Adirondack Red Wings
|Adirondack Red Wings|
|City||Glens Falls, New York|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Affiliates||Detroit Red Wings|
|1979–1999||Adirondack Red Wings|
|2002–present||San Antonio Rampage|
The Adirondack Red Wings were a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Glens Falls, New York, United States at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The team was affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
Desirous of promoting a winning atmosphere, Detroit ensured that the Adirondack Red Wings would have, for a minor league franchise, an unusually stable, veteran-laden roster. Veterans such as Glenn Merkosky, Jody Gage, Greg Joly, Norm Maracle and Dennis Polonich bolstered a team that saw over thirty players have 200 or more games with the franchise, including nine with over 300 and two (Merkosky and Joly) with over 400. In consequence, the Red Wings missed the playoffs only once in their twenty-year history. They played for the Calder Cup four times, winning each time.
The Red Wings' uniforms were identical to the parent club, with the white jersey featuring the distinctive red sleeves that the Detroit franchise has worn since 1956. During their final two seasons, the Adirondack Red Wings also wore a third jersey, based on Detroit's throwback design from 1991–92, replacing the word "DETROIT" on the front of the jersey with the winged wheel logo.
The Red Wings prospered as Detroit's top affiliate. However, by the late 1990s, the parent club wanted to move the affiliation closer to Detroit in order to ease movement of players between the minors and the NHL. In early 1999, the Detroit Red Wings announced plans to move the team to Rossford, Ohio—a Toledo suburb—for the 2000–01 season. The Red Wings later suspended operations of the team following the 1998–99 season. As part of the agreement to relocate the franchise, the city of Rossford was to build a $48 million entertainment complex that included a 12,000-seat arena. However, the arena deal fell apart in late 2000. The franchise remained dormant until 2002, when it was purchased by the ownership of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs and resurrected as the San Antonio Rampage.
The franchise was replaced by:
- Adirondack IceHawks/Frostbite of the UHL (1999–2006).
- Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL (2009–2014).
- Adirondack Flames of the AHL (2014–2015).
- Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL (2015–present).
- Bill Purcell 1979–1980
- Wayne Maxner 1980–1981
- Doug McKay 1981–1982
- Bill Mahoney 1982–1983
- Bill Dineen 1983–1989
- Barry Melrose 1989–1992
- Newell Brown 1992–1997
- Glenn Merkosky 1997–1999
- Ned Harkness 1979–1982
- Jim Devellano 1982–1985
- Neil Smith 1985–1989
- Bill Dineen 1989–1990
- Barry Melrose 1990–1992
- Doug MacLean 1992–1994
- Ken Holland 1995–1997
- Don Waddell 1997–1999
|1996–97||80||38||28||12||2||90||258||249||2nd, Empire State|
|1997–98||80||31||37||9||3||74||245||275||4th, Empire State|
|1998–99||80||21||48||8||3||53||184||280||4th, Empire State|
|Season||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|1971–72||Out of Playoffs|
|1972–73||W, 4-3, Hershey||L, 2-4, Cincinnati||—||—|
|1973–74||Out of Playoffs|
|1974–75||L, 1-4, New Haven||—||—||—|
|1979–80||L, 1-4, New Brunswick||—||—||—|
|1980–81||W, 4-2, Binghamton||W, 4-2, Hershey||—||W, 4-2, Maine|
|1981–82||L, 2-3, New Brunswick||—||—||—|
|1982–83||L, 2-4, Fredericton||—||—||—|
|1983–84||L, 3-4, Maine||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Out of Playoffs|
|1985–86||W, 4-2, Fredericton||W, 4-1, Moncton||—||W, 4-2, Hershey|
|1986–87||W, 4-2, Moncton||L, 1-4, Sherbrooke||—||—|
|1987–88||W, 4-3, Rochester||L, 0-4, Hershey||—||—|
|1988–89||W, 4-1, Newmarket||W, 4-3, Hershey||—||W, 4-1, New Haven|
|1989–90||L, 2-4, Baltimore||—||—||—|
|1990–91||L, 4-13, Hershey †||—||—||—|
|1991–92||W, 4-1, New Haven||W, 4-0, Springfield||W, 2-1, Rochester||W, 4-3, St. John's|
|1992–93||W, 4-0, Capital District||L, 3-4, Springfield||—||—|
|1993–94||W, 4-2, Springfield||L, 2-4, Portland||—||—|
|1994–95||L, 0-4, Albany||—||—||—|
|1995–96||L, 0-3, Rochester||—||—||—|
|1996–97||L, 1-3, Albany||—||—||—|
|1997–98||L, 0-3, Albany||—||—||—|
|1998–99||L, 0-3, Rochester||—||—||—|
† Two game combined total goals series in preliminary round.
- Career goals: Glenn Merkosky: 204
- Career assists: Glenn Merkosky: 212
- Career points: Glenn Merkosky: 416
- Career penalty minutes: Gord Kruppke: 1,028
- Career games: Glenn Merkosky: 430