Erie Blades

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Erie Blades
Erie blades logo.png
CityErie, Pennsylvania
LeagueNAHL (1975–77)
NEHL (1978–79)
EHL (1979–81)
AHL (1981–82)
Home arenaErie County Field House
ColorsOrange, black and white
AffiliatesBoston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
Franchise history
1975–1982Erie Blades
1982–1993Baltimore Skipjacks
1993–2016Portland Pirates
2016–presentSpringfield Thunderbirds
Regular season titlesthree
(1978–79 NEHL)
(1979–80, 1980–81 EHL)
Playoff championshipsthree
(1978–79 NEHL)
(1979–80, 1980–81 EHL)

The Erie Blades name was used by two professional ice hockey teams in Erie, Pennsylvania. Both teams played their home games in the Erie County Field House. After the second Blades team folded, the void was filled by the Erie Golden Blades, a team in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987. They changed the colors from Orange and Black to Gold and Blue with the name change.


The first team was a member of the North American Hockey League from 1975 to 1977. Nick Polano was the team's coach both seasons, and returned to coach the second Blades team for its first three seasons.


The second team was a member of the Northeastern Hockey League during the 1978–79 season, then the Eastern Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. The Blades won three consecutive league championships during these seasons. The Blades were then admitted to the American Hockey League for the 1981–82 season.

The AHL Blades continued affiliation with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. Lou Angotti replaced Polano as the head coach in 1981. After a poor season on the ice, the team was relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, merging with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, for the 1982–83 season. Coach Angotti and sixteen players were transferred to the Skipjacks.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular Season
Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
1975–76 74 37 36 1 75 310 298 3rd, West
1976–77 74 37 33 4 78 257 251 5th, NAHL
1978–79 69 47 19 3 97 344 260 1st, NEHL
1979–80 70 46 21 3 95 349 241 1st, EHL
1980–81 72 52 14 6 110 407 252 1st, EHL
1981–82 80 22 52 6 50 317 425 6th, South
Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1975–76 Lost –– ––
1976–77 Won Lost ––
1978–79 Champions
1979–80 Champions
1980–81 Champions
1981–82 Out of Playoffs