The Rockford IceHogs introduced the Rockford Region to professional hockey in 1999. The IceHogs spent eight seasons in the United Hockey League and won their first Colonial Cup Championship on May 24, 2007, in seven games with the series clincher at the BMO Harris Bank Center against Kalamazoo in front of an IceHogs postseason record of 6,236 fans. The championship game marked the final IceHogs UHL contest and prior to the 2007-08 season, the IceHogs made the jump to the American Hockey League as the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Beginning in '07-08, the IceHogs entered into the first year of an unprecedented 10-year affiliation agreement with the Blackhawks. Rockford's first AHL game was played on October 6, 2007 in Quad City, a 5-1 loss to the Flames.
In Rockford’s first seven seasons as the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, the team has featured 49 different players to play both in Rockford and with the Blackhawks.
The list includes 10 players who were members of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks team including Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Nick Boynton, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Antti Niemi and Kris Versteeg. After the Los Angeles Kings won the Cup in 2012, Fraser became the first former IceHogs skater to win multiple Stanley Cups. In 2013, Bickell, Hjalmarsson, Bolland, entered the exclusive club as well. First time Stanley Cup Champions from the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks included Corey Crawford, Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig.
Over 60 different IceHogs skaters have appeared in the NHL.
Coming into our 16th season, the IceHogs have set an all-time record for season attendance! As the longest running professional sports team in Rockford, the IceHogs organization has established itself as a staple in the Rockford community through the IceHogs Charitable Foundation and the development of the Jr. IceHogs Youth Hockey Program.
The IceHogs offer a variety of season ticket options to meet your needs! For more information about season ticket packages contact an IceHogs Personal Ticket Consultant (815) 847-6399. Individual game tickets are available for purchase online at www.thebmoharrisbankcenter.com, charge by phone (815) 968-5222, or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.
If you are looking for a sure-hit group outing with your co-workers, church group, civic group, family or friends, check out Rockford IceHogs group packages! Or if you are looking for a little more for your group outing check out the premium seating options in the BMO Harris Bank Center! For more information contact an IceHogs Group Ticket Representative at (815) 847-6399.
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