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Rockford Ring of Honor Inductee Steve Martinson to Join IceHogs Broadcast Team

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Rockford, Ill. — The IceHogs announced today that former Rockford IceHogs head coach Steve Martinson will join team broadcaster Mike Folta on select home broadcasts this season on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO. Martinson is scheduled to make his on-air debut this Friday and Saturday when the IceHogs take on the Iowa Wild and Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Center. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m., and both contests will be available on AHLTV, the IceHogs' Mixlr channel, and WIFR's 19.2 Circle TV.

Martinson served as Rockford’s head coach from 2004-2007 and led the IceHogs to the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship in 2007—the team’s only league title. The Minnetonka, Minnesota native finished his tenure in Rockford with all-time IceHogs franchise (AHL or UHL) coaching records for career win percentage (.660), most single season wins (48-twice), and most playoff games coached (39).

Part of the IceHogs’ 25th season celebration features the creation of the team’s Ring of Honor. The Ring of Honor will pay tribute to individuals throughout the franchise’s team history that made significant contributions to the team and to hockey in the Stateline. Last Saturday, Martinson was announced as a member of Rockford's inaugural Ring of Honor class and will be inducted on Saturday, Mar. 23 when the IceHogs battle the Grand Rapids Griffins.

After leading professional hockey teams to 10 separate league championships during his 27-years as a head coach, Martinson is the second-winningest coach in professional hockey, behind only Scotty Bowman, with 1,123 wins—the most ever wins for an American hockey coach.

The former winger joined the coaching ranks after a 15-season professional playing career that featured 49 NHL games from 1987-1992 with the Detroit Red Wings, the Montreal Canadians, and the Minnesota North Stars.

Return of the Screw
The Rockford IceHogs transform into the Screw City IceHogs for the first of three games on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and battle the Iowa Wild at the BMO Center! The Screw City IceHogs identity includes a unique logo that pays homage to Rockford’s deep history of manufacturing screws, while staying true to the IceHogs’ primary colors of red and black. The IceHogs players will wear new Screw City jerseys for this season’s trio of games and the IceHogs Team Store will be restocked with an all-new line of Screw City apparel. Additionally, every Friday home game is a $2 Beer Friday, featuring $2 cans of Bud Light, Budweiser, and Busch Light available at numerous concession areas through the end of the second intermission. Not a beer drinker? You can get a 12-oz soft drink for just $2 every Friday as well!

Dia De Los Muertos & Trick-or-Treat Night
It's Day of the Dead Night at the BMO Center as the IceHogs face the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.! The first 2,500 fans will receive a Hammy Sugar Skull bobblehead, and all kids 14 and under can get a $5 ticket with the purchase of at least one full price adult ticket! Bring the kids in costume and stick around for our postgame Trick-or-Treat with the IceHogs players.

Tune In LIVE on the IceHogs Broadcast Network Presented by BMO
Watch and listen to every game this season on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO! Listen from your favorite device, at home, or on the road at and on the IceHogs app and watch LIVE on AHLTV and selected games in High Definition on 19.2 Circle TV! Fans can also tune in on all of Mid-West Family’s local stations including 104.9 The X, B103, 95.3 The Bull, and Rockford Greatest Hits 100.5 and featured on Rock River Current, the Stateline’s premiere source for local events, news and culture.