Shreveport Mudbugs

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Shreveport Mudbugs
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City Shreveport, Louisiana
League North American Hockey League
Founded 2016
Home arena Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
Colors Black, teal, purple, red, white
                        
Owner(s) Tommy & Leslie Scott
General manager Scott Muscutt
Head coach Jason Campbell (2018–19)
Media Shreveporttimes.com
Franchise history
2016–present Shreveport Mudbugs
Championships
Playoff championships 1 (2018)

The Shreveport Mudbugs are a Tier II junior ice hockey team based in Shreveport, Louisiana as a member of the North American Hockey League. The new Mudbugs replaced a former professional team that played in the area from 1997 to 2011 known as the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.

History[edit]

From 1997 to 2000, Shreveport, Louisiana was home to a professional hockey team in the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) named the Shreveport Mudbugs. In 2000, the Mudbugs relocated to nearby Bossier City to play out of CenturyTel Center and changed their name to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Mudbugs then joined the Central Hockey League in 2001 when the WPHL merged with the CHL. The professional Mudbugs would eventually fold in 2011 citing low attendance and financial issues even though the team had just won the league championship.[1][2]

In October 2015, it was announced that a new Mudbugs team would return for the 2016–17 season after signing a 12-year lease agreement with the Louisiana State Fairgrounds and returning to Hirsch Coliseum but as a member of the Tier II junior North American Hockey League.[3] On April 8, 2016, the Shreveport Mudbugs were officially announced as an expansion team in the NAHL.[4] Former Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs player, Karlis Zirnis, was named the team's first head coach.[5]

In their second season, the Mudbugs finished first in the South Division at the end of the regular season and played their way through the Robertson Cup playoffs to take the NAHL championship in 2018. Following the season, head coach Zirnis left the team to take an assistant coaching position with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks hockey team.[6]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2016–17 60 35 19 6 76 189 151 1126 2nd of 7, South Div.
6th of 24, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Corpus Christi IceRays
2017–18 60 41 12 7 89 191 112 1163 1st of 6, South Div.
2nd of 23, NAHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Corpus Christi IceRays
Won Div. Finals, 3–2 vs. Lone Star Brahmas
Won Robertson Cup Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Won Robertson Cup Championship game, 2–1 vs. Minot Minotauros

Robertson Cup Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang III, Roy (June 10, 2011). "Won and done for Mudbugs". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs win CHL title, then cease operations
  3. ^ Lang III, Roy. "Ice, Ice, Baby! Mudbugs hockey returns to Shreveport". Shreveporttimes.com. GANNETT. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Shreveport Mudbugs accepted into the NAHL for the 2016-17 season". OurSports Central. April 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Former Mudbug Zirnis named head coach of new Shreveport Mudbugs NAHL team". Bossier Press-Tribune. June 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Karlis Zirnis leaves Mudbugs to coach in NCAA". Shreveport Times. July 12, 2018.

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