Arizona Sundogs

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Arizona Sundogs
2014–15 Arizona Sundogs season
Arizona Sundogs logo.svg
League Central Hockey League
Conference Berry
Founded 2006
Home arena Tim's Toyota Center
Colors

Black, Red, White, Silver, Gold

                        
General manager Chris Presson
Head coach David Lohrei
Affiliates Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Portland Pirates (AHL)
Franchise history
2006–present Arizona Sundogs
Championships
Regular season titles None
Division Championships 2007-08
Conference Championships 2008
Ray Miron President's Cup 2008

The Arizona Sundogs are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Prescott Valley, Arizona that began play in the Central Hockey League in 2006. The team plays its home games at Tim's Toyota Center.

History[edit]

The Sundogs served as an affiliate for the NHL's Colorado Avalanche during the 2006-07 season and as an affiliate for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

The Sundogs concluded their inaugural season in 2006-07 with 70 points and a 34-28-2 record, finishing second in the CHL's Southwest Division, two points back of eventual division champion the New Mexico Scorpions, and qualifying for the 2007 CHL Playoffs. Arizona went on to beat the Corpus Christi Rayz, 2-1, in overtime of Game 7 of the opening round, advancing to the Southern Conference Semifinals against division rival New Mexico. The Sundogs eventually fell, 3-2, to the Scorpions in Game 7. Brent Kelly represented the Sundogs in the 2007 CHL All-Star Game and led the CHL in goals in 2006-07 with 42 and finished third overall with 95 points.

During the 2007-08 season, the team clinched the CHL's Southwest Division regular season title, finishing with 84 points and a 39-19-6 record. Phoenix Coyotes prospect Alex Leavitt lead the league in scoring (128 points) and assists (88). The Sundogs opened the 2008 Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs defeating New Mexico 4 games to 2. They then defeated the 2007-08 Southern Conference regular season champion Laredo Bucks 4 games to 3 in the Southern Conference Finals before sweeping the defending Ray Miron President's Cup Champion Colorado Eagles in four straight games, winning the President's Cup in only their second year of existence. Goaltender Rob McVicar was named playoffs MVP, finishing with an 11-1 record and .913 save percentage. Leavitt, Tyler Redenbach and David Schlemko represented the Sundogs in the 2008 CHL All-Star Game as Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro coached the Southern Conference All-Stars to an 11-6 win.

In 2008-09 the Sundogs finished with 59 points and a 27-32-5 record and in 2009-10 the team finished with 54 points and a 24-34-6 mark. Joel Irving was the team's lone representative in the 2009 All-Star game, tallying a goal in an 8-4 loss to the Colorado Eagles while Jon Landry was named to the 2010 All-Star Game. Landry recorded a goal and an assist in a 9-4 loss to the South Texas All-Stars.

Arizona closed out the 2010-11 regular season with a 25-31-10 record for 60 points, qualifying for the postseason for the third time in five seasons and first since the team's championship season in 2007-08. The Sundogs dropped their opening round best-of-5 playoff series 3-1 to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Kyle Hood finished as the team's leading scorer for the second straight season with 69 points (15g/54a) in 62 games. Second-year forward Joey Sides was the team's lone representative in the 2011 CHL All-Star Game, recording one assist and three shots in an 11-6 win over the host Rapid City Rush.

The Sundogs and Tim's Toyota Center have been named hosts of the 2012 Central Hockey League All-Star Game.

The team name, sundog, refers to an atmospheric phenomenon primarily associated with the reflection of sunlight by small ice crystals in cirrus clouds, resulting in what appears to be two suns in the sky. The Sundogs' primary 'S' logo makes reference to this occurrence with large and small starbursts.

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 29, 2013.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
19 Canada Baker, KevinKevin Baker F R 35 2013 Kingston, Ontario Sundogs
37 Canada Brennan, KipKip Brennan F L 33 2013 Kingston, Ontario Sundogs
30 Canada Brown, DavidDavid Brown G L 29 2012 Stoney Creek, Ontario Sundogs
5 Canada Firlotte, ZackZack Firlotte D L 28 2012 Fredericton, New Brunswick Sundogs
15 United States Geoffrion, SebastienSebastien Geoffrion F L 24 2013 Brentwood, Tennessee Sundogs
16 Canada Kyrzakos, JeffJeff Kyrzakos C R 29 2012 Mississauga, Ontario Sundogs
18 United States Langlais, ChadChad Langlais Injured Reserve D L 27 2012 Spokane, Washington Sundogs
71 Canada Larocque, MarioMario Larocque (A) D L 36 2012 Montreal, Quebec Sundogs
91 Canada LeBlanc, DerekDerek LeBlanc F L 28 2012 Brandon, Manitoba Sundogs
13 Sweden Linden, KarlKarl Linden D L 26 2012 Stockholm, Sweden Sundogs
8 Canada McCready, MattMatt McCready D R 27 2012 Kingsville, Ontario Sundogs
20 Canada Meyers, RonRon Meyers C R 26 2012 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Sundogs
17 Canada Morgan, JasonJason Morgan (C) C L 37 2012 St. John's, Newfoundland Sundogs
23 Canada Nehring, ChadChad Nehring C R 27 2012 Springside, Saskatchewan Sundogs
11 Canada Petovello, KevinKevin Petovello F L 27 2012 Sparwood, British Columbia Sundogs
47 Canada Purves, CodyCody Purves RW L 27 2012 Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan Sundogs
1 Canada Russo, AdamAdam Russo G L 31 2012 Montreal, Quebec Sundogs
21 Sweden Ryd, JohanJohan Ryd F L 24 2012 Sodertalje, Sweden Sundogs
77 Russia Tulupov, KirillKirill Tulupov D L 26 2013 Moscow, Soviet Union Sundogs
27 Canada Wynn, KeithKeith Wynn D L 27 2012 Orleans, Ontario Sundogs

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