ECHL Names League’s Hockey Operations Department of the Year Award

The Jacksonville Icemen have been honored as the recipient of the League’s Hockey Operations Department of the Year Award for the 2023-24 season. Following closely behind in the rankings were the Kansas City Mavericks, the Idaho Steelheads, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and the Toledo Walleye. This is the first time the Icemen have won this award.

Jacksonville concluded the 2023-24 regular season with an impressive record of 42 wins, 23 losses, and seven ties, securing second place in the South Division. Notably, the Icemen secured their third consecutive spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs while also achieving the milestone of attaining 40 wins for the third consecutive season.

Each year, the award is given to the team with the best hockey operations department in the league, determined by a vote from ECHL coaches.

Jacksonville Icemen – Hockey Operations Staff
Nick Luukko, Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations
Brandon Mashinter, Assistant Coach
Charles Williams, Goaltending Coach
Chris Blaisuis, Video Coordinator
Matt Conti, Head Equipment Manager
Cody Marean, Head Athletic Trainer
Patrick Murphy, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Alex Reed, Team Services & Director of Communications / Broadcasting

Jacksonville is poised to compete against the Florida Everblades in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive year and the fourth time since 2019. The series’ first game is scheduled for Thursday, April 18th, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time in Jacksonville. The Icemen were eliminated by the Everblades in last year’s Kelly Cup Playoffs in six games as the Everblades would go on to win their second straight Kelly Cup Championship.

Karen Zehner

Credentialed Beat Writer covering the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators. Diving into the world of slap shots, penalty kills, and the game we love. [@RunwithK] on socials.

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