Louisiana IceGators
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City: Lafayette, Louisiana
League: Southern Professional Hockey League
Founded: 2009
Home Arena: Cajundome
Colors: Green, Gold, Black, White
Owner(s): Chuck Anselmo Jr. & Chuck Anselmo III
General Manager: Louis Dumont
Head Coach: Kevin Kaminski
Media: Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Affiliates: New York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Franchise history
1995–2005 / 2009–2016: Louisiana IceGators
Regular Season Titles: 0

The Louisiana IceGators were a team of the Southern Professional Hockey League who began play in the 2009-10 season. Like the original IceGators which played from 1995 until folding in 2005, they are based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. For their first season as members of the SPHL, home games were played at the Blackham Coliseum rather than the Cajundome, the original home of the ECHL 'Gators. For the 2010-11 season, however, the team's home ice returned to the Cajundome.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Original Louisiana Icegators logo

For their first season as members of the SPHL, home games were played at the Blackham Coliseum rather than the Cajundome, the original home of the ECHL's IceGators. For the 2010–11 season, the team's home ice returned to the Cajundome, also called the "Frozen Swamp."[2]

On October 26, 2009, Ron Handy stepped down as head coach after a 0-3-0 start. He was replaced by general manager Brent Sapergia on an interim basis. Sapergia was banned by the league after being disqualified from two games in a row. In Pensacola, Sapergia threw a water bottle onto the ice, then a water cooler, then a pair of medical kits. Sapergia finished the tirade by emptying Louisiana's supply of hockey sticks into play and giving a farewell gesture to the fans as he left the arena.[3] Former Huntsville Havoc player and coach John Gibson was later named head coach, while Handy began to focus on community relations and off-ice operations. Gibson would coach 11 games before being replaced by Dave MacIsaac. MacIsaac would finish off the 2009–10 season, coaching 38 games, finishing with a record of 18-18-0.

On October 18, 2010, the IceGators affiliated with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League for the 2010–11 season.[4] During the 2010–11 season, MacIsaac would have 7 wins and 14 loses in 22 games[5] before being let go. He was replaced in December 2010 by former NHL enforcer Kevin "Killer" Kaminiski. Also during this season, the IceGators brought back forward Shawn McNeil who had played for the ECHL IceGators from 1999 to 2003. The IceGators also started rookie goalie Scott Darling[6] who would become the first SPHL player to play in the National Hockey League when he was called up by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2014–15 NHL season. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with Darling as a back-up to Corey Crawford.[7]

In 2013–14, IceGators star player, Shawn McNeil, would play in 56 games achieving 18 goals and 49 assists at the age of 35. On April 3, 2014, Shawn was named the 2013–14 Easton SPHL Most Valuable Player. "McNeil led all players in points (67) and assists (49) and tied SPHL season-highs with an 18-game point streak and an eight-game assist streak. One of four IceGators to play all 56 games, McNeil was a team-best +18 as he led Louisiana to a second-place finish in the regular season." [8]

On May 16, 2016, the IceGators' GM and the SPHL announced that the team is suspending operations for the 2016–17 SPHL season due to planned Cajundome renovations.[9]

Sometime during the spring of 2017 the team quietly went out of business.

Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]

As of the 2015–16 season[10]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2009–10 56 23 31 2 48 175 223 1650 7th of 7, SPHL Did not qualify
2010–11 56 16 40 0 32 170 231 1111 8th of 8, SPHL Did not qualify
2011–12 56 24 27 5 53 177 202 943 7th of 9, SPHL Lost in Quarterfinals
2012–13 56 34 17 5 73 172 167 1145 2nd of 9, SPHL Lost in Semifinals
2013–14 56 35 18 3 73 198 175 1094 2nd of 10, SPHL Lost in Quarterfinals
2014–15 56 27 21 8 62 77 184 968 6th of 8, SPHL Lost in Semifinals
2015–16 56 26 26 4 56 151 162 1008 6th of 9, SPHL Lost in Quarterfinals
2016-17 On Hiatus then fold

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