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Elmira Jackals

Elmira Jackals
2015–16 ECHL season
City Elmira, New York
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division East
Founded 2000 (In the UHL)
Home arena First Arena
Colors Navy blue, red, silver, white
Owner(s) Tom Freeman, Nate Cook
Head coach Jamie Russell
Affiliates Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Rochester Americans (AHL)
Franchise history
2000–present Elmira Jackals
Regular season titles 2001–02, 2011–12
Division Championships 2001–02, 2009–10, 2011–12
Conference Championships 2001–02, 2003–04

The Elmira Jackals are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Elmira, New York. The Jackals play in the East Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. They were originally part of the United Hockey League. They are the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Jackals play their home games at the First Arena.


  • History 1
    • United Hockey League 1.1
      • 2000–01 season 1.1.1
      • 2001–02 season 1.1.2
      • 2002–03 season 1.1.3
      • 2003–04 season 1.1.4
      • 2004–05 season 1.1.5
      • 2005–06 season 1.1.6
      • 2006–07 season 1.1.7
    • ECHL 1.2
      • 2007–08 season 1.2.1
      • 2008–09 season 1.2.2
      • 2009–10 season 1.2.3
      • 2010–11 season 1.2.4
      • 2011–12 season 1.2.5
      • 2012–13 season 1.2.6
      • 2013–14 season 1.2.7
      • 2014–15 season 1.2.8
      • 2015–16 season 1.2.9
  • Affiliates 2
  • Season-by-season record 3
  • Current roster 4
  • Team staff 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The Jackals were born as a member of the United Hockey League before the 2000–2001 season, as an affiliate of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets. Eventually, they severed ties with the Blue Jackets and became an independent operation for the rest of their years in the league. During their tenure in the UHL, their average attendance was 3,080 per game, which included 31 sellouts. Their largest crowd was a standing-room of 4,000, on October 13, 2006.

United Hockey League

2000–01 season

As the Elmira Jackals prepared for their first season, in the fall of 2000, the biggest question had nothing to do with starting goalies, or first line combinations or even play off predictions. Rather, it was simply if their home arena would be ready in time. As workers raced to complete the then-named "Coach USA Center", the Jackals spent the first 10 games of their inaugural season on the road. The Jackals returned to their unfinished arena in Elmira for their first ever home game, on November 11, 2000. The arena was "ready enough" to welcome a crowd of 3,378 to cheer the Jackals to a 5-2 win. Overall, the Jackals finished that season 32-33-9 for second place in the Northeast Division and a berth in the UHL playoffs. Elmira was named franchise of the year for the UHL. The Jackals lost in the first round.

Old Elmira Jackals logo from UHL

2001–02 season

The Jackals completed the season with a 45-21-8 record with 98 points for first in the East in the regular season. In Elmira's second season of operation the team won the Eastern Conference Championship, however they fell to the Muskegon Fury in the Colonial Cup finals four games to two.[1]

2002–03 season

After falling to the Muskegon Fury in the finals the previous season, Todd Brost led the team to a 41-28-7 record and a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Jackals clinched a UHL playoff berth for the third consecutive season but Lost in the second round four games to none.[1]

2003–04 season

The Jackals finished with a 33-34-9 for only 75 points on the season, however it was good enough to grab a playoff spot for the 2004 UHL playoffs. The Jackals met the Muskegon Fury in the Colonial Cup finals for the second time in three years, but were swept in four games.[1]

2004–05 season

The Jackals celebrated their fifth anniversary in '04-'05. The Jackals' coach Todd Brost was fired and replaced mid-season after posting a 19-35-5 record. Brost was replaced by former Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Dave Schultz. The coaching changed did not go over as well hoped, as the team posted a 5-16-0 record under Schultz. The Jackals completed the season with a 24-51-5 record for only 53 points and a last place position in the Eastern Division. The Jackals did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their five years of existence.[1]

2005–06 season

After not making the playoffs the previous season the Jackals named a new coach in Perry Florio. Florio was not successful in bringing a winning record back to the Jackals, posting a 27-42-7 for 61 points and missing out on the playoffs again.[1]

2006–07 season

The Jackals hired a new general manager, Robbie Nichols, and a new coach, Kris Waltze, who had proven successful elsewhere and signed a few solid players, giving the team hope for a return to the playoffs. Waltze posted a 13-13-0 record before being demoted to the assistant coach position and Robbie Nichols was named head coach of the team. Nichols led the team to a 9-12-1 before he suffered a minor stroke during an away game. Later that month the United Hockey League ceased operations and all the teams became members of the International Hockey League.


The Jackals joined the ECHL in the summer of 2007, as an affiliate of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets and American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch. Eventually, they severed ties with the Blue Jackets and Crunch at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. The Jackals became an affiliate of the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators and American Hockey League Binghamton Senators from 2008 to 2014 as well as an affiliate with the National Hockey League New Jersey Devils and American Hockey League Albany Devils until 2014.

From 2010–2012 The Jackals were also affiliated with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch.

In 2011 The Danbury Whalers of the Federal Hockey League signed and affiliation agreement with the Jackals for the 2011–12 season. In 2012–13 the Jackals continued an affiliation with a Federal Hockey League Team The Williamsport Outlaws, before the Outlaws folded in January 2013. Today the Jackals have an affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and Rochester Americans (AHL).

2007–08 season

The Elmira Jackals joined the ECHL in the summer of 2007 with a new logo, jerseys and coach Steve Martinson. They are a member of the North division. Returning from a loss in Cincinnati, the team bus was involved in crash on Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania early in the morning of November 29, 2007. Several players sustained minor injuries. The Jackals suffered their worst loss in their first year. They lost to Johnstown 9–3. On March 9, 2008 after three seasons of being out of playoff contention in the United Hockey League, the Elmira Jackals qualified for the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs.[2] The Jackals completed the season with a 41-24-0-7 with 89 points to finish 2nd in the North Division. However, their success was short lived as they lost in round one of the playoffs to the Reading Royals 4 games to 2.

2008–09 season

During the 2008-2009 regular season, the Jackals went 39-26-2-5 for 85 points to finish 3rd in the North division on the season. The Jackals were able to clinch a berth but fell in round two to the Cincinnati Cyclones 4 games to 0.

2009–10 season

During the 10th anniversary, 2009-2010 regular season, the Jackals finished with a 37-26-6-3 good for 83 points on the season to finish 1st in the East, and making the ECHL playoffs for the third straight season. The Jackals went on to fall in Round 1 to the Florida Everblades 4 games to 1.

2010–11 season

Head coach Steve Martinson, who had been with the franchise since its inaugural year in the ECHL, signed with the Chicago Express a new expansion team of the ECHL. He leaves Elmira with a 117-76-23 record. On August 23, 2010, the Jackals announced that Malcolm Cameron would succeed Martinson as head coach for the 2010-11 season. Cameron was replaced mid-season by former coach and General Manager Robbie Nichols. The Jackals finished the 2010–11 ECHL season with a 32-30-7-3 record with 74 points, for a 3rd-place finish in the North division. The Jackals clinched their fourth consecutive ECHL playoff berth but fell in the first round to the Greenville Road Warriors 3 games to 1.

2011–12 season

The Jackals announced that Pat Bingham with be behind the bench for the 2011-12 season. The Jackals had several ups and downs through the 2011-12 season, on February 21, 2012 the Jackals season was threatened after the Arena owner failed to pay $136,234 in taxes for three years and being hit with a foreclosure order by Chemung County. The Jackals continued to play not knowing if/when they would be locked out by the County. Jackals and First Arena's General Manager Robbie Nichols and Assistant General Manager Don Lewis were fired in January 2012 and replaced by Matt Hufnagel. The operator of First Arena filed two lawsuits. One against Nichols and Lewis and the other against Chemung County, the County Executive, County Treasurer and Southern Tier Economic Development. This statement by the Owners Lawyers was released "The truth will come out. Fact of the matter is the money was here to pay the taxes. And the fact is Robbie Nichols told the Afrs it was paid." Afr, the Jackals and First Arena owner requested that the Legislature hold off their vote until June 30, 2012 to continue the foreclosure proceedings. On the ice the Jackals had a record breaking season, Bingham led the Jackals to a 45-22-5 record good for 95 points in the 2011-12 season and captured the Eastern Conference regular season title. The Jackals advanced to the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs for their 5th straight season falling in round 2 to the Florida Everblades 4 games to 1.

2012–13 season

On May 30, 2012, the County entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Elmira Downtown Arena and Southern Tier Economic Development to allow Elmira Downtown Arena to continue operating the First Arena for the 2012-2013 Elmira Jackals hockey season. The Legislature ratified the agreement on July 9, 2012. On July 24, 2012, the County announced that First Arena will be sold to local businessman Tom Freeman, at the completion of the 2012-2013 Elmira Jackals hockey season. On September 8, 2012, Jackals head coach Pat Bingham resigned with only one month until the season started. Bingham led the Jackals to a 45-22-5 record in the 2011-12 season and captured the Eastern Conference regular season title.[3] The Jackals were able to find a quick replacement by announcing Dwight Mullens as the team's new coach. The Jackals finished the regular season with a 40-25-3-4 record with 87 points on the season for a 2nd-place finish in the Atlantic Division. The Jackals fell in round one of the 2013 Kelly Cup Playoffs vs the Florida Everblades 4 games to 2.

On April 10, 2013, the Jackals held a press conference to name Tom Freeman and Nathan Cook the new owners of the First Arena and Elmira Jackals.[4]

2013–14 season

In the 2013–14 season, the Jackals completed the season with a 24-40-3-5 record with 56 points and finished the season 3rd in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference,[5] missing the Playoffs for the first time since joining the ECHL in 2007. This season the Jackals' total roster consisted of 55 players, including goalies, which is the third-most in the team's ECHL history.[6] On April 16, 2014 the Jackals announced that they would not renew their affiliation agreement with the NHL's Ottawa Senators and have signed a multi year agreement to be the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans[6]

2014–15 season

At the start of the season the Jackals announced that they are now "community owned". Any profit above operating cost will be turned over to a local board of directors who will decide how the money should be invested in the community.[7] However, despite an increase in average attendance from 2,200 in 2013-14 to 2,557 in 2014-15, the team still lost money. The owner indicated that 3,200 is the breakeven point.[8]

2015–16 season


2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets Syracuse Crunch none
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets Syracuse Crunch none
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets Syracuse Crunch none
2003–07 none none none
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets Syracuse Crunch none
2008–09 Ottawa Senators Binghamton Senators none
2009–10 Ottawa Senators Binghamton Senators none
2010–11 Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks Binghamton Senators, Syracuse Crunch none
2011–12 Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks Binghamton Senators, Syracuse Crunch Danbury Whalers
2012–13 Ottawa Senators Binghamton Senators Williamsport Outlaws, Danbury Whalers
2013–14 Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils Binghamton Senators, Albany Devils Danbury Whalers
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans none
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans none

Season-by-season record

The complete seasonal records throughout team history.

Season W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs Head Coach
2000–01 32 33 9 73 260 289 2015 2nd, Northeast Lost in 1st round Todd Brost
2001–02 45 21 8 98 260 216 2523 1st, East Lost in Finals 4 games to 2 Todd Brost
2002–03 41 28 7 89 257 254 2250 3rd, Eastern Lost in 2nd round 4 games to 0 Todd Brost
2003–04 33 34 9 75 238 256 1670 4th, Eastern Lost in Finals 4 games to 0 Todd Brost
2004–05 24 51 5 53 224 310 1686 4th, Eastern Did not qualify Todd Brost*, Dave Schultz
2005–06 27 42 7 61 231 300 1815 4th, Eastern Did not qualify Perry Florio
2006–07 30 45 1 61 217 287 2087 5th, Eastern Did not qualify Kris Waltze*, Robbie Nichols*, Paul Gillis
UHL totals 232 254 0 46 510 1687 1912 14046  –  – *=Replaced Mid-Season
Season W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs Head Coach
2007–08 41 24 7 89 245 219 1840 2nd, North Lost in 1st round 4 games to 2 Steve Martinson
2008–09 39 26 2 5 85 235 232 1506 3rd, North Lost in 2nd round 4 games to 0 Steve Martinson
2009–10 37 26 6 3 83 275 231 1721 1st, East Lost in 1st round 3 games to 2 Steve Martinson
2010–11 32 30 7 3 74 249 264 1541 3rd, North Lost in 1st round 3 games to 1 Malcolm Cameron*, Robbie Nichols
2011–12 45 22 2 3 95 228 204 1149 1st, Atlantic Lost in 2nd round 4 games to 1 Pat Bingham
2012–13 40 25 3 4 87 247 220 1210 2nd, Atlantic Lost in 1st round 4 games to 2 Dwight Mullins
2013–14 24 40 3 5 56 176 252 1026 3rd, Atlantic Did not qualify Dwight Mullins
2014–15 32 33 0 7 71 186 217 1445 6th, East Did not qualify Jamie Russell
ECHL totals 288 226 23 37 640 1841 1839 11438  –  – *=Replaced Mid-Season
Combined totals 520 480 23 83 1150 3528 3751 25484  –  –  –

Current roster

Updated October 25, 2015.[9]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
22 Bennett, MarkMark Bennett F R 25 2015 Oakville, Ontario Jackals
55 Bernhardt, JustinJustin Bernhardt C R 28 2015 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Jackals
2 Chapman, JoshJosh Chapman D R 21 2015 Stouffville, Ontario Americans
7 Clare, KevinKevin Clare D L 24 2015 New Rochelle, New York Jackals
Currier, TylerTyler Currier RW R 28 2015 Anchorage, Alaska Jackals
10 Hohmann, CasonCason Hohmann RW R 23 2015 Arlington, Texas Americans
14 Houk, JoeJoe Houk D L 26 2015 Richboro, Pennsylvania Jackals
12 Jacklin, ScottScott Jacklin LW L 26 2015 Kimberley, British Columbia Jackals
18 Jacobs, ColinColin Jacobs C R 23 2013 Coppell, Texas Sabres
19 Klotz, GarrettGarrett Klotz LW L 27 2015 Regina, Saskatchewan Jackals
27 Goulakos, SpiroSpiro Goulakos D L 26 2015 Montreal, Quebec Americans
11 Langkow, ChrisChris Langkow C R 26 2015 Vegreville, Alberta Jackals
23 MacDonald, JacobJacob MacDonald D L 23 2015 Brighton, Michigan Jackals
39 Marotta, SamSam Marotta G R 25 2014 Bridgewater, Massachusetts Jackals
30 Motte, C.J.C.J. Motte G L 24 2015 St. Clair, Michigan Americans
74 Oystrick, NathanNathan Oystrick D L 33 2015 Regina, Saskatchewan Jackals
17 Seidel, MikeMike Seidel (A) F R 28 2014 Darien, Illinois Jackals
40 Stefishen, TaylorTaylor Stefishen LW R 25 2014 North Vancouver, British Columbia Jackals
4 Tolkinen, ZachZach Tolkinen D L 26 2014 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Jackals
20 Zappia, NickNick Zappia LW L 26 2015 Manlius, New York Jackals

Team staff

Title Staff Member
Team Owner Tom Freeman
Team President Nate Cook
Asst. GM Jared Abbott
Head Coach Jamie Russell
Asst. Coach Glenn Thomaris
Athletic Trainer Dr. Timothy Hession
Equipment Manager Jeremy Holloway
Team Photographer Rick Bacmanski [10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hockey DB". 
  2. ^ Bus carrying New York minor league hockey team crashes on Pennsylvania highway – NHL – Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ Sacco, Mario (8 September 2012). "Elmira Jackals Coach Resigns". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Future Bright for First Arena and Elmira Jackals". Elmira Jackals. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "'"Hockey's Green Bay Packers? ECHL Elmira Jackals become 'community owned. Puck Daddy. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jackals 2014-15 Attendance Up". WETM 18 News. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Current Roster". Elmira Jackals. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jackals front office". Elmira Jackals. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

External links

  • Elmira Jackals official website
  • Local Newspaper – Jackals articles
  • Jackals Coach's Show Audio Downloads
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