UPDATE: IceCaps ink one-year extension

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St. John’s IceCaps president and CEO Danny Williams confirmed at a news conference Wednesday afternoon the team has inked a one-year extension to its current contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

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The news was first broken on www.thetelegram.com

This means the Jets will house their American Hockey League players in St. John’s for the 2014-15 season, and 2015-16.

“This is a proud day for the St. John’s IceCaps, and I believe it epitomizes the never-say-die attitude our organization has exuded since Day 1,” Williams said.

“I’d like to thank the Winnipeg Jets organization for extending our relationship which has proven to be one of the most successful in the league, and sees us on the road to breaking the AHL record for consecutive sold out games this season.”

The IceCaps have currently have sold out 114 regular season games. The current record is 144 straight sellouts, by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. If the IceCaps continue to fill Mile One Centre, the record would be broken on March 13 against the Manchester Monarchs.

The Jets announced in early January this season would be the final one for their farm club in St. John’s. Winnipeg and the City of Thunder Bay announced a consortium that includes True North Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Jets; former NHL coach Gary Green, a director of Stadium Consultants International and BBB Architects; and Lakehead University had been chosen as the event partner for construction of a $106 million facility that would include a 5,700-seat arena.

As part of the deal, Winnipeg would move its AHL team to Thunder Bay.

However, ground has not yet been broken on the Thunder Bay rink, and some reports have indicated funding for the project is not even finalized.

“In three short years,” AHL president Dave Andrews said in a statement, “the St. John’s IceCaps have become one of the highest-performing franchises in the American Hockey League, both on and off the ice.

“This extension between the IceCaps and the Jets is great news for the AHL and our great fans in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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Earlier:

The St. John’s IceCaps have an imminent news conference at 2:30 p.m. at which time the team and the parent Winnipeg Jets have an announcement planned.

If I’m a betting man, expect the Jets to announce they will remain in St. John’s for at least one more American Hockey League season beyond 2014-15.

The Jets announced in early January this season would be the final one for their farm club in St. John’s. Winnipeg and the City of Thunder Bay announced a consortium that includes True North Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Jets; former NHL coach Gary Green, a director of Stadium Consultants International and BBB Architects; and Lakehead University had been chosen as the event partner for construction of a $106 million facility that would include a 5,700-seat arena.

As part of the deal, Winnipeg would move its AHL team to Thunder Bay.

However, ground has not yet been broken on the Thunder Bay rink, and some reports have indicated funding for the project is not even finalized.

As a result, look for the Jets to remain in St. John’s this 2014-15 season, and 2015-16.

 

 

Organizations: Jets, American Hockey League, True North Sports and Entertainment NHL Stadium Consultants International and BBB Architects Lakehead University

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay.However

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  • Saywhat
    September 04, 2014 - 15:02

    To JRM..Strongly suggest you read the Winnipeg Free Press story. They are closer and have a pulse on the ownership of the Ice Caps and not the lease holders. The story leaves the impression St.John's fans were bailing out just like they did during the last year of the St.John's Maple Leafs. And remember despite all the sellouts last season and the Calder Cup run, the Ice Caps ended the year in the red. For confirmation read Robin Short's story on June 21st.

  • Saywhat
    September 04, 2014 - 07:58

    To JRM..And I quote from today's Winnipeg Free Press. The reporter is Tim Campbell. "It will give a boost to the team in St,John's where ticket sales were lagging with the reality of the team's departure at the end of the season."

    • JRM
      September 04, 2014 - 12:56

      No doubt the Winnipeg Free Press has their finger on the pulse of St. John's. Sure they sends a reporter to every single game! Yes b'y. The sellouts are all made up.

  • trouty
    September 04, 2014 - 01:16

    Scott first off the Icecaps are not funded by the city,and the tax payers in St.John's do not pay a dime for it.Also the Icecaps pay a very high lease fee that gives the city money,not to count they have generated millions of dollars of revenue for downtown.No worry scott Thunder Bay anit building anything,they been rumored to be building it since 2002,so don't worry no team will be coming to your welfair town,since you like to use that word

  • frankie diamonds
    September 03, 2014 - 22:11

    Fred Hutton came on VOCM live to break this story way before it was reported by the Telegram. Iguess you guys speculated at the possibility of this happening but Hutton and VOCM first to break a confirmed story.

  • Saywhat
    September 03, 2014 - 15:06

    Sorry to say this is a feeble story. Unlike the Winnipeg Free Press. You should have mentioned this was a lame duck franchise and ticket sales were lagging. You also should have mentioned they were trying to move the team to Fargo, North Dakota but the deal fell through. And True North wanted to see how the new six team Pacific division is going to pan out next season before leaving St.John's for good.

    • JRM
      September 04, 2014 - 07:28

      Ticket sales lagging? Is that why every game since the launch of the team has sold out? Lagging? Yes b'y.

    • edwart tt
      September 04, 2014 - 08:21

      The telegram is more of a cheerleading group when it comes to this team . They don't dear tell the real story or they lose there freebee tickets. Winnipeg is only here cause they got no where to go yet

  • Saywhat
    September 03, 2014 - 15:04

    Sorry to say this is a feeble story. Unlike the Winnipeg Free Press. You should have mentioned this was a lame duck franchise and ticket sales were lagging. You also should have mentioned they were trying to move the team to Fargo, North Dakota but the deal fell through. And True North wanted to see how the new six team Pacific division is going to pan out next season before leaving St.John's for good.

  • Scott Duncan
    September 03, 2014 - 13:36

    We in Thunder Bay dont want this tax dollar sucking pig of a hockey team. We dont need a welfare dome nor do the people of Thunder Bay want one. Welfare hockey teams arent needed anywhere and only fools would support them. Hockey is a great sport and I love it, but teams that leech from tax payers are disgustingly low forms of humanity. Play your game in buildings bought with your own money instead of stealing it from the good people of our community. Hopefully this team starts paying their own way or folds completely. Thunder Bay is broke and in debt up to its eyeballs. It is over run with drunk and stoned zombies murdering eachother that already steal our tax dollars via welfare programs that buy them the booze, drugs and needles to inject themselves with. For the good of everybody involved keep your hockey team somewhere else.

    • fogNL
      September 03, 2014 - 16:08

      You must be a blast at parties.