|City:||South Lake Tahoe, California|
|Home Arena:||South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena|
|Owner(s):|| Tahoe Hockey Partners, LLC|
|General Manager:||Tom Maroste (2015-16)|
|Head Coach:||Tom Maroste (2015-16)|
|2012-2013:||Bay Area Seals|
|2013-2015:||Lake Tahoe Blue|
The Tahoe Icemen are a United Hockey Union-sanctioned junior ice hockey team based in South Lake Tahoe, California. The Icemen currently play in the Northwest Division of the Western States Hockey League. Home games take place at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.
The team was originally founded by Chris Collins in 2012 as the Bay Area Seals and played out of the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. After scheduling issues concerning the continued use of the Cow Palace as a home rink, the franchise was moved to South Lake Tahoe to start the 2013-14 season with help from Greg Jamison, former President and CEO of the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks, and Van Oleson, owner of Tahoe Sports Entertainment (which runs South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena).
Bay Area Seals (2012-2013)Edit
After a start to the team's first season that saw them earn only 3 wins in their first 18 games, the Seals would finish strong and earn 2nd place in the Pacific Division and their first Thorne Cup playoff appearance. The Seals would make a strong playoff run but would lose the Thorne Cup Championship game to Idaho Jr. Steelheads by a final score of 2-4.
By finishing as runner-up in playoffs, the Seals were invited to be the second of the WSHL's representative (along with the Jr. Steelheads) at the 2013 United Hockey Union National Championship Tournament. In the three-game round-robin stage of the tournament, the Seals would lose to the Lake George Fighting Spirit of the Northern States Hockey League (NSHL) before beating the Hartland Hounds and Tennyson Chevrolets, both of the Midwest Junior Hockey League (MWJHL), to move on to the tournament's semi-final round. They beat the NSHL's Syracuse Stampede before losing the UHU National Championship game to the Jr. Steelheads by a score of 1-5.
Lake Tahoe (2013-Present)Edit
The team would relocate to South Lake Tahoe and call themselves the Lake Tahoe Blue for the 2013-14 season after owner Chris Collins sold the team to Tahoe Hockey Partners, LLC. Collins continued on as the team's general manager for the remainder of the season. After a sub-par 2013-14 season, Collins would be replaced with Michael Richardson, who had also been hired as head coach, while Spencer Jamison, son of Greg Jamison, would take over the position of President. The 2014-15 season would also leave the Blue out of playoff position.
On April 20, 2015, it was announced that the team had changed its name to the Tahoe Icemen. On May 4, 2015, the Icemen announced the hiring of Tom Maroste as head coach and general manager for the 2015–16 season.
|Season||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||Pts||GF||GA||Regular Season Finish||Playoffs|
|Bay Area Seals|
|2012–13||46||26||16||1||3||56||201||193|| 2nd of 5, Pacific|
6th of 22, WSHL
|Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Valencia Flyers|
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 vs. Fresno Monsters
1-1 in Thorne Cup round robin
(L, 3-6 vs. Rhinos; W, 4-2 vs. Ice Jets)
Won Semifinal game, 7-2 vs. El Paso Rhinos
Lost Thorne Cup Championship game, 2-4 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
|Lake Tahoe Blue|
|2013–14||46||19||24||2||1||41||181||227|| 5th of 6, Pacific|
17th of 24, WSHL
|Did not qualify|
|2014–15||46||7||36||2||1||17||130||269|| 7th of 7, Northwest|
25th of 28, WSHL
|Did not qualify|
|2015–16||52||2||50||0||—||4||83||412|| 7th of 7, Northwest|
29th of 29, WSHL
|Did not qualify|
|2016–17||52||15||33||4||—||34||174||307|| 5th of 7, Northwest|
21st of 27, WSHL
|Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Vancouver Rangers|
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
United Hockey Union National Championship TournamentEdit
|Year||Round Robin|| Record|
|Semi Final Game||Championship Game|
|2013|| OTL, Lake George Fighting Spirit (NSHL) 3-4|
W, Hartland Hounds (MWJHL) 4-3
W, Tennyson Chevrolet (MWJHL) 6-0
2nd of 6
|OTW, Syracuse Stampede (NSHL) 1-0||L, Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL) 1-5|
- ↑ Who we are. Lake Tahoe Blue. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
- ↑ Bay Area Seals 2012-2013 Season Preview. Junior Hockey News (September 15, 2012).
- ↑ Hockey team creating a buzz in South Tahoe. Lake Tahoe News (November 1, 2013).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lake Tahoe Blue 2013-2014 Season Preview. WSHL (September 16, 2013).
- ↑ Tahoe Hockey Partners, LLC Brings WSHL Junior Hockey Team to South Lake Tahoe. Carson Now (August 21, 2013).
- ↑ Tahoe Icemen land in South Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Icemen (April 20, 2015).
- ↑ Icemen Hire Tom Maroste as Head Coach/GM. WSHL (May 4, 2015).
- ↑ 2012-13 WSHL Standings. WSHL. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
- ↑ 2013 WSHL Playoffs Scoreboard. WSHL. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
- ↑ 2013-14 WSHL Standings. WSHL. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
- ↑ 2014-15 WSHL Standings. WSHL. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
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