Utah Grizzlies (1995–2005)

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This article is about the former IHL and AHL team that folded in 2005. For the ECHL team, see Utah Grizzlies.
Utah Grizzlies
Utah Grizzlies logo (2001–05).svg
City West Valley City, Utah
League IHL (1994–2001)
AHL (2001–2005)
Founded 1994 (In the IHL)
Operated 1994–1995 as the Denver Grizzlies
19952005 as the Utah Grizzlies
Home arena E Center
Colors Maroon and White
Affiliates New York Islanders (1994-98)
Dallas Stars (2000–04)
Phoenix Coyotes (2004–05)
Franchise history
1994–1995 Denver Grizzlies
1995–2005 Utah Grizzlies
2007–2016 Lake Erie Monsters
2016–present Cleveland Monsters
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (1994–95)
Division Championships 1 (1994–95)
Turner Cups 2 (1994–95, 1995–96)

The Utah Grizzlies were an American ice hockey team in the International Hockey League (IHL) and American Hockey League (AHL). They originally played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, before relocating to the E Center in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City in 1997. After the 2004–05 season, the franchise was suspended. It was sold in 2006 and moved to Cleveland where it returned to play in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters. A new Utah Grizzlies franchise in the ECHL began play in 2005.

History[edit]

The original Utah Grizzlies moved to Utah in 1995 after one IHL season in Denver, Colorado after the NHL's Quebec Nordiques relocated to become the Colorado Avalanche. The Grizzlies were admitted to the AHL in 2001 after the IHL folded. They played their home games in the Delta Center until the E Center was built a couple seasons after their arrival in Salt Lake.

While in Denver, the Grizzlies won the 1994–95 Turner Cup, the official championship of the IHL. After relocating to the Salt Lake City area, the Utah Grizzlies once again marched to victory in the IHL playoffs. Utah swept the Orlando Solar Bears 4 games to 0 to win the 1995–96 Turner Cup. The fourth (and final) game of the series was played in the Delta Center; 17,381 fans attended, which, at the time, set a national record for largest attendance at a minor league hockey game.[1]

The franchise was granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005–06 season and on May 16, 2006 it was sold to an ownership group from Cleveland led by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans. The franchise was moved to Cleveland to replace the departed Cleveland Barons and resumed play in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters.

After the suspension of the IHL/AHL Grizzlies, a new ownership group purchased the Utah Grizzlies identity and resurrected a team of the same name in the ECHL that started playing in the 2005–06 season.

Franchise and area facts[edit]

The franchise was replaced by:

Affiliates

Season-by-season results[edit]

  • Denver Grizzlies 1994–95 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 1995–2001 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 2001–05 (American Hockey League)
Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 81 57 18 6 120 339 235 1st, Southwest 1995 W, 3-0, MIN W, 4-1, PHX W, 4-1, MIL W, 4-0, KC
1995–96 82 49 29 4 102 291 232 2nd, Southwest 1996 W, 3-2, KC W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-2, LV W, 4-0, ORL
1996–97 82 43 33 6 92 259 254 3rd, Southwest 1997 W, 3-0, KC L, 0-4, LB
1997–98 82 47 27 8 102 276 234 3rd, Southwest 1998 L, 1-3, KC
1998–99 82 39 34 9 87 244 254 3rd, Southwest 1999 Out of playoffs
1999–00 82 45 25 12 102 265 220 2nd, West 2000 BYE L, 1-4, HOU
2000–01 82 38 36 8 84 208 220 4th, West 2001 Out of playoffs
2001–02 80 40 29 6 5 91 240 225 3rd, West 2002 BYE L, 2-3, HOU
2002–03 80 37 34 4 5 83 227 243 5th, West 2003 L, 0-2, WBS
2003–04 80 27 42 6 5 65 162 230 7th, West 2004 Out of playoffs
2004–05 80 23 50 5 2 53 156 265 7th, West 2005 Out of playoffs

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 46 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Assists: 60 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Points: 106 United States Kip Miller (1994–95)
Penalty minutes: 317 Canada Mike MacWilliam (1995–96)
GAA: 2.21 Canada Rich Parent (1999–00)
SV%: .928 Canada Wade Flaherty (2001–02)
Wins: 45 Sweden Tommy Salo (1994–95)
Shutouts: 5 Canada [Mike Bales]] (2000–01)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

Career[edit]

Career goals: 111 Canada Chris Taylor (1994–98)
Career assists: 167 Canada Chris Taylor
Career points: 278 Canada Chris Taylor
Career penalty minutes: 694 John Erskine (2000–03)
Career goaltending wins: 73 Sweden Tommy Salo (1994–96)
Career shutouts: 7 Sweden Tommy Salo
Career games: 440 Canada Gord Dineen (1994–2000)

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