Wichita Falls Wildcats

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Wichita Falls Wildcats
Wichita Falls Wildcats.svg
City Wichita Falls, Texas
League NAHL
Division South
Founded 2004
Home arena Kay Yeager Coliseum
Colors

Black, Red, and White


              
Owner(s) Roy Davoult, Alex Shnayderman
General manager Paul Baxter
Head coach John LaFontaine (2014-15)
Media KOLI 94.9 FM, FASTHockey
Franchise history
1993-1996 Vail Avalanche (AFHL)
1996-2002 Butte Irish (AFHL and AWHL)
2002-2004 Wichita Falls Rustlers (AWHL and NAHL)
2004-Present Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

The Wichita Falls Wildcats are a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's South Division. The Wildcats play out of the 7,380-seat Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas. The coaches of the team for 2013-14 are Paul Baxter, Christopher Ceransky, and Nick Harper.

History[edit]

Originally known as the Wichita Falls Rustlers (and before this, the Butte Irish of Butte, Montana and the Vail Avalanche of Vail, Colorado), the franchise was a part of the America West Hockey League prior to 2003, and became an NAHL team after the two leagues merged for the 2003-04 season. The Irish, Rustlers, and Wildcats are technically three separate franchises, but with a major overlap of players and coaches between the organizations, they are often listed together as one.

Broadcasting[edit]

The team's games are broadcast over the internet via FASTHockey. Additional support is provided by Wichita Falls' KOLI 94.9 FM ("The Outlaw").

Season Records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Vail Avalanche (AFHL)
1993-94 Stats unavailable
1994-95 Stats unavailable, Champions
1995-96 Stats unavailable
Butte Irish (AFHL)
1996-97 60 38 17 5 81 264 181 N/A 2nd lost in Finals
1997-98 60 25 33 2 52 229 264 N/A 6th did not qualify
Butte Irish (AWHL)
1998-99 60 32 23 5 69 224 238 N/A 3rd lost in Semifinals
1999-00 58 23 32 3 49 205 263 1,283 6th lost in 1st Round
2000-01 60 6 51 3 15 166 345 1,969 8th lost in 1st Round
2001-02 56 21 28 7 49 214 240 N/A 8th lost in 1st Round
Wichita Falls Rustlers (AWHL)
2002-03 56 43 11 2 88 215 115 1,255 1st, South lost in Semifinals
Wichita Falls Rustlers (NAHL)
2003-04 56 29 20 7 65 200 172 1,039 3rd, South N/A
Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)
2004-05 56 28 21 7 63 206 218 1,163 4th, South lost in 1st Round
2005-06 58 26 28 4 56 171 189 1,045 4th, South lost in 1st Round
2006-07 62 22 34 6 50 175 227 1,126 5th, South did not qualify
2007-08 58 38 18 2 78 221 181 1,715 3rd, South lost in 1st Round
2008-09 58 24 25 9 57 163 203 1,695 3rd, South lost in 1st Round
2009-10 58 18 34 6 42 175 251 1,530 5th, South did not qualify
2010-11 58 26 27 5 57 189 190 1,527 4th, South lost in 1st Round
2011-12 60 20 35 5 45 149 204 1.134 6th, South did not qualify
2012-13 60 26 30 4 56 183 200 955 5th, South did not qualify
2013-14 60 31 25 4 66 170 157 1,170 4th, South lost in 1st Round

2013-14 roster[edit]

Goaltenders
35 Munroe, Chase
30 Zevnik, David

Defensemen
2 Kerr, Andrew
5 Bazevics, Kristaps
4 Owings, Josh
3 Mueller, Mitchell
6 Piazza, Sam
7 Koch, Matt
21 Townsend, Jake
22 Johansson, Alfred


Forwards
26 Kyle, Bauman
10 Nick, Farmer
16 Haverstrom, Josh
23 Koritzinsky, Todd
17 Rudy, Junda
27 Ben, Kucera
11 Tyler, Ledford
12 Solat, Ethan
22 Morgan, Jimmy
15 Reisinger, Max
19 Van Arkel, Kirk
24 Okeley, Evan
9 Colin, Staub
20 Will, Vosejpka
8 Sojka, Stan

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Evan Cowley (Florida Panthers NHL)
  • Luke Salazar (Denver)
  • Chris Nutini (Denver)
  • Wade Bennett (Denver)
  • Sean Duddy (Ohio State)
  • Cal Heeter (Ohio State)
  • Jeff McNeil (Ohio State)
  • Adam Cardwell (Alaska)
  • Michael Hill (Alaska)
  • Ricky Doriott (Michigan Tech)
  • Shea Walters (Bemidji State)
  • Zach Josepher (Michigan State, SUNY Oswego)
  • Kyle McMahon (Michigan State)
  • Kyle De Laurell (Air Force)
  • Aaron Quick (Air Force)
  • Zach Trotman (Lake Superior State, 2010 Boston Bruins Draft Pick)
  • Nick Shkreli (Lake Superior State)
  • Brett Hartung (Bentley)
  • Zach Ledford (Bentley)
  • Chris Rial (Minnesota)
  • Daniel Gentzler (Colgate)
  • Steven Hoshaw (American International College)
  • Brandon Stroud (Sacred Heart)
  • Brian Sheehan (Sacred Heart)
  • Dan Sexton (Anaheim Ducks NHL)
  • Chad Costello (Lake Erie Monsters AHL)
  • Andrew Conboy (Hamilton Bulldogs AHL)
  • Kyle Kraemer (Ontario Reign ECHL)
  • Jack Wolgemuth (Mississippi Surge SPHL)
  • Nick Klaren (Mississippi Surge, SPHL)
  • Brent Sarcone (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Dan Dileo (Cornell University)
  • Chris Ochoa (University of Connecticut)
  • Kyle Gallegos (Tufts University)
  • Dakota Klecha (Ferris State University)
  • Anthony Iaquinto( Toledo Walleye, ECHL)
  • J.J. Waldrop (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL)
  • Mike Henderson (Army)
  • Matthew Robinson (University of Arkansas)

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