Danville Dashers (FHL)

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Danville Dashers
City Danville, Illinois
League Federal Hockey League
Founded 2011
Home arena David S. Palmer Arena
Colors Black, Orange, White
Owner(s) Barry Soskin
General manager Brent Clarke
Head coach Brent Clarke
Franchise history
2011–present Danville Dashers
Regular season titles 1 (2016–17)
Playoff championships 1 (2017)

The Danville Dashers are a hockey team from Danville, Illinois, in the Federal Hockey League. The Dashers were named in honor of the original Danville Dashers.[1] The team will play their home games at David S. Palmer Arena, which was home to the original Dashers that played in the Continental Hockey League from 1981 to 1986.


On April 10, 2012, the Dashers announced an affiliation agreement with the Central Hockey League's Bloomington Blaze.[2]

On December 20, 2013, it was announced that the Dashers would play the Watertown Privateers in a neutral site game in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, on March 22, 2014. The goal of the game was to test local interest in hockey with the idea of an expansion team being awarded to Connellsville if successful.[3] The next season, the league awarded an expansion team in nearby Belle Vernon, but it was quickly folded.

After three seasons as head coach and winning the league championship, Steve Harrison left the Dashers to become head coach of the Dallas Blackhawks of the North American Prospects Hockey League, a U18 youth league. Former captain Brent Clarke was hired to replace Harrison. Clarke had previously won coach of the year while with the Watertown Wolves when they won the FHL championship.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts[a] GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2011–12 43 6 34 3 20 152 238 977 7th of 8, FHL Did not qualify
2012–13 54 21 28 5 65 220 268 1120 5th of 6, FHL Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Dayton Demonz
2013–14 57 16 36 5 47 181 300 1351 4th of 4, FHL Did not qualify
2014–15 56 31 20 5 92 238 193 959 3rd of 6, FHL Lost Finals, 2–3 vs. Watertown Wolves
2015–16 56 33 16 7 103 225 185 816 3rd of 6, FHL Lost Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Port Huron Prowlers
2016–17 56 40 9 4 129 229 121 597 1st of 6, FHL Won Finals, 3–2 vs. Berlin River Drivers
  1. ^ 3 points for a Win, 2 points for an Overtime Win, and 1 point for an Overtime Loss