Pittsburgh Forge

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Pittsburgh Forge
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City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
League North American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Founded 2001
Operated 2001–03
Home arena Island Sports Center
Colors

Red, gold, black, white

                   
Franchise history
2001–03 Pittsburgh Forge
2003–05 Toledo IceDiggers
2005–10 Alpena IceDiggers
2010–present Corpus Christi IceRays

The Pittsburgh Forge are a defunct Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which played in the North American Hockey League. The team was founded in 2001 by Kevin Constantine, a former coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. They played at the Island Sports Center. The team compiled an 80-24-8 record in the first and only two seasons. The Forge were finalists in the Robertson Cup Tournament, the NAHL championship, during their inaugural season and were the first expansion team to do so. During their second season, the Forge set a national Junior A record with 43 wins and won the NAHL's regular season championship as well as the Robertson Cup Tournament. In two seasons, the Forge advanced 18 players onto scholarships with Division I college hockey programs.

Players[edit]

The final roster of the 2002–03 NAHL national champion Forge – the last Forge team – and their scholarship schools:

Dylan Reese, Harvard Randy Bauer Chris Lawrence, Michigan State Matt Zeman, Mike Handza-Denver, Erix Trax-Robert Morris, Jim Gehring-Mercyhurst, Brandon Warner-Michigan State, John Dingle-Ohio State, Denis Kirstien-Mercyhurst, Ryan Webb, Daniel Shildorfer, Joe Federoff-Alabama Huntsville, Devin Ekis-Pittsburgh Ben Camper-Colgate, Josh Coyle-Union, Jace Buzek- Robert Morris, Gabe Rehak, Tom Biondich-Robert Morris, Andy Brandt-Wisconsin, Josef Fotjik, Mike Mannina, Sean Berkstresser-Robert Morris, Peter Mannino-Denver, Matt McBride

Seasons[edit]

The Forge had the following season results:[1]

Year Wins Losses OT
Losses
Win % Points
2001-02 37 15 4 .696 78
2002-03 43 9 4 .804 90

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