Greenville Road Warriors
|Greenville Road Warriors|
|City||Greenville, South Carolina|
|Home arena||Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Formerly the Bi-Lo Center)|
midnight blue, copper, white, silver
|General manager||Chris Lewis|
|Head coach||Dean Stork|
|Affiliates||New York Rangers (NHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
|2010–present||Greenville Road Warriors|
The Greenville Road Warriors are a professional ice hockey team located in Greenville, South Carolina. The team is a member of the ECHL and play their home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville. 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. 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.
Johnstown Chiefs (1988–2010)
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
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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. 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. 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.
Updated December 13, 2013
|25||Berkstresser, SeanSean Berkstresser (A)||F||L||31||2010||Apollo, Pennsylvania||Road Warriors|
|Bourdon, RobbieRobbie Bourdon||F||L||23||2013||Ile-Bizard, Quebec||Road Warriors|
|11||Cameron, BrettonBretton Cameron||RW||R||25||2012||Didsbury, Alberta||Road Warriors|
|Coyle, JaceJace Coyle||D||R||23||2013||Sparwood, British Columbia||Road Warriors|
|Hegarty, RyanRyan Hegarty||D||L||23||2013||Arlington, Massachusetts||Road Warriors|
|Hynes, BrandonBrandon Hynes||RW||R||21||2013||Norris Point, Newfoundland||Road Warriors|
|Irwin, BraydenBrayden Irwin||RW||R||26||2013||Toronto, Ontario||Thunder|
|39||Johnston, JordieJordie Johnston||F||L||26||2012||Rosetown, Saskatchewan||Road Warriors|
|27||Lowry, MattMatt Lowry||F||R||26||2013||Neepawa, Manitoba||Road Warriors|
|Pleskach, AdamAdam Pleskach||RW||L||25||2013||Beausejour, Manitoba||Road Warriors|
|Thurber, MattMatt Thurber||C||L||24||2013||Beaver Dam, Wisconsin||Road Warriors|
- Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Birth place
3 Sam Klassen D L 6-1 200 Jan 1, 1989 Watrous, SK 5 Ryan Hegarty D L 6-1 207 May 16, 1990 Arlington, MA 8 Samuel Noreau D R 6-5 224 Jan 31, 1993 Montreal, QC 9 Andrew Rowe C L 6-1 189 Jan 22, 1988 Muskegon, MI 11 Breton Cameron RW R 6-0 191 Jan 26, 1989 Didsbury, AB 13 Emerson Clark LW L 5-10 180 Dec 17, 1992 Whitby, ON 14 Scott Arnold C L 6-2 195 Jun 23, 1989 Montreal, QCAndrew 15 Andrew Himelson D L 5-9 183 Feb 24, 1990 Monroe, NY 16 Kyle Jean C L 6-4 203 Mar 1, 1990 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 17 Marc-Oliver RW L 5-10 194 Mar 1, 1990 Longueuil, OC
18 Michael St. Croix RW R 5-11 183 Apr 10, 1993 Winnipeg, MB 20 Ryan Murphy LW R 6-1 195 Sep 27, 1989 Stratford, ON 22 Mike Marcou D R 5-11 174 Aug 19, 1989 Kings Park, NY 25 Sean Berkstresser LW L 6-1 211 Sep 26, 1982 Apollo, PA 27 Matt Lowry F R 6-1 190 Mar 2, 1988 Neepawa, MB 29 Jason Wilson LW L 6-2 205 Apr 15, 1990 Richmond Hill, ON 30 Connor Knapp G R 6-6 220 May 1, 1990 York, NY 35 Scott Stajcer G R 6-2 195 Jun 14, 1991 Cambridge, ON 39 Jordie Johnston LW L 5-11 189 Aug 18, 1987 Rosetown, SK 44 T.J. Reynolds D R 6-3 225 Mar 26, 1981 Kitctener, ON, Canada 57 Garrett Bartus G R 6-2 185 Oct 19, 1989 St. Charles, IL 57 Danny Hobbs F R 6-0 200 Jun 21, 1989 Shawville, PQ, Canada
- Mastovich, Mike (February 13, 2010). "Rumors continue about Chiefs relocation". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
- Mastovich, Mike (February 15, 2010). "Chiefs plan to move franchise to South Carolina". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- "GreenvilleRoadWarriors.com". Greenville Road Warriors. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- Official Website of the Greenville Road Warriors
- Official website of the ECHL
- Official website of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena