Lexington Men O' War

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Lexington Men O' War
City Lexington, Kentucky
League East Coast Hockey League
Founded 1981 (In the CHL)
Operated 2002–03
Home arena Rupp Arena
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 Lexington Men O' War were a minor league professional ice hockey team and member of the ECHL. The Men O' War played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky from 2002-2003. Like Lexington's previous team before them (the Kentucky Thoroughblades), success on the ice did not bring good attendance figures. The name Man O' War is from a thoroughbred race horse who was bred in Lexington, and also the name of a highly traveled road in Lexington. The team folded following the 2002-03 season, and would later be revived as the Utah Grizzlies beginning in the 2005–06 season.[1]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Games played W-L
2002–03 season 72 34-31
League, ECHL Northwest Coach, Jim Wiley Playoff history, Lost in first round.


  1. ^ Hamilton, Linda (June 2, 2005). "Grizzlies are looking to skate in East Coast Hockey League". Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City, UT).