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{{Infobox Pro hockey team
 
{{Infobox Pro hockey team
| current = 2011–12 AHL season
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| current =
 
| text_color = #FFFFFF
 
| text_color = #FFFFFF
| bg_color = #002E62
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| bg_color = #C51230
 
| team = St. John's IceCaps
 
| team = St. John's IceCaps
| logo = SJIceCaps.png
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| logo = St._John's_IceCaps_2015.png|thumb|Logo 2015-Present
 
| logosize = 200px
 
| logosize = 200px
 
| city = [[St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|St. John's]], [[Newfoundland and Labrador]]
 
| city = [[St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|St. John's]], [[Newfoundland and Labrador]]
 
| league = [[American Hockey League]]
 
| league = [[American Hockey League]]
 
| conference = Eastern Conference
 
| conference = Eastern Conference
| division = Atlantic Division
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| division = North Division
| founded = 2011
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| founded = [[1969–70 AHL season|1969]] (Current franchise)<br />1994 (As a member of the [[International Hockey League (1945-2001)|IHL]]) (First franchise)
| operated =
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| operated = [[2011–12 AHL season|2011]]–present
 
| arena = [[Mile One Centre]]
 
| arena = [[Mile One Centre]]
| uniform =
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| colours = Red, white and blue<br />{{color box|#C51230}} {{color box|#FFFFFF}} {{color box|#083A81}}
| colors = White, Polar Night Blue, Aviator Blue, Silver<br />
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| owner = [[Danny Williams]]
{{color box|#FFFFFF}} {{color box|#002E62}} {{color box|#0168AB}} {{color box|#A8A9AD}}
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| GM = [[Craig Heisinger]]
| owner = {{Flag icon|CAN}} [[True North Sports and Entertainment]]
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| coach = [[Keith McCambridge]]
| GM = Craig Heisinger
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| captain = [[Jason Jaffray]]
| coach = Keith McCambridge
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| media = [[CJYQ|This Is Newfoundland Labrador.ca]]
| captain = Jason Jaffray
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| affiliates = [[Montreal Canadiens]] ([[National Hockey League|NHL]])<br />[[Brampton Beast]] ([[ECHL]])
| media =
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<!---Franchise history--->
| affiliates = [[Winnipeg Jets]] ([[National Hockey League|NHL]])<br />[[Colorado Eagles]] ([[ECHL]])
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| name1 = '''First Franchise'''
| name1 = [[Minnesota Moose]]
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| dates1
| dates1 = 1994–1996 [[International Hockey League (1945–2001)|IHL]]
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| name2 = [[Minnesota Moose]] [[International Hockey League (1945–2001)|(IHL)]]
| name2 = [[Manitoba Moose]]
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| dates2 = 1994–1996
| dates2 = 1996–2001
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| name3 = [[Manitoba Moose]] [[International Hockey League (1945-2001)|(IHL)]]
| name3 = Manitoba Moose
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| dates3 = 1996–2001
| dates3 = 2001–2011 [[American Hockey League|AHL]]
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| name4 = [[Manitoba Moose]] [[American Hockey League|(AHL)]]
| name4 = '''St. John's IceCaps'''
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| dates4 = 2001–2011
| dates4 = 2011-present}}
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| name5 = '''St. John's IceCaps'''
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| dates5 = 2011–2015
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| name6 = [[Manitoba Moose]]
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| dates6 = 2015–present
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| name7 = '''Current Franchise'''
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| dates7 =
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| name8 = [[Montreal Voyageurs]]<br /> [[Nova Scotia Voyageurs]]
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| dates8 = 1969–1971<br />1971–1984
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| name9 = [[Sherbrooke Canadiens]]<br /> [[Fredericton Canadiens]]
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| dates9 = 1984–1990<br />1990–1999
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| name10 = [[Quebec Citadelles]]
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| dates10 = 1999–2002
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| name11 = [[Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)|Hamilton Bulldogs]]
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| dates11 = 2002–2015
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| name12 = '''St. John's IceCaps'''
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| dates12 = 2015–present
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|reg_season_titles = 0
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|division_titles = '''1''' ([[2011–12 AHL season|2011–12]])
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|conf_titles = '''1''' ([[2013–14 AHL season|2013–14]])
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|calder_cups =
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The '''St. John's IceCaps''' are a [[minor league]] professional [[ice hockey]] team based in [[St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|St. John's]], [[Newfoundland and Labrador]], [[Canada]]. The are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the [[American Hockey League]] (AHL) and are the AHL affiliate of the [[Winnipeg Jets]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL).
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The '''St. John's IceCaps''' are a professional [[ice hockey]] team based in [[St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador]], Canada. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the [[American Hockey League]] (AHL). The team was originally affiliated with the second incarnation of the [[Winnipeg Jets]] from 2011 to 2015. However, beginning with the 2015–16 AHL season, they will be the top affiliate of the [[Montreal Canadiens]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL) after the Jets relocated their franchise back to [[Manitoba Moose|Manitoba]] and the Canadiens moving the former [[Hamilton Bulldogs]] franchise to St. John's. The IceCaps are also affiliated with the [[Brampton Beast]] of the [[ECHL]].
   
From 1996 to 2011, the team was known as the [[Manitoba Moose]] and played in [[Winnipeg]], [[Manitoba]], [[Canada]], but with the purchase and relocation of the NHL's [[Atlanta Thrashers]] to Winnipeg by parent company [[True North Sports and Entertainment]], the team has been leased to [[Danny Williams (politician)|Danny Williams]] and relocated to St. John's, returning the AHL to [[Atlantic Canada]] after a six-year absence.<ref>{{cite news|title=Moose moniker to crash on the Rock|url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/moose-moniker-to-crash-on-the-rock-123152473.html|accessdate=2011-06-07|newspaper=Winnipeg Free Press|date=2011-06-04}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/03/nl-hockey-ahl-stjohns-mileone-603.html|accessdate=2011-06-07|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=2011-06-03}}</ref><ref name="ahl">{{cite news|title=AHL returning to St. John's|url=http://theahl.com/ahl-returning-to-st-john-s-p171319|accessdate=2011-06-07|publisher=American Hockey League|date=2011-06-10}}</ref>
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==History==
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===[[Winnipeg Jets]] franchise (2011–2015)===
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The franchise was founded in 1994 as the [[Minnesota Moose]], who at that time, were members of the [[International Hockey League (1945–2001)|International Hockey League]]. The team played two seasons in [[St. Paul, Minnesota]] before relocating to Winnipeg in 1996 following the departure of the [[Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)|original Winnipeg Jets]] to [[Phoenix, Arizona]]. The [[Manitoba Moose]] continued in the IHL until the league folded in 2001, at which time they joined the AHL and became the top affiliate of the [[Vancouver Canucks]]. During their ten years in the AHL, the Moose made it to the [[Calder Cup]] Finals once, in 2009, losing 4–2 to the [[Hershey Bears]] in the best-of-seven series.
   
==Franchise history==
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In May 2011, True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the NHL's [[Atlanta Thrashers]] with the intention of relocating the team to Winnipeg for the [[2011–12 NHL season]].<ref>{{cite web |last=McGran |first=Kevin |url=http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/539314--after-winnipeg-where-does-nhl-go-next |title=After Winnipeg, where does NHL go next? |work=Hamilton Spectator |date=May 28, 2011 |accessdate=May 31, 2011}}</ref> With the return of the NHL to Winnipeg, a new home was needed for Moose. A deal was reached with former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams to relocate the AHL team to St. John's for the [[2011–12 AHL season|2011–12 season]].<ref>{{cite news|title=Williams behind new AHL team for St. John’s|url=http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-05-21/article-2525125/Williams-behind-new-AHL-team-for-St.-John%26rsquo%3Bs/1|accessdate=June 8, 2011|newspaper=The Telegram|date=May 21, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=AHL team closer to coming to St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/01/nl-ahl-deal-601.html|accessdate=June 10, 2011|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=June 1, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/03/nl-hockey-ahl-stjohns-mileone-603.html|accessdate=June 10, 2011|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=June 3, 2011}}</ref> The AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's relocation to St. John's on June 20, 2011.<ref name="ahl">{{cite news|title=AHL returning to St. John's|url=http://theahl.com/ahl-returning-to-st-john-s-p171319|accessdate=June 7, 2011|publisher=American Hockey League|date=June 10, 2011}}</ref> Later that day, Williams and True North Senior Vice President [[Craig Heisinger]] held an event at [[Mile One Centre]] officially announcing the relocation of the Manitoba Moose to St. John's. At the same time, True North made the new St. John's team the top affiliate of its new NHL team.<ref>{{cite news|title=Pro hockey returning to St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/10/nl-ahl-confirmed-610.html|accessdate=June 10, 2011|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=June 10, 2011}}</ref>
The franchise began life in 1994 as the [[Minnesota Moose]] of the [[International Hockey League (1945–2001)|International Hockey League]]. The team played two seasons in [[St. Paul, Minnesota]] before relocating to Winnipeg in 1996 following the departure of the [[Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)|original Winnipeg Jets]] to [[Phoenix, Arizona]]. The renamed [[Manitoba Moose]] continued in the IHL until the league folded in 2001, at which time they joined the AHL and became the official farm team of the [[Vancouver Canucks]]. During their 15-year run in Winnipeg, the Moose made it to the [[Calder Cup]] Finals once, in 2009. They squared off against the [[Hershey Bears]] but lost the best-of-seven series 4-2.
 
   
In May 2011, multiple reports had confirmed that there was a deal in place between True North Sports and Entertainment and the owners of the [[Atlanta Thrashers]] to relocate the Thrashers to Winnipeg for the [[2011-12 NHL season]].<ref>{{cite web |last=McGran |first=Kevin |url=http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/539314--after-winnipeg-where-does-nhl-go-next |title=After Winnipeg, where does NHL go next? |work=Hamilton Spectator |date=2011-05-28 |accessdate=2011-05-31}}</ref> At the same time. there were reports that former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier [[Danny Williams (politician)|Danny Williams]] had a deal in place that would see the Manitoba Moose relocate to St. John's for the 2011-2012 American Hockey League season.<ref>{{cite news|title=Williams behind new AHL team for St. John’s|url=http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-05-21/article-2525125/Williams-behind-new-AHL-team-for-St.-John%26rsquo%3Bs/1|accessdate=2011-06-08|newspaper=The Telegram|date=2011-05-21}}</ref> On June 2, 2011, Williams announced that he had tentative deals in place with the City of St. John's and True North to relocate the Moose to St. John's; the following day [[St. John's City Council|City Council]] approved the deal.<ref>{{cite news|title=AHL team closer to coming to St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/01/nl-ahl-deal-601.html|accessdate=2011-06-10|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=2011-06-01}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/03/nl-hockey-ahl-stjohns-mileone-603.html|accessdate=2011-06-10|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=2011-06-03}}</ref> On June 10, the AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's relocation to St. John's.<ref name="ahl"/> Later that day, Williams and Craig Heisinger, of True North Sports and Entertainment, held an event at [[Mile One Centre]] officially announcing the relocation of the Manitoba Moose to St. John's.<ref>{{cite news|title=Pro hockey returning to St. John's|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/10/nl-ahl-confirmed-610.html|accessdate=2011-06-10|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=2011-06-10}}</ref>
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Coincidentally, the nearby community of [[Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador| Conception Bay South]] had been awarded the [[Kraft Hockeyville]] [[exhibition game]] for 2011, which would have featured the Atlanta Thrashers facing the [[Ottawa Senators]]. Because of the proximity of Conception Bay South to St. John's, the game between the Senators and the Jets was relocated to the Mile One Centre to accommodate larger crowds. This would be the first IceCaps-related game, as many of the Jets players were prospects who would be assigned to the IceCaps shortly after. The de facto home Jets defeated the Senators, 3–1.<ref name=gm89>[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/nhl-set-to-play-preseason-games-all-over-world/article2124179/ NHL set to play preseason games all over world]. ''The Globe and Mail''. Retrieved August 15, 2011.</ref>
   
Coincidentally, the nearby community of [[Conception Bay South]] had been awarded the [[Kraft Hockeyville]] [[exhibition game]] for 2011, which would have featured the Atlanta Thrashers facing the [[Ottawa Senators]]. Because of the proximity of St. John's and Conception Bay South, as well as St. John's receiving the former Thrashers' farm team, the game between the Senators and the team that since has become the Jets was relocated to the Mile One Centre,<ref name=gm89>[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/nhl-set-to-play-preseason-games-all-over-world/article2124179/ NHL set to play preseason games all over world]. ''The Globe and Mail''. Retrieved August 15, 2011.</ref> making it the first IceCaps-related game since the announcement of the relocation. The de facto home Jets defeated the Senators, 3&ndash;1.
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The IceCaps played their inaugural game on October 7, 2011 in [[Providence, Rhode Island]] against the [[Providence Bruins]]. Their first home game was on October 14, 2011 against the [[Hamilton Bulldogs]]. In their inaugural season, the IceCaps finished first in Atlantic division and reached the Eastern Conference Championship series, falling in four games to the eventual Calder Cup Champion [[Norfolk Admirals]].
   
IceCaps games are expected to be broadcast on [[CJYQ]].<ref>[http://www.thetelegram.com/Sports/2011-08-12/article-2704269/IceCaps-will-be-seen-and-heard-this-season/1 IceCaps will be seen and heard this season]. ''The Telegram''. Retrieved August 13, 2011.</ref>
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After missing the playoffs in the [[2012–13 AHL season|2012–13 season]], the IceCaps would finish [[2013–14 AHL season|2013–14]] in second place in the Atlantic Division (46-23-2-5, 99 pts) and would return to the playoffs by earning the fourth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The IceCaps defeated the [[Albany Devils]] 3 games to 1 in the conference quarterfinals and the [[Norfolk Admirals]] 4 games to 2 in the conference semifinals. On June 3, 2014, with a 5-0 victory over the [[Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins]] in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championship series, the IceCaps claimed the Richard Canning Trophy as Eastern Conference champions and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since relocating to Newfoundland from Manitoba. This marked the second time that St. John's would be represented in the AHL Championship series and the first since the [[St. John's Maple Leafs]] advanced to the 1992 Calder Cup Finals against the [[Adirondack Red Wings]]. The IceCaps would be defeated in five games by the Western Conference Champion [[Texas Stars]].
   
After the 2014-15 season; on the surface it appeared the affilation transferred from the [[Winnipeg Jets]] to the [[Montreal Canadiens]]; but the Jets moved their AHL affiliate to [[Winnipeg]] and the Canadiens moved their affilate from [[Hamilton, Ontario]] after purchasing the [[Hamilton Bulldogs]] franchise.  Both of these moves are believed to be short term as the Canadiens have been planning on moving their [[AHL ]]affiliation to [[Laval, Quebec]] when the new arena opens in that city (presently projected for the 2017-18 hockey season) and the Jets are waiting on an arena to be built in [[Thunder Bay, Ontario]], which has run into approval problems and was originally proposed to open in 2016 and now has an unknown opening date (if it will be built at all).
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===[[Montreal Canadiens]] franchise (2015–present)===
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In January 2014, True North Sports and Entertainment chairman [[Mark Chipman]] confirmed that the organization was exploring plans to relocate their AHL franchise to [[Thunder Bay]], [[Ontario]] after the current lease with Danny Williams' group expired in 2015. Although the IceCaps have been a financial success, the geographical location of St. John's has presented significant travel difficulties for Jets personnel. Williams stated he would try and find another team to bring to Newfoundland should the IceCaps leave.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=441790|title=Jets Exploring Move of AHL Team from St. John's to Thunder Bay|publisher=TSN.ca|date=January 21, 2014}}</ref>
   
==Name==
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In September 2014, True North and Williams' group agreed to extend their affiliation agreement through the 2015–16 season.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/4821248-nhl-winnipeg-jets-keeping-ahl-icecaps-team-in-st-john-s-another-year/|title=Jets keeping AHL IceCaps team in St. John's|publisher=The Hamilton Spectator|date=September 3, 2014}}</ref> However, news reports surfaced in March 2015 that Williams's group was close to reaching a deal that would see the [[Hamilton Bulldogs]] franchise relocate to Newfoundland for the 2015–16 season and True North's franchise move back to Winnipeg as the [[Manitoba Moose]]. These reports were later confirmed on March 12, 2015, when Williams' group announced that the IceCaps would be the primary affiliate of the [[Montreal Canadiens]] through the 2016–17 season. The team will still be known as the St. John's IceCaps.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/canadiens-ahl-team-moving-from-hamilton-to-st-john-s-reports-1.2985748|publisher=CBC.ca|date=March 6, 2015|title=Canadiens' AHL team moving from Hamilton to St. John's: reports}}</ref><ref>http://www.stjohnsicecaps.com/article/st-johns-new-home-for-montreal-canadiens-ahl-team/</ref>
Following the announcement of the team's relocation to St. John's, Williams stated that while he would prefer to hold a fan contest to name the team there was not enough time before the season started and that the team's advisory committee would decide the name.<ref name="icecaps">{{cite news|title=IceCaps usher in new wave of hockey to St. John's|url=http://jets.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=585459&navid=DL{{!}}WPG|home|accessdate=30 July 2011|newspaper=Winnipeg Jets|date=29 July 2011}}</ref> He immediately ruled out retaining the "Moose" moniker, which the team had in Minnesota and Manitoba. Williams cited vehicular accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador involving [[moose|the animal]] as one of the reasons behind not retaining the name.<ref>{{cite news|title=Moose To Lose Name In St. John's Due To Animal's Deadly Past|url=http://www.tsn.ca/ahl/story/?id=368483|accessdate=30 July 2011|newspaper=The Canadian Press|date=10 June 2011}}</ref> In June, several media outlets started reporting that the team would be known as the St. John's IceCaps, this after St. John's IceCaps Inc. was registered with Newfoundland and Labrador's registry of deeds and companies.<ref>{{cite news|title=St. John's Ice Caps, anyone?|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/29/2011june29.html|accessdate=30 July 2011|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=29 June 2011}}</ref> On July 29, 2011, the official announcement was made that the team would be known as the '''St. John's IceCaps'''.<ref name="icecaps"/>
 
   
==Current roster==
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Such reports were confirmed by the AHL on March 12, 2015, when the current IceCaps' return to Winnipeg was announced. However, the IceCaps identity will remain, to be taken up by the [[Montreal Canadiens]]' franchise and affiliate (previously known as the [[Hamilton Bulldogs]]) when they relocate to St. John's for the 2015–16 season.<ref name="icecapshabs">{{cite web | url=http://www.stjohnsicecaps.com/article/st-johns-new-home-for-montreal-canadiens-ahl-team/ | title=St. John’s New Home for Montreal Canadiens’ AHL Team | publisher=St. John's IceCaps | date=March 12, 2015 | accessdate=March 12, 2015}}</ref>
{{St. John's IceCaps roster}}
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==Team Information==
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===Name===
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Following the announcement of the team's relocation to St. John's, Williams stated that while he would prefer to hold a fan contest to name the team; however, with insufficient time before the start of the season, this task was brought to the team's advisory committee.<ref name="icecaps">{{cite news|title=IceCaps usher in new wave of hockey to St. John's|url=http://jets.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=585459&navid=DL{{!}}WPG%7chome|accessdate=July 30, 2011|newspaper=Winnipeg Jets|date=July 29, 2011}}</ref> The "Moose" moniker, which the team had used until that time, was immediately ruled out. The high volume vehicular accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador involving the animal was cited as one of the reasons behind not retaining the old name.<ref>{{cite news|title=Moose To Lose Name In St. John's Due To Animal's Deadly Past|url=http://www.tsn.ca/ahl/story/?id=368483|accessdate=July 30, 2011|newspaper=The Canadian Press|date=June 10, 2011}}</ref> Several media outlets soon started reporting that the team would be known as the '''St. John's IceCaps''', this after St. John's IceCaps Inc. was registered with Newfoundland and Labrador's registry of deeds and companies.<ref>{{cite news|title=St. John's Ice Caps, anyone?|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/29/2011june29.html|accessdate=July 30, 2011|newspaper=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|date=June 29, 2011}}</ref> The official announcement was made on July 29, 2011.<ref name="icecaps"/>
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===Logo===
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[[File:SJIceCaps.png|logo 2011-2015 as affiliate of [[Winnipeg Jets]]]]
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The St. John's IceCaps' colours were aviator blue, white, polar night blue, and silver; the same colours used by the Winnipeg Jets, their parent club. The IceCaps' home uniform was a white jersey with a polar night blue collar with aviator blue and silver trim, while their away uniform was a polar night blue jersey with aviator blue and silver trim, with the IceCaps logo placed on the front. These jerseys were styled from the Winnipeg Jets' jerseys. The IceCaps' jerseys also included the Winnipeg Jets' primary logo on the shoulder.
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===Mascot===
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'''Buddy the Puffin''' is the mascot of the IceCaps. Buddy was previously the mascot of the [[St. John's Maple Leafs]]. Buddy's number is 92, which represents 1992, the year that he was introduced as the mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs.<ref>{{cite news|last=Short|first=Robin|title=Game melts away for IceCaps|url=http://www.thetelegram.com/Sports/2011-10-22/article-2784205/Game-melts-away-for-IceCaps/1|accessdate=July 8, 2012|newspaper=The Telegram|date=October 22, 2011}}</ref>
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===Schedule===
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[[Newfoundland]]'s isolated location in the easternmost part of Canada presented travel difficulties for teams flying to and from St. John's. Most flights to St. John's required a connection at [[Montréal]] or [[Toronto]], which added to the length and cost of travel. In order to reduce costs for both the IceCaps and other AHL teams, teams traveling to St. John's usually played two games in a row.
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==Season-by-season results==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|bgcolor="#ffeeaa"|<small>'''[[List of Calder Cup champions|Calder Cup Champions]]'''</small>
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|bgcolor="#ddffdd"|<small>'''Conference Champions'''</small>
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|bgcolor="#d0e7ff"|<small>'''Division Champions'''</small>
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|bgcolor="#ffbbbb"|<small>'''League Leader'''</small>
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|}
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<small>Records as of April 21, 2015.</small><ref>Hockeydb.com, [http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/st.-john%27s-icecaps-10741.html St. John's IceCaps season statistics and records.]</ref>
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{| class="navbox wikitable" style="width:100%; text-align:center; font-size:100%"
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|-
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!colspan=11|Regular Season
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!colspan=5|Playoffs
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|-
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!Season
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!Games
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!Won
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!Lost
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!OTL
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!SOL
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!Points
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!PCT
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!Goals<br />for
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!Goals<br />against
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!Standing
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!Year
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!1st<br />round
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!2nd<br />round
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!3rd<br />round
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!Finals
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|[[2011–12 AHL season|2011–12]] || 76 || 43 || 25 || 5 || 3 || 94 || .618 || 240 || 216 ||bgcolor="#d0e7ff"| '''1st, Atlantic''' || [[2012 Calder Cup playoffs|2012]] || W, 3–1, [[Syracuse Crunch|SYR]] || W, 4–3, [[Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins|WBS]] || L, 0–4, [[Norfolk Admirals|NOR]] || —
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|[[2012–13 AHL season|2012–13]] || 76 || 32 || 36 || 3 || 5 || 72 || .420 || 195 || 237 || 5th, Atlantic || [[2013 Calder Cup playoffs|2013]] ||colspan=4| Out of playoffs
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|-
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|[[2013–14 AHL season|2013–14]] || 76 || 46 || 23 || 2 || 5 || 99 || .651 || 258 || 207 || 2nd, Atlantic || [[2014 Calder Cup playoffs|2014]] || W, 3-1, [[Albany Devils|ALB]] || W, 4-2, [[Norfolk Admirals|NOR]] ||bgcolor="#ddffdd"|W, 4-2 [[Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins|WBS]] || L, 1-4 [[Texas Stars|TEX]]
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|[[2014–15 AHL season|2014–15]] || 76 || 32 || 33 || 9 || 2 || 75 || .493 || 183 || 235 || 5th, Atlantic || [[2015 Calder Cup playoffs|2015]] ||colspan=4| Out of playoffs
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|- style="font-weight:bold;"
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|Totals || 304 || 153|| 117 || 19 || 15 || 340 || .550 || 876 || 895 ||colspan=2 bgcolor="#A8A8A8"| ||colspan=4| 2 Playoff Appearances
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|}
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==Team records==
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===Single season===
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:'''Goals:''' [[Eric O'Dell]], 29, (2012–13)
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:'''Assists:''' [[Jason Jaffray]], 41, (2013–14)
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:'''Points:''' Jason Jaffray, 59, (2013–14)
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:'''Goals, Defense:''' [[Paul Postma]], 13, (2011–12)
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:'''Assists, Defense:''' [[Brenden Kichton]] (2013–14), [[Will O'Neill]] (2014–15), 38
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:'''Points, Defense:''' Brenden Kichton (2013–14), Will O'Neill (2014–15), 48
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:'''Penalty minutes:''' [[J.C. Lipon]], 163, (2014–15)
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:'''GAA:''' [[Michael Hutchinson (ice hockey)|Michael Hutchinson]], 2.30, (2013–14)
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:'''SV%:''' Michael Hutchinson, .923, (2013–14)
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Goaltender stats (min. 20 games played for the season)
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===Career===
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:'''Career goals:''' Eric O'Dell, 72, (2011–15)
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:'''Career assists:''' Jason Jaffray, 105, (2011–15)
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:'''Career points:''' Jason Jaffray, 167, (2011–15)
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:'''Career playoff goals:''' Eric O'Dell , 9, (2011–14)
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:'''Career playoff points:''' [[Andrew Gordon (ice hockey)|Andrew Gordon]], 19, (2013–14)
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:'''Career playoff assists:''' [[Zach Redmond]], 14, (2011–14)
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:'''Career penalty minutes:''' [[Patrice Cormier]], 316, (2011–15)
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:'''Career goaltending wins:''' Eddie Pasquale, 55, (2011–14)
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:'''Career shutouts:''' Eddie Pasquale, 9, (2011–14)
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:'''Career games:''' [[Carl Klingberg]], 248, (2011–15)
   
 
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St. John's IceCaps
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City: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 1969 (Current franchise)
1994 (As a member of the IHL) (First franchise)
Operated: 2011–present
Home Arena: Mile One Centre
Owner(s): Danny Williams
General Manager: Craig Heisinger
Head Coach: Keith McCambridge
Captain: Jason Jaffray
Media: This Is Newfoundland Labrador.ca
Affiliates: Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Brampton Beast (ECHL)
Franchise history
 : First Franchise
1994–1996: Minnesota Moose (IHL)
1996–2001: Manitoba Moose (IHL)
2001–2011: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
2011–2015: St. John's IceCaps
2015–present: Manitoba Moose
 : Current Franchise
1969–1971
1971–1984:
Montreal Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
1984–1990
1990–1999:
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
1999–2002: Quebec Citadelles
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 0
Division Championships: 1 (2011–12)
Conference Championships: 1 (2013–14)

The St. John's IceCaps are a professional ice hockey team based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team was originally affiliated with the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets from 2011 to 2015. However, beginning with the 2015–16 AHL season, they will be the top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) after the Jets relocated their franchise back to Manitoba and the Canadiens moving the former Hamilton Bulldogs franchise to St. John's. The IceCaps are also affiliated with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

History

Winnipeg Jets franchise (2011–2015)

The franchise was founded in 1994 as the Minnesota Moose, who at that time, were members of the International Hockey League. The team played two seasons in St. Paul, Minnesota before relocating to Winnipeg in 1996 following the departure of the original Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, Arizona. The Manitoba Moose continued in the IHL until the league folded in 2001, at which time they joined the AHL and became the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. During their ten years in the AHL, the Moose made it to the Calder Cup Finals once, in 2009, losing 4–2 to the Hershey Bears in the best-of-seven series.

In May 2011, True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers with the intention of relocating the team to Winnipeg for the 2011–12 NHL season.[1] With the return of the NHL to Winnipeg, a new home was needed for Moose. A deal was reached with former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams to relocate the AHL team to St. John's for the 2011–12 season.[2][3][4] The AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's relocation to St. John's on June 20, 2011.[5] Later that day, Williams and True North Senior Vice President Craig Heisinger held an event at Mile One Centre officially announcing the relocation of the Manitoba Moose to St. John's. At the same time, True North made the new St. John's team the top affiliate of its new NHL team.[6]

Coincidentally, the nearby community of Conception Bay South had been awarded the Kraft Hockeyville exhibition game for 2011, which would have featured the Atlanta Thrashers facing the Ottawa Senators. Because of the proximity of Conception Bay South to St. John's, the game between the Senators and the Jets was relocated to the Mile One Centre to accommodate larger crowds. This would be the first IceCaps-related game, as many of the Jets players were prospects who would be assigned to the IceCaps shortly after. The de facto home Jets defeated the Senators, 3–1.[7]

The IceCaps played their inaugural game on October 7, 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island against the Providence Bruins. Their first home game was on October 14, 2011 against the Hamilton Bulldogs. In their inaugural season, the IceCaps finished first in Atlantic division and reached the Eastern Conference Championship series, falling in four games to the eventual Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.

After missing the playoffs in the 2012–13 season, the IceCaps would finish 2013–14 in second place in the Atlantic Division (46-23-2-5, 99 pts) and would return to the playoffs by earning the fourth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The IceCaps defeated the Albany Devils 3 games to 1 in the conference quarterfinals and the Norfolk Admirals 4 games to 2 in the conference semifinals. On June 3, 2014, with a 5-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championship series, the IceCaps claimed the Richard Canning Trophy as Eastern Conference champions and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since relocating to Newfoundland from Manitoba. This marked the second time that St. John's would be represented in the AHL Championship series and the first since the St. John's Maple Leafs advanced to the 1992 Calder Cup Finals against the Adirondack Red Wings. The IceCaps would be defeated in five games by the Western Conference Champion Texas Stars.

Montreal Canadiens franchise (2015–present)

In January 2014, True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman confirmed that the organization was exploring plans to relocate their AHL franchise to Thunder Bay, Ontario after the current lease with Danny Williams' group expired in 2015. Although the IceCaps have been a financial success, the geographical location of St. John's has presented significant travel difficulties for Jets personnel. Williams stated he would try and find another team to bring to Newfoundland should the IceCaps leave.[8]

In September 2014, True North and Williams' group agreed to extend their affiliation agreement through the 2015–16 season.[9] However, news reports surfaced in March 2015 that Williams's group was close to reaching a deal that would see the Hamilton Bulldogs franchise relocate to Newfoundland for the 2015–16 season and True North's franchise move back to Winnipeg as the Manitoba Moose. These reports were later confirmed on March 12, 2015, when Williams' group announced that the IceCaps would be the primary affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens through the 2016–17 season. The team will still be known as the St. John's IceCaps.[10][11]

Such reports were confirmed by the AHL on March 12, 2015, when the current IceCaps' return to Winnipeg was announced. However, the IceCaps identity will remain, to be taken up by the Montreal Canadiens' franchise and affiliate (previously known as the Hamilton Bulldogs) when they relocate to St. John's for the 2015–16 season.[12]

Team Information

Name

Following the announcement of the team's relocation to St. John's, Williams stated that while he would prefer to hold a fan contest to name the team; however, with insufficient time before the start of the season, this task was brought to the team's advisory committee.[13] The "Moose" moniker, which the team had used until that time, was immediately ruled out. The high volume vehicular accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador involving the animal was cited as one of the reasons behind not retaining the old name.[14] Several media outlets soon started reporting that the team would be known as the St. John's IceCaps, this after St. John's IceCaps Inc. was registered with Newfoundland and Labrador's registry of deeds and companies.[15] The official announcement was made on July 29, 2011.[13]

SJIceCaps

The St. John's IceCaps' colours were aviator blue, white, polar night blue, and silver; the same colours used by the Winnipeg Jets, their parent club. The IceCaps' home uniform was a white jersey with a polar night blue collar with aviator blue and silver trim, while their away uniform was a polar night blue jersey with aviator blue and silver trim, with the IceCaps logo placed on the front. These jerseys were styled from the Winnipeg Jets' jerseys. The IceCaps' jerseys also included the Winnipeg Jets' primary logo on the shoulder.

Mascot

Buddy the Puffin is the mascot of the IceCaps. Buddy was previously the mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs. Buddy's number is 92, which represents 1992, the year that he was introduced as the mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs.[16]

Schedule

Newfoundland's isolated location in the easternmost part of Canada presented travel difficulties for teams flying to and from St. John's. Most flights to St. John's required a connection at Montréal or Toronto, which added to the length and cost of travel. In order to reduce costs for both the IceCaps and other AHL teams, teams traveling to St. John's usually played two games in a row.

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of April 21, 2015.[17]

Team records

Single season

Goals: Eric O'Dell, 29, (2012–13)
Assists: Jason Jaffray, 41, (2013–14)
Points: Jason Jaffray, 59, (2013–14)
Goals, Defense: Paul Postma, 13, (2011–12)
Assists, Defense: Brenden Kichton (2013–14), Will O'Neill (2014–15), 38
Points, Defense: Brenden Kichton (2013–14), Will O'Neill (2014–15), 48
Penalty minutes: J.C. Lipon, 163, (2014–15)
GAA: Michael Hutchinson, 2.30, (2013–14)
SV%: Michael Hutchinson, .923, (2013–14)

Goaltender stats (min. 20 games played for the season)

Career

Career goals: Eric O'Dell, 72, (2011–15)
Career assists: Jason Jaffray, 105, (2011–15)
Career points: Jason Jaffray, 167, (2011–15)
Career playoff goals: Eric O'Dell , 9, (2011–14)
Career playoff points: Andrew Gordon, 19, (2013–14)
Career playoff assists: Zach Redmond, 14, (2011–14)
Career penalty minutes: Patrice Cormier, 316, (2011–15)
Career goaltending wins: Eddie Pasquale, 55, (2011–14)
Career shutouts: Eddie Pasquale, 9, (2011–14)
Career games: Carl Klingberg, 248, (2011–15)

References

  1. McGran, Kevin (May 28, 2011). After Winnipeg, where does NHL go next?. Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved on May 31, 2011.
  2. "Williams behind new AHL team for St. John’s", May 21, 2011. Retrieved on June 8, 2011. 
  3. "AHL team closer to coming to St. John's", June 1, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011. 
  4. "Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's", June 3, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011. 
  5. "AHL returning to St. John's", American Hockey League, June 10, 2011. Retrieved on June 7, 2011. 
  6. "Pro hockey returning to St. John's", June 10, 2011. Retrieved on June 10, 2011. 
  7. NHL set to play preseason games all over world. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  8. "Jets Exploring Move of AHL Team from St. John's to Thunder Bay", TSN.ca, January 21, 2014. 
  9. "Jets keeping AHL IceCaps team in St. John's", The Hamilton Spectator, September 3, 2014. 
  10. "Canadiens' AHL team moving from Hamilton to St. John's: reports", CBC.ca, March 6, 2015. 
  11. http://www.stjohnsicecaps.com/article/st-johns-new-home-for-montreal-canadiens-ahl-team/
  12. St. John’s New Home for Montreal Canadiens’ AHL Team. St. John's IceCaps (March 12, 2015). Retrieved on March 12, 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "IceCaps usher in new wave of hockey to St. John's", July 29, 2011. Retrieved on July 30, 2011. 
  14. "Moose To Lose Name In St. John's Due To Animal's Deadly Past", June 10, 2011. Retrieved on July 30, 2011. 
  15. "St. John's Ice Caps, anyone?", June 29, 2011. Retrieved on July 30, 2011. 
  16. Short, Robin. "Game melts away for IceCaps", October 22, 2011. Retrieved on July 8, 2012. 
  17. Hockeydb.com, St. John's IceCaps season statistics and records.

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