Greenville Road Warriors

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Greenville Road Warriors
2014–15 ECHL season
Greenville Road Warriors logo.svg
City Greenville, South Carolina
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division East
Founded 1988
Home arena Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Formerly the Bi-Lo Center)
Colors

midnight blue, copper, white, silver

                   
Owner(s) Fred Festa
General manager Chris Lewis
Head coach Dean Stork
Affiliates New York Rangers (NHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Franchise history
1988–2010 Johnstown Chiefs
2010–present Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors are a professional ice hockey team located in Greenville, South Carolina. They play in the East Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference and play their home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville.[1] The franchise had previously played as the Johnstown Chiefs from the ECHL's inception in 1988 until the team's relocation in 2010. The Road Warriors are the second ECHL franchise to play in Greenville, as the city hosted the Greenville Grrrowl from 1998 until 2006.[2] The team is currently affiliated with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

Team history[edit]

Johnstown Chiefs (1988–2010)[edit]

Main article: Johnstown Chiefs

The Johnstown Chiefs were one of five franchises that founded the East Coast Hockey League in 1988. Johnstown's initial owners had wanted to name the team the Jets in reference of a previous franchise that had played in various leagues from 1950 until 1977. However, the original Johnstown Jets owners owned the name and refused to allow the ECHL franchise to use it. The owners of the ECHL franchise instead decided to name the team the Chiefs in reference to the Charlestown Chiefs from the ice hockey movie Slap Shot which was filmed in Johnstown.

The Chiefs played their home games at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown for all 22 of their seasons in the ECHL. In the inaugural season of the team and the ECHL, Johnstown finished second in the regular season standings and were the runner-ups in the inaugural Riley Cup finals, losing to the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds 4 games to 3. Although the Chiefs had played in the ECHL for 22 seasons, they had never won a division, conference, Brabham Cup or Riley/Kelly Cup title. Throughout Johnstown's history, the club had affiliation agreements with the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Chiefs would flounder for several years as the owners of the team tried to find local ownership for the team, but failed. After losing a reported $100,000 per year and facing an expensive rent posted by the War Memorial Arena's new owners, the Chiefs started to listen to offers to relocate the team.

Relocation to Greenville's Bi-lo Center[edit]

On February 13, 2010, the Tribune-Democrat reported that television reports from Greenville stated that the Chiefs would be relocated to Greenville following the 2009-10 season and compete at the BI-LO Center.[1] Two days later the Tribune-Democrat confirmed previous reports that the Johnstown Chiefs would relocate to Greenville, pending approval by Greenville's arena board and the ECHL's Board of Governors.[2] On February 15, 2010, the Greenville Arena District Board announced that they had agreed to a five-year deal to bring the Johnstown Chiefs to Greenville's Bi-Lo Center. The importance of the new Greenville team financially helps the two nearby teams in the ECHL that had lost a rival (Charlotte) to the AHL for the upcoming season; the Gwinnett Gladiators via Interstate 85, and the South Carolina Stingrays (Charleston) via Interstate 26 through Interstate 385. While Gwinnett is the closer rivalry, the Charleston rivalry is an in-state rivalry and the older, more established rivalry (ninth season versus sixth season).

Cincinnati Cyclones assistant coach Dean Stork was named the franchise's first head coach on June 29, 2010.

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 17, 2014.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
14 Canada Arnold, ScottScott Arnold LW R 25 2013 Pointe-Claire, Quebec Road Warriors
6 Canada Banwell, MikeMike Banwell D L 27 2014 Scarborough, Ontario Road Warriors
9 Canada Brown, TylerTyler Brown C L 24 2014 Wasaga Beach, Ontario Road Warriors
11 Canada Cameron, BrettonBretton Cameron RW R 25 2012 Didsbury, Alberta Road Warriors
13 Canada Clark, EmersonEmerson Clark LW L 21 2014 Whitby, Ontario Road Warriors
3 United States Escobedo, SeanSean Escobedo D L 24 2014 Bayside, New York Road Warriors
5 Canada Humphries, SpencerSpencer Humphries D R 22 2014 Delta, British Columbia Road Warriors
15 Canada Hynes, BrandonBrandon Hynes Injured Reserve RW R 22 2014 Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador Road Warriors
21 Canada Jackson, DallasDallas Jackson D L 25 2014 Edson, Alberta Road Warriors
10 United States Jean, KyleKyle Jean LW L 24 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Road Warriors
20 Canada Johnston, JacobJacob Johnston D L 26 2014 Sudbury, Ontario Road Warriors
2 United States Lepkowski, AlexAlex Lepkowski D R 21 2013 West Seneca, New York Road Warriors
33 Canada Malcolm, JeffJeff Malcolm G R 25 2013 Lethbridge, Alberta Wolf Pack
23 Canada Nehring, ChadChad Nehring C R 27 2014 Springside, Saskatchewan Road Warriors
29 Canada Nicholls, JoshJosh Nicholls RW R 22 2013 Richmond, British Columbia Rangers
19 Canada Parkes, TrevorTrevor Parkes LW R 23 2014 Fort Erie, Ontario Road Warriors
17 Canada Rodrigues, PaulPaul Rodrigues Injured Reserve F R 26 2014 Etobicoke, Ontario Road Warriors
18 Canada St. Croix, MichaelMichael St. Croix RW R 21 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba Rangers
16 United States Saponari, VinnyVinny Saponari RW R 24 2014 Powder Springs, Georgia Wolf Pack
24 United States Schneider, NickNick Schneider D R 29 2014 Maplewood, Minnesota Road Warriors
31 Canada Skapski, MackenzieMackenzie Skapski G L 20 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mastovich, Mike (February 13, 2010). "Rumors continue about Chiefs relocation". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Mastovich, Mike (February 15, 2010). "Chiefs plan to move franchise to South Carolina". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Greenville Road Warriors roster". Greenville Road Warriors. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 

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