The Jacksonville Icemen officially announce their 2017-18 inaugural hockey schedule.

It's almost time, and I am not going to lie, I'm extremely excited because unlike a decade ago when hockey was in Jacksonville this time around they're going to be affiliated with the National Hockey League. That team to be announced within the next 4 weeks.

Looking at the schedule, here are a few things that jump out right away:

-October 14th Home Opener vs. Orlando Solar Bears 7:30 PM.

-October 26th Home vs. Atlanta Gladiators 7:30 PM. (Florida/Georgia Week)

-First 3 Games at Home in Veterans Memorial Arena.

-36 Home Games from October to April. (Plus Potential Playoff Games)

-#MorningHockey November 15th Home vs. South Carolina Stingrays 10:30 AM

DATEVISITING TEAMHOME TEAMVENUETIME
Oct. 14OrlandoJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Oct. 21South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Oct. 26AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Nov. 4JacksonvilleGreenvilleBon Secours Wellness Arena7:00 pm EDT
Nov. 5JacksonvilleSouth CarolinaNorth Charleston Coliseum3:05 pm EST
Nov. 8JacksonvilleBramptonPowerade Centre11:00 am EST
Nov. 10JacksonvilleManchesterSNHU Arena7:00 pm EST
Nov. 11JacksonvilleReadingSantander Arena7:00 pm EST
Nov. 15South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena10:30 am EST
Nov. 17FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Nov. 18JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:00 pm EST
Nov. 21JacksonvilleOrlandoAmway Center7:00 pm EST
Nov. 22OrlandoJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Nov. 24AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Nov. 26JacksonvilleAtlantaInfinite Energy Arena2:05 pm EST
Nov. 28OrlandoJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Nov. 30NorfolkJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 2NorfolkJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 6JacksonvilleAtlantaInfinite Energy Arena7:05 pm EST
Dec. 8JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 9JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:00 pm EST
Dec. 13ManchesterJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 16GreenvilleJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 20JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 21AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Dec. 22JacksonvilleGreenvilleBon Secours Wellness Arena7:00 pm EST
Dec. 27JacksonvilleOrlandoAmway Center7:00 pm EST
Dec. 29JacksonvilleNorfolkNorfolk Scope7:00 pm EST
Dec. 30JacksonvilleNorfolkNorfolk Scope7:00 pm EST
Jan. 3AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 5OrlandoJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 6OrlandoJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 7JacksonvilleOrlandoAmway Center2:30 pm EST
Jan. 10GreenvilleJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 12JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 13FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 14JacksonvilleSouth CarolinaNorth Charleston Coliseum3:05 pm EST
Jan. 19JacksonvilleWorcesterDCU Center7:05 pm EST
Jan. 20JacksonvilleManchesterSNHU Arena6:00 pm EST
Jan. 21JacksonvilleManchesterSNHU Arena3:00 pm EST
Jan. 24South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 26GreenvilleJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 27GreenvilleJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Jan. 28GreenvilleJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena3:00 pm EST
Feb. 2AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Feb. 3South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Feb. 6JacksonvilleGreenvilleBon Secours Wellness Arena7:00 pm EST
Feb. 9AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Feb. 10AtlantaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Feb. 11AllenJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena3:00 pm EST
Feb. 14JacksonvilleNorfolkNorfolk Scope10:00 am EST
Feb. 16JacksonvilleSouth CarolinaNorth Charleston Coliseum7:05 pm EST
Feb. 17JacksonvilleSouth CarolinaNorth Charleston Coliseum7:05 pm EST
Feb. 19JacksonvilleNorfolkNorfolk Scope2:00 pm EST
Feb. 23NorfolkJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Feb. 24JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:00 pm EST
Feb. 25BramptonJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena3:00 pm EST
Feb. 28JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:30 pm EST
Mar. 2ReadingJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Mar. 9FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Mar. 10FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EST
Mar. 15JacksonvilleAtlantaInfinite Energy Arena7:05 pm EDT
Mar. 17JacksonvilleAtlantaInfinite Energy Arena7:05 pm EDT
Mar. 18JacksonvilleNorfolkNorfolk Scope2:00 pm EDT
Mar. 23JacksonvilleGreenvilleBon Secours Wellness Arena7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 24JacksonvilleGreenvilleBon Secours Wellness Arena7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 29JacksonvilleOrlandoAmway Center7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 30South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Mar. 31South CarolinaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 5FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 6FloridaJacksonvilleVeterans Memorial Arena7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 7JacksonvilleFloridaGermain Arena7:00 pm EDT

As far as their coaching hunt is concerned, the Icemen are very close. Team President Bob Ohrablo said "We had 78 applications everything from I coached my son's youth hockey team, I'm ready for the ECHL to guys with full experience, and as far as our next coach he will have experience in the league already."

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