San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls
2018–19 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)
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 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 August 21, 2018.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Terrance Amorosa D L 23 2018 Kirkland, Quebec Gulls
11 Canada Joseph Blandisi C L 24 2017 Markham, Ontario Ducks
33 United States Kevin Boyle G L 26 2016 Manalapan, New Jersey Ducks
25 Canada Sam Carrick C R 26 2017 Stouffville, Ontario Ducks
10 Canada Alex Dostie C L 21 2017 Drummondville, Quebec Ducks
13 Canada Giovanni Fiore LW L 22 2017 Laval, Quebec Ducks
36 United States Chris Forney D L 23 2018 Thief River Falls, Minnesota Gulls
19 United States Mitch Hults C L 23 2017 Stoughton, Wisconsin Ducks
44 United States Jack Kopacka LW L 20 2017 Metamora, Michigan Ducks
14 Finland Kalle Kossila C L 25 2016 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Ducks
34 Sweden Jacob Larsson D L 21 2016 Ljungby, Sweden Ducks
24 United States Jaycob Megna D L 25 2015 Northbrook, Illinois Ducks
United States Scott Moldenhauer D R 24 2018 Oak Ridge, North Carolina Gulls
23 Finland Julius Nattinen C L 21 2016 Jyväskylä, Finland Ducks
7 United States Steve Oleksy D R 32 2017 Chesterfield, Michigan Ducks
37 Canada Angus Redmond G L 22 2017 Langley, British Columbia Ducks
9 Canada Kevin Roy C L 25 2016 Greenfield Park, Quebec Ducks
39 United States Kiefer Sherwood C R 23 2018 New Albany, Ohio Ducks
18 Canada Deven Sideroff RW R 21 2017 Summerland, British Columbia Ducks
29 Canada Tyler Soy C L 21 2017 Cloverdale, British Columbia Gulls
4 United States Keaton Thompson D L 23 2016 Devils Lake, North Dakota Ducks
Canada Ben Thomson LW L 25 2018 Orangeville, Ontario Gulls
12 United States Corey Tropp 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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