Mobile Mysticks

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Mobile Mysticks
Mobile Mysticks Logo.png
City Mobile, Alabama
League ECHL
Operated 1995–2002
Home arena Mobile Civic Center
Colors

Purple, gold, green

              
Franchise history
1995–2002 Mobile Mysticks
2003–present Gwinnett Gladiators
Championships
Regular season titles None
Division Championships None
Conference Championships None
Kelly Cups None

The Mobile Mysticks were a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Mobile, Alabama that played in the ECHL. They played their home games at the Mobile Civic Center. The team was founded in 1995 as an expansion franchise, joining the ECHL alongside the Louisville River Frogs and the Louisiana IceGators. The Mysticks owed their name to the prevalence of mystic societies—social organizations responsible for throwing parades and balls during the Carnival season—that existed in Mobile since the early 1700s.

The Mysticks qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs for five out of their seven seasons, but never advanced past the second round. In 2002, the franchise suspended operations and moved to Duluth, Georgia for the 2003–04 season.

Franchise history[edit]

The Mobile Mysticks began play in the ECHL as an expansion franchise for the 1995–96 season under head coach and former NHL player Eddie Johnstone. During this time, they served as a minor league affiliate for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the AHL's Hershey Bears.

Following a rough start (the Mysticks finished seventh in their division and did not qualify for the playoffs their inaugural year; the following year they finished fourth in their division and were eliminated from the playoffs in a first-round sweep by the Louisiana IceGators) the Mysticks decided against renewing Johnstone's contract.[1] His replacement, Matt Shaw, led Mobile to a fifth-place divisional finish and another first-round loss, again in a three-game sweep by the IceGators. Shaw did not return to the Mysticks for the following season.[2]

Jeff Pyle joined the Mysticks as head coach for the 1998–99 season. With Pyle at the helm, the team saw postseason action for the next three seasons—losing in the 1999 preliminary round to the Birmingham Bulls; falling in the first round of the 2000 playoffs to the Greenville Grrrowl; and in their most successful playoff bid, falling in double overtime in the second round to the South Carolina Stingrays (the eventual Kelly Cup champions) in 2001.[3] The Mysticks failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2002, and the franchise suspended operations, eventually moving to Duluth, Georgia in 2003 to become the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Records as of 2001–02 season.[4]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Average attendance
1995–96 70 22 37 11 55 265 325 7th, South 5,310
1996–97 70 34 25 11 79 257 263 4th, South 4,917
1997–98 70 35 27 8 78 236 233 5th, Southwest 4,558
1998–99 70 31 31 8 70 231 259 5th, Southwest 3,874
1999–00 70 40 28 2 82 275 230 2nd, Southwest 4,177
2000–01 72 38 28 6 82 240 233 3rd, Southwest 3,542
2001–02 72 28 26 18 74 215 237 6th, Southwest 2,618

Playoffs[edit]

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1995–96 Out of playoffs
1996–97 L, 0–3, LOU
1997–98 L, 0–3, LOU
1998–99 L, 0–2, BIR
1999–00 L, 2–3, GRN
2000–01 W, 3–2, JAC L, 3–2, SC
2001–02 Out of playoffs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. May 15, 1997. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Herndon, Mike (May 17, 2010). "Former Mobile Mysticks coach helps Sharks in NHL playoffs". Press-Register. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Press release (October 14, 2005). "ECHL coaches biography: Jeff Pyle - Gwinnett Gladiators". ECHL. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Standings for the Mobile Mysticks of the ECHL". hockeydb.com. Retrieved June 6, 2011.