The Jacksonville IceMen announced a partnership with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
With a rich history and promising prospects, the Jets will serve as the IceMen's NHL affiliate and the Manitoba Moose will be their AHL partners.
This decision was a no-brainer based on the history IceMen head coach and VP of Hockey Operations Jason Christie has with the Jets organization.
The winningest coach in ECHL history was previously affiliated with the Jets on two different minor league teams.
Mayor Lenny Curry was on-hand for the announcement.
"I'm the told the expectations are high," Curry said. "The expectations are about winning, first."
IceMen President Bob Ohrablo thanked the Jacksonville residents who have supported the team's mission in its infancy.
"Since we've been here, the embrace that we've felt from the fans and the whole community has been awesome," Ohrablo said. "I want to take this opportunity on behalf of our entire organization to thank everybody in this room and everybody in this city and in this area."
"Some players won't want to get called up, they may see a call from Winnipeg and toss their phones in the pool," Christie said, joking about the affiliate system.
The IceMen will open their inaugural schedule in Jacksonville on October 14 against the Orlando Solar Bears.
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