAR:

2

BUF:

3

Final

NYR:

2

CBJ:

4

Final

DET:

3

CHI:

2

Final

ARI:

3

WPG:

4

Final

NSH:

4

ANA:

2

Final

02/26/2024

OTT:

3

WSH:

6

Final

NYI:

3

DAL:

2

Final

LAK:

2

EDM:

4

Final

BOS:

3

SEA:

4

Final

02/27/2024

WSH:

0

DET:

0

07:00 ET

BUF:

0

FLA:

0

07:00 ET

ARI:

0

MTL:

0

07:00 ET

TBL:

0

PHI:

0

07:00 ET

VGK:

0

TOR:

0

07:00 ET

CAR:

0

MIN:

0

08:00 ET

OTT:

0

NSH:

0

08:00 ET

STL:

0

WPG:

0

08:00 ET

LAK:

0

CGY:

0

09:00 ET

DAL:

0

COL:

0

09:30 ET

PIT:

0

VAN:

0

10:00 ET

NJD:

0

SJS:

0

10:30 ET

02/28/2024

CBJ:

0

NYR:

0

07:00 ET

STL:

0

EDM:

0

08:30 ET

02/29/2024

VGK:

0

BOS:

0

07:00 ET

CAR:

0

CBJ:

0

07:00 ET

NYI:

0

DET:

0

07:00 ET

MTL:

0

FLA:

0

07:00 ET

BUF:

0

TBL:

0

07:00 ET

ARI:

0

TOR:

0

07:00 ET

WPG:

0

DAL:

0

08:00 ET

MIN:

0

NSH:

0

08:00 ET

COL:

0

CHI:

0

09:00 ET

PIT:

0

SEA:

0

10:00 ET

LAK:

0

VAN:

0

10:00 ET

ANA:

0

SJS:

0

10:30 ET

ECHL: Icemen Add First New Face

After the departure of Charles Williams and both Olof Linbolm and Parker Gahagen yet to be signed, the Icemen crease has been a desolate spot this offseason. Now with the season just over two months out, the Icemen look to be adding some fresh talent in net. Goaltender Matt Vernon has agreed to terms with the team, becoming the first goalie to be added to the 2023-24 roster. He also becomes the first new name to appear on the Icemen roster, a list that has been fast filling full of familiar faces.

Aberdeen Wings goalie Matt Vernon is presented with the Robertson Cup Most Valuable Player Award by NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. Credit: NAHL

Vernon got his professional start last season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL’s North Division. Only appearing in two games for the Royals, Vernon posted a .904 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average. Prior to joining the Royals line-up, Vernon played at the collegiate level for Colorado College. Vernon made 12 appearances in net for Colorado College during the 2022-23 season, ending his collegiate playing career with a .905 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average – a pretty consistent carryover in numbers from the college to pro levels. Before his four seasons of college hockey, Vernon played for the Aberdeen Wings, a junior team in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In addition to winning the Robertson Cup to close out the 2018-19 season and his time with the Wings, Vernon was also given numerous other honors, including Goaltender of the Year, and was named the Robertson Cup’s Most Valuable Player.

It’s easy to find where the netminder’s compete level comes from. Vernon’s father, Mike Vernon, was active in the NHL from 1986-2002. In that period, the elder Vernon won the Stanley Cup twice, once in 1989 with the Calgary Flames and again in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings. With Detroit’s 1997 cup win, Mike Vernon was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy – the NHL’s MVP award. He was recently named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the 2022-23 Hall of Fame class.

The Icemen now have nine players signed on for the upcoming 2023-24 season, which begins October 21st.

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis is a freelance hockey reporter covering the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen for Inside The Rink and the Vancouver Canucks for The Canuck Way. His work has been featured on Hockey of Tomorrow and The Daily Faceoff, and can be found on Twitter/X @FromTheDrewLine.

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