Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2014–15 Bridgeport Sound Tigers season
Bridgeport Sound Tigers.svg
City Bridgeport, Connecticut
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Northeast Division
Founded 2001
Home arena Webster Bank Arena
Colors Blue, Orange, White
              
Owner(s) Charles Wang
General manager Garth Snow
Head coach Scott Pellerin
Media Connecticut Post
Fox Sports Radio (1410 AM)
Affiliates New York Islanders (NHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–present Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Championships
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.

History[edit]

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.

Team Information[edit]

Mascot[edit]

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.

Rivalry[edit]

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 PenguinsAHL 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[edit]

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.[1]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Updated August 22, 2014.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
16 Canada Bruton, ChrisChris Bruton (C) C L 27 2013 Calgary, Alberta Islanders
11 United States Clark, JasonJason Clark C L 22 2012 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Islanders
46 United States Donovan, MattMatt Donovan D L 24 2011 Edmond, Oklahoma Islanders
44 Canada Gallant (A), BrettBrett Gallant (A) LW L 25 2011 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Islanders
26 Canada Halmo, MikeMike Halmo LW L 23 2012 Waterloo, Ontario Islanders
54 Canada Langkow, ChrisChris Langkow C R 25 2013 Vegreville, Alberta Sound Tigers
10 United States Mayfield, ScottScott Mayfield D R 23 2013 St. Louis, Missouri Islanders
United States Nemec, MarkMark Nemec D R 25 2014 Rouses Point, New York Sound Tigers
27 United States Ness, AaronAaron Ness (A) D L 24 2011 Roseau, Minnesota Islanders
3 Russia Pedan, AndreyAndrey Pedan D L 21 2013 Moscow, Russia Islanders
United States Pereira, MikeMike Pereira LW L 22 2014 New Haven, Connecticut Sound Tigers
23 Sweden Persson, JohnJohn Persson LW L 22 2012 Ostersund, Sweden Islanders
United States Phillips, AdamAdam Phillips F R 24 2014 Farmington Hills, Michigan Sound Tigers
38 Canada Poulin, KevinKevin Poulin G R 24 2010 Montreal, Quebec Islanders
6 Canada Pulock, RyanRyan Pulock D R 19 2014 Grandview, Manitoba Islanders
22 Canada Quine, AlanAlan Quine C L 21 2013 Ottawa, Ontario Islanders
35 United States Reiter, KenKen Reiter G R 27 2012 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Islanders
Canada Seabrook, KeithKeith Seabrook D R 26 2014 Delta, British Columbia Sound Tigers
Slovakia Sivák, PeterPeter Sivák RW L 32 2014 Cheb, Czech Republic Sound Tigers
United States Stretch, C. J.C. J. Stretch LW R 25 2013 Irvine, California Sound Tigers
28 Sweden Sundstrom, JohanJohan Sundstrom C R 22 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden Islanders
1 Canada Trudeau, PhilippePhilippe Trudeau G L 21 2014 Blainville, Quebec Sound Tigers
7 United States Vaughan, ScooterScooter Vaughan D R 25 2013 Placentia, California Sound Tigers

Team Captains[edit]

Notes

^ 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.

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

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[edit]

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

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