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Derek Damon speaks to media during a press conference for the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The Heartlanders announced Damon will replace former head coach Gerry Fleming as Fleming pursues opportunities overseas.

Iowa Heartlanders putting finishing touches on roster

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter September 20, 2022

As the Iowa Heartlanders approach the first game of the 2022-23 campaign against the Idaho Steelheads on Oct. 21, they are working toward finalizing their 2022-23 season-opening roster. The second-year...

How injury shaped Iowa Heartlanders coach Joe Exter’s ‘unshakeable faith’

How injury shaped Iowa Heartlanders coach Joe Exter’s ‘unshakeable faith’

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter August 24, 2022

When Iowa Heartlanders Associate Coach Joe Exter’s contract with Michigan State wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2021-2022 season, he had to answer concerning questions. “What’s going to...

Derek Damon poses for a portrait during a press conference for the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The Heartlanders announced Damon will replace former head coach Gerry Fleming as Fleming pursues opportunities overseas.

Iowa Heartlanders retain core from inaugural season, sign new players

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter August 21, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders have made numerous changes to their hockey operations staff and roster during its 2022 offseason. The coaching staff looks different than it did in 2021-22, though there’s a...

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Iowa Heartlanders agree to terms with defenseman T.J. Fergus

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter August 4, 2022

Defenseman T.J. Fergus was traded from the Florida Everblades to the Iowa Heartlanders on March 14, yet he never reported to Xtream Arena for the 2021-22 campaign. But when the Heartlanders begin...

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Iowa Heartlanders sign rookie forward Alec Broetzman

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter August 2, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders have signed rookie forward Alec Broetzman, the franchise announced Tuesday. Broetzman grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, just 20 miles from where the Hearlanders’ NHL affiliate...

Iowa defender Connor Russell and Utah forward Benjamin Tardif go for the puck during a hockey match between the Iowa Heartlanders and the Utah Grizzlies at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Feb. 9, 2022. The Grizzlies beat the Heartlanders, 5-4, in overtime.

Iowa Heartlanders bring back defenseman Connor Russell

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 28, 2022

Iowa Heartlanders head coach Derek Damon's message to defenseman Connor Russell this offseason was one the blueliner described as intriguing. The words: We’re going to win a Kelly Cup. That...

Iowa Heartlanders watch Cole Stallard shoot a free shot in a hockey game between the Iowa Heartlanders and Utah Grizzlies at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. The Grizzlies defeated the Heartlanders, 4-3, to sweep the series.

Forwards Cole Stallard, Josh Koepplinger returning to Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 26, 2022

Forwards Cole Stallard and Josh Koepplinger played small but valuable roles for the Iowa Heartlanders in 2021-22 after joining the franchise midseason. Now, they are seeking to continue their contributions...

Iowa defenseman Jake Stevens lines a puck 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.

Defensemen Ryan Wheeler, Jake Stevens back with Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 21, 2022

Two defensemen who signed with the Iowa Heartlanders late in their inaugural season are back with the club for the 2022-23 campaign. Ryan Wheeler and Jake Stevens have inked ECHL contracts with...

Iowa goalie Corbin Kaczperski blocks a puck 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.

Goaltender Corbin Kaczperski agrees to terms with Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 19, 2022

After an impressive rookie campaign, goaltender Corbin Kaczperski has agreed to terms with the Iowa Heartlanders for the 2022-23 season, the franchise announced Tuesday. The netminder was rostered...

Iowa defenseman Riese Zmolek enters the ice after his name was announced in the starting lineup 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.

Defenseman Riese Zmolek returning to Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 14, 2022

One of the Iowa Heartlanders’ top defensemen from their inaugural campaign is set to return for the 2022-23 season. Riese Zmolek has signed an ECHL contract with the Heartlanders, the franchise...

Derek Damon poses for a portrait during a press conference for the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena in Coralville on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The Heartlanders announced Damon will replace former head coach Gerry Fleming as Fleming pursues opportunities overseas.

Iowa Heartlanders announce Derek Damon as new head coach

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter July 5, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders have hired Derek Damon as their new head coach and general manager, the franchise announced Tuesday.  Damon is the second head coach in club history after he served as the...

Iowa forward Zach White carries the puck up 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.

Forward Zach White re-signs with Iowa Heartlanders

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter June 28, 2022

The Iowa Heartlanders have re-signed forward Zach White, it was announced Tuesday. White is the first player that agreed to terms with the Heartlanders for the 2022-23 season. The 5-foot-7 skater...

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