Bridgeport Sound Tigers
|Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|2013–14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Webster Bank Arena|
|Colors||Blue, Orange, White
|General manager||Garth Snow|
|Head coach||Scott Pellerin|
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|Affiliates||New York Islanders (NHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
|2001–present||Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|Regular season titles||1 2001–02|
|Division Championships||2 2001–02, 2011–12|
|Conference Championships||1 2001–02|
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League. It has been the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, who also own the franchise, since its inception, and use the same team colors as the parent Islanders do. The team is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut and play their home games at the Webster Bank Arena. The "Sound" in the team name is a reference to the Long Island Sound to the south of Bridgeport.
The Sound Tigers joined the AHL in 2001. The franchise's lease at the Arena runs until the end of the 2021 season. The team has generally been successful, recording only two losing seasons through the 2009 season, highlighted by a division championship and reaching the Calder Cup Finals, in which they lost to the Chicago Wolves four games to one, during their first season.
The franchise's first coach was Steve Stirling, and the team is currently coached by Scott Pellerin. Among the Sound Tigers' players who have graduated to play for the New York Islanders are Trent Hunter, Rick DiPietro, Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais, and Sean Bergenheim, while other NHL players such as Jeff Hamilton, Eric Godard, Raffi Torres and Wade Dubielewicz have also played for the team.
The lone mascot of the Sound Tigers is named Storm. Storm is an anthropomorphic blue tiger. He appears at home games sporting a white home jersey with the number 01. While Storm can usually be found exciting fans throughout the arena, he skates on the ice during periodic intermissions. Storm's appearance has changed since the team's inaugural season.
The main (and instate) rival of the Sound Tigers are the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Sound Tigers’ parent club, the New York Islanders). The games have become known as the Battle of Connecticut. They also have a very good rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate. This is due largely to the fact that Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are frequent playoff match-ups. They also are semi-rivals with the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate.
Potential move to Long Island
In August, 2013, the ownership of the Barclays Center arena, which will be the home of the New York Islanders starting with the 2015-16 NHL season, were chosen to renovate and manage the club's current home Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. If this plan, which requires government approval, goes through, it is expected that the Sound Tigers will move to Long Island as early as the 2016-17 season, after the arena undergoes a 15-month renovation. Since the Sound Tigers lease in Bridgeport is through 2021, the Sound Tigers reportedly can leave Webster Bank Arena, only if another AHL team takes over the lease. Sound Tigers officials have denied any speculation of the team leaving. 
|2001–02||80||43||25||8||4||—||98||.613||240||192||1st, East||2002||W, 3–1, MAN||W, 4–0 SJM||W, 4–3, HAM||L, 1–4, CHI|
|2002–03||80||40||26||11||3||—||94||.588||219||198||2nd, East||2003||W, 3–0, MAN||L, 2–4, BNG||—||—|
|2003–04||80||41||23||12||4||—||98||.613||178||140||2nd, East||2004||L, 3–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2004–05||80||37||38||—||1||4||79||.494||192||222||6th, East||2005||Out of Playoffs|
|2005–06||80||38||33||—||6||3||85||.531||246||253||4th, East||2006||L, 3–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2006–07||80||36||37||—||1||6||79||.494||229||267||5th, East||2007||Out of Playoffs|
|2007–08||80||40||36||—||1||3||84||.525||225||240||5th, East||2008||Out of Playoffs|
|2008–09||80||49||23||—||3||5||106||.663||241||212||2nd, East||2009||L, 1-4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||38||32||—||4||6||86||.538||201||220||5th, Atlantic||2010||L, 1-4, HER||—||—||—|
|2010–11||80||30||39||—||4||7||67||.444||209||256||7th, Atlantic||2011||Out of Playoffs|
|2011–12||76||41||26||—||3||6||91||.599||233||219||1st, Northeast||2012||L, 0-3, CON||—||—||—|
|2012–13||76||32||32||—||7||5||76||.449||218||242||3rd, Northeast||2013||Out of Playoffs|
Updated December 17, 2013.
^ A. There were three captains for the 2004–05 season: Aldridge named on Oct. 16, 2004, Seeley named on Nov. 6, 2004, & Campbell named on Mar. 16, 2005
^ B. There were two captains for the 2012–13 season: McDonald named on Dec. 7, 2013 & Watkins named on Feb. 22, 2013.
- Goals: Jeff Hamilton, 43, (2003–04)
- Assists: Rob Collins, 48, (2005–06)
- Points: Jeff Tambellini, 76, (2007–08)
- Penalty minutes: Eric Godard, 295, (2004–05)
- GAA: Wade Dubielewicz, 1.38, (2003–04)[C]
- SV%: Wade Dubielewicz, .946, (2003–04)[C]
- ^ C. AHL Records
- Career goals: Jeff Hamilton, 89
- Career assists: Rob Collins, 110
- Career points: Jeremy Colliton, 171
- Career penalty minutes: Eric Godard, 705
- Career goaltending wins: Wade Dubielewicz, 81
- Career shutouts: Wade Dubielewicz, 15
- Career games: Mark Wotton, 368
- http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Despite-relocation-speculation-Sound-Tigers-4736469.php. Missing or empty
- "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- Bridgeport Sound Tigers, official website
- Bridgeport Sound Tigers Forums, message boards
- The Internet Hockey Database - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Blog From The Bridge