SPHL To Move From AmericaOne to NeuLion in Game Streaming

GM of the Louisiana IceGators, Louis Dumont, confirms on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette that the SPHL is close to finalizing a deal with NeuLion for the online streaming of games. All the teams will have new HD encoders that should improve the video feed league-wide.

NeuLion Sports is the leader in the industry for delivering live and on-demand sports in an unrivaled interactive digital video experience that gives fans an action packed experience anytime, anywhere.

Still nothing on the pricing. Some of the availability now is to include some sort of discount with season ticket holders. Not sure if that will come into play here this season, next season, or never.

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2014 President's Cup MVP, Brett Lutes, Returns to Ice Flyers

PENSACOLA, FL. (August 19, 2014) - The 2014 SPHL President's Cup MVP, Brett Lutes, will rejoin the Pensacola Ice Flyers for the 2014-15 season. 

"My wife and I are excited to be coming back to Pensacola," Lutes commented.

After being released by the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, the 6'1, 187 lbs Canadian native was picked up by Pensacola in November of 2013. In his 44 regular season games with the Ice Flyers, Lutes tallied 18 goals with 25 assists and had an impressive +25 plus/minus rating. Also known for his aggressive style of play, he served a total of 137 minutes in penalties. After contributing 5 goals and 5 assists in their 7-game championship run, Lutes was selected as the SPHL President's Cup MVP.

"I'm excited to have Brett back for another year. He's a true professional in every sense," Head Coach Rod Aldoff stated. "I will expect Brett to continue to lead in our dressing room and be a force on the ice."

Prior to playing in the SPHL for his first time, Lutes had experience in the ECHL, CHL, UHL, and even overseas in Germany. During his 2011-12 season with the Dayton Gems he was named as the assistant captain and represented the Gems in the CHL All-Star Game.

"The experience we had last year was unbelievable and can't wait to get back to try to build another championship team," Lutes added. 

Ice Flyers Sign Defenseman Drew Baker

PENSACOLA, FL. (August 12, 2014) - The back-to-back SPHL champions and 2013-14 regular season champions, Pensacola Ice Flyers, have signed defenseman Drew Baker for the 2014-15 season.

"I could not be more excited to come back to Pensacola. The organization, community and team is the best in the league," Baker stated.

The 6'2" 209-lb native of Dawsonville, Georgia returns as a crucial defensive component for the Ice Flyers. Baker split the 2013-14 season between the Ice Flyers and the South Carolina Stringrays of the ECHL. In his 25 regular season games with the Ice Flyers he attained 2 goals, 6 assists for total of 9 points with a +9 plus/minus rating and 39 penalty minutes. During their 7 game championship playoff run he contributed 1 goal, 3 assists and a +6 plus/minus rating with 7 minutes in penalties.

"Drew returned back to us from the ECHL on a mission to help us win a championship," Head Coach Rod Aldoff commented. "I am excited to have him back and look forward to having him in an Ice Flyers' jersey for another season."

Baker was acquired in an off-season trade during the summer of 2013. He has played a total of 200 games in the SPHL, tallying 74 points and racking up 287 penalty minutes.

"I can't wait to be back on the gulf coast in October to lace the skates up with the fellas in training camp," Baker added.

Ice Flyers Sign Defenseman Jeremy Gates

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."

Ice Flyers Re-Sign Leading Goal Scorer Adam Pawlick

PENSACOLA, FL. (July 22, 2014) - The back-to-back SPHL champions, Pensacola Ice Flyers, are excited to announce the re-signing of Forward Adam Pawlick for the 2014-15 season.

"I'm really excited to be coming back to play for Pensacola," Pawlick stated. "It's such a great organization and community to be a part of."

Pawlick played four seasons at NCAA Division I Clarkson University prior to joining the Ice Flyers. He had an outstanding rookie season, playing in all 56 games and leading the team in goals. He scored 27 goals and added 14 assists for 41 points. Pawlick also finished tied for the SPHL lead in goals scored by a rookie and ninth in rookie scoring.

"Adam was a tremendous player for us last season," Ice Flyers Head Coach Rod Aldoff commented. "He came in with a tremendous attitude and only got better and better each day. Look for him to be a elite player in our league and a great leader for our team. It's a pleasure to have him back in an Ice Flyers' jersey."

Pawlick added a goal and three assists in seven games during the Ice Flyers' successful defense of the SPHL President's Cup.

"After winning the championship last year, all I want to do is come back to Pensacola, play in front of the best fans in the league and have the opportunity to win it all again," Pawlick added.