EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville IceMen announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators and the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators. The IceMen will partner with the Senators for the next two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).
“I just think it’s a real exciting piece of our program,” said IceMen Head Coach Dwight Mullins. “I’ve had a working relationship with Ottawa over the past couple of years and I know that they’re a first class organization. Working with them will help us accomplish our goals here in Evansville and ensure progress for the entire Ottawa franchise.”
Before their partnership with the IceMen, the Senators were affiliated with the Elmira Jackals for the last six seasons. With talent from the Senators’ franchise on their roster, the Jackals made the playoffs five of the past six years.
“Having strong affiliates is a vital part of building a great feeder system to the National Hockey League,” said Bryan Murray, Ottawa Senators general manager. “This agreement with Evansville provides a terrific avenue for the growth and development of our players who are working to get their shot at the National Hockey League.”
“We are very happy to begin this relationship with the IceMen,” said Randy Lee, the Senators’ assistant general manager. “From the first moment we met with the Evansville group, we were impressed by the professionalism of their entire organization. We place great importance on the development of our players and know that this management group, along with the fantastic facility, will be a great step up for the players in our organization.