Huntsville Blast

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Huntsville Blast
City Huntsville, Alabama
League East Coast Hockey League
Founded 1981 (In the CHL)
Operated 1993–1994
Home arena Von Braun Center Arena
Owner(s) Larry Revo (until Nov 1993)
Huntsville Hockey, Inc.
Head coach Steve Gatzos
Victor Posa
Captain Greg Geldart
Franchise history
1981–1983 Nashville South Stars
1983–1990 Virginia Lancers
1990–1992 Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993 Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994 Huntsville Blast
1994–2001 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002 Macon Whoopee
2002–2003 Lexington Men O' War
2005–present Utah Grizzlies

The Huntsville Blast was a minor league professional ice hockey team and member of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The Blast played at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the 1993–94 ECHL season.[1] Previously the franchise played as the Roanoke Valley Rampage in Vinton, Virginia, prior to their relocation following the 1992–93 season.[2] Following their lone season in Huntsville, the franchise relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, where they were rebranded as the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks.[2]

As of February 2008, the Blast moniker has been adopted by the women's-only hockey league team in Huntsville.


  1. ^ McCarter, Mark (March 25, 2015). "Von Braun Center has celebrated much sports success, but also been graveyard for some franchises". The Huntsville Times. Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b King, Randy (May 21, 1994). "ECHL loses Louisville, moves Blast". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, VA.