Richmond Renegades (ECHL)

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Richmond Renegades
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City Richmond, Virginia
League ECHL
Conference American Conference
Division Northeast Division
Founded 1990
Operated 1990–2003
Home arena Richmond Coliseum
Colors

Teal, black, purple (1993–2003)

              
Owner(s) Allan Harvie
Affiliates New York Islanders (1990–1994)
Hartford Whalers (1994–1997)
Carolina Hurricanes (1997–1998)
San Jose Sharks (1998–1999)
Washington Capitals (2000–2003)
Franchise history
1990–2003 Richmond Renegades
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (1995-96)
Division Championships 2 (1994-95, 1995-96)
Conference Championships 1 1998-99
Kelly Cups 1 (1994-95)

The Richmond Renegades were an ECHL ice hockey team in Richmond, Virginia that played in the East Coast Hockey League from 1990 until 2003. The Renegades played at the Richmond Coliseum, which they marketed in later years as the Freezer.

The Renegades folded in 2003, but were succeeded by the Richmond RiverDogs of the United Hockey League.

History[edit]

In their 13 seasons, the Renegades won the Riley Cup as league champion in the 1994-95 season, the Brabham Cup in 1995-96 as regular season champion, and the Northern Conference championship in 1998-99. In the 1999 Kelly Cup Finals they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Mississippi Sea Wolves. The Renegades' rivals for most of their existence were the Norfolk, VA based Hampton Roads Admirals.

The Richmond Renegades name was revived by a new SPHL franchise existed in 2006–2009, owned by original ECHL Renegades owner Allan Harvie.

As of 2009, SportsQuest is building an arena in Chesterfield County to which they are hoping to get Richmond, Virginia back in the ECHL with the completion of the arena in 2011. Since then rumors came about with a new arena to replace the aging Richmond Coliseum that the ECHL would put a team back in Richmond.

Notable Personnel[edit]

  • Krys Barch - played for Renegades in 2001-02, and has gone on to play over 200 games with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.
  • Frank Bialowas - played for Renegades in 1992-93. Bialowas later played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-94.
  • Andy Bezeau - played for Renegades in 1991-92. Later recorded the second highest penalty minute total in IHL history (590 PIM) during the 1995-96 season as a member of the Fort Wayne Komets.
  • Brad Church - former Washington Capitals first round draft pick in 1995, 17th overall. Church would play for the Renegades from 2001 to 2003 and would later go on to coach the Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL.
  • Trevor Jobe - former ECHL record holder for most goals scored and most points scored played 34 games as a member of the Renegades during the 1991-92 ECHL season.
  • Ryan Kraft - former Sharks draft pick spent two seasons with the Renegades (1998-2000) and would later play seven games with the Sharks during the 2002-03 season
  • Rod Langway - Stanley Cup-winning, Hall Of Fame defenseman who briefly came out of retirement in 1995 after a sixteen year NHL career where he skated for the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. Langway joined the team late in the season and played 6 regular season games along with 9 post season games. Langway would later become a familiar sight on the bench, as he joined the team as an assistant coach the following season, and would later come back to help as an assistant coach from 1998 to 2000.
  • Rod Taylor - long-time Hampton Roads Admirals forward joined the team in 2000 after the Admirals suspended ECHL operations and became home to an AHL team.[1] Taylor broke the ECHL goal-scoring record that was once held by former Renegade Trevor Jobe on December 29, 2000.[1]

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Preceded by
Toledo Storm
Riley Cup Champions
1994-95
Succeeded by
Charlotte Checkers