Appropriate that this announcement came during the Halloween season: the newest team in the ECHL is the Savannah Ghost Pirates, set to debut at Enmarket Arena during the 2022-2023 season.
Savannah has the reputation as a major ghost site, sporting an informal nickname as Ghost City. So it’s no surprise some sort of variation on ghosts stood out among the 3,000 entries in a name-the-team competition. With a ghostly color scheme of florescent green and black and an unveiling at the Ghost Coast Distillery, the team name and logo were unveiled.
“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 in a press statement. “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.”
The logo from Dan Simon and Studio Simon is the shape of a ghost figure carrying a hockey stick. In the coming months the ECHL team will introduce the mascot, team jerseys, NHL/AHL affiliation, naming of a coach, signing the first player and much more. This spring, the Savannah Ghost Pirates will introduce a street hockey program throughout Southeastern Georgia.
“The logo is very appealing to both children and adults,” said Andy Kaufmann, Ghost Pirates CEO, in a press statement. “The Savannah Ghost Pirates are a team for all ages to enjoy and our games will be filled with action, entertainment and fun. We can’t wait to take the ice at the new Enmarket Arena in October 2022.”