EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville IceMen announced today that the team has added a second NHL affiliation through a player development partnership with the St. Louis Blues.
“We’re happy to be able to establish this relationship with the St. Louis Blues and Peoria Rivermen by entering into this affiliation agreement,” said IceMen General Manager/Head Coach Rich Kromm. “We were presented this opportunity with the Blues and it seemed a natural fit for our club, our fans and our community; especially considering that St. Louis and Peoria are so close to us geographically. The Blues have always been a strong organization with an outstanding history. The IceMen are delighted to now have two excellent working partnerships with Columbus and now St. Louis.”
“We are very excited to begin a new relationship with Evansville as the IceMen join the ECHL,” said Blues Assistant General Manager Kevin MacDonald. “They have a first-class facility and we are thrilled to have our prospects be coached by someone who played in the NHL and has such an established coaching career. This is a great opportunity to have our players in close proximity to both the NHL and American League cities where we can monitor their progress on a consistent basis.”
Through this affiliation, the IceMen take their place as the ECHL affiliate in the Blues’ system which also includes the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.