Des Moines Buccaneers

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Des Moines Buccaneers
Des Moines Buccaneers.svg
City Des Moines, Iowa
League United States Hockey League
Conference Western
Founded 1980
Home arena Buccaneer Arena
Colors Red, blue, white
              
Owner(s) Orchard View Sports & Entertainment
General manager Dave Allison
Head coach Dave Allison
Franchise history
1980–present Des Moines Buccaneers
Championships
Regular season titles 4 Anderson Cups (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, and 1998–99)
Division Championships 7
Gold Cups 3
Playoff championships 4 Clark Cups (1992, 1995, 1999, and 2006)

The Des Moines Buccaneers are a Tier I junior ice hockey team in the United States Hockey League (USHL). The team have played in the Western Conference since the 2009–10 season.

History[edit]

The Buccaneers began USHL play during the 1980–81 season and have played all their home games at Buccaneer Arena located in Urbandale, Iowa. The Buccaneers have won four Anderson Cup championships (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98 and 1998–99) and four Clark Cup championships (1992, 1995, 1999 and 2006) in the thirty years they have been in existence. The Buccaneers have also won three Gold Cups in 1992, 1995, and 1998 for the Junior A National Championship awarded prior to 2001 when USA Hockey realigned and the USHL became Tier I.

The Buccaneers have also had many players continue to play hockey after completing their USHL career in Des Moines. Many players have been given scholarships and move on to play NCAA Division I hockey, while others have gone on to play professional hockey. Most notably, Scott Clemmensen, a native of Des Moines, played for the Buccaneers before going to Boston College to play NCAA Division I hockey and then onto the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers. Clemmensen later became a co-owner of the Buccaneers as part of Orchard View Sports & Entertainment that purchased the team in 2017.[1] Kyle Okposo, who played on the 2005–06 Clark Cup championship team prior to playing for the University of Minnesota and is now playing for the Buffalo Sabres.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1980–81 48 23 25 0 46 240 299 2nd, South 2–3 in Clark Cup round-robin
(W, 10–6 vs. Green Bay;[2] L, 5–11 vs. Dubuque; L, 2–7 vs. St. Paul;[3] W, 5–4 vs. Waterloo; L, 3–7 vs. Austin[4])
1981–82 48 18 29 1 37 265 314 6th 3–2 in Clark Cup round-robin[5]
(L, 4–6 vs. Bloomington; W, 5–2 vs. Sioux City; W, 11–5 vs. Dubuque; L, 6–7 vs. Austin; W, 9–1 vs. St. Paul)
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers[6]
1982–83 48 25 22 1 51 298 309 3rd Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Bloomington Jr. Stars
Lost Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
1983–84 48 23 21 1 3 50 270 259 4th Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. North Iowa Huskies
Lost Semifinals, 0–3 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
1984–85 48 7 37 1 3 18 183 255 10th Did not qualify
1985–86 48 11 36 0 1 23 194 331 9th Did not qualify
1986–87 48 23 20 2 3 51 277 241 6th Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols
1987–88 48 23 19 3 3 52 266 270 4th Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols
1988–89 48 18 27 1 2 39 250 276 6th Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols
1989–90 48 17 29 2 0 36 216 297 8th Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Omaha Lancers
1990–91 48 28 13 2 5 63 247 187 T-2nd, USHL Lost Quarterfinals, 2–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
1991–92 48 35 10 2 1 73 291 157 2nd, USHL Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Won Semifinals, 3–2 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
1992–93 48 33 11 4 0 70 231 171 2nd, USHL Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Lost Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
1993–94 48 36 12 0 0 72 231 150 1st, USHL Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Rochester Mustangs
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Omaha Lancers
1994–95 48 38 5 5 0 81 290 144 1st, USHL Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. North Iowa Huskies
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
1995–96 46 21 21 2 2 46 177 174 7th, USHL Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Rochester Mustangs
1996–97 54 37 13 4 78 245 168 3rd, South Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 vs. North Iowa Huskies
1997–98 56 40 14 2 82 226 148 1st, South Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Lincoln Stars
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 0–4 vs. Omaha Lancers
1998–99 56 48 7 1 97 304 133 1st, Central Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Twin City Vulcans
Won Semifinals. 3–2 vs. Lincoln Stars
Won Clark Cup Finals, 4–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
1999–00 58 35 20 3 73 220 196 4th, West Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Omaha Lancers
Lost Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
2000–01 56 32 21 3 67 195 190 4th, West Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Omaha Lancers
2001–02 61 32 24 5 69 222 202 3rd, East Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
2002–03 60 27 27 2 4 60 200 223 3rd, East Lost Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
2003–04 60 29 26 1 4 63 202 200 4th, West Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Tri-City Storm
2004–05 60 17 37 2 4 40 174 244 6th, East Did not qualify
2005–06 60 33 21 3 3 72 208 173 T-1st, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Omaha Lancers
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–2 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
2006–07 60 29 21 1 9 68 215 206 6th, West Won First Round, 3–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
2–0 in round-robin
(W, 3–0 vs. Tri-City; W, 3–2 vs. Sioux Falls)
Lost Semifinal game, 0–1 OT vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
2007–08 60 14 40 2 4 34 134 213 6th, West Did not qualify
2008–09 60 12 43 2 3 29 167 283 6th, East Did not qualify
2009–10 60 20 34 4 2 40 143 220 6th, West Did not qualify
2010–11 60 29 25 2 4 64 174 177 7th, West Did not qualify
2011–12 60 20 33 1 6 47 168 215 7th, West Did not qualify
2012–13 64 25 35 1 3 54 189 245 7th, West Did not qualify
2013–14 60 20 32 2 6 48 154 208 6th, West Did not qualify
2014–15 60 21 26 6 7 55 164 204 7th, West Did not qualify
2015–16 60 25 30 5 0 55 165 205 7th, West Did not qualify
2016–17 60 36 20 1 3 76 177 154 4th, West Lost quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers

Gold Cup tournament[edit]

The Gold Cup was the USA Hockey Junior A National Championship that the USHL participated in at the end of the season against the regular season and playoff champions of the other Junior A leagues. The USHL stopped participation in the tournament after USA Hockey realigned its designations and the USHL became a Tier I league in 2001. The Gold Cup was discontinued after the 2003 tournament when the remaining Tier II Junior A leagues merged.[7] Des Moines participated in five Gold Cup tournaments and won three Junior A National Championships.

Year Round-Robin Record Semifinal Game Championship Game
1992[8] W, 8–4 vs. Detroit Jr. Red Wings (NAHL)
W, 7–4 vs. Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
W, 5–3 vs. Indianapolis Jr. Ice (NAHL)
3–0–0 Not held W, 9–1 vs. Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
Won Gold Cup
1994[9] W, 9–5 vs. Kalamazoo Jr. Wings (NAHL)
OTL, 5–6 (3OT) vs. Detroit Compuware (NAHL)
L, 3–4 vs. Niagara Scenic (NAHL)
1–1–1 Did not advance
1995[10] W, 6–1 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)
W, 6–2 vs. Detroit Freeze (NAHL)
W, 5–1 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
3–0–0 W, 3–2 (2OT) vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) W, 5–4 (OT) vs. Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Won Gold Cup
1998[11] W, 6–3 vs. Billings Bulls (AFHL)
W, 7–1 vs. Bozeman Icedogs (AFHL)
W, 3–2 (OT) vs. Detroit Compuware (NAHL)
3–0–0 W, 4–2 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) W, 2–1 vs. Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Won Gold Cup
1999[12] W, 7–1 vs. St. Louis Sting (NAHL)
W, 8–1 vs. Billings Bulls (AWHL)
W, 3–0 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
3–0–0 W, 8–1 vs. Lincoln Stars (USHL) L, 1–3 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)[13]

Coaches[edit]

  • Ivan Prediger (1980–1984) – Resigned during the 1984–85 season. Jeff Ulrich was then named interim head coach.
  • Jim Wiley (1984–1990) – Replaced interim head coach Jeff Ulrich during the 1984–85 season.[14]
  • Bob Ferguson (1990–1995, 2001–2004)
  • Scott Owens (1995–1999)
  • Tom Carroll (1999–2001)
  • Regg Simon (2004–2008, 2010–2012) – Resigned during the 2007–08 season after 45 games. Replaced by interim Todd Knott. Rehired in 2010 to replace Guentzel, but was then fired towards the end of the 2011–12 season and replaced by interim Graham Johnson.
  • J. P. Parise (2008–2009) – Replaced interim head coach Knott but kept him on as an assistant. Became general manager of the Buccaneers in 2009 and vacated the coaching position.
  • Mike Guentzel (2009–2010) – Dave Allison was originally hired for the 2009–10 season but then left the team prior to coaching a game due to immigration and work-visa concerns.[15]
  • Jon Rogger (2012–2014) – Replaced interim head coach Graham Johnson.
  • Dave Allison (2014–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USHL Approves Sale of Des Moines Buccaneers". United States Hockey League. October 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bobcats vs. Bucs". The Des Moines Register. March 14, 1981. 
  3. ^ "Brawl ends hockey playoff game early, Buccaneers fall, 7–2". The Des Moines Register. March 19, 1981. 
  4. ^ "March 22, 1981 paper". Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Improved Bucs face 'ex-friends' in title playoff". Des Moines Tribune. March 24, 1982. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ "It's do or die tonight for the Buccaneers". Des Moines Tribune. April 2, 1982. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ "TRADITION". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "1991–92 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1993–94 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ "1994–95 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ "1997–98 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ "1998–99 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ "1998–99 Bucs' archives". Des Moines Buccaneers. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Wiley Quitting as Coach of Bucs". The Des Moines Register. February 27, 1990. 
  15. ^ "Guentzel hired". The Des Moines Register. September 1, 2009. 

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