The following was released on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020:
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Icemen, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and AHL's Manitoba Moose, announced today that the team has added former University Florida standout Tim Tebow, current Jacksonville Jaguars Linebacker Myles Jack and former Jacksonville Jaguars star Reggie Hayward to its ownership team.
Tebow, Jack and Hayward will now join an impressive list of local business leaders and sports professionals:
Andy Kaufmann, CEO & Managing Partner of Zawyer Sports, LLC
Dr. Ali Chahlavi, MD, Neurosurgeon at Ascension/St Vincents Jacksonville
Daniel Murphy, three-time Major League Baseball All-Star; Played baseball for Englewood High School and Jacksonville University.
Marcus Rowe, Resident Director/Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
Dr. Georgia Gianakakos, Neurologist at Specialists on Call
Bob Ohrablo, the founding partner and President of the Icemen.
Scott Einhorn, Executive Vice President of the Icemen
David Hodges, Chairman of Hodges Management Group LLC.
Nicholas Rowe, Account Executive RJ Young
Dr. Vimal Reddy, DPM at First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic
Dr. Mehul Parekh, MD at Baptist Health
Phil Konort, Formerly Vice President of Finance at American Express Company
La Sonjia Jack, Executive Director of Operations at Cox Communications
Thomas Doran, Owner of Reflections Window and Pressure Washing Company
Dr. Saumil Oza, Cardiologist at Ascension/St. Vincent's Jacksonville
Dr. Kevin Anannab, MD, MBA Attending Anesthesiologist
Megan Hayward, President of Temporary Assistance Guru
Andy Kaufmann was introduced as the team's CEO and majority partner in July of 2019.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to welcome aboard additional community members to our Icemen family,” said Icemen Majority Partner & CEO Andy Kaufmann. “These latest additions to our team will help us extend our reach into the community and will further solidify the Icemen as Jacksonville's team for many years to come.”
Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 as a standout quarterback at the University of Florida. In addition to winning two BCS National Titles with the Gators in 2006 and 2008, Tebow went on to play for the NFL's Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Tebow is also a minor league outfielder in the New York Mets organization and spends countless hours working with many charitable causes.
“I simply love Jacksonville,” said Tebow. “I am excited to be a part of this new endeavor with the Icemen. It is important to me to invest back into the community that has meant so much to me. I look forward to including and expanding the Icemen's involvement in our Tim Tebow Foundation and other community initiatives.”
Myles Jack is currently in his fifth NFL season as star linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jack was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft following a productive collegiate career at UCLA.
"Growing up I have been a part of progressive sports programs, but always from a players perspective,” said Jack. “I now have the opportunity to have ownership in a great team here in Jacksonville. Looking forward to bringing my life experiences to the community and partnering with the Iceman players and staff”
Reggie Hayward played nine NFL seasons as a defensive end split between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos. He played college football at Iowa State and was selected by the Broncos in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Hayward finished his career with 39.5 sacks.
After my NFL retirement, my family decided to settle here in Jacksonville,“ said Hayward. “My family is proud to say we are now partners in a team that in three short years has provided thousands with entertainment and has done so much for our community.”
The Icemen's home opener is slated for Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Icemen are expected to start the season with limited capacity seating. The best way to ensure your seats is with a season ticket membership package. Full & partial season plans are currently available! Contact the Icemen at 904-602-7825, or visit online at www.jacksonvilleicemen.com
The 2020-21 Jacksonville Icemen Season is Presented by Community First Credit Union