Big Forward Returns to Jacksonville


The Jacksonville Icemen, proud affiliate of the NHL Winnipeg Jets and AHL Manitoba Moose, today announced the return of forward Eli Lichtenwald.

“Eli adds a lot of size up the middle at center. He had a great college career but unfortunately, got hurt last season,” said Head Coach Jason Christie. “It’s a big summer for him to get stronger from that injury and we’re excited to have him back.”

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound forward began his rookie season in Pensacola with the Ice Flyers (Southern Professional Hockey League) before joining the Icemen midway through the club’s inaugural season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native skated in 35 games for Jacksonville recording 8 points (3G, 5A). Prior to turning pro, Lichtenwald spent four seasons with Union College where he collected 44 points (24G, 20A) in 129 games.

“I really enjoyed my time in Jacksonville last season—everyone from my teammates, our coaches, the team staff, and the passionate fans made it an easy decision to return,” said Lichtenwald. “I’m excited to put on an Icemen jersey again and build off the success we began to have in the second half of the season.”

The Icemen open their second season on Saturday, October 13th at Veterans Memorial Arena against the South Carolina Stingrays. The puck drop has been moved up to 7:00 p.m. ET for all games, except Fridays and Sundays, when the start time will remain at 7:30 p.m. ET and 3:00 p.m. ET, respectively.
2013-14 Union College ECAC 31 9 12 21 25
2014-15 Union College ECAC 39 4 7 11 22 -12
2015-16 Union College ECAC 36 8 1 9 20 -5
2016-17 Union College ECAC 23 3 0 3 4 -5
2017-18 Pensacola Ice Flyers SPHL 16 2 3 5 2 -2
2017-18 Jacksonville Icemen ECHL 35 3 5 8 11 -6

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