Cleveland Barons (2001–2006)

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For the 1976–1978 NHL team, see Cleveland Barons (NHL). For the earlier AHL team, see Cleveland Barons (1937–1973).
Cleveland Barons
Cleveland Barons logo.svg
City Cleveland, Ohio
League American Hockey League
Operated 2001–2006
Home arena Gund Arena
Colors teal and black
Affiliates San Jose Sharks
Franchise history
1996–2001 Kentucky Thoroughblades
2001–2006 Cleveland Barons
2006–present Worcester Sharks

The Cleveland Barons were a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Cleveland, Ohio, USA at the Gund Arena between 2001 and 2006.

The team was named in honor of the popular Barons team that played in the AHL and its forerunners from 1929 to 1973. The Barons name was revived in 2001 when the San Jose Sharks purchased their AHL affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, and relocated them to Cleveland, where they would play at the arena which was owned and operated by Sharks owners George and Gordon Gund. The Gunds had also owned the most recent incarnation of the Barons, who played in the NHL in the late 1970s (the Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978, and the Sharks spun off from the North Stars in 1991).

The franchise relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2006–07 season and became the Worcester Sharks. Dan Gilbert, the owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, purchased the inactive Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise and moved it to Cleveland. Renamed the Lake Erie Monsters, the club began play in Cleveland in 2007.

The team logo, a shark holding a hockey stick, was originally designed as an alternate logo for the San Jose Sharks before being modified with a top hat, a monocle, and formal wear for the Barons.[1]

History[edit]

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This market is now the home to:


Affiliates

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Avg. Attendance
2001–02 80 29 40 7 4 69 223 268 4th, Central 3,226
2002–03 80 22 48 5 5 54 203 286 5th, Central 3,561
2003–04 80 37 28 8 7 89 235 220 4th, North 4,212
2004–05 80 35 37 6 2 78 200 226 7th, North 4,178
2005–06 80 27 48 2 3 59 210 302 7th, North 3,548

Playoffs[edit]

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2001–02 Out of Playoffs
2002–03 Out of Playoffs
2003–04 W, 2–1, Toronto L, 2–4, Hamilton
2004–05 Out of Playoffs
2005–06 Out of Playoffs

Team records[edit]

Single Season[edit]

Goals: 35 Mike Craig (2001–02), Miroslav Zalesak (2003–04)
Assists: 48 Jeff Nelson (2002–03)
Points: 75 Miroslav Zalesak (2003–04)
Points, Defenseman: 46 Garrett Stafford (2003-04)
Penalty Minutes: 335 Matt Carkner (2001–02)
Wins: 19 Vesa Toskala (2001–02)
GAA: 2.34 Nolan Schaefer (2003–04)
SV%: .925 Seamus Kotyk (2003–04), Nolan Schaefer (2003–04)

Career[edit]

Career Goals: 84 Miroslav Zalesak
Career Assists: 117 Patrick Rissmiller
Career Points: 181 Patrick Rissmiller
Career Penalty Minutes: 948 Matt Carkner
Career Goaltending Wins: 34 Vesa Toskala
Career Shutouts: 7 Nolan Schaefer
Career Games: 315 Matt Carkner

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