San Diego Gulls
|San Diego Gulls|
|2020–21 AHL season|
|City||San Diego, California|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Pechanga Arena|
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena[a]
|Colors||Black, orange, blue, white|
|Owner(s)||Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli|
|General manager||Bob Ferguson|
|Head coach||Kevin Dineen|
|Media||San Diego Union-Tribune|
Fox Sports San Diego
105.7 Max FM
|Affiliates||Anaheim Ducks (NHL)|
Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)
|2015–present||San Diego Gulls|
The San Diego Gulls are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), which began playing in the 2015–16 season. Based in San Diego, California, and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, the Gulls play their home games at the Pechanga Arena. For the 2020–21 season, the Gulls play out of the Ducks' practice rink, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, in Irvine, California.
The team is the fifth hockey team in San Diego to use the Gulls name. The Gulls are a relocation of the former Norfolk Admirals franchise, joining six other AHL franchises to form a new AHL Pacific Division.
On January 29, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they would purchase their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and would be moving the team to San Diego as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team plays at the Pechanga Arena San Diego, the sixth professional hockey team to play there, following the original San Diego Gulls of the WHL (1966–74), the San Diego Mariners of the WHA (1974–77), the San Diego Hawks/Mariners of the Pacific Hockey League (1977–79), the second San Diego Gulls of the IHL (1990–1995), and the third San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League (1995–2003) and later the ECHL (2003–06).
The San Diego Gulls played their first home game on October 10, 2015, against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The team finished its inaugural season with an average attendance of 8,675, second in the league after the Hershey Bears.
After four seasons and three playoff appearances, the Anaheim Ducks promoted Gulls' head coach Dallas Eakins to the same position with the Ducks. Former Florida Panthers' head coach Kevin Dineen was hired as the next head coach.
Approaching the delayed 2020–21 season, due to COVID-19 pandemic considerations, the Gulls announced they would temporarily relocate and play out of the Ducks' practice rink, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, in Irvine, California.
The Gulls consider the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, to be their main rivals and advertise games as "Rivalry Night." The teams faced each other in the 2016 division finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4–1 in a best-of-seven series. San Diego returned the favor in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs as they defeated their SoCal rivals 3-games-to-2 in the division semifinals.
|Season||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||Pts||PCT||GF||GA||Standing||Avg. Attendance||Year||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|2015–16||68||39||23||4||2||84||.618||208||200||2nd, Pacific||8,675||2016||W, 3–1, TEX||L, 1–4, ONT||—||—|
|2016–17||68||43||20||3||2||91||.669||221||178||2nd, Pacific||8,876||2017||W, 3–2, ONT||L, 1–4, SJ||—||—|
|2017–18||68||36||28||3||1||76||.559||202||197||5th, Pacific||9,305||2018||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||68||36||24||5||3||80||.588||239||221||3rd, Pacific||9,021||2019||W, 3–1, SJ||W, 4–2, BAK||L, 2–4, CHI||—|
|2019–20||57||30||19||6||2||68||.596||185||164||4th, Pacific||7,582||2020||Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
Updated January 14, 2021.
Franchise records and leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers for the San Diego Gulls in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;= current Gulls player
|Chase De Leo||C||117||30||50||80||.68|
- Temporary location during the 2020–21 season.
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- AHL teams establish all-time attendance record
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- "2016 Playoffs". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
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