The St. John’s IceCaps will become official Friday

Robin Short
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Danny Williams an announcing a new AHL team for St. John's last month. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The St. John’s IceCaps will become official Friday with the naming of the American Hockey League team at Mile One Centre.

The name, first reported by The Telegram last month, was selected by club president Danny Williams.

St. John’s will be the farm club of the newest NHL club, the Winnipeg Jets.

There has been widespread circulation and unfounded rumours regarding the team’s name, stirring great debate amongst hockey fans.

Friday’s announcement is slated for 11 a.m., and will also see the unveiling of the team’s logo. As part of the official launch, IceCaps T-shirts and ball caps will go on sale noon Friday at That Pro Look, Maverick Sports and Collectibles, Play-it-Again Sports and Sportscraft.

The IceCaps’ jersey won’t be unveiled until the team’s home opener Oct. 14 at Mile One.

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  • Don Clark
    August 02, 2011 - 00:02

    Unfortunately, despite the trial balloon, a majority of the St. John's fans haven't agreed to another moniker name in the month that has passed. Winnipeg fans agreed to Jets 3-1 in the polls, St. Johns fans couldn't even agree to a name with 1/4 of a poll... Therefore, Danny gets to decide... The St. John's fans blew their chance...

  • boomeriles
    July 29, 2011 - 16:46

    Caps logo is 1000 times better than the jets new one!

  • don
    July 29, 2011 - 09:44

    Great name. People who dont like it are not hockey fans-just Danny haters and whinners and complainers. Go CAPS -Thanks Danny.. Got my season ticket yesterday ---Cant wait to get down and boo Marlies .LOL

    • jim smith
      July 29, 2011 - 12:45

      not a matter of toronto vs montreal, grow up

  • Ron
    July 29, 2011 - 09:35

    Looks like most of us are accepting ICECAPS as not that bad anyway. So lets predict the LOGO......? It gotta be an ICEBERG......with a Pothead going by. GO CAPS GO

  • Toby Flanderson
    July 29, 2011 - 08:43

    Who cares what they are called. We will support them. For those that won't because of the name, get over your childishness, stay away from the confines of Mile One and stuff your negativity in a sack. Hockey is back in St. John's, I would'nt care if they were called the Bucky King's Whoppers, I'd be in a seat at Mile One to watch them.

  • steve
    July 29, 2011 - 08:19

    Who really cares. Have any of you looked at the names of the other teams in this league? The Whale? The Ice Hogs? The Checkers? Ice Caps is at least as good as those, and the closest we could come to using the old Caps name and possibly incorporate the logo without actually naming the team the "caps" and having an AHL affiliate share a name with a divisional rival of its parent club.

  • Paul
    July 29, 2011 - 08:19

    Just thought the new name might get AHL fans confused with the Ice Cap's new name. Up until 2005 we had the Worcester Ice Cats playing here in Massachusetts. Team was here for 11 years in the AHL . Good luck and look forward to seeing you play here in Worcester against my new team the Worcester Sharks. i am also a season ticket holder here .

  • Frankie Venom
    July 29, 2011 - 06:28

    tsk, tsk ... a few monhts back when it was rumoured that "Ice Caps" was being considered as the name for our new AHL franchise, there was a lot of negative reaction to it ... Danny is a smart man and I am surprized that he didn't come up with a stronger sounding name, one better reflective of our proud history and heritage ... but, Danny likely came up with the lame "Ice Caps" moniker and his famous stubborness and pride would've likely prevented him from considering an alternative ... shame really ... now our team is just another Newfie Joke ... tsk, tsk ...

  • robroy
    July 29, 2011 - 05:44

    sponser maybe?

  • Joseph McGrath
    July 29, 2011 - 05:18

    The name is fine.It grows on you.

  • spiffy spiffo
    July 29, 2011 - 01:47

    I love how Winnipegers got what they wanted with their team name, and St John's gets a horrible abortion of a name compromise nobody likes. It's like the complete opposite.

  • Judd
    July 29, 2011 - 00:31

    Ice Caps, Good name for a beer to. Back in the day, hockey and beer went GREAT together.

  • Percy Anthony
    July 28, 2011 - 22:20

    The ice cap is not too bad but I dont like that one worse name devil fog ....

  • Trevor Rowe
    July 28, 2011 - 22:18

    What about the "St. John's Snipers"? The Cdn. forces has a reputation of some of the best snipers in world. Winnipegs logo was decidedly military. Hopefully it could translate into lots of pucks in the net.

  • Peter
    July 28, 2011 - 21:27

    I have no problem with "IceCaps" but to be honest they should just be called "The Caps" like the good old days of senior hockey. The first game they should retire Gus Grecco, Hilton Ruggles and Brad Fishers Jerseys.....

  • wingedmonkey
    July 28, 2011 - 19:33

    Sounds like the name of a little league soccer team...BECAUSE IT IS. Lucky enough to get a team here, and they name it after a Tim Horton's beverage. Nice. Real nice.

  • Robert
    July 28, 2011 - 19:08

    With the money DW paid for his team I guess he earns the right to call it anything he wants. Lets go Caps! Real fans of hockey won't even give it another thought. Bet the ones complaining didn't get to the ticket booth in time......snooze you lose!

  • Hockeyfan
    July 28, 2011 - 18:14

    I'll go regardless of the name, though I think something like "Mariners" would reflect the culture a bit better. Also St. John's Jets has a nice alliterative ring to it and identifies us with the big league team a bit better.

  • Hockeyfan
    July 28, 2011 - 18:11

    I'll go regardless of the name, though I think something like "Mariners" would reflect the culture a bit better. Also St. John's Jets has a nice alliterative ring to it and identifies us with the big league team a bit better.

  • Huck
    July 28, 2011 - 17:18

    Ice Caps??? Well, it appears that Danny the Dictator gets his own way even though he no longer sits on the throne. Yes me son, did ya hear the one about poor old Uncle Jarge at the Ice Cap game bye ........

  • Mindy
    July 28, 2011 - 17:13

    it is only a name! Be grateful that we are getting hockey back to the island. It would not matter what name it was going to be there would still be complaints. Except and cheer on the Team!!!

  • Shane Cashin
    July 28, 2011 - 16:19

    I have a good feeling that I was the guy who let the cat out of the bag, got up one morning to buy or .ca and see if I could resell them to make a few bucks and sure enough when I did a WHOIS lookup, it was bough on the 16th of June. Posted it on my fb wall and emailed the info to VOCM Backtalk. 24 hours later, the news starts talking about it. I wonder if the group came up with this name had a natural liking to it and put it out there as a means of free test marketing? Anyway, in time people will get over it. We did get over the look of the Rooms right? :)

  • proud townie
    July 28, 2011 - 15:37

    Just start chanting go caps go and eventually the ice like it does will just melt away and they will be the Caps.

  • Anon
    July 28, 2011 - 15:18

    White caps > Ice Caps But it doesn't matter, the rest of Canada already know's were the stupidest province in Canada, now our Hockey team will prove it for us by bearing the name of an iced beverage. This province goes nowhere near the earth's Ice Cap. Not Even Labrador.

  • Ron
    July 28, 2011 - 15:12

    Some of you are definitely sucking on dumb tits. Is that all you got yo complain about is the name of the team? I am just so dam glad to have pro hockey back in St. John's. And Ice Caps is not such a bad name anyway!!!!!!

  • Bob
    July 28, 2011 - 14:54

    Oh people, get over it! Its a name, and just like the NF flag, the flak over this will soon be forgotten. Those using the "Tim" arguement, perhaps you spend a little too much time there. Over time, we'll come to know them as the "Caps!" How many of us would have chosen a different name for ourselves! I was always partial to Alfonzo, but Bob has suited me fine! Go Icecaps Go!!!

  • wayne
    July 28, 2011 - 14:09

    yawn...............who cares

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 - 14:05

    Hockey is hockey and I will grudgingly go to some games, but I refuse to buy any merchandise as long as the team has this stupid name. I'm very disappointed with Williams right now, he knows perfectly well that the vast majority of us hate the name "IceCaps".

    • Catherine
      July 28, 2011 - 14:55

      It's better than the "Fog Devils"! lol

    • Greg
      July 28, 2011 - 17:03

      I'd just like to point out to everyone that "hates" this name, ice caps are chunks of ice that float in the ocean. Now, lets go back to every year where we all debate about how much we love the seal hunt, ice caps are everywhere with that. Big connection with our province and the history of the island. Not to mention most ships used to cast off from St. John's to the ice fields where the, you guessed it, ice caps were located. It's a fine name and shows cultural importance. Anyone that links it to Tim Horton's also doesn't see the potential sponsorship deal that will keep the team here longer than the former leafs. Anyone who hates the name is not a true hockey fan. It's about the team, not the name.

  • Mr. Juannabe
    July 28, 2011 - 14:00

    I STILL say "Ice Caps" is a decoy name, and something else will be unveiled tomorrow. You heard it here first...

    • Please oh please
      July 28, 2011 - 14:20

      I sure hope so.....that would be awesome and then Mr. McCarthy can post an apology in the Telegram Saturday for jumping the gun!

    • Ditka
      July 28, 2011 - 14:30

      Why would he have to apologize?

  • Tommy
    July 28, 2011 - 13:59

    I'm not opposed to the name because of its relation to the Tim Horton's "Iced Capp" because I think that's foolish. The "Iced Capp" is based on... you, know... the real ice cap (a glacier). Anyway, I am opposed because it sounds cartoonish and weak. Either way, I'll be supporting the team. Ice Caps on the program, CAPS in the hearts. Go Caps Go! PS. GROWLERS is a terrible, terrible name. I'd rather Ice Caps.

  • frank lee
    July 28, 2011 - 13:58

    newfoundland and labrador a cultural mecca. st johns the cultural heart of a province brimming with uniqueness. the best we can come up with is a recycled name. prehaps we are not the cultural mecca that we pretend to be.

  • Linda
    July 28, 2011 - 13:54

    Some people just can't be satisfied. We got the hockey team here with no money coming from our province. It's only a name people- GROW UP!!!!!!

  • Fan
    July 28, 2011 - 13:51

    Ice Caps will be shortened to Caps. When Fog Devils was annouced I wasn't impressed with that but after a while it grew on me I'm sure Ice Caps will too. It's a lot better than most of the others names that have been suggested.

  • Don Lester
    July 28, 2011 - 13:33

    I think " Ice Caps" is a perfect name for the team as it relates directly as to where we live -- in "Ice Berg Ally." Good job Danny.

  • GrowlersFan
    July 28, 2011 - 12:52

    ......oh great, say it ain't so (eyes rolling) not impressed with the name. Pull one out of the hat tomorrow Danny and make a splash with a totally different name! (growlers anyone?)

    July 28, 2011 - 12:46

    All you Ice Cap haters should actually look up the proper name and spelling of the Tim Horton's beverage. It's "Iced Capp". This hockey team will be named (so we've been repeatedly told) Ice Caps. A subtle difference, but still a difference. GO CAPS GO!!! (PS - Growlers sucks).

    • That 's what I've been saying....
      July 28, 2011 - 13:56

      EXACTLY... it's ICED Cap at Tim's.... GO CAPS GO!!!

    • mallrat
      July 28, 2011 - 21:04

      Hey CAPSMAN, so i am sitting here eating a 96 pak of timbits and sipping on an Iced Cap and it occurred to me.......Eurika these idiots can't get it through their heads that there will always be a DIRECT correlation with Tim Horton's. IT's STUPID! Frank Lee summed it up best, read his comment! Truth is I would say that Danny Jr. Loves drinking an Iced Capp before he sheds his T-shirt and engages in a Brawl so it was fitting to name the team after JR's pre-fight Meal! What A Bloody Joke!

  • Jon
    July 28, 2011 - 12:46

    According to the article, shirts are available now. Do they have to logo on them, someone hurry up and post the logo.

  • RogerK
    July 28, 2011 - 12:42

    Ice Caps?????? There are no Ice Caps in or around Newfoundland!!! Expect at Tim Horton's, maybe that is where the idea came from. Hope Tim's sues... Did anyone see the MacLean's article, people across Canada must be laughing at us again, way to go Danny!

  • Jon
    July 28, 2011 - 12:40

    Real Ice Caps were around long before Tim Hortons was...

  • Kevy
    July 28, 2011 - 12:38

    Hate the name. and I have to agree, what joy does a person get in announcing something before it's offical, rumour is one thing, stating it is another. Thanks Danny for getting us a team but no thanks for the name, no time to hold a contest or not you still could have listened to the people and not some quick poll of people close to ya. Gotta go out now and try to find an Ice Cap somewhere, wait....the only one I'll find anywhere near Newfoundland is at Tim's!!! not planning on going to the Arctic.

    • Nick
      July 28, 2011 - 14:39

      He has no obligation to consult the "people" when coming up with a name. It's Mr. Shorts job to get the appropriate information, what's is Mr. Short going to do, get the correct information and then sit on it because A) he doesn't want to ruin the surprise for the public or B) get scooped by another media outlet because they're going to do the same thing if they get the information first?

  • Mike
    July 28, 2011 - 12:32

    I guess Danny doesn't go to Tims often...maybe he's a Starbucks fan! If he did, he would know just how silly this name sounds on a hockey team....of all the possible names, this one has to be the silliest!

  • NewfieB
    July 28, 2011 - 12:29

    Boooo don't like the name at all, let's at least hope for a nice logo. And before people jump on this post, I am a huge hockey fan and will go to games but that doesn't mean I have to like the name of the team, they could have picked much much better, as you could clearly see by all the posts over the weeks on different sites. Bummer

  • Jimbo
    July 28, 2011 - 12:27

    Major Disappointment.....for 2 reasons, one that the name seems to be Ice Caps and that the reporter leaks the name and has for a while now. Great piece of media work, why have a lanch tomorrow when this writer already announced it!!! Put the logo in your article and save Danny some time tomorrow. Go Growlers Go!!!!

  • MallRat
    July 28, 2011 - 12:18

    Brutal!! nothing else sums it up better than that...... Free advertising for tims! Logo should be good, a big Clear Plastic Tims Iced Cappucino cup with the red and white swirl straw?! Please say Tim Hortons will NOT be granted the contract for coffee and grogs like at the old Memorial Stadium, what a joke. Anyway, St.John's Jets was ours to piss away and Voila! Well Done Group, Well Done!