ELMIRA, N.Y. - September 3, 2014 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today that co-owners Tom Freeman and Nate Cook have donated the team to the community. A board of directors will be assembled to provide guidance and ensure the company's prosperity towards a long-term future.
Freeman and Cook purchased First Arena and the Elmira Jackals on April 10, 2013. They have donated the team to the community in an effort to bring long-term success to downtown Elmira. Freeman and Cook will still own First Arena and will run the daily hockey operations for the Jackals.
"We want the Elmira Jackals to be a long-term success in this community," said Freeman. "Elmira is the smallest metropolitan area in professional hockey and we are very fortunate to have the Jackals here. There are just 71 cities in the United States that have an NHL, AHL or ECHL hockey team and we are committed to keeping this franchise in Elmira."
Freeman and Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, began meeting in early May to discuss the future of the Jackals and the deep-rooted support system in this community. The finalized names of those appointed to the board of directors will be announced at a later date.
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Saturday, September 13: First Arena is hosting its third annual Wegmans Twin Tiers Tap In presented by TLC Limo, starting at 4:00 p.m. with the VIP pass and 5:00 p.m. for the general admission. Click here for tickets to the Wegmans Twin Tiers Tap In presented by TLC Limo.
Friday, October 10: Your Elmira Jackals take the ice in their first preseason game against their North Division rival, the Reading Royals. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are FREE to all fans!
Friday, October 17: Elmira Jackals Home Opener! The Jackals open their eighth season of ECHL hockey against the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:05 p.m.! Click here to get your tickets NOW!