Amarillo Bulls

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Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo Bulls Logo.svg
CityAmarillo, Texas
LeagueNAHL
DivisionSouth
Founded2008
Home arenaAmarillo Civic Center
ColorsScarlet red, navy blue, and gold
              
Owner(s)Consolidated Sports Holdings USA, Inc. (Bill Yuill, CEO; Gary Gelinas, President)
General managerRick Matchett
Head coachRocky Russo[1]
MediaMark Shelley
Franchise history
2008–2010Albert Lea Thunder
2010–presentAmarillo Bulls
Championships
Playoff championshipsRobertson Cup
1 (2012–13)

The Amarillo Bulls are a Tier II junior ice hockey team based in Amarillo, Texas. A member of the North American Hockey League's South Division, the team plays its home games in the Amarillo Civic Center.[2]

History[edit]

The franchise joined the NAHL as the Albert Lea Thunder, located in Albert Lea, Minnesota, in 2008. During the second season, issues with ownership forced the league to step in to keep the team playing.[3] On May 11, 2010, it was reported that the team had found new owners and would relocate to Texas for the 2010–11 season.[4] Their franchise and roster were officially sold to the Amarillo ownership on May 26, 2010. On June 18, the team announced the new name, logo and colors of the team after a name-the-team contest.[5]

The Amarillo Bulls announced their inaugural coach as Denis Williams, former NCAA Division I coach at Bowling Green.[6] On May 13, 2013, the Bulls captured their first Robertson Cup Championship defeating the Wenatchee Wild 5–0 in the championship game. Following the 2013–14 season, coach Williams was named as the head coach of the expansion Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League, a Tier I team and a recent addition to the Consolidated Sports Holdings portfolio.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Albert Lea Thunder
2008–09 58 4 49 5 13 112 309 1,497 5th of 5, Central Did not qualify
2009–10 58 19 34 5 43 153 231 1,345 4th of 5, Central Lost in 1st Round
Amarillo Bulls
2010–11 58 36 16 6 78 209 171 1,637 2nd of 6, South Lost Robertson Cup Semifinal
2011–12 60 46 7 7 99 263 136 1,550 1st of 7, South Lost Robertson Cup Semifinal
2012–13 60 46 7 7 99 248 118 1,268 1st of 6, South Robertson Cup Champions
2013–14 60 40 15 6 86 207 120 1,395 1st of 7, South Lost in Division Finals
2014–15 60 25 31 4 54 174 222 1,493 7th of 8, South Did not qualify
2015–16 60 13 43 4 30 133 218 1,211 6th of 6, South Did not qualify
2016–17 60 22 28 10 54 173 206 917 6th of 7, South Did not qualify
2017–18 60 23 26 11 57 166 193 1,333 5th of 6, South Did not qualify
2018–19 60 46 8 6 98 263 136 1,332 1st of 6, South Lost Robertson Cup Semifinals

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2010
First Round – Bismarck Bobcats defeated Albert Lea Thunder, 3-games-to-0
  • 2011
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (2-1) - Qualify for Semifinal Game (W, 5-2 vs. Warriors; W, 5-3 vs. RoadRunners; L, 1-2 vs. Ice Dogs)
Robertson Cup Semifinal Game – Michigan Warriors defeated Amarillo Bulls, 6-2
  • 2012
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Odessa Jackalopes, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (1-2) - Qualify for Semifinal (OTW, 3-2 vs. Tornado; L, 1-3 vs. Ice Dogs; L, 2-6 vs. Bobcats)
Robertson Cup Semifinal Game – St. Louis Bandits defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-2
  • 2013
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Corpus Christi IceRays, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (2-1) - Qualify for Championship Game (OTW, 2-1 vs. Ironmmen; OTW, 2-1 vs. Bobcats; L, 0-7 vs. Wild)
Robertson Cup Final – Amarillo Bulls defeated Wenatchee Wild, 5-0
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2014
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-games-to-2
  • 2019
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Corpus Christi IceRays, 3-games-to-2
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Shreveport Mudbugs, 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Semifinals – Aberdeen Wings defeated Amarillo Bulls, 2-games-to-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROCKY RUSSO NAMED 4TH BULLS HEAD COACH IN FRANCHISE HISTORY". Amarillo Bulls. June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "NAHL approves Amarillo, Texas membership". NAHL. May 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "NAHL finds Thunder guilty of pay-to-play". Albert Lea Tribune. November 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 31, 2009.
  4. ^ "Albert Lea, Mason City Lose NAHL Teams". KIMT. May 11, 2010. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Bulls stampede into Amarillo". NAHL. June 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "Williams named head coach in Amarillo". NAHL. June 16, 2010.

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