New Orleans Brass
|New Orleans Brass|
|City||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|League||East Coast Hockey League|
|Home arena||Municipal Auditorium (1997–1999)
New Orleans Arena (1999–2002)
|General manager||Dan Belisle|
|Head coach||Ted Sator|
|1997–2002||New Orleans Brass|
The New Orleans Brass was a hockey team in the ECHL from 1997 to 2002. The team was at one time affiliated with the San Jose Sharks. Home games were played first at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium (until October 29, 1999) and then at the New Orleans Arena.
In 2002, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans and became the primary tenant in the arena. The New Orleans Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) pressured the state of Louisiana, which owns the arena, into demanding that the Brass bear the expense of converting the arena to and from basketball and hockey as a condition of staying in the arena. The expense was more than the Brass' ownership was willing to pay. The Municipal Auditorium had recently replaced its floor, and in the process removed its ice plant. Without a suitable home, the Brass folded.
The Brass made the playoffs every year, winning three series, two in the 1998–99 season (the same season the Brass earned its worst record), and one in the 2000–01 season, putting the Brass in the conference semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. The principal rivals of the Brass were the Louisiana IceGators and the Mississippi Sea Wolves (Biloxi, MS). The Baton Rouge Kingfish were another, less successful intrastate rival.
The team's games were broadcast in New Orleans on radio station WSMB (now WWWL). The first radio voice of the Brass was Steve Carroll, who is now the radio voice of the Anaheim Ducks.
|1997–98||70||36||24||10||0||.586||Lost in Round 1|
|1998–99||70||30||27||13||0||.521||Lost in Round 3|
|1999–00||70||36||27||0||7||.564||Lost in Round 1|
|2000–01||72||35||25||12||0||.569||Lost in Round 2|
|2001–02||72||36||32||4||0||.528||Lost in Round 1|
- 1997–98: Lost to Pensacola 3-1 in first round.
- 1998–99: Defeated Jacksonville 2-0 in first round; defeated Louisiana 3-2 in second round; lost to Pee Dee 3-1 in quarterfinals.
- 1999–00: Lost to Augusta 2-1 in first round.
- 2000–01: Defeated Augusta 2-1 in first round; lost to Louisiana 3-2 in second round.
- 2001–02: Lost to Jackson 1-0 in first round.
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