The Elmira Jackals are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Elmira, New York. The Jackals play in the East Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. They were originally part of the United Hockey League.
They are the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The Jackals play their home games at the First Arena.
On April 28, 2016 the Chemung County Executive announced that the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is assuming temporary ownership of the First Arena and the Jackals until a new owner can be found. The move was made due to the ongoing losses combined with the County’s interest in maintaining the viability of the Arena and the team. The IDA will use $1 million to pay off debts so any new owner can have a nearly clean financial slate.