As Hurricane Idalia makes its way through North Florida and South Georgia, the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL decided to make some waves of their own. The team announced today that brothers Logan Cockerill and Garret Cockerill have both agreed to terms for a one-year deal for the 2023-24 season. Garret Cockerill is returning for his third season in an Icemen uniform, while younger brother Logan is preparing for his first season in the ECHL.
Returning for his third season with the Icemen is 6’0” 209 pound right-handed defenseman, Garret Cockerill. Garret first joined the Icemen roster in the 2018-19 season. In his first campaign with the team, he played in 40 games, registering four goals and 10 assists before joining the Reading Royals in the same year. Cockerill would stay in Reading for the 2019-20 season, playing in 60 games and scoring 29 points with the Royals. Before the cancellation of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, defenseman Cockerill spent the 2020-21 season with the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers. The blueliner racked up 34 (7g, 27a) points with the Oilers before the premature end of the season. For the 2021-22 season, the elder Cockerill headed back to Reading, where he played 41 games, amassing 23 points before heading to Australia to compete in the AIHL, Australia’s tier-one professional league. Playing with the CBR Brave, Cockerill competed in six games and registered six goals and six assists, respectively, winning the Goodall Cup with the team in the postseason. Last season, Cockerill returned to Jacksonville, where he suited up for 39 games and collected 13 points (2g, 11a). He also appeared in all 12 of the Icemen’s playoff games during last season’s Kelly Cup run, picking up a pair of assists.
Younger brother Logan Cockerill is joining the Icemen for his first professional season in the ECHL. The 5’9” 174 pound forward spent last season competing in the Swedish league HockeyAllsvenskan with club BIK Karlskoga. He appeared in 31 games with the Swedish club, scoring seven goals and contributing seven assists. Before heading to Europe, the younger Cockerill spent five seasons with Boston University. From 2017 to 2022, Cockerill made 134 appearances with BU while registering 24 goals and 33 assists during non-tournament play. Prior to his collegiate career, Logan spent time with the U.S. National Team Development Program, appearing in 99 games over the course of two seasons where he would score 48 points (20g, 28a). While on the national stage, Cockerill competed in the World Juniors Championship, winning a gold medal with the U.S. Team in 2017 in under-17 play and a silver medal with the team in the under-20 tournament in 2018-19. In 2017, Logan was drafted by the NHL’s New York Islanders in round seven of the NHL Draft. However, the team’s rights to sign him expired in August of 2022.
Icemen fans will be familiar with the shutdown defensive styles of Garret Cockerill, but there is a lot to be excited about with the addition of his younger brother on the offensive side of the puck. A left-hand shot who normally slots in along the wing, Logan Cockerill is a point-producing two-way forward who can bring high-caliber scoring to the Icemen roster. He has seen success playing alongside the nation’s best with the USNTDP and has posted consistent numbers across all levels of competition. Although just 5’9”, the younger Cockerill brother has the ability to drive to the net and outwork his opponents. His two-way ability is highlighted by his defensive skill, a prominent part of his game he’s leaned into over the years. A well-rounded, all sides of the puck kind of player, Logan Cockerill, will be a welcome addition to an intensely competitive Icemen roster.