- This article is about the defunct original Odessa Jackalopes of the CHL from 1997 until 2011. For the current NAHL franchise of same name, see: Odessa Jackalopes.
|League:||Central Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Ector County Coliseum|
|Affiliates:||New York Islanders (NHL)|
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
|Regular Season Titles:||1 (2001-02)|
|Division Championships:||3 (2001-02,2002-03,2005-06)|
|Conference Championships:||1 (2001-02)|
|Ray Miron President's Cup:||None|
The Odessa Jackalopes were a minor professional ice hockey team based in Odessa, Texas. The team played in the Central Hockey League (CHL), and was an affiliate of the New York Islanders. The Jackalopes played their home games at Ector County Coliseum.
All Jackalopes games were broadcast live on KMCM from the franchise's inaugural year until the 2009-10 season when KFZX took over the broadcasting rights to the live games and the Monday talk show called Hockey Talk.
In October 1997, Odessa joined the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL). In their first season the home games drew an average of 4,000 spectators. Over the next couple of seasons that numbered leveled off, and the team now averages just over 3,200 hockey fans each game. The team mascot, a Jackalope, quickly became one of the most popular in hockey's minor leagues, and team merchandise featuring the snarling, antlered rabbit, has sold well throughout the United States and Canada. 
The Jackalopes continued playing in the WPHL until 2001 when the league merged with the Central Hockey League. Since the 2001-2002 season the Jackalopes have played in the CHL.
Note: Thinel named as Captain replacing injured David van Drunen & Ramsay named Alternate.
- Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., 36–67. ISBN 1894974212.
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|The Franchise||Franchise • Expansion Draft • Seasons • Records • Draft Picks • GMs • Award Winners • Head Coaches|
|Arenas||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Barclays Center|
|Retired Numbers||5 • 9 • 19 • 22 • 23 • 27 • 31 • 91|
|Affiliates||Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) • Worcester Railers (ECHL)|
|Rivals||New York Rangers • Philadelphia Flyers • New Jersey Devils|
|Stanley Cup Finals (5)||Won: 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • Lost: 1984|
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