Janesville hockey team will get nickname
Jets. Jackals. Jaguars. Jayhawks. Juggernaut.
Janesvilleís Junior A hockey team will get one of those five nicknames when Wisconsin Hockey Partners announces the winner of the fan voting at a Friday press conference.
The NAHL expansion franchise will unveil its new nickname and logo at a 10 a.m. event at the Janesville Ice Skating Center, 821 Beloit Ave. The event is open to the public.
The team received more than 200 nickname submissions during the first phase of the contest through the organizationís temporary Web site at www.janesvillenahl.com.
More than 1,000 fans voted on the top five during the second phase of the contest.
The organization will also announce the winner of the ďName the TeamĒ promotion at Fridayís press conference. One contestant, who submitted the teamís name in the first phase of the contest, has been selected for the grand prize.
That person will receive four complimentary season tickets, a team jersey signed by the inaugural players, and the opportunity to drop the ceremonial puck at the first home game. The other individuals who also entered the final name in the first phase will also receive consolation prizes from the new Janesville NAHL team.
Bill McCoshen, the teamís president and managing partner of Wisconsin Hockey Partners, and team General Manager of Business Operations John McCally will attend the news conference as well as Janesville City Manager Eric Levitt. Other city officials and a few other members of Wisconsin Hockey Partners are also expected to be on hand.
The teamís partners have spent the last few days tweaking the final design of the winning entry. Not only will the teamís nickname and logo be unveiled Thursday, McCoshen said graphic renderings of the teamís jerseys will be revealed, too.
The team has already stocked its roster through tenders and the NAHL draft. The franchise will also hold open tryouts on June 26-28 at the Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth, Minn., and July 17-19 at the Janesville Ice Skating Center. Twenty to 25 players from each open camp will be invited to the final tryout camp in Janesville on July 30-Aug. 2.
The regular season will start in September and run through April.