San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls
2020–21 AHL season
San Diego Gulls logo.svg
CitySan Diego, California
Irvine, California[a]
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
DivisionPacific
Founded2000
Home arenaPechanga Arena
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena[a]
ColorsBlack, orange, blue, white
       
Owner(s)Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli
General managerBob Ferguson
Head coachKevin Dineen
MediaSan Diego Union-Tribune
Fox Sports San Diego
ESPN 1700
105.7 Max FM
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesAnaheim Ducks (NHL)
Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)
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. For the 2020–21 season, the Gulls play out of the Ducks' practice rink, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, in Irvine, California.[1]

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).[2]

The Gulls' name, logo and colors were revealed on February 22, 2015 at HockeyFest.[3][4] HockeyFest was deemed a success, drawing over 8,500 enthusiastic hockey fans.[5]

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.[6]

After four seasons and three playoff appearances, the Anaheim Ducks promoted Gulls' head coach Dallas Eakins to the same position with the Ducks.[7] Former Florida Panthers' head coach Kevin Dineen was hired as the next head coach.[8]

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.[9]

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."[10][11] The teams faced each other in the 2016 division finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4–1 in a best-of-seven series.[12] 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]

Regular Season Playoffs
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

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 14, 2021.[13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
26 Canada Andrew Agozzino LW L 30 2020 Kleinburg, Ontario Ducks
5 Canada Simon Benoit D L 22 2018 Laval, Quebec Ducks
39 Canada Nikolas Brouillard D L 25 2021 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec Gulls
25 Canada Sam Carrick (C) C R 28 2017 Stouffville, Ontario Ducks
7 United States Chase De Leo C L 25 2018 La Mirada, California Ducks
35 Czech Republic Lukas Dostal G L 20 2021 Brno, Czech Republic Ducks
36 Canada Hunter Drew D R 22 2019 Kingston, Ontario Ducks
17 Canada Jamie Drysdale D R 18 2021 Toronto, Ontario Ducks
30 Canada Jeff Glass G L 35 2021 Calgary, Alberta Gulls
24 Canada Benoit-Olivier Groulx C L 20 2021 Rouen, France Ducks
40 Canada Keegan Kanzig D L 25 2020 Athabasca, Alberta Gulls
32 United States Jack Kopacka LW L 22 2017 Metamora, Michigan Ducks
4 Canada Keegan Lowe D L 27 2021 Greenwich, Connecticut Gulls
6 Canada Josh Mahura D L 22 2018 St. Albert, Alberta Ducks
14 Canada Antoine Morand C L 21 2019 Chateauguay, Quebec Ducks
11 Canada Jacob Perreault RW R 18 2021 Montreal, Quebec Ducks
22 United States Andrew Poturalski (A) C R 27 2019 Williamsville, New York Ducks
12 Canada Brayden Tracey LW L 19 2021 Calgary, Alberta Ducks
13 United States Trevor Zegras C L 19 2021 Bedford, New York Ducks

Team captains[edit]

Franchise records and leaders[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the San Diego Gulls in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.[14]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = current Gulls player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Corey Tropp RW 205 64 93 157 .76
Sam Carrick C 189 71 85 156 .82
Kalle Kossila LW 170 51 90 141 .83
Brandon Montour D 104 25 64 89 .85
Kevin Roy LW 125 31 57 88 .70
Andy Welinski D 146 24 59 83 .57
Chase De Leo C 117 30 50 80 .68
Nicolas Kerdiles LW 121 37 39 76 .63
Chris Mueller RW 92 28 44 72 .78
Antoine Laganiere C 121 37 32 69 .57

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Temporary location during the 2020–21 season.
  1. ^ "San Diego Gulls to temporarily relocate to Irvine". San Diego Union Tribune. January 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ducks to Hold 'San Diego Hockeyfest' on Sunday, February 22". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "The Gulls Are Back In Town". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hockey Fest a Hit". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  6. ^ AHL teams establish all-time attendance record
  7. ^ "Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as new head coach". Sporting News. June 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "DUCKS NAME KEVIN DINEEN GULLS HEAD COACH". San Diego Gulls. July 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "28 teams to participate in 2020-21 season". American Hockey League. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "RIVALRY NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO". San Diego Gulls. October 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT AS REIGN, GULLS TAKE RIVALRY TO PLAYOFFS". Ontario Reign. May 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 Playoffs". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "San Diego Gulls playing roster". American Hockey League. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  14. ^ "San Diego Gulls - All Time AHL leaders". hockeydb.com. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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