Motor City Machine

Southern Minnesota Express

Motor City Metal Jackets
City: Wyandotte, Michigan
League: NAHL
Division: North
Founded: 2005
Home Arena: Yack Arena
Colors: Dark Red, Black, Gray, and White
Owner(s): Kenji Yamada
Head Coach: David Cole
Media: B2 Networks
Franchise history
2005 to 2008: Southern Minnesota Express
2008 to 2009: Motor City Machine
2009-2011: Motor City Metal Jackets
2011-2013: Jamestown Ironmen

The Motor City Metal Jackets were a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's North Division, The Metal Jackets played home games at the 3,800-seat Yack Arena in Wyandotte, Michigan, which is part of the Greater Detroit Area].

Team History[edit | edit source]

The franchise began as an expansion team to the NAHL in 2005. The team played in the town of Owatonna, Minnesota as the Southern Minnnesota Express. After the 2007-2008 season it was announced that the Express would relocated to the Detroit Area, where they would be called the Motor City Machine. The Owatonna, Minnesota market was granted a new franchise with a similar name, the Owatonna Express.

On June 26, 2009, the team announced it was changing its nickname to the Metal Jackets, and removing the triangle and text from the logo. [2]

On May 7, 2011, it was announced the team was moving to Jamestown, New York to become the Jamestown Ironmen, named after record setting Jamestown Jet Alumnist, Johnathan "The Ironman" Andhor. The city's current Junior A hockey team, the Jamestown Jets, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit over the move, alleging a conspiracy to remove the Jets in favor of the Ironmen.[1]

In February 2013, Ironmen owner Kenji Yamada indicated he may put the team up for sale due to falling attendance. Yamada stated that he does not want to move the team out of Jamestown.[2] On May 5, it was reported that a deal was completed between a group of local investors and a separate faction to buy the team from Yamada, which would keep the team in Jamestown.[3] This deal ultimately collapsed, and on June 5, 2013, Yamada announced the Ironmen would not return for the 2013–14 season.[4]

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

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Southern Minnesota Express
2005–06 58 35 17 6 76 233 175 1,120 1st, Central Lost in Final
2006–07 62 35 23 4 74 206 177 1,238 2nd, Central Lost in Semifinal
2007–08 58 29 21 8 66 203 229 1,308 2nd, Central Lost in 1st Round
Motor City Machine
2008–09 58 11 45 2 24 134 254 1,518 6th, North Did not qualify
Motor City Metal Jackets
2009–10 58 25 26 7 57 158 189 1,436 4th, North Lost in 2nd Round
2010–11 58 31 25 2 64 228 188 1,377 6th, North Did not qualify
Jamestown Ironmen
2011–12 60 19 36 5 43 148 211 1,215 5th, North Did not qualify
2012–13 60 37 19 4 78 170 152 997 2nd, North Lost in Final

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rodriguez, Jason (2011-06-09). Jets file lawsuit. The Post-Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  2. Atkins, Ryan (February 15, 2013). Owner Seeks Investing Teammate. The Post-Journal. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. Russon, Randy (May 5, 2013). [1]. "". Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. Ironmen Won't Return For 2013-14 Season. The Post-Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
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