St. Louis Vipers

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St. Louis Vipers
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City St. Louis, Missouri
Founded 1993
Home arena St. Louis Arena
(1993 - 1994)
Kiel Center
(1995 - 1997; 1999)
Colors
Murphy Cups 1999
Conference Championships 1999
Division Championships 1995
Franchise history
St. Louis Vipers (1993–1997;1999)

The St. Louis Vipers (1993–1997;1999) were a team of professional roller hockey players based in St. Louis, Missouri. The team was a part of the now-defunct Roller Hockey International League. They played their home games in the former St. Louis Arena but then moved to the Kiel Center (now called the Scottrade Center) in 1995. They were the champions of the Murphy Cup Championship in 1999, the final year of the RHI's existence.

Attendance[edit]

Over their six year existence, the St. Louis Vipers had a total home attendance of 332,412 in 71 home games, an average of 4,682 per game.

Largest Vipers crowd[edit]

The largest home crowd in Vipers history was the final regular season home game in 1997 with an announced attendance of over 14,000 against the New Jersey Rockin Rollers. The St. Louis Blues gave their season ticket holders vouchers for free tickets to the St. Louis Vipers regular season games, this game was the final game of the season and there was an estimated 7,000 walk up ticket purchases at the gate. Kiel Center only sold Vipers tickets in the lower bowl, this caused Kiel Center staff to open the upper bowl for this one time.

Yearly records[edit]

Year GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM
1999 26 17 8 1 35 .673 221 168 297
1997 24 12 0 2 26 .542 174 169 339
1996 28 15 12 1 31 .554 207 209 520
1995 22 13 7 2 28 .636 166 157 520
1994 22 8 12 2 18 .409 154 173 495
1993 14 9 4 1 19 .679 104 115 292

Vipers scoring record holders[edit]

Frank Cirone (1994-97) 106 (single season team goal record 37, 1996),
Christian Skoryna (95-97,99) 118 (single season team point record 80, 1996)(single season team assist record 44, 1996),
Wayne Anchikoski (94-97) 74
Kevin Plager (96,97,99) 74

Vipers host RHI All Star Game[edit]

The St. Louis Vipers hosted the 1995 RHI All-Star Game on July 15, 1995 in front of 9,166 at Kiel Center in St. Louis. The East beat the West with a score of 14 to 12. Tony Szabo of the East team led the game in goals with four.

Last game at St. Louis Arena[edit]

The last official sporting event played at the St. Louis Arena was on August 16, 1994 versus the Tampa Bay Tritons in front of 11,146, the second largest Vipers home crowd.