Friday, July 31, 2015

ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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By: Connor Rylatt
Photo by Todd Reicher
Rockford, Ill. - The Rockford IceHogs have finalized their preseason schedule in preparation for the 2015-16 season, which will feature two games leading up to the start of the regular season. 

The IceHogs will open up the preseason against the Chicago Wolves on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The IceHogs fared well against their in-state rival last season, posting an 8-3-1-0 record versus Chicago during the 2014-15 regular season, taking home the Illinois Lottery Cup for the second time in its four year existence. 


Rockford will close out the preseason on Friday, Oct. 2 when they play the Milwaukee Admirals the next night at the Kern Center, located on the Campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The game will proceed at 7 p.m. Rockford concluded the year going 5-6-1-0 against Milwaukee last season.


Ticket information for the preseason contest at the BMO Harris Bank Center will be released at a later date. The IceHogs will also release their entire training camp schedule and roster at a later date. 


2015-16 Preseason Schedule
DateOpponentTimeLocation
Thursday, Oct. 1vs. Chicago Wolves7 p.m.BMO Harris Bank Center
Friday, Oct. 2at Milwaukee Admirals7 p.m.Kern Center

Season Tickets for 2015-16 Now on Sale: Reserve your seats today for the IceHogs 17th season of professional hockey and ninth as the AHL affiliate of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Call (815) 847-6399 or visit icehogs.com to find a ticket package that fits your needs.

ICEHOGS HIRING GAME OPS STAFF FOR 2015-16

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By: Fritz Stillings
IceHogs hiring ice crew & game day staff for 2015-16 season

Rockford, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, are hiring game day staff and Mt. Dew Ice Crew promotion team members for the upcoming 2015-16 season.


The Mt. Dew Ice Crew will have open tryouts at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park on Wednesday, August 26 from 6-8pm. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Fritz Stillings at StillingsF@IceHogs.com.

All men and women of at least 18 years of age are welcome to apply for the open positions. The IceHogs are looking for highly motivated and high-energy individuals to fulfill the positions. Those interested can apply at: http://theahl.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/r.cfm?i=84564&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Interviews for qualified applicants interested in the game day staff positions will occur during the coming weeks until all positions are filled.

Below are the job duties, qualifications and benefits for both positions.

ASSIGNED DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Mountain Dew Ice Crew:
On & Off Ice set-up of promotions
Sell jersey raffle tickets
Shovel/clean the ice during promotional timeouts
Execute pre-game & post-game activities
Energize crowd of 5,000+ fans

Game Day Staff:
Assist in setting up sponsor tables and promotional items
Assist in distribution of promotional items
Greet & Interact with fans
Sell chuck-a-pucks
Recruit fans to participate in our promotional games

QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum 18 years of age
Must have good oral communication skills
Must be outgoing, reliable and organized
Availability to work nights and weekends for events (ALL 38 home games)
Ability to ice skate is preferred
College students working towards a degree in Marketing, Communications or Sport Management are ideal

BENEFITS:
Per game paid position
Promotional Giveaways
College Internship Credits Available
Complimentary Tickets

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOB MILLS NAMED NEW ICEHOGS BROADCASTER

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By: Mike Peck
Rockford, Ill.- The American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs announced that Bob Mills has been named the team’s play-by-play broadcaster.

Mills comes to Rockford after serving as the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears since the team’s inception in 2012. A veteran broadcaster of over 400 professional games, Mills has also called games for the Chicago Express (ECHL), Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL).

The University of Bowling Green alumn was named the ECHL’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2012 and was a part of two ECHL All-Star Game broadcast teams, including the 2011 and 2015 events.

Mills will assume the role of Communications Coordinator/Broadcaster in Rockford. In addition, Nate Haeni has been promoted to Manager of Communications for the IceHogs.  Mills replaces Mike Peckin the broadcast booth as Peck takes on the role of IceHogs’ Director of Business Operations for the organization.

Season Tickets for 2015-16 Now on Sale: Reserve your seats today for the IceHogs 17th season of professional hockey and ninth as the AHL affiliate of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Call (815) 847-6399 or visit icehogs.com to find a ticket package that fits your needs.

FOURNIER READIES FOR 2015

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By: Fritz Stillings

Rockford, Ill. - Following a rookie season that resulted in splitting time between the Rockford IceHogs and the East Coast Hockey League’s Indy Fuel, defenseman Dillon Fournier chatted with IceHogs.com during Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp at Johnny’s Icehouse in Chicago to reflect on his first campaign, the offseason and his expectations for the upcoming season:
Fritz Stillings (IceHogs.com): How would you assess you first pro season?

Dillon Fournier: I think I learned a lot. It was my first season in the pros, and there were definitely some highs and lows, but you got to learn how to keep your game steady. It’s a long season and I’ve got a lot to build off of heading into my second year.

FS: Were there any surprises for you during your first year?

DFNot really. I knew some of the guys coming in and they helped manage my expectations and keep my head pretty level. We had a good group of guys in Rockford, especially some of the older guys who’d talk to me a lot. It was a great environment to be in.

FS: How’s the offseason been going for you both on and off of the ice?

DF: It’s been going well. I’ve been training at home (in Dorval, Quebec), but I’ll be staying in Chicago after Prospect Camp and training with Pauly (Paul Goodman – Blackhawks Strength and Conditioning Coach) and just continue working out here in Chicago.

FS: It’s been a busy offseason for the Blackhawks, a few spots are opening up in both Rockford and Chicago, how do you approach these opportunities and how eager are you to take advantage of them?

DF: Yeah, there are a few spots that have opened up, but all you can really do is focus on yourself and put in the work. The harder you work the more success you’re going to have and the more chances you’re going to get.

FS: Going into the 2015-16 season, what areas of your game are you looking to improve on?

DF: Just about everything. I really want to take a step forward entirely from my rookie season, both defensively and offensively, and just keep playing the way I play. I really just got to bring my A-game every night.

FS: What are you looking forward to most heading into next year?

DF: I’m looking forward to seeing our group of guys. We’ve got a lot of different faces in Chicago and especially in Rockford. It’s going to be a good year to see the chemistry and the guys playing together. We’ve got a couple of familiar faces coming back like P.C. (Pierre-Cedric Labrie), Michael Leighton, and those vets, and it’s going to be a great fit for everybody.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BLACKHAWKS RECALL VAN RIEMSDYK

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By: Chicago Blackhawks
Photo by Todd Reicher
Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

van Riemsdyk, 23, notched one assist in 18 games in his first professional season with the Blackhawks. The Middletown, N.J., native also collected three assists in eight regular-season games with Rockford. Signed as a free agent on March 24, 2014, van Riemsdyk tallied his first professional point with an assist on Nov. 9 against San Jose. He previously recorded 75 points (16G, 59A) in three seasons at the University of New Hampshire.

Season Tickets for 2015-16 Now on Sale: Reserve your seats today for the IceHogs 17th season of professional hockey and ninth as the top AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Call (815) 847-6399 or visit icehogs.com to find a ticket package that fits your needs. 

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