Erie Golden Blades
|Home arena||Erie County Field House|
yellow, blue, white
|1982 to 1987||Erie Golden Blades (ACHL)|
The Erie Golden Blades were a minor league hockey team that played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. Their home ice was the Erie County Field House. The Erie County Field House was located in Erie, Pennsylvania, and held 4,200 people. The team was owned by Steve Stroul from 1983–87
The Golden Blades played five seasons in the ACHL, reaching the playoffs each season. They would reach the final round of the playoffs in each of their first four seasons, winning the Bob Payne Trophy as league champion in 1983–84.
The Golden Blades would lose in the opening around of the 1986–87 ACHL playoffs. With several teams moving to the upstart All-American Hockey League, the Golden Blades (along with the league) folded.
- Ron Hansis: player-coach would later become the only coach of the Erie Panthers. Hansis also coached the Baton Rouge Kingfish after the Panthers moved from Erie to Baton Rouge before being replaced by Dave Schultz.
- Pierre Lagace: former draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens (round 3, 46th overall in 1977 NHL Entry Draft) and the Quebec Nordiques (round 8, 77th overall in the 1977 WHA amateur draft).
- Paul Mancini: former draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings (round 5, 77th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft). Mancini is the all-time leading point scorer (486 points in 263 games) and all-time leading goal scorer (234 goals) in team history.
- Barry Tabobondung: former draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers (round 3, 47th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft). Would be named to the league's all star team in 1983–84 and 1984–85, and was named league MVP for the 1984–85 season.
- John Tortorella: played parts of two seasons (1982–83 and 1983–84) with the Golden Blades. In 1996 he became the Calder Cup winning head coach of the Rochester Americans, and in 2004 the Stanley Cup winning head coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Wayne Van Dorp: scored 54 points in 52 games with the Golden Blades. Would go on to play 128 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League.