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Elmira Jackals
City: Elmira, New York
League: ECHL
Conference: American Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 2000
Home Arena: First Arena
Colors: Navy blue, red, silver, white


Owner(s): Mostafa Afr
General Manager: Robbie S. Nichols
Head Coach: Steve Martinson
Affiliates: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Syracuse Crunch (AHL
Franchise history
2000 to present: Elmira Jackals
Regular Season Titles: None
Division Championships: 2001-02, 2009–10
Conference Championships: None
Kelly Cups: None

The Elmira Jackals are an ice hockey team that play in the ECHL. Their home games are played in First Arena in Elmira, New York and they refer to themselves as "the beasts of the east". Their mascot is named Blade, and they were originally part of the United Hockey League.

The UHL YearsEdit

Elmira Jackals

Logo when they were in the UHL

The Jackals were born as a member of the United Hockey League before the 2000-2001 season, as an affiliate of the 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 3,308 per game, which included 31 sellouts. The largest crowd was a standing-room-only of 4,126 on October 13, 2006.

Playoff HistoryEdit

The team made a splash in their first season by immediately making the playoffs. Improving dramatically in the off-season, the Jackals won the Eastern Conference for the first time, in just their second season. They even got as far as playing the Muskegon Fury in the Colonial Cup finals, but lost in a hard fought 6 game series. They returned to the playoffs in 2003, but didn't get the chance to play for The Cup again until the 2004 season when they again faced the Muskegon Fury. After being swept in the 2004 Colonial Cup series, they never returned to the playoffs in the UHL.


Program from 2003-04.

The Final Year Edit

Their final season in the league, was especially disappointing. They hired a new head coach who'd proven successful elsewhere and signed a few solid players, giving the team hope for a return to the playoffs. The season brought three head coaching changes, after the first one suffered a mini-stroke. There were also some injuries to key players. One of which, limited top ranked goalie Shawn Degagne to only 4 games.

Despite finishing in last place, there were some bright spots. Star forward Frank Littlejohn scored a franchise record 42 goals. The fans were very supportive of the team, averaging 3,427 per game during the season in an arena that only seats 4,000. Then on April 14, 2007, ownership announced they would be leaving the UHL for the North Division of the ECHL. [1]


The Elmira Jackals joined the ECHL in the summer of 2007 with a new logo and jerseys. 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 East Coast Hockey League playoffs.[2]

For the 2007-08 season, the Jackals were the affiliate of the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) and Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL). Prior to the 2008-09 season, the Jackals affilliated with the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators and the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators.

Elmira would win their first division title since moving to the ECHL in 2010, when the team won the East Division title with a record of 37-26-9 and 80 points, three better than second place Reading.

In July 2010, the team announced that it had come to an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, in Syracuse, NY, 90 miles north of Elmira.

Season-by-season recordEdit

The complete seasonal records throughout team history.

Season W L SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2000-01 32 33 9 73 260 289 2015 2nd, Northeast Lost in 1st round
2001-02 45 21 8 98 260 216 2523 1st, East Lost in Finals 4 games to 2
2002-03 41 28 7 89 257 254 2250 3rd, Eastern Lost in 2nd round 4 games to 0
2003-04 33 34 9 75 238 256 1670 4th, Eastern Lost in Finals 4 games to 0
2004-05 24 51 5 53 224 310 1686 4th, Eastern Did not qualify
2005-06 27 42 7 61 231 300 1815 4th, Eastern Did not qualify
2006-07 30 45 1 61 217 287 2087 5th, Eastern Did not qualify
2007-08 41 24 7 89 245 219 1840 2nd, American Lost in 1st round 4 games to 2
Totals 263 278 53 599 1932 2131 14135 - -

Current rosterEdit

As of April 3, 2009. Data taken from ECHL website.[1]

# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
29 Flag of Canada Michael Teslak L December 2, 1985 Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
33 Flag of Canada Bud Fisher R February 4, 1987 Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
4 Flag of Canada Guillaume Lepine R March 7, 1987 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Flag of Canada Craig Switzer L October 16, 1984 Peachland, British Columbia, Canada
22 Flag of Canada Travis Gawryletz R November 2, 1985 Trail, BC, Canada
41 Flag of Canada Wes Cunningham L March 9, 1987 Dresden, ON, Canada
42 Flag of Slovakia Slavomir Tomko R March 28, 1983 Zvolen, Slovakia
44 Flag of Canada Nathan Lutz R February 12, 1978 Mistatim, SK, Canada
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
7 Flag of Canada Chris Korchinski F L October 1, 1985 Rama, SK, Canada
9 Flag of Canada Steve Yetman C R December 29, 1984 St. Johns, NL, Canada
11 Flag of Canada Mike Sgroi F L August 14, 1978 Toronto, ON, Canada
14 Flag of Canada Brendan Connolly F R September 15, 1985 Canmore, AB, Canada
15 Flag of Canada Colton Yellow Horn F L May 5, 1987 Brocket, AB, Canada
16 Flag of Canada Bear Trapp F R November 10, 1984 Regina, SK, Canada
18 Flag of Canada Josh Aspenlind F R April 19, 1986 Langley, BC, Canada
20 Flag of Canada Paul McIlveen C R March 24, 1986 Waterloo, ON, Canada
24 Flag of Canada Derek Couture F R April 24, 1984 Calgary, AB, Canada
28 Flag of Canada Kaleb Betts LW R January 10, 1983 Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
43 Flag of Canada Benoit Doucet LW L March 28, 1986 Longueuil, QC, Canada
72 Flag of Canada Pierre-Luc Faubert RW L April 28, 1986 Rigaud, QC, Canada
98 Flag of Canada Chaz Johnson RW R January 30, 1984 Montreal, QC, Canada


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