Anaheim Bullfrogs

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Anaheim Bullfrogs
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Founded 1993
History

Anaheim Bullfrogs
(19931997) (RHI)
(1998) (MLRH)

(1999) (RHI)
Home Arena

Anaheim Arena
(1993)

Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
(1994–1999)
City Anaheim, California, United States
Colors

Orange, Green
(1993)
         
Black, Gold, White
(19941999)

              
Owner(s) United States Stuart Silver
Division Championships 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998
Conference Championships 1996, 1997, 1999
Murphy Cups 1993, 1997
Jason Cups 1998

The Anaheim Bullfrogs were a professional inline hockey team based in Anaheim, California. The Bullfrogs played in Roller Hockey International (1993–1997) and Major League Roller Hockey (1998) before returning to Roller Hockey international (1999). The Bullfrogs played their home games in the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

The team could be labeled as the most successful franchise of RHI. The team won two championships in 1993 and 1997, the only team to win more than one. The team also won the Major League Roller Hockey championship in 1998. The team also went to the Murphy Cup finals two other times but lost to the Orlando Jackals in 1996 and the St. Louis Vipers in 1999. The team lasted the full length of the RHI and had the highest attendance figures at the Arrowhead Pond.

The Anaheim Bullfrogs made a brief comeback when they joined IHA, a pro roller hockey league held during the NHL Lockout at the Anaheim's Convention Center. They were one of the six teams participating in the league. However due to poor management, the league folded halfway through the season, and the Bullfrogs were once again gone. They were undefeated up until the collapse of the league.

Some players of note include: Rob Laurie (goaltender), Victor Gervais, Joe Cook, Hugo Belanger, Mark Wolf, B.J. MacPherson, Todd Wetzel, Darren Perkins, Rick Judson, Tom Menicci, Jim Ficenec, Kevin Kerr, Daniel Shank, Derek Booth, Rick Judson, Darren Banks, Nathan Petralia, Savo Mitrovic & Darren Langdon.

Franchise history[edit]

Season-by-season record[1][edit]

Season GP W L SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1993 (RHI) 14 13 0 1 27 130 83 405 1st, Buss Won Quarterfinal (Coasters)
Won Semifinal (Blades)
Won Murphy Cup Final (Skates)
1994 (RHI) 22 13 8 1 27 185 155 634 3rd, Pacific Won Pacific Semifinal (Rhinos)
Won Pacific Final (Blades)
Lost Western Final (Rage)
1995 (RHI) 24 19 4 1 39 219 157 558 1st, Pacific Won Western Quarterfinal (Blades)
Won Western Semifinal (Barracudas)
Lost Western Final (Rhinos)
1996 (RHI) 28 22 4 2 46 215 159 495 1st, Pacific Won Pacific Final (Blades)
Won Western Final (Voodoo)
Lost Murphy Cup Final (Jackals)
1997 (RHI) 24 15 9 0 30 173 156 435 2nd, Western Won Western Semifinal (Blades)
Won Western Final (Rhinos)
Won Murphy Cup Final (Rockin Rollers)
1998 (MLRH) 20 19 0 1 39 263 84 353 1st, Coastal Earned Coastal Semifinal bye
Won Coastal Final (Power)
Won Final Four (Tigers)
Won Jason Cup Final (Surge)
1999 (RHI) 26 21 3 2 44 197 127 403 1st, Western Earned Western Semifinal bye
Won Western Final (Rhinos)
Lost Murphy Cup Final (Vipers)
RHI Totals 138 109 28 7 225 1119 837 2930

Anaheim Bullfrogs Individual Records[edit]

Radio coverage[edit]

From 1994 to '96, Bullfrogs games were regularly available on radio. The 1994 season broadcasts were on KMAX-FM and the next two seasons' games were on KPLS. Lew Stowers, a business associate of longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, was the play-by-play announcer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anaheim Bullfrogs - RHI Stats