The Jamestown Ironmen will not return for the NAHL season in 2013/2014, according to owner Kenji Yamada, who has decided to suspend operations for the 2013-14 season.
"I really appreciate all the support from local people and the community," Yamada said in a statement released on Wednesday. "I am strongly looking forward to make the Jamestown Ironmen come back on the ice for the 2014/2015 season. Again, thank you for all the support for the last two years."
Kurt Silcott, Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena chief executive officer, said in the same statement that "I know there are a lot of people that are very sad to see this happen, especially on the heels of such an amazing season. The team made a valiant effort at the Robertson Cup this season and that effort was matched by some local people and business owners who worked diligently in multiple attempts to save the team and maintain operations for the 2013/2014 season. There was a lot of support behind the scenes and a lot of time, money and energy spent here by local people trying to come up with a suitable and sustainable plan that would keep the team going. Unfortunately, those efforts ultimately did not come to fruition and the team will not be playing in the upcoming season."
The Jamestown Ironmen had plenty to celebrate during the 2012-13 North American Hockey League season, including winning the North Division championship and ultimately earning a berth in the Robertson Cup.
The Ironmen had a 37-19-4 record in 2012/2103 season and finished second, went on to win the North Division title in the playoffs and ultimately to the Robertson Cup where they finished fourth.
"As we move forward, I know that the local group is still committed to NAHL hockey and will now focus their efforts on bringing the team back to Jamestown for the 2014/2015 season,'' Silcott said. ''It's difficult because they have lost some momentum, but I feel that with the group that is together, and other local leaders that may join in, they will be able to put a successful proposal in front of owner Kenji Yamada and the NAHL Board of Governors."