In less than one year from now, Savannah’s upcoming ECHL hockey team will take the ice at the new Enmarket Arena and officials announced the team name at a special event held at Ghost Coast Distillery. on Wed., Oct. 28.
The team name: Savannah Ghost Pirates.
“It was important that the name reflect the culture of our team’s city. Savannah is steeped in history and folklore, and we feel this name embodies that spirit,” said Ghost Pirates President Bob Ohrablo. “It was also important to us that we wait to announce the name when we could be here with our partners at the city, Enmarket Arena, and most importantly our fans.”
Savannah mayor Van Johnson, who was also present, spoke of his excitement of the new hockey team.
“In a city that’s known for its beautiful weather, it’s rich history, art, architecture, great food, and awesome people, Savannah will also now be known for hockey,” Johnson said. “In addition to the wonderful sports aspects and the aesthetics it brings, it also creates an opportunity for us to introduce generations of young people to ice and hockey in Savannah.”
Andy Kaufmann, Ghost Pirates CEO, is looking forward to what the hockey team will bring to Savannah.
“We are proud to capture the spirit and culture of this incredible city with the name ‘Ghost Pirates,’” said Kaufmann. “Like Savannah, professional hockey has a deep history, and the NHL’s Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for in North America. Now we are thrilled to bring this great sport to Savannah and are confident that you will agree we are doing the city proud with our unique name. We’ll be developing talent right before your very own eyes that will move on to the NHL and international hockey while creating a strong history for the entire city to enjoy.”
In addition to announcing the name, management introduced the logo as well as the team colors.
The logo is the shape of a ghost figure wearing a pirate’s hat, and carrying a hockey stick.
The team colors are black, white, and florescent green with a focus on the ghost’s glowing eyes.
In the coming months the Ghost Pirates will introduce a mascot, team jerseys, NHL/AHL affiliation, naming of a coach, signing the first player and much more.
They will begin play of their 36-game home schedule at Savannah’s new Enmarket Arena beginning October, 2022. Ticket plans and a limited first run of merchandise are on sale now. Visit GhostPiratesHockey.com for more information.