Brian's Block: What stands out about the Jacksonville IceMen's schedule

IceMen Home Opener Oct. 14th vs. Orlando

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

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM VENUE TIME
Oct. 14 Orlando Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Oct. 21 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Oct. 26 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Nov. 4 Jacksonville Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 7:00 pm EDT
Nov. 5 Jacksonville South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 3:05 pm EST
Nov. 8 Jacksonville Brampton Powerade Centre 11:00 am EST
Nov. 10 Jacksonville Manchester SNHU Arena 7:00 pm EST
Nov. 11 Jacksonville Reading Santander Arena 7:00 pm EST
Nov. 15 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 10:30 am EST
Nov. 17 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Nov. 18 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:00 pm EST
Nov. 21 Jacksonville Orlando Amway Center 7:00 pm EST
Nov. 22 Orlando Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Nov. 24 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Nov. 26 Jacksonville Atlanta Infinite Energy Arena 2:05 pm EST
Nov. 28 Orlando Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Nov. 30 Norfolk Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 2 Norfolk Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 6 Jacksonville Atlanta Infinite Energy Arena 7:05 pm EST
Dec. 8 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 9 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:00 pm EST
Dec. 13 Manchester Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 16 Greenville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 20 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 21 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Dec. 22 Jacksonville Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 7:00 pm EST
Dec. 27 Jacksonville Orlando Amway Center 7:00 pm EST
Dec. 29 Jacksonville Norfolk Norfolk Scope 7:00 pm EST
Dec. 30 Jacksonville Norfolk Norfolk Scope 7:00 pm EST
Jan. 3 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 5 Orlando Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 6 Orlando Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 7 Jacksonville Orlando Amway Center 2:30 pm EST
Jan. 10 Greenville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 12 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 13 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 14 Jacksonville South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 3:05 pm EST
Jan. 19 Jacksonville Worcester DCU Center 7:05 pm EST
Jan. 20 Jacksonville Manchester SNHU Arena 6:00 pm EST
Jan. 21 Jacksonville Manchester SNHU Arena 3:00 pm EST
Jan. 24 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 26 Greenville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 27 Greenville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Jan. 28 Greenville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 3:00 pm EST
Feb. 2 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Feb. 3 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Feb. 6 Jacksonville Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 7:00 pm EST
Feb. 9 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Feb. 10 Atlanta Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Feb. 11 Allen Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 3:00 pm EST
Feb. 14 Jacksonville Norfolk Norfolk Scope 10:00 am EST
Feb. 16 Jacksonville South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 7:05 pm EST
Feb. 17 Jacksonville South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 7:05 pm EST
Feb. 19 Jacksonville Norfolk Norfolk Scope 2:00 pm EST
Feb. 23 Norfolk Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Feb. 24 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:00 pm EST
Feb. 25 Brampton Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 3:00 pm EST
Feb. 28 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:30 pm EST
Mar. 2 Reading Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Mar. 9 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Mar. 10 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EST
Mar. 15 Jacksonville Atlanta Infinite Energy Arena 7:05 pm EDT
Mar. 17 Jacksonville Atlanta Infinite Energy Arena 7:05 pm EDT
Mar. 18 Jacksonville Norfolk Norfolk Scope 2:00 pm EDT
Mar. 23 Jacksonville Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 24 Jacksonville Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 29 Jacksonville Orlando Amway Center 7:00 pm EDT
Mar. 30 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Mar. 31 South Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 5 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 6 Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 pm EDT
Apr. 7 Jacksonville Florida Germain Arena 7:00 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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