Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Jacksonville Icemen Hosts Orlando Solar Bears

Photos by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville hosts Orlando tonight. The Solar Bears are 1-2.

The Icemen are coming off a 4-2 season opening win against South Carolina.

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Jacksonville announced the addition of defenseman Garret Cockerill and forward Alexandre Ranger. Cockerill, 24, is entering his second professional season. The 6-foot, 210-pound defenseman spent 8 games with the Kalamazoo Wings last season before being loaned to the Cleveland Monsters (AHL) where he recorded 14 points (3G, 11A) and a minus-4 rating in 40 games.

The Brighton, MI native began the 2018-19 season with the Monsters before joining the Icemen.

Jacksonville also added Ranger off waivers from Orlando on the eve of the teams’ first meeting of the 2018-19 season. The LaSalle, Quebec product notched 23 points (7G, 16A) in 47 games with the Tulsa Oilers last season. The 23-year-old previously played for Icemen head coach Jason Christie in Tulsa in 2016.

The Icemen waived forward Tyler Coulter.

The Icemen and First Coast News announced they have joined efforts to assist fellow Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. Friday’s Icemen game will feature many elements through which fans can donate to the American Red Cross of North Florida.

“FCN is thrilled to team up with The Icemen and the Red Cross to help those who suffered so much loss during Hurricane Michael,” said Rob Mennie, FCN President and General Manager. “This is a wonderful example of what three great organizations, working together, can do to help those in need.”

Twenty percent of any ticket purchased for Friday’s Icemen game purchased at jaxicemen.com/redcross will be donated to The American Red Cross of North Florida to aid those affected by the storm. In addition, all proceeds generated from the intermission contest ‘Tire Outlet Chuck-A-Puck’, and through a video board donation prompt will also be donated to this effort.

“The devastation to our fellow Floridians in the Panhandle is unimaginable,” explained Bob Ohrablo, President of the Icemen. “Working with our partners, First Coast News, and the best fans in the ECHL, we hope to raise funds that will be used to secure necessary supplies and food for those who have been affected by this terrible storm.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Icemen and First Coast News for supporting our disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Michael,” said Mary Anne Thomas, Regional Philanthropy Officer, American Red Cross of North Florida. “The loss is enormous, and communities are devastated, but support from groups like the Icemen can help so many. “

The Icemen welcome the Orlando Solar Bears for the second game of the season tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET at Veterans Memorial Arena. Twenty percent of ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross of North Florida to aid those affected by Hurricane Michael. Tickets: jaxicemen.com/redcross

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