San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls
2016–17 AHL season
San Diego Gulls logo.svg
City San Diego, California
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 2000
Home arena Valley View Casino Center
Colors Black, orange, blue, white
                   
Owner(s) Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli
General manager Bob Ferguson
Head coach Dallas Eakins
Media San Diego Union-Tribune
Fox Sports San Diego
ESPN 1700
The Mighty 1090
105.7 Max FM
Affiliates Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Website sandiegogulls.com
Franchise history
2000–2015 Norfolk Admirals
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 Valley View Casino Center. 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 (AHL) 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 Valley View Casino Center, 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 10th, 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] These teams faced each other in the 2016 Pacific Division Finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4–1 in a best-of-seven series.[8]


Season-by-season records[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 13, 2017.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11 Canada Abbott, SpencerSpencer Abbott RW R 29 2017 Hamilton, Ontario Ducks
2 United States Bickel, StuStu Bickel D R 30 2015 Chanhassen, Minnesota Gulls
33 United States Boyle, KevinKevin Boyle G L 24 2016 Manalapan, New Jersey Ducks
43 Canada Brassard, AustenAusten Brassard RW R 24 2016 Toronto, Ontario Gulls
25 Canada Carrick, SamSam Carrick C R 25 2017 Stouffville, Ontario Ducks
6 United States Cooper, BrianBrian Cooper D L 23 2016 Anchorage, Alaska Gulls
45 Canada Dostie, AlexAlex Dostie C L 20 2017 Drummondville, Quebec Gulls
20 United States Etem, EmersonEmerson Etem LW L 24 2016 Long Beach, California Ducks
40 Canada Fiore, GiovanniGiovanni Fiore LW L 20 2017 Laval, Quebec Ducks
5 United States Guenin, NateNate Guenin (A) D R 34 2016 Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Ducks
31 Canada Hackett, MattMatt Hackett G L 27 2015 London, Ontario Ducks
34 United States Hults, MitchMitch Hults C L 22 2017 Stoughton, Wisconsin Ducks
41 United States Jones, MaxMax Jones LW L 19 2017 Rochester, Michigan Ducks
44 United States Kopacka, JackJack Kopacka LW L 19 2017 Metamora, Michigan Ducks
14 Finland Kossila, KalleKalle Kossila C L 24 2016 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Ducks
28 Canada Laganiere, AntoineAntoine Laganiere W L 26 2015 L'Île-Cadieux, Quebec Gulls
37 United States Larraza, ZacZac Larraza LW L 24 2016 Scottsdale, Arizona Gulls
10 United States MacKinnon, KyleKyle MacKinnon C L 29 2015 Walnut, California Gulls
23 Canada Morley, TylerTyler Morley C L 25 2016 Burnaby, British Columbia Gulls
36 United States Ortega, AustinAustin Ortega RW R 23 2017 Escondido, California Gulls
35 Canada Redmond, AngusAngus Redmond G L 21 2017 Langley, British Columbia Ducks
9 Canada Roy, KevinKevin Roy C L 24 2016 Greenfield Park, Quebec Ducks
15 Canada Sabourin, ScottScott Sabourin RW R 24 2016 Orleans, Ontario Gulls
42 United States Samuels-Thomas, JordanJordan Samuels-Thomas LW L 26 2016 West Hartford, Connecticut Gulls
22 Canada Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz (A) D L 31 2016 Calgary, Alberta Ducks
38 Canada Sideroff, DevenDeven Sideroff RW R 20 2017 Summerland, British Columbia Ducks
32 Canada Soy, TylerTyler Soy C L 20 2017 Cloverdale, British Columbia Gulls
29 Canada Tarnasky, NickNick Tarnasky LW L 32 2016 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Gulls
4 United States Thompson, KeatonKeaton Thompson D L 21 2016 Devils Lake, North Dakota Ducks
39 Canada Tokarski, DustinDustin Tokarski G L 27 2016 Humboldt, Saskatchewan Ducks
12 United States Tropp, CoreyCorey Tropp RW R 27 2016 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Ducks
3 United States Welinski, AndyAndy Welinski D R 24 2016 Duluth, Minnesota Ducks


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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