We're Accepting Applications for Sports Marketing Interns

The Jacksonville Icemen are seeking highly motivated, outgoing, and dedicated candidates for our 2017 Season Internships. Candidates should expect to build upon their work experience in the fast-paced, results driven world of the ECHL.

Finalists will be contacted for interviews. All applications will be kept on file until the beginning of the internship program that each candidate applied for.

Position Overview:

The internship program offers hands-on experience in sales and marketing through implementing and planning off-season activities leading up to and through the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. Sales and Marketing Interns will be an integral part of the IceMen sales team by assisting in all aspects of selling, fulfilling and executing sales initiatives. Interns will also provide support for grassroots marketing, ticket sales events and Jacksonville IceMen game days. This internship is for outgoing, hardworking individuals who want to pursue a career in sports.

The position is based upon supervised work experience in departments throughout the organization, including:

  • Community Relations
  • Public Relations              
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Ticket Sales                               
  • Retail Sales         
  • Events & Entertainment                              
  • Graphic Design                           

The 2017-2018 Icemen Internship program will begin in April 2017 and end in late April 2018.  Interns are also expected to commit to the full term of the internship.  Applicants must be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends for events and games. 

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Jacksonville Icemen begin their season in florida october 2017

PRINCETON N.J. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Home Territory for the Membership formerly based in Evansville, Indiana to Jacksonville, Florida. 

The Jacksonville IceMen will begin play in October at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a 13,141-seat venue which opened in 2003.

“Jacksonville is an excellent geographic fit for our South Division,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. “Ron Geary and his team have been working behind the scenes for many months in preparation for this day. This is a great sports town and the Veterans Memorial Arena a terrific facility to showcase ECHL hockey.”

“Jacksonville is a natural fit for professional hockey,” said IceMen CEO Ron Geary. “We looked at the enthusiastic support current teams receive here and are excited to join them in providing Jacksonville fans with solid, family-priced sports entertainment.”

“We are honored to bring professional hockey back to Jacksonville,” IceMen President Bob Ohrablo said. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone who attends IceMen games will enjoy a competitive team and plenty of entertainment surrounding our games – all at family affordable prices. In addition, we will ensure that the IceMen organization becomes a solid corporate citizen in Jacksonville.”

The Jacksonville Lizard Kings competed in the ECHL for five seasons from 1995-96 through 1999-2000, reaching the Riley Cup Finals in its first season. Jacksonville has a pro hockey history dating back to 1964, when the Jacksonville Rockets joined the Eastern Hockey League.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 29th season in 2016-17. There have been 614 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 15 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2016-17 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2016-17, marking the 20th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com.

Pro hockey comes to jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL – City of Jacksonville officials joined ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to the City and League.  Joined by IceMen ownership, including CEO Ron Geary; Team President Bob Ohrablo and Jacksonville based Frank Ruperto, the group announced that this fall, the Jacksonville IceMen will begin play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  

The team will play a 36-game regular season home schedule against South Division teams from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Naples/Fort Myers, Orlando, and Greenville and Charleston, SC, as well as the rest of the 28-team ECHL, which extends from Jacksonville to Anchorage, Alaska.

“The City of Jacksonville is thrilled to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to our sports and entertainment landscape,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Jacksonville is a great sports city and we are excited about the opportunity to bring professional hockey to our Veterans Memorial Arena.” 

The ECHL serves as a development league for the National Hockey League.

“On behalf of the ECHL Board of Governors, we are pleased to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to the ECHL,” proclaimed Brian McKenna, the ECHL’s Commissioner.  “The continuing growth of Jacksonville, along with the experienced and enthusiastic ownership group, the wonderful venue and support of the city officials, creates a very positive outlook for the future of pro hockey in Jacksonville.”

“Jacksonville is a natural fit for professional hockey,” said Ron Geary, who has owned the IceMen team for the past eight years in Evansville, Indiana.  “We looked at the enthusiastic support current teams receive here and are excited to join them in providing Jacksonville fans with solid family-priced sports entertainment.”

“We are honored to bring professional hockey back to Jacksonville,” added Bob Ohrablo.  “We are committed to insuring that everyone who attends IceMen games will enjoy a competitive team and plenty of entertainment surrounding our games – all at family affordable prices. In addition we will insure that the IceMen organization becomes a solid corporate citizen in Jacksonville.”

The IceMen are supported by a Jacksonville IceMen Advisory Group that includes community leaders such as:

  • John Delaney (former Mayor, President-UNF)
  • Toney Sleiman (Principle, Sleiman Enterprises)
  • Frank Ruperto (Jacksonville IceMen partner and CFO/SVP Rayonier Advanced Materials)
  • Mike Moses (Michaelson Group Real Estate)
  • Tony Mahfoud (Eisman & Russo)
  • Gilles Richard (Jax Ice and Sportsplex)
  • Dr. Ted Wetzork (Kernan Chiropratic Centre)
  • Bill Adams (Gunster)
  • Elaine Brown (Mayor, City of Neptune)
  • Eric Andeer (Morgan and Morgan)

“There are many people that have helped make this happen,” added Ohrablo.  “They include our owner/members, special advisors to the organization Terry Delahunty and Gerald Higgins and we are very fortunate to have former Barracuda defensemen and general manager, Gilles Richard .”

The IceMen will shortly unveil its Faceoff Jacksonville which will be a series of exciting events leading up to Opening Night in October 2017.  More information on season memberships is available at www.jacksonvilleicemen.com.