San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls
2018–19 AHL season
San Diego Gulls logo.svg
CitySan Diego, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded2000
Home arenaPechanga Arena San Diego
ColorsBlack, orange, blue, white
                   
Owner(s)Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli
General managerBob Ferguson
Head coachDallas Eakins
MediaSan Diego Union-Tribune
Fox Sports San Diego
ESPN 1700
The Mighty 1090
105.7 Max FM
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesAnaheim Ducks (NHL)
Websitesandiegogulls.com
Franchise history
2000–2015Norfolk Admirals
2015–presentSan 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 San Diego. 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.

History[edit]

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).[1]

The Gulls' name, logo and colors were revealed on February 22, 2015 at HockeyFest.[2][3] HockeyFest was deemed a success, drawing over 8,500 enthusiastic hockey fans.[4]

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.[5]

Rivalries[edit]

The Gulls consider the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, to be their main rivals and advertise games as "Rivalry Night."[6][7] The teams faced each other in the 2016 division finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4–1 in a best-of-seven series.[8] 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-by-season records[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 23, 2019.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Canada Simon Benoit D L 20 2018 Laval, Quebec Ducks
38 United States Matt Berry RW R 26 2018 Canton, Michigan Gulls
33 United States Kevin Boyle G L 26 2016 Manalapan, New Jersey Ducks
25 Canada Sam Carrick (A) C R 27 2017 Stouffville, Ontario Ducks
27 Canada Adam Cracknell (A) C R 33 2018 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Ducks
7 United States Chase De Leo C L 23 2018 La Mirada, California Ducks
2 Canada Jake Dotchin D R 24 2018 Cambridge, Ontario Ducks
18 United States Patrick Eaves RW R 34 2019 Calgary, Alberta Ducks
11 United States Brent Gates C L 21 2019 Grand Rapids, Michigan Gulls
26 Canada Luke Gazdic LW L 29 2018 Toronto, Ontario Gulls
30 Canada Jeff Glass G L 33 2018 Calgary, Alberta Gulls
28 United States Justin Kloos C R 25 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Ducks
32 United States Jack Kopacka LW L 21 2017 Metamora, Michigan Ducks
14 Finland Kalle Kossila LW L 25 2016 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Ducks
6 Canada Josh Mahura D L 20 2018 St. Albert, Alberta Ducks
20 United States Scott Moldenhauer D R 24 2018 Oak Ridge, North Carolina Gulls
29 Canada Trevor Murphy D L 23 2018 Windsor, Ontario Ducks
9 Canada Kevin Roy LW L 25 2016 Greenfield Park, Quebec Ducks
17 United States Steven Ruggiero D R 22 2019 Kings Park, New York Gulls
39 United States Kiefer Sherwood RW R 23 2018 New Albany, Ohio Ducks
18 Canada Deven Sideroff RW R 21 2017 Summerland, British Columbia Ducks
13 United States Patrick Sieloff D L 24 2019 Ann Arbor, Michigan Ducks
23 Canada Sam Steel C L 21 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Ducks
15 Canada Ben Street C L 32 2019 Coquitlam, British Columbia Ducks
36 Czech Republic Andrej Sustr D R 28 2018 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia Ducks
4 United States Keaton Thompson D L 23 2016 Devils Lake, North Dakota Ducks
21 Canada Ben Thomson LW L 26 2018 Orangeville, Ontario Gulls
12 United States Corey Tropp (A) RW R 29 2016 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Gulls


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ducks to Hold 'San Diego Hockeyfest' on Sunday, February 22". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Gulls Are Back In Town". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Hockey Fest a Hit". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ AHL teams establish all-time attendance record
  6. ^ "RIVALRY NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO". San Diego Gulls. October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT AS REIGN, GULLS TAKE RIVALRY TO PLAYOFFS". Ontario Reign. May 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 Playoffs". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "San Diego Gulls playing roster". American Hockey League. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-11.

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