Patch Alber Returns To Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. - July 10, 2014 -

The Elmira Jackals announced today that defenseman Patch Alber has signed a Standard Player Contract for the 2014-2015 season.


"Patch Alber fits the mold of the style of player that we are looking for," said Jackals head coach Jamie Russell. "Patch has a winning pedigree and comes from a very successful and competitive background. I am very familiar with Patch, having coached in the Hockey East Conference and he is the type of player we want as a core member of this team." 


Alber, 25, returns to Elmira following a strong rookie campaign. The 5-10 170lb defenseman finished second among team blueliners last season with six goals and 18 points in 65 games. The Clifton Park, New York native led all Jackals' rookie rearguards in goals, assists, points, and shots on goal.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to be back with the Jackals," said Alber. "I am very excited to work with the new head coach, Jamie Russell. The new affiliation with Buffalo and Rochester is going to be great for the organization. And most importantly, I am excited to be back playing in front of the Elmira fans. The fans were so great to me last year that provides even more motivation to get the Jackals back to their winning ways."

Prior to turning pro, Alber played 113 NCAA games with the Boston College Eagles. He recorded four goals and 25 assists in four years at one of the nation's premier college programs. During his four-year career at Boston College, Alber was a part of three Hockey East Championships (2010, 2011, 2012) and two National Championships (2010, 2012).

Alber is the first Jackal from the 2013-14 season to resign with the club for the 2014-15 campaign.

Mark your calendars! The Jackals open their home schedule for their eighth season of ECHL hockey on Friday, October 17 against the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:05 p.m. Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets! Call 607-734-7825 or visit to order your season tickets today. Can't make it to every game? No problem! The Jackals are offering 10 and 20-game select and flex ticket plans! Get 'em while they're hot!


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, July 10: Team Trivia at Splitrock Brew Pub with DJ Torgo, 7:00 p.m. Free to play and great prizes for the winners!

Tuesday, July 15: College Night and Splitrock Cornhole Tournament, 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16: Gary's Body Shop Presents The Comedy Club at the Splitrock Brew Pub inside First Arena, 7:30 p.m. Davin Rosenblatt and Joe Currie are on tap! $8 in advance and $10 day of the show! Click here for tickets!

Thursday, July 17: Team Trivia at SplitRock Brewing Company with DJ Torgo, 7:00 p.m. Free to play and great prizes for the winners!

Saturday, July 19: Dolls of Destruction return to First Arena as the premier team in the Black Diamond Dames Roller Derby League. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the bout begins at 6:00 p.m.Tickets in advance are $10 for general admission and $12 for crash seating. Tickets at the door are $12 for general admission and $14 for crash seating. Children 10 and under are free!