Elmira Jackals – Not Active (USA) – hockey team page with roster, stats, transactions at ELMIRA, N.Y. – The season was everything short of ideal for the Elmira Jackals, an ECHL franchise that folded this spring after. Elmira’s First Arena, whose soon-to-be new owner was named Friday, will live to see another hockey season — but the Elmira Jackals won’t.

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Elmira Jackals – Wikipedia

The scoreboard at First Arena turned pitch black the second the Elmira Jackals left the ice following the final game in franchise history on Saturday, April 8. Photo elmiira Nicole Sorce. Abbott, who now serves as Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Manchester Monarchsused his expertise he developed over multiple seasons with the Jackals to try to keep the team on track, despite the rumors surrounding the team all season long. Sections of empty seats were a familiar sight during Jackals games at First Arena, especially over the course of the last several seasons.


Unfortunately for the entire Sabres organization, the season was a major struggle.

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Not only did the Jackals suffer in the bottom of the standings all season, but their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americansalso experienced a downward spiral over the winter that cost them a chance to make the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Our guys were competing every shift in search of that next win. Blade, the mascot, did the best he could to rile up the fans at First Arena this season, despite most of the seating bowl remaining empty. Davis Vandane celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal elmiraa this season.

Over the duration of a painful season, the Jackals had to wait until the end of February to earn their 10 elmkra win of the season. Bacmanski believes the next leader of First Arena shares the same mentality. Not only did the league lose the Jackals this spring, but the Alaska Aces also folded as well — all due to a lack of attendance.


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The Jackals did not fold due to a lack of participation in these types of marketing activities, either. According to Oystrick, the Jackals tried everything they could in that regard. Despite the poor attendance, the arena still got loud every time the Jackals scored a goal. While Oystrick has spent time as a player in various markets at every level, his heart goes out to the faithful jqckals fans in Elmira who can no longer call the Jackals their hometown team.

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