Mississippi Sea Wolves

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Mississippi Sea Wolves
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City Biloxi, Mississippi
League ECHL
Conference American Conference
Division South Division
Founded 1996
Home arena Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Colors

Red and blue

              
Championships
Regular season titles 2002–03
Division Championships 2002–03
Kelly Cups 1998–99

The Mississippi Sea Wolves were a professional hockey team based in Biloxi, Mississippi and playing in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The Sea Wolves were members of the ECHL.

The Sea Wolves were founded in 1996 and enjoyed considerable success over their 10 seasons in the ECHL. They reached the playoffs in five of their first seven years, and celebrated a league championship in 1999, when they defeated the Richmond Renegades in a best of seven series to claim the Kelly Cup.

Damages from Hurricane Katrina to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum forced the team to suspend operations for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons under the ECHL's hardship provisions caused by Hurricane Katrina. A second team, the Texas Wildcatters, was also granted a hardship provision because of Hurricane Rita for one year, and resumed play in 2006–07.

Hurricane Katrina resulted in extensive damage to the team’s home arena, including flood damage to team offices and locker rooms as well as the ice-making equipment and two Zambonis.

During the 2006–07 ECHL All-Star Game, the league officially welcomed back the Sea Wolves at the Board of Governors Meeting held during the festivities.

“The ECHL is delighted to officially welcome back the Sea Wolves for their belated 10th year in the ‘Den’. While much works remains to be done, there has been significant progress since Dec. 1, 2006 and we expect that momentum will continue throughout the spring and summer months,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The ownership group is unanimously behind the team and now we need fans and sponsors to lend their support to ensure a successful return.”

On March 30, 2009, the Sea Wolves announced that the organization would be suspending operations again for the 2009–10 season but a little more than a month later the team's management announced that pro hockey would continue to be played on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the form of the Mississippi Surge in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The team's management was able to keep the tradition going. The Surge will play at the Coast Coliseum beginning with the 2009–10 season.[1]

History[edit]

League Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season Division Regular season Statistics Postseason results Coach
W L T OTL SOL Points Pct. Goals For Goals Against Penalty Mins
Mississippi Sea Wolves
1996–97 South 34 26 10 -- -- 78 .557 241 245 2082 Lost First Round (0-3) Bruce Boudreau
1997–98 Southwest 34 27 9 -- -- 77 .550 225 224 1909 -- Bruce Boudreau
1998–99 Southwest 41 22 7 -- -- 89 .636 251 215 1357 Kelly Cup Champions (14-4) Bruce Boudreau
1999–00 Southwest 35 27 8 -- -- 78 .557 241 221 1773 Lost Quarterfinals (3-4) Marc Potvin
2000–01 Southwest 34 33 5 -- -- 73 .507 221 218 1310 -- Al Pedersen
2001–02 Southwest 41 26 5 -- -- 87 .604 251 232 1706 -- Bob Woods
2002–03 Southwest 44 24 4 -- -- 92 .639 250 211 2159 Lost Division Finals (3-3) Bob Woods
2003–04 Central 45 20 7 -- -- 97 .674 256 200 1632 Lost Division Semifinals (2-3) Bob Woods
2004–05 South 39 24 9 -- -- 87 .604 223 215 1372 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (1-3) Bob Woods
2005–06 Inactive due to arena damages from Hurricane Katrina
2006–07
2007–08 South 29 40 -- 1 2 61 .424 204 262 1462 Lost First Round (1-3) Steffon Walby
2008–09 South 21 25 -- 6 0 48 .459 154 196 992 TBD
Stats compiled as of 2/19/09
Steffon Walby
All-Time Totals 397 294 64 7 2 867 .567 2517 2439 17754 1-time Kelly Cup Champion
24-23 postseason record

Current roster[edit]

As of March 30, 2009. Data taken from ECHL website.[1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
1 Canada Ryan Munce L April 16, 1985 Mississauga, ON, Canada
31 United States John Murray L July 4, 1987 Lancaster, PA, USA
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
4 United States Chris Zarb R January 11, 1985 Waterford, MI, USA
5 Canada Kyle Peto L September 10, 1982 Lethbridge, AB, Canada
7 United States Mike Nesdill R February 7, 1984 Phoenix, AZ, USA
15 United States Pat Oliveto R June 9, 1984 Rochester, NY, USA
17 United States Bill LeClerc R April 26, 1984 Acton, MA, USA
22 Canada Martin Frechette R July 11, 1986 Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
27 United States Matt Deschamps R April 23, 1980 Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
6 United States Jason Tejchma F L May 13, 1983 Muskegon, MI, USA
9 Canada Mark Rooneem F L January 9, 1983 Grande Cache, AB, Canada
10 Canada Mike Berry RW L June 28, 1983 Kanata, ON, Canada
14 United States Jeremy Hall LW L May 3, 1983 Mays Landing, NJ, USA
16 United States Ryan Cruthers F R July 4, 1984 Farmingdale, NY, USA
19 Canada Jeff Kyrzakos C R February 6, 1985 Mississauga, ON, Canada
23 Canada Ryan Menei RW R July 31, 1986 Winnipeg, MB, Canada
26 Canada Evan Kotsopoulos LW L March 24, 1984 Unionville, ON, Canada
33 Canada Kyle McAllister C L April 7, 1981 Cornwall, ON, Canada
71 Canada Alexandre Parent C L October 4, 1984 Boisbriand, QC, Canada
91 Canada Mathieu Melanson RW L August 31, 1985 Shediac, NB, Canada
Staff
Title Staff member
Head coach Steffon Walby
Assistant coach Stephane Neron
Athletic trainer B.J. Leyser
Equipment manager Donny White
Broadcaster Leif Skodnick

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE COMES TO THE COAST". TheSPHL.com. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. [dead link]
Preceded by
Hampton Roads Admirals
Kelly Cup Champions
1998–99
Succeeded by
Peoria Rivermen