Philadelphia Bulldogs

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For the Continental Football League team (1960s) known as the Philadelphia Bulldogs, see here.

Philadelphia Bulldogs
Philadelphia Bulldogs.png
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded 1994
Folded 1996
Home arena

Spectrum (1994 - 1995)

CoreStates Spectrum (1996)
Woodhaven Sports Centre (1997)
Colours Teal, Purple, Black, Silver, White
                        

The Philadelphia Bulldogs were an inline hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of Roller Hockey International (RHI). They were part of the 1994 RHI Expansion.

The Bulldogs were owned by NHL player agent Ron Salcer and actor Tony Danza. During the Bulldogs first season in 1994, the team's Head Coach and General Manager was former Philadelphia Flyers star Dave Schultz. The team was one of 12 added for the 1994, doubling the league in size to 24 after its inaugural season. In the February 1994 draft, the Bulldogs selected Dave Brown of the Philadelphia Flyers, along with Mitch Lamoureux and Tim Tookey, who would both go on to NHL careers, but were then playing for the Flyers' minor league farm team, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.[1] The Bulldogs worked with the promotional staff at The Spectrum, their home arena, and took advantage of the celebrity owners to make local appearances and star in advertisements as part of their efforts to draw ticket sales.[2]

The Assistant Coaches were JoJoe Paterson and Special Assistant Coach Rick Mac Leish. The mascot was a bulldog named "Bruzer", who was played by Bob Strehlau 1994-1995. Trainer was Dana Mc Guane and Assistant Trainer Chad Schultz. The team's VP of sales and marketing was Bob Kelly with Assistant General Manager Bill Crockett.[citation needed]

By the 1995 season, the second for the Bulldogs, the team was struggling with attendance, which was a fraction of the numbers drawn by the Flyers and was a sharp drop from the average attendance of 4,300 during the 1994 season. Coach Dave Schultz, who had been given an 18% ownership stake in the team, was fired in the face of overspending and losses of $700,000 in their first season. Season ticket sales dropped from 900 in their inaugural season to 500 for year two, while single-game sales were minimal, even after cutting ticket prices across the board by $2[3]

The team disbanded in 1996, after three seasons.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gery, Keith. "Bulldogs Set To Prowl Roller-hockey Circuit", The Morning Call, March 31, 1994. Accessed January 23, 2017. "Schultz, a former Stanley Cup winner and National Hockey League tough guy with the Philadelphia Flyers, is part owner of the team along with actor Tony Danza, player agent Ron Salcer, sports equipment manufacturer William Salcer and former minor league ice hockey official Michael Foy."
  2. ^ Loro, Laura. "ROLLER HOCKEY BULLDOGS TAKE A BITE OUT OF PHILLY", Advertising Age, June 27, 1994. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Smith, Elwood P. "What if they played roller hockey...? 2nd-year Bulldogs struggling at the gate", Philadelphia Daily News, June 23, 1995. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Philadelphia Bulldogs Statistics and History, HockeyDB.com. Accessed January 24, 2017.

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