PENSACOLA, FL. (July 30, 2014) - The back-to-back SPHL champions and 2013-14 regular season champions, Pensacola Ice Flyers, have signed defenseman Jeremy Gates for the 2014-15 season.
"It's exciting to have signed with Coach Aldoff and the Ice Flyers organization," Gates commented. "Pensacola is a winning organization and the fans exemplify true hockey passion."
The 6'3" 210-lb native of Jackson, Mich. has been a key factor on the blue line in the two consecutive titles for the Ice Flyers. He contributed as soon as he arrived back with the Ice Flyers from the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. Gates scored a goal, added three assists and attained a +9 plus/minus rating in his five regular seasons at the end of the season. In the Ice Flyers' seven playoffs games, he added another five assists and racked up 13 penalty minutes
"Jeremy is a great defenseman in all three zones," Head Coach Rod Aldoff stated. "He comes ready to play every day and is willing to do what it takes to win."
During his professional rookie season in 2012-13, Gates played in 28 regular season games and all seven playoff games with the Ice Flyers, where he scored a combined 13 points and had 30 penalty minutes. He then split time at the 'AA' level with the Bloomington Blaze of the CHL and the Komets prior to returning to Pensacola for their first championship run.
"It's a pleasure to have Jeremy back and be a leader for our team on and off the ice," Aldoff added.
Gates finished off by saying; "I look forward to putting in the work necessary to compete for another championship."