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Tom Hamilton named new president of Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 26, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders announced Tom Hamilton as their next president on April 21. He will succeed Brian McKenna, who retired after leading the franchise through its inaugural season. A former Coralville...

Iowa goalie Corbin Kaczperski reacts after a goal during a hockey match between Iowa and Wheeling at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The Nailers defeated the Heartlanders, 6-4.

Heartlanders goaltender Corbin Kaczperski’s whirlwind professional season

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 24, 2022

As goaltender Corbin Kaczperski headed into his first professional season, he expected to work in the ECHL. But, he didn’t know what would happen from there. Kaczperski went through a whirlwind...

The Iowa heartlanders pose for a photo with members from the Family Dental Center, a sponsor of the Heartlanders, during a media availability for the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena on Monday, April 11, 2022. Players and sponsors gathered to take photos for the conclusion of the inaugural season.

Opinion | The Iowa Heartlanders’ wild inaugural season

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 19, 2022

One adjective came to mind when I reflected on the Heartlanders’ inaugural season this week: wild. The peaks and valleys and the twists and turns of their 2021-22 campaign were beyond what I could...

Iowa forward Kris Bennett maneuvers the puck during a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings, 4-2.

Iowa Heartlanders forward Kris Bennett wins ECHL Rookie of the Year Award

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 18, 2022

Iowa Heartlanders forward Kris Bennett was named the 2021-22 ECHL Rookie of the Year Monday. Bennett received the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy in recognition of his achievement. The winner of the...

Iowa forward Kris Bennett maneuvers the puck during a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings, 4-2.

Iowa Heartlanders conclude inaugural season on the road

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 17, 2022

In the final series of their inaugural season, the Iowa Heartlanders earned three standings points at the Allen Americans over three games. The Heartlanders won 5-1, on Wednesday and fell, 3-2,...

Iowa forward Josh Koepplinger stands in the spotlight after the Heartlanders scored a goal during a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville, IA on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings 4-2. (Ayrton Breckenridge/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa Heartlanders aim to wrap up season with a bang against Allen Americans

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 12, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders are looking to finish the last week of their inaugural season on a high note, despite not being able to qualify for the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The 28-32-8-1 Heartlanders...

Iowa forward Ryan Kuffner takes the ice during a hockey match between Iowa and Wheeling at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The Nailers defeated the Heartlanders, 6-4.

Iowa Heartlanders growing hockey in Johnson County

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 12, 2022

The first puck drop of the Iowa Heartlanders’ inaugural season was observed by thousands of spectators — 4,017 to be precise, not counting the players, the staff, or the folks who keep the Xtream...

Marc Korver walks along the Iowa River Landing area before a hockey match between Iowa and Wheeling at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. On average, the Heartlanders averaged 1,961 fans attending home games throughout the season. The average attendance marked the second worst in the ECHL.

Photos: Heartlanders spur business at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing area

Jerod Ringwald, Photo Editor April 12, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders averaged 1,961 fans at Coralville's Xtream Arena for its inaugural season in the ECHL. Fans filled the Iowa River Landing area before games which restaurants like 30Hop and Brick...

Indy defensemans Kirill Chaika and Christopher Cameron celebrate after a Fuel-made goal during a hockey game between the Iowa Heartlanders and the Indy Fuel at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The Fuel defeated the Heartlanders, 6-2.

Photos: Iowa Heartlanders vs. Indy Fuel

Braden Ernst, Photojournalist April 10, 2022

The Indy Fuel defeated the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Saturday, 6-2. The Heartlanders dropped the match on head coach Gerry Fleming’s 900th professionally coached game and their...

Iowa forward Kris Bennett maneuvers the puck during a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings, 4-2.

Iowa Heartlanders drop final Xtream Arena game of inaugural season

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 10, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders fell, 6-2, to the Indy Fuel in their final game at Xtream Arena of the 2021-22 inaugural season. The affair didn’t go Iowa’s way from puck drop. The Fuel recorded their...

Iowa forward Ryan Kuffner is recognized at the end of the game after completing a hat trick during a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings, 4-2.

Forward Ryan Kuffner’s hat trick propels Iowa Heartlanders to win over Kalamazoo Wings

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter April 9, 2022

Third-period theatrics from forward Ryan Kuffner pushed the Iowa Heartlanders past the Kalamazoo Wings Friday night at Xtream Arena. The 25-year-old scored three goals in the frame, leading to a 4-2...

The Iowa Heartlanders stand for the national anthem before a hockey game between Iowa and Kalamazoo at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday, April 8, 2022. The Heartlanders defeated the Wings, 4-2.

Photos: Iowa Heartlanders vs. Kalamazoo Wings

Ayrton Breckenridge, Photojournalist April 9, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders defeated the Kalamazoo Wings, 4-2, at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Friday. Three of Iowa’s four goals were scored in the third period.  After the first period, Kalamazoo was...

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