Hockey League (UHL)
County Veterans Memorial Arena
GM Jumps Into Job
& Sun Bulletin
On his first day as general manager of the BC Icemen, Tom
Reynolds nearly wore out the telephones in the Broome County
Veterans Memorial Arena.
hired Monday as the second GM in the four-year history of the United
Hockey League franchise, began calling some of the Icemen’s 600
season ticket holders to introduce himself and talk about the
upcoming season. Reynolds
is expected to be introduced himself as GM later in the week.
this organization to be a lot more accessible to fans than it has
been in past years,” said Reynolds, a Town of Main resident who
has attended about 30 Icemen games since the team’s inception in
1997-98. “So far, the
response from people has been great…and everyone is enthused about
our new owner.”
Davis Wright, hired Reynolds, 39, to oversee the Icemen’s off-ice
affairs. He’ll be
responsible for ticket sales, promotions and daily business
Reynolds will also assist coach/director of hockey operations
Brad Jones in signing players, and after one season as a part-time
scout and assistant coach for the American Hockey League’s
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Reynolds is qualified to do so.
said he has already called Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to discuss an
affiliation agreement. The
Icemen are already affiliated with the AHL’s Springfield (Mass.)
beginning, I’ll be mainly concerned with the business end of
things, but as times goes by, I’ll get involved in helping on the
hockey end,” Reynolds said.
becomes acclimated to the Icemen offices, Wright and Jones are
attending the UHL Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas.
International Hockey League folded last month, Reynolds said he’s
optimistic the UHL, a lower-level development league below the AHL
and IHL will attract more talented players.
enthused about this upcoming season for the Icemen, but I’m real
enthused that the IHL has folded,” Reynolds said.
“A lot of players out of there will fall into the UHL. A lot of good major junior or college players will end up
coming here now that the IHL isn’t around.”
acceptance of the Icemen’s GM job means he won’t be coaching the
Binghamton Tornadoes, a local Junior B team.
He said he has spoken to Chuck Annis, owner of the program,
and will continue to be involved in recruiting local players.”