Thursday, August 20, 2020

Jacksonville Icemen Add Former Vipers Shiplo & Martin To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Jacksonville Icemen have twenty players listed on their season-ending roster list, two of the twenty players are former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Shiplo & former Vernon Vipers forward forward Craig Martin.

Shiplo started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Wichita Thunder before being traded to Jacksonville December 9th 2019. In 17 games with the Thunder Shiplo recorded (1-goal-5-assists-6-points). In 40 games with the Icemen Shiplo recorded (3-goals-17-assists-20-points).

Shiplo spent the past four seasons at Quinnipiac University before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Wichita Thunder July 17 2019. 

Shiplo played one season in Vernon with the 2014-15 Vipers. In 50 games with the Vipers Shiplo collected (5-goals-39-assists-44-points).

Luke Shiplo's Player Profile:

Martin started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Adirondack Thunder before being traded to Jacksonville November 26th 2019. Martin had two points in seven games with the Thunder. In 41 games with the Icemen Martin collected ((7-goals-14-assists-21-points).

Martin spent the past four seasons at Quinnipiac University (2015-2019) before signing his first professional contract with the American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds April 2nd 2019. Martin signed an amateur tryout with the Thunderbirds, didn't play a single game before being released. The ECHL Adirondack Thunder signed Martin July 8th 2019. 

Martin played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2012-2014) was traded to Alberni Valley along with future considerations for Jared Wilson on October 1st 2013.  In 46 career games with the Vipers Martin collected (10-goals-13-assists-23-points). Martin also played with Trail & Alberni Valley.

Craig Martin's Player Profile:

This was posted on the Icemen website:


16 Jun 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Icemen announced Tuesday their season-ending roster. The list of 20 players is comprised of eight defensemen and 12 forwards. This is the second of a several-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2020-21 season. Players under an AHL contract are not eligible to be added to this list. The Icemen have protected the following players:    

Defensemen (8)

Dajon Mingo
Jack Glover
Kyle Shapiro
Trey Phillips
Dalton Thrower
Chase Harrison
Luke Shiplo
Mitch Jones

Forwards (12)

Mike Hedden
Chase Lang
Everett Clark
Craig Martin
John Albert
Alex Kromm
Adam Dauda
Ian McKinnon
Zach Hall
Brendan Warren
Pierre-Luc Mercier
Abbott Girduckis

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2019-20.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2020-21 Season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to June 30.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

BLOG: For more detail on what thre season-ending roster means CLICK HERE

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