IceCaps a soaring success story
St. John’s club league leader in numerous categories
The St. John’s IceCaps returned home Monday, Nov. 7 after a six-game, 11-day road trip as the top team in the American Hockey League.
Following an extremely successful trip, St. John’s sits atop the AHL standings with a 9-2-3-0 record for 21 points. The Western Conference’s Houston Aeros trail by two points.
Not only are the IceCaps first in league standings, the club is also a league leader in many off ice categories. To date the club has sold out all six of its home games and has almost 5,000 season tickets sold.
Club President and Chief Executive Officer Danny Williams expressed his pleasure at the team’s performance. St. John’s has won four straight games away from home and recorded a point in each of its last six road games. To date, the club has recorded points in all eight games away from Mile One Centre and has not lost a road game in regulation time.
“The most important success we have enjoyed so far has been on the ice,” said Mr. Williams. “Our province embraced this new team and in return they have not let us down.
“As of today, the St. John’s IceCaps are the number one team in the AHL. Our remarkable roster of players and our coaching and support staff have poured their hearts and souls into building this franchise from the ground up. Every game, they leave nothing on the ice, giving their best effort and delivering for our fans. It is no easy task to get established as a brand new team, and to develop a cohesive and winning product on the ice. We should all be incredibly proud of their success as they represent Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Williams also proudly noted the off-ice support that has made the IceCaps a success.
“We are so incredibly proud of the outstanding success that we have achieved to-date as an organization,” Mr. Williams stated. “It started with positive working relationships with the City of St. John’s and True North Sports and Entertainment. Those relationships laid a strong foundation for bringing professional hockey back to the province.
“Then we received exceptional support from fans, selling close to 5,000 season tickets in our first year of operation. Next, the corporate community stepped up and came on board with unprecedented support for the IceCaps. And from the first game, fans have been incredibly generous by supporting our newly-formed foundation, IceCaps Care. This charitable organization, which will partner with the Williams Family Foundation, will enable the team to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars right back into the community.”
The IceCaps are now home for a six-game stand at Mile One, starting this weekend with games Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 against the Connecticut Whale. Following that the IceCaps play the Norfolk Admirals November 18 and 19 and the Toronto Marlies November 25 and 26.There are limited seats still available for each of the games, which are expected to sell out.