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2018-19 Flyers Players Signings\Trades\Pre-Season Roster

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Green - Re-Signed

Red - Not Returning\Attending other Training Camp

Orange - Traded

 Blue - Vet*

*By SPHL definition, Vets are players who have 224 or more professional games played. Each team is allowed up to 3 vets on their roster. All 3 vets have to have a combined total of less than 900 games played.


Protected List

G, Sean Bonar

G, Brian Billett

DNathan Bruyere

DMark Esshaki

DChristain Weidauer

FCharlie Adams

FJosh Cousineau

FGarrett Milan

FJessyko Bernard - Signed with Briançon (France2)

FKen Neil - Signed with Maine (ECHL)

FTJ Sarcona

FBrian Morgan

FMatt Johnson - Signed with Marseille (France2)


Unprotected Players

G, Gordon Defiel - Signed with Macon (SPHL)

G, Alex Sakellaropoulos

G, Braeden Ostepchuk - Signed PTA with Peoria (SPHL)

DTim Boyle

DKyle Haines

DTroy Vance

DChad Thibodeau

DRyan Ruikka

D\FAlex Pompeo

F,  Trevor Hertz

FDavid Mazurek

FChapen LeBlond

FLiam Kerins

FPhil Bushbacher - Signed with Caen (France2)

FMark Bennett - Signed with Fehérvári Titánok (Erste Liga)

FEli Lichtenwald - Signed with Jacksonville (ECHL)

FRobert Lepine


New Players

FRyan Marcuz - Former SPHL Team : MRK

DCory Melkert  - Former SPHL Teams : ROA, EVV

FBrian Bowen - Univ. of Vermont (NCAA), [(played 11 games for Worchester (ECHL)]

DJesse Kessler - Hamline Univ. (NCAA III)


2018-19 Flyers Training Camp




      Cory Melkert 

      Jesse Kessler (R)


#7 Josh Cousineau

      Ryan Marcuz (V\224)

      Brian Bowen (R)

Edited by RapidFire19

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56 minutes ago, Hockeyfan1966 said:

To protect Weidauer and not Boyle just amazes me.

I thought that too, at first.  But I talked to a Pensacola fan and they said he didn't want to play anywhere else.  If that's the case there is no reason to have to use a spot on the protected list unless they thought he was going to be taken in the expansion draft.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 26, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced today two-time SPHL champion, Josh Cousineau, has signed to play once more on the Gulf Coast.

“It is great to have Josh back,” Ice Flyers head coach Rod Aldoff said, “He is one of the smartest players in the league and understands the game in all situations very well.”

The 5’10” 175-lb. forward is entering his fifth professional season, his fourth with the Ice Flyers. Cousineau was acquired by the Ice Flyers during the 2015-16 season from the Knoxville Ice Bears and scored the most memorable goal in Pensacola hockey history with a last second tally later that year to win the 2016 SPHL championship on home ice. He won his first championship the previous year with the Ice Bears in his rookie season.

“Pensacola has become another home away from home after the last three years,” Cousineau added, “I’m beyond excited to play in front of its passionate fans for my fourth season.”

Last season with the Ice Flyers, the Penetang, Ontario, Canada native had 9 goals and 13 assists totaling 22 points. He also led the team in penalty minutes with 79. Cousineau has played 200 games in the SPHL where he has totaled 40 goals, 55 assists, 95 points and 214 penalty minutes.

Aldoff stated, “Josh comes to play every day and is well respected in our dressing room. He is a tremendous person and shows up to the rink ready to go every day. We’re fortunate to have his experience and leadership both on and off the ice.”

“I look forward to playing under returning head coach Rod Aldoff and will work towards bringing the championship back to Pensacola once more. I am excited about the upcoming season with the Ice Flyers and I hope to see everyone on October 20 to pack The Hangar for our first home game!” Cousineau concluded.


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Lichtenwald Re-signs with Icemen


Jacksonville, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets and American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, announced the return of forward Eli Lichtenwald for the 2018-19 season. 

Lichtenwald began his rookie season in Pensacola with the Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League before joining the Icemen midway through the club’s inaugural season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native skated in 35 games for Jacksonville recording eight points (3g-5a). Prior to turning pro, Lichtenwald spent four seasons with Union College where he collected 44 points (24g-20a) in 129 games.


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PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 7, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced today that Head Coach Rod Aldoff has signed veteran forward Ryan Marcuz for the 2018-19 season. Marcuz is entering his sixth season in the SPHL and his first not with the Mississippi RiverKings.

“I am very excited to play for the Pensacola Ice Flyers organization this upcoming season,” Marcuz said, “The atmosphere from the fans in Pensacola is amazing, the best in the league in my opinion. Even though I have been yelled at and chirped by their fans in the past, I have always imagined what it would be like to play for the Ice Flyers.”

“Ryan has been a solid player every year in the SPHL. He understands consistency as a pro and it shows in his career,” Aldoff stated, “He was a player we targeted from the RiverKings and I’m happy to have him in an Ice Flyers jersey.”

Marcuz spent the last five seasons with the Mississippi RiverKings where he totaled 65 goals, 79 assists and 144 points in 204 games.  He was one of the alternate captains for the 2017-18 season. The 6’0”, 205-lb. forward also spent time in the FHL with the Danville Dashers in the 2014-15 season where he totaled 10 points in 17 games before playing for Mississippi. This past season he spent time up in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers where he played 3 games.

Before starting his professional career, the Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada native spent four years playing for NCAA III Morrisville State College where he scored 22 goals, tallied 34 assists for a total of 56 points in 86 games. He also was an alternate captain during his senior year.

“I cannot wait to start the season under a great coach, management and ownership, but I’m most excited to play in front of the fans in Pensacola! Hockey season cannot come any sooner,” Marcuz added.

“He’s a leader and a great person on and off the ice, and I have high expectations for him. I’m very confident that he will be a big part of our team, as well as a big part of our success,” Aldoff concluded.


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PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 9, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced today that Head Coach Rod Aldoff has signed veteran defensemen Cory Melkert.

A 6’5” 225-lb. defenseman from Kenmore, Ontario, Canada, Melkert is entering his third season in the SPHL having played for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and Evansville Thunderbolts in the past. He served as the captain for the Thunderbolts during the 2017-18 season where he played in 50 games tallying 22 points and 45 penalty minutes. He spent some time in the ECHL as well where he played for the Wichita Thunder for five games.

“It’s always a great day when you can sign a player and person of Cory’s ability on and off the ice. He’s a natural leader and has the ability to be an elite defenseman for our team every night,” Aldoff stated.

Melkert added, “It was an easy decision for me to sign with Coach Aldoff and Pensacola after I decided not to go over to play in Europe this year. The Ice Flyers are a first-class organization and they have the best fans in the league. Playing in front of them will be a honor this upcoming season.”

During the 2016-17 season Melkert played 20 games for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs before being traded to the Evansville Thunderbolts where he had 10 points and 55 penalty minutes in 31 games.

Before playing professionally, Melkert played for SUNY-Fredonia, a NCAA III school for four years and was Captain in his senior year. He played in 90 games and earned 10 points 53 penalty minutes. The following year he played in Germany for 15 games where he had 2 goals and 8 assists for a total of 10 points and 10 penalty minutes.

“I know Cory will bring a professional and positive attitude to our team,” Coach Aldoff said, “I know his game will be appreciated not only by our team, but our fans who will enjoy having him in an Ice Flyers jersey.”

“After speaking with Coach Aldoff and the owner Greg Harris, it is clear that it is a win first attitude and that is something I really want to be a part of. It is on the top of my list and there is no better place for that than Pensacola. I can’t wait to get down there in October and start the journey to winning a championship,” concluded Melkert.


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15 minutes ago, RapidFire19 said:


Sounds like he might have pulled a fast one on the Thunderbolts.  Captain last season then suppose to play overseas so not on protected list.  Now signs with Pensacola.  Either way, its a nice signing for Pensacola.

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Ice Flyers Sign Rookie Forward Brian Bowen and Defenseman Jesse Kessler


PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 14, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced that Head Coach Rod Aldoff has signed rookies Brian Bowen and Jesse Kessler for the 2018-19 season.

Brian Bowen, a 6’0” 220-lb. forward is a native of Littleton, Massachusetts. He spent the last three years at NCAA University of Vermont where he played in 61 games. He netted 17 goals with 22 assists for a total of 39 points. After the season ended last year, Bowen played 11 games with the Worcester Railers in the ECHL. He had 3 goals and 1 assist.

“Brian is a player who will adjust to the pro game very well. He has good size and strength and will only get better with time. He can win battles and create offense with his strength along the boards,” Aldoff said, “I’m looking forward to seeing him in an Ice Flyers jersey where he can progress his game and help move our team forward each day.”

Jesse Kessler is a 5’10” 190-lb. defenseman from Franklin, Tennessee. He spent the last four years at NCAA Division III Hamline University where he played 107 games. During his time at Hamline, Kessler scored 17 goals and tallied 50 assists for 67 points. He finished his college career with 83 penalty minutes.

“Jesse comes to us after a strong four-year college career. He is someone who will do whatever it takes each and every day to get better. His work ethic and attitude towards the game are strong attributes that he will bring to not only our defense but our team as a whole. Fans will appreciate him both as a person and as a player,” concluded Coach Aldoff.


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Pensacola was so excited about that Corey Melkert signing they announced it again today instead of mentioning the new guys on twitter. 🤔



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