Tallahassee Tiger Sharks

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Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks logo.svg
City Tallahassee, Florida
League ECHL
Founded 1994
Home arena Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
Head coach Terry Christensen (1994-1998, 1999-2000)
Jeff Brubaker (1998-1999)
Gerry Fleming (2000-2001)
Franchise history
1981-1983 Nashville South Stars
1983–1990 Virginia Lancers
1990–1992 Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993 Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994 Huntsville Blast
1994–2001 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002 Macon Whoopee
2002–2003 Lexington Men O' War
2005–present Utah Grizzlies

The Tallahassee Tiger Sharks were a minor professional ice hockey team that played in the ECHL from 1994–2001. Under this period they served as a minor league affiliate to New York Islanders (1994–95), Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens.

While in Tallahassee, they played their games at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Several local attempts have been made by local residents to revive or bring a new ice hockey team to Tallahassee; none have proved to be successful.

Previous franchise identities included:

The franchise became the Macon Whoopee for the 2001-2002 season. Afterwards it became the Lexington Men O' War and since 2005 has been the Utah Grizzlies.

The Tiger Sharks' first colors were black and gray. White was used as an accent color, but is also considered to be an official color. At the start of the 1998-99 ECHL season, the colors then changed to red, white, and black.

Famed hockey coach Terry Christensen coached the Tiger Sharks for five of the team's first six seasons and was also the team's owner.[1] Jeff Brubaker, a former NHL enforcer who won the ECHL's Riley Cup as the coach of the Greensboro Monarchs, coached the team during the 1998-99 season while Christensen left the organization to join the Miami Matadors. Gerry Fleming, a former enforcer who spent ten years with the Fredericton Canadiens as both a player and as an assistant coach, coached the Tiger Sharks in their final season.

Notable former Tiger Sharks[edit]

Mascot[edit]

The Tiger Sharks' mascot was an ice-skating 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) gray tiger shark named Frenzy. Frenzy was immensely popular among Tiger Sharks fans (and Tallahassee natives in general). The following website has some light-hearted "biographical" info on Frenzy:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer (April 23, 1998). "Pierson named Lynx assistant general manager". augusta.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 

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