Baltimore Skipjacks

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Baltimore Skipjacks
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City Baltimore, Maryland
League Atlantic Coast Hockey League
American Hockey League
Operated 1981–1993
Home arena old Baltimore Civic Center/Baltimore Arena/1st Mariner Arena/currently Royal Farms Arena, (1962)
Colors gold and black, red white and blue
Affiliates Boston Bruins (1982–1983)
Pittsburgh Penguins (1982–1987)
Washington Capitals (1988–1993)
Franchise history
1978–1982 Erie Blades
1982–1993 Baltimore Skipjacks
1993–present Portland Pirates
Championships
Regular season titles one
(1983–1984)
Division Championships one
(1983–1984)

The Baltimore Skipjacks were a minor professional ice hockey team originally beginning play in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League in 1981 and the American Hockey League, the following season of 1982. They played in Baltimore, Maryland, at the old Baltimore Civic Center (later the Baltimore Arena, then renamed the 1st Mariner Arena, now the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore's central business district adjacent to the 1950s-'60s-era redevelopment project of Charles Center, on the city block between West Baltimore, South Howard, West Lombard Streets and Hopkins Place/South Sharp and North Liberty Streets. They shared the arena with the National Basketball Association's local franchise team, the Baltimore Bullets, (1964-1974), later the Capital Bullets, then the Washington Bullets, now the Washington Wizards. The Skipjacks team was moved to Portland, Maine in 1993, and became the Portland Pirates. They also were the successors of the long-time Baltimore professional ice hockey team, the Baltimore Clippers, from 1962 to 1976, who earlier played in the American Hockey League at the same location and shared the same team fight song with minor name revisions.

History of Baltimore professional ice hockey[edit]

The original Skipjacks team played one season (1981–1982) in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. From the 1982-1983 season to 1992-1993, the Skipjacks played in the American Hockey League.

This city and franchise/team market area was previously home to the Orioles, Cutters, Blades, long-time Clippers and Bandits:

This franchise was later replaced for two seasons by:

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 57 (Mitch Lamoureux, 1982–83)
Assists: 81 (Mike Gillis, 1982–83)
Points: 113 (Mike Gillis, 1982–83)
Shut Outs: 4 (Jon Casey, 1984–85)
Penalty minutes: 353 (Mitch Wilson, 1986–87)
GAA: 2.63 (Jon Casey, 1984–85)
SV%: .942 (Don Beaupre, 1990–91)

Career[edit]

Career goals: Mitch Lamoureux, 119
Career assists: Mitch Lamoureux, 133
Career points: Mitch Lamoureux, 252
Career penalty minutes: Gary Rissling, 868
Career goaltending wins: Jim Hrivnak, 55
Career shutouts: Jon Casey, 4
Career games: Tim Taylor, 259

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Head coach
1981–82 48 22 23 3 47 204 189 3rd, ACHL Morris "Moose" Lallo
1982–83 80 35 36 9 79 362 366 5th, South Lou Angotti
1983–84 80 46 24 10 102 384 304 1st, South Gene Ubriaco
1984–85 80 45 27 8 98 326 252 2nd, South Gene Ubriaco
1985–86 80 28 44 8 64 271 304 7th, South Gene Ubriaco
1986–87 80 35 37 8 78 277 295 5th, South Gene Ubriaco
1987–88 80 13 58 9 0 35 268 434 7th, South Gene Ubriaco
1988–89 80 30 46 4 64 317 347 6th, South Terry Murrary
1989–90 80 43 30 7 93 302 265 3rd, South Terry Murray & Doug MacLean
1990–91 80 39 34 7 85 325 289 3rd, South Rob Laird
1991–92 80 28 42 10 66 287 320 5th, South Rob Laird/Barry Trotz
1992–93 80 28 40 12 68 318 353 4th, South Barry Trotz

Play-offs[edit]

Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1981–82 L, 3-4, Mohawk Valley Stars
1982–83 Out of playoffs
1983–84 W, 4-0, Springfield L, 2-4, Rochester
1984–85 W, 4-1, Rochester W, 4-0, Binghamton L, 2-4, Sherbrooke
1985–86 Out of playoffs
1986–87 Out of playoffs
1987–88 Out of playoffs
1988–89 Out of playoffs
1989–90 W, 4-2, Adirondack L, 2-4, Rochester
1990–91 L, 2-4, Binghamton
1991–92 Out of playoffs.
1992–93 L, 3-4, Binghamton

Notable Baltimore hockey teams alumni[edit]

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