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Icemen bring back pair of returners

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers and the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defensemen Croix Evingson and Jacob Panetta for the 2021-22 season.  

Evingson joined the Icemen last spring after concluding his collegiate career at Niagara University where he recorded 12 points (1g-11a) in 21 games. The 24-year-old then went on to appear in seven games with Jacksonville, logging an assist.  From 2017-19, Evingson collected eight points in two seasons at UMass-Lowell. The Anchorage, Alaska resident pieced together a 52-point season (12g-40a) with 125 penalty minutes in his final season in juniors with the Shreveport Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League. Evingson was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.   

Panetta returns to Jacksonville after appearing in six games with the Icemen last season. Prior to Jacksonville, the 25-year-old played four seasons at Colgate University registering 25 points. The Bellville, Ontario resident finished the 2015-16 season with 45 points (9g-36a) in 47 games played with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Wellington Dukes.