Asheville Smoke

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Asheville Smoke
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City Asheville, North Carolina
League United Hockey League
Operated 1998–2002
Franchise history
1991–1998 Brantford Smoke
1998–2002 Asheville Smoke

The Asheville Smoke were a professional ice hockey team in the United Hockey League.[1] They played in Asheville, North Carolina from 1998 to 2002. The Smoke were coached by Keith Gretzky from 1998 to 2000. Prior to the 1998 relocation to Asheville, the team was known as the Brantford Smoke. The closest rival of Asheville were the Knoxville Speed. Original employees of the team included President Dan Wilhelm and Assistant General Manager Jeff Young.

Although the team was active in Asheville for less than three years, they inspired at least two popular local songs: "Asheville Smoke" by GFE and "Blood On The Ice" by The Monsters of Japan.

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