March 4, 2021
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced that the Corpus Christi IceRays, Jamestown Rebels and Springfield Jr. Blues have decided to return for the 2021-22 season. All three clubs announced in September 2020 that they had temporarily ceased operations for the current 2020-21 season due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
“We are pleased that all three teams have moved through the uncertain past year and continue to work to give the players the opportunity to develop in the coming 2021-22 season,” said NAHL commissioner and president Mark Frankenfeld. “All of our teams play an important role in the NAHL landscape and share a long history of player development, fan entertainment and role as an important part of their local communities.”
The Corpus Christi IceRays have been members of the NAHL since the 2010/11 season. During these 10 seasons, the IceRays have set a record of 252-273-66 in 591 regular NAHL season games. The best IceRays season in the NAHL took place in the 2016/17 season when the team finished 3rd in the South Division with a record of 32: 19: 9.
“We are very happy to be back in 2021-22 and to play in the NAHL. We’ve built a wonderful history of player development in a relatively short amount of time here at Corpus Christi, including sending players to the NHL. We look forward to seeing all of our fans again and look forward to the next wave of players who wear the IceRays jersey and become part of our community, ”said IceRays President Cassidy Lange.
The NAHL membership of the Jamestown Rebels has existed since 2008 and has been a member of the East Division since the 2015/16 season. During their five seasons in the East Division, the Rebels have set a record of 178-94-22 in 294 NAHL regular season games. The Rebels appeared in a row as the East Division playoff champions at the Robertson Cup Championships in 2016 and 2017.
“I look forward to the Jamestown Rebels returning to the game. We pride ourselves on our track record dating back to 2008 membership, including winning multiple division championships and developing and advancing hundreds of players who have competed on the college stage and professional ranks. We look forward to continuing and expanding this success into the 2021-22 season, ”said Rebels Owner and Governor Ken Dennis.
As the longest-serving membership in the league, the Springfield Jr. Blues have successfully promoted nearly 400 players to the NCAA and just over 150 players to professional hockey. They are one of six franchises in league history to win consecutive Robertson Cup championships and the only franchise to have played continuously for four consecutive decades.
“After not playing hockey here in Springfield for almost a year, we are excited to announce our return to ice for the 2021-22 season. We are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet our new players and our great fans at Nelson to welcome.” Center and return to normal operations in our office, ”said Jr. Blues Owner and Governor And Ferguson.