Utah Grizzlies (1995–2005)

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This article is about the former IHL and AHL team which folded in 2005. For the ECHL team, see Utah Grizzlies.
Utah Grizzlies
Utah Grizzlies logo (2001–05).svg
City Salt Lake City, Utah
League IHL (1995–2001)
AHL (2001–2005)
Operated 1994–2005
Home arena Maverik Center
Colors Maroon and White
Affiliates New York Islanders (1994-98)
Dallas Stars (2000-2004)
Phoenix Coyotes (2004-2005)
Franchise history
1994–1995 Denver Grizzlies
1995–2005 Utah Grizzlies
2007–present Lake Erie Monsters
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (1994–95)
Division Championships 1 (1994–95)
Turner Cups 2 (1994–95, 1995–96)

The Utah Grizzlies were an ice hockey team in the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. They played in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the E Center.

History[edit]

The Utah Grizzlies, which moved to Utah following their only season in Denver, Colorado shortly after the NHL's Quebec Nordiques announced their relocation to become the Colorado Avalanche, were admitted to the AHL when the IHL folded in 2001. They played their home games in the Delta Center (now known as EnergySolutions Arena) until the E Center was built a few seasons after their arrival in Salt Lake.

While in Denver, the Grizzlies won the 1994–95 Turner Cup, the official championship of the International Hockey League. After relocating to Salt Lake City, the Utah Grizzlies once again marched to victory in the IHL playoffs. Utah swept the Orlando Solar Bears 4 games to 0 to win the 1995–96 Turner Cup. The fourth (and final) game of the series was played in the Delta Center; 17,381 fans attended, which set a national record for largest attendance at a minor league hockey game.[1]

The franchise was granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005–06 season while the owner found a buyer for the AHL franchise. That buyer arrived in May 2006, as the owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, purchased the franchise to replace the departing Cleveland Barons. On January 25, 2007, it was announced at a press conference that the new Cleveland team will be called the Lake Erie Monsters. The Monsters took the ice for the 2007–08 AHL season.

After the departure of the IHL/AHL Grizzlies, a new ownership group purchased the Utah Grizzlies identity, and resurrected the team in the ECHL, where they play currently.

Franchise and area facts[edit]

The franchise was replaced by:

The franchise is now known as:

Affiliates

Season-by-season results[edit]

  • Denver Grizzlies 1994–1995 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 1995–2001 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 2001–2005 (American Hockey League)

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 81 57 18 6 120 339 235 1st, Southwest
1995–96 82 49 29 4 102 291 232 2nd, Southwest
1996–97 82 43 33 6 92 259 254 3rd, Southwest
1997–98 82 47 27 8 102 276 234 3rd, Southwest
1998–99 82 39 34 9 87 244 254 3rd, Southwest
1999–00 82 45 25 12 102 265 220 2nd, West
2000–01 82 38 36 8 84 208 220 4th, West
2001–02 80 40 29 6 5 91 240 225 3rd, West
2002–03 80 37 34 4 5 83 227 243 5th, West
2003–04 80 27 42 6 5 65 162 230 7th, West
2004–05 80 23 50 5 2 53 156 265 7th, West

Playoffs[edit]

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 W, 3-0, MIN W, 4-1, PHX W, 4-1, MIL W, 4-0, KC
1995–96 W, 3-2, KC W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-2, LV W, 4-0, ORL
1996–97 W, 3-0, KC L, 0-4, LB
1997–98 L, 1-3, KC
1998–99 Out of playoffs.
1999–00 L, 1-4, HOU
2000–01 Out of playoffs.
2001–02 L, 2-3, HOU
2002–03 L, 0-2, WBS
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 Out of playoffs.

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 46 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Assists: 60 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Points: 106 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Penalty minutes: 317 Canada Mike MacWilliam (1995–96)
GAA: 2.21 Canada Rich Parent (1999–00)
SV%: .928 Canada Wade Flaherty (2001–02)
Wins: 45 Sweden Tommy Salo (1994–95)
Shutouts: 5 Canada Mike Bales (2000–01)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

Career[edit]

Career goals: 111 CanadaChris Taylor (1994–98)
Career assists: 167 Canada Chris Taylor
Career points: 278 Canada Chris Taylor
Career penalty minutes: 694 John Erskine (2000-2003)
Career goaltending wins: 73 Sweden Tommy Salo (1994–96)
Career shutouts: 7 Sweden Tommy Salo
Career games: 440 Canada Gord Dineen (1994–2000)

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