Corpus Christi IceRays (1998–2010)

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This article is about the defunct original Corpus Christi IceRays of the WPHL and CHL from 1998 until 2010. For the current NAHL franchise of same name, see: Corpus Christi IceRays.
Corpus Christi IceRays
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City Corpus Christi, Texas
League Central Hockey League
Western Professional Hockey League
Conference Southern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1998 (In the WPHL)
Home arena American Bank Center
Colors Red, Black, Gold
Franchise history
1998–2003 Corpus Christi Ice Rays
2003–2008 Corpus Christi Rayz
2008–2010 Corpus Christi IceRays

The Corpus Christi IceRays were a minor-league ice hockey team based in Corpus Christi, Texas affiliated with the Western Professional Hockey League from 1998–2001, and with the Central Hockey League from 2001 to 2010. The "IceRays" moniker derives from the many different species of stingrays who inhabit the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

Team history[edit]

The team was established in 1998 as a member of the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) and played its home games at the (now demolished) Memorial Coliseum, dubbed "The Igloo" by fans because temperatures in the Coliseum dictated a dress that included sweaters and jackets, even in Corpus Christi's mild winters. The inaugural team was coached by former NHL veteran Taylor Hall. Ken McRae coached the team from 2004 to 2008, and broadcasts featured the talents and vocal stylings of Josh Bogorad, a formerly a small-time radio celebrity in the Los Angeles area.

The IceRays spent three seasons in the WPHL, amassing a 114–77–19 record with appearances in the WPHL playoffs in all three years under head coach Taylor Hall. In 2001, the WPHL merged its ten teams with the Central Hockey League (CHL), bolstering the league's presence in the Midwest.

Under new ownership, the IceRays rebranded to the “Corpus Christi Rayz” prior to the 2003–04 season after five seasons as a professional franchise, keeping the stingray as its mascot but altering the logo to incorporate the Texas state flag and colors. In 2004, the Rayz moved from the Memorial Coliseum to the new American Bank Center. The fist event held at the arena was the Rayz first game on October 22, 2004, against the Austin Ice Bats to a sold out crowd of over 7,500 fans, one of just four sellouts in franchise history at the American Bank Center.

Immediately following the 2007–08 season, the Rayz briefly suspended operations while failing to find a suitable owner to take over the team. However, the franchise was purchased by Tim Lange later in the offseason and reactivated the franchise. The new ownership also brought back the IceRays name and a redesigned logo featuring red, gold, and black as its primary colors.[1] After missing the playoffs in six of their seven seasons in the CHL, they returned to the playoffs during the next two seasons. They recorded a 58–56–2–12 record but exited the playoffs in the first round each time.

The team's head coach from 2008 to 2010 was former NHL player Brent Hughes. The franchise folded at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season when Lange decided to purchase a junior hockey team of the same name in the North American Hockey League.[2]

In the 2011–12 hockey season, former player, Ryan Garbutt (a 2009–10 member), became the first former IceRays player to sign a National Hockey League (NHL) contract, inking a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.[3] On Feb. 18, 2012, Garbutt was recalled by Dallas from the Texas Stars and played with the NHL club, marking the first player in franchise history to play in the NHL after having played in the CHL.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season records for the IceRays of the WPHL[4] and the CHL.[5]

Season League GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM Atten. Finish Playoffs
1998–99 WPHL 69 40 23 6 86 0.623 253 210 2242 3,301 2nd, Central Lost Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Lake Charles Ice Pirates
1999–00 WPHL 71 36 26 9 81 0.570 306 302 1766 3,704 3rd, Central Won Qualifiers, 2–1 vs. El Paso Buzzards
Lost Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. New Mexico Scorpions
2000–01 WPHL 70 38 28 4 80 0.571 227 247 1732 3,598 4th, East Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 vs. Tupelo T-Rex
2001–02 CHL 64 16 35 13 45 0.352 158 253 1895 3,567 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2002–03 CHL 64 31 30 3 65 0.508 197 204 1467 3,161 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2003–04 CHL 64 23 38 3 49 0.383 162 225 1583 2,990 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2004–05 CHL 60 28 25 7 63 0.525 182 196 1125 4,147 2nd, Southeast Did not qualify
2005–06 CHL 64 22 36 6 50 0.391 149 212 1349 4,130 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2006–07 CHL 64 35 22 7 77 0.602 196 169 1295 3,712 2nd, Southeast Lost Round 1, 3–4 vs. Arizona Sundogs
Lost Round 2, 1–4 vs. Laredo Bucks
2007–08 CHL 64 22 34 8 52 0.406 190 239 1244 3,763 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2008–09 CHL 64 28 30 6 62 0.484 183 206 1723 3,095 4th, Southeast Lost Round 1, 1–2 vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
2009–10 CHL 64 30 26 8 68 0.531 225 198 1328 3,104 5th, Southern Lost Round 1, 0–2 vs. Texas Brahmas

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajan, Greg (June 25, 2008). "Meet the new Rayz, same as the old IceRays". Caller.com. Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  2. ^ "IceRays: A Brief History". goicerays.com. Corpus Christi IceRays. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ nurun.com. "Jets sign more local content with Meech". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Corpus Christi Icerays Statistics and History (WPHL)". HockeyDB. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Corpus Christi Rayz/Icerays Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 

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