|Motor City Metal Jackets|
|Home Arena:||Yack Arena|
|Colors:||Dark Red, Black, Gray, and White|
|Head Coach:||David Cole|
|2005 to 2008:||Southern Minnesota Express|
|2008 to 2009:||Motor City Machine|
|2009-2011:||Motor City Metal Jackets|
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. 
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.
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. 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. This deal ultimately collapsed, and on June 5, 2013, Yamada announced the Ironmen would not return for the 2013–14 season.
Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]
|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|
|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]
- Rodriguez, Jason (2011-06-09). Jets file lawsuit. The Post-Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
- Atkins, Ryan (February 15, 2013). Owner Seeks Investing Teammate. The Post-Journal. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- Russon, Randy (May 5, 2013). . "Juniorhockey.com". Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Ironmen Won't Return For 2013-14 Season. The Post-Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
|North American Hockey League|
|East Division||Aston Rebels • Janesville Jets • Johnstown Tomahawks • New Jersey Jr Titans • Springfield Jr. Blues • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights|
|South Division||Amarillo Bulls • Corpus Christi IceRays • Lone Star Brahmas • Odessa Jackalopes • Topeka Roadrunners • Wichita Falls Wildcats|
|Central Division||Aberdeen Wings • Austin Bruins • Brookings Blizzard • Bismarck Bobcats • Minot Minotauros|
|Midwest Division||Coulee Region Chill • Fairbanks Ice Dogs • Kenai River Brown Bears • Minnesota Magicians • Minnesota Wilderness|
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