The Buccaneers began USHL play during the 1980-81 and have played all their home games at Buccaneer Arena located in Urbandale, Iowa.
The Buccaneers have won four Anderson Cup Championships (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98 and 1998–99) and four Clark Cup Championships (1991–92, 1995–96, 1998–99 and 2005–06) in the thirty years they have been in existence.
The Buccaneers have also had many players continue to play hockey after completing their USHL career in Des Moines. Many players have been given scholarships and move on to play NCAA Division I hockey, while others have gone on to play professional hockey. Most notably, Scott Clemmensen, a native of Des Moines, played for the Buccaneers before going to Boston College to play NCAA Division 1 hockey and then onto the New Jersey Devils and currently plays for the Florida Panthers. Also of note is Kyle Okposo, who played on the 2005-06 Clark Cup championship team prior to playing for the University of Minnesota and is now playing for the New York Islanders.
* – Prediger resigned during the 1984-1985 season and was replaced by Wiley.
† – Ferguson resigned during the 2004-2005 season and was replaced by Simon.
‡ – Knott took over on an interim basis following Simon's February 2008 resignation.
æ - Johnson took over on an interim basis following Simon's firing.