Ironmen Won’t Return For 2013-14 Season
The Jamestown Ironmen will not return for the 2013-14 NAHL season. Owner Kenji Yamada has decided to suspend operations for the season.
“I really appreciate all the support from local people and the community,” said Kenji Yamada, Ironmen owner. “I am strongly looking forward to make the Jamestown Ironmen come back on the ice for the 2014-15 season. Again, thank you for all the support for the last two years.”
“I know there are a lot of people that are very sad to see this happen. Especially on the heels of such an amazing season,” said Kurt Silcott, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena CEO. “The team made a valiant effort at the Robertson Cup this season and that effort was matched by some local people and business owners who worked diligently in multiple attempts to save the team and maintain operations for the 2013-14 season. There was a lot of support behind the scenes and a lot of time, money and energy spent here by local people trying to come up with a suitable and sustainable plan that would keep the team going. Unfortunately, those efforts ultimately did not come to fruition and the team will not be playing in the upcoming season.”
The Ironmen had a 37-19-4 record in 2012-13 season and finished second, moving on to win the North Division title in the playoffs and to the Robertson Cup, where they finished fourth.
“As we move forward, I know that the local group is still committed to NAHL hockey and will now focus their efforts on bringing the team back to Jamestown for the 2014-15 season,” Silcot said. “It’s difficult because they have lost some momentum but I feel that with the group that is together, and other local leaders that may join in, they will be able to put a successful proposal in front of owner Kenji Yamada and the NAHL Board of Governors.”