St. Louis Bandits

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St. Louis Bandits
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City Chesterfield, Missouri
League NAHL
Division Midwest
Founded 2003
Home arena Hardee's Iceplex
Colors Blue, black, and white
Owner(s) Michael J. Brooks, Brett Hull, Scott McCuaig, Ben Bishop, Sr., Jeff Cooper and Kelly Chase.
General manager Kelly Chase
Head coach Jeff Brown
Media B2 Networks
Franchise history
2003 to 2006 Texarkana Bandits
2006-2012 St. Louis Bandits
Championships
Division Championships 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11

The St. Louis Bandits were a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League. The team played their home games at the 2,200-seat Hardee's Iceplex(previously Summit Center) in Chesterfield, Missouri.[1] Owners of the St. Louis Bandits include former St. Louis Blues Kelly Chase as well as Scott McCuaig, Ben Bishop, Jr., Jeff Cooper, Michael J. Brooks, and Jon Cooper.[2]

In the Spring of 2013, their franchise rights were sold to the ownership group of the Minnesota Wilderness.

History[edit]

The Franchise joined the North American Hockey League for the 2003-2004 season as the Texarkana Bandits. The team played in Texarkana from 2003 until the summer of 2006 when the team moved to the Greater St. Louis Metro Area.[3] The team moved to the Summit Center in Chesterfield, Missouri, filling the void left when the St. Louis Heartland Eagles of the USHL ceased operations at the end of the 2005 season. In 2007 & 2008, former head coach and general manager Jon Cooper coached the team to Back-to-back Robertson Cup National Championships.

The team has made appearances in the NAHL playoff rounds each of their five years in the NAHL. In 2007 they claimed the South Division Title and in 2008 claimed the North Division Title. The Bandits moved back to the South division for the 08-09 season. They once again moved to the Central Division for the 10-11 season. The team hosted the Robertson Cup Championships at the Hardee's IcePlex in May 2008 where they became Back-to-Back National Championships. The 2008-2009 season the Bandits headed to Mason City, Iowa for the Robertson Cup Championships and yet again took home the most coveted award in the NAHL. The three-peat was clinched with a 3-2 overtime win against the West Division Champion, Wenatchee Wild.[4]

After going dormant in 2012, the Bandits' franchise rights were sold to the ownership of the Minnesota Wilderness of Cloquet, Minnesota in the Spring of 2013.

Regular season records[edit]

The Bandits 2011.
The Bandits 2010.
Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2003-04 56 30 24 0 63 167 181 1,727 4th, South Division
2004-05 56 36 15 0 77 218 153 1,329 2nd, South Division
2005-06 58 42 14 2 86 240 145 1,258 2nd, South Division
2006-07 62 43 14 5 91 228 153 1,437 South Division Champs
2007-08 58 47 9 2 96 250 149 1,429 North Division Champs
2008-09 58 42 9 7 91 213 119 1,228 South Division Champs
2009-10 58 44 11 3 91 211 125 1,103 2nd, South Division
2010-11 58 41 13 4 86 215 120 764 North Division Champs
2011-12 60 42 15 3 87 239 148 810 Midwest Division Champs

Playoff records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2004 Statistics Not Available lost in 1st round
2005 9 4 5 0 25 27 226 lost in 2nd round
2006 8 3 5 0 20 28 196 lost in 2nd round
2007 12 9 3 0 53 34 180 League Champions
2008 11 9 1 1 47 25 205 League Champions
2009 13 10 3 0 38 19 182 League Champions
2010 14 7 7 0 38 37 190 5th place/Nationals
2011 10 5 5 0 23 20 92 lost in 2nd round

On-Ice Successes[edit]

The Franchise has seen many successes since The Bandits began in 2003. In their first season in the league the team was the only expansion team to make the playoffs. The team has made the playoffs every season since the team joined the league. In May 2007 the St. Louis Bandits became NAHL champions and Tier II Junior A Hockey National Champions. The Bandits remained strong for the 2007-2008 season and won back-to-back Robertson Cup Champions when they hosted it at the Hardee's IcePlex in May 2008.[5] In 2009, the Bandits kept the winning tradition alive by capturing the Robertson Cup for a third consecutive season . St. Louis beat the Wenatchee Wild in the championship game by a score of 3-2 with an overtime goal by Clinton Bourbonais.[6]

NHL Draftees[edit]

The Olympic Arena.
Player Seasons Year Drafted NHL Team Current Team
Pat Maroon 05-06,06-07 2007 Draft Philadelphia Flyers Adirondack Phantoms, (AHL).
Trent Vogelhuber 06-07 2007 Draft Columbus Blue Jackets Miami University, (CCHA)
Erik Condra 03-04 2006 Draft Ottawa Senators Notre Dame University,(CCHA)
Ryan Turek 03-04 2006 Draft St. Louis Blues Michigan State University, (CCHA)
Kyle Lawson 03-04 2005 Draft Carolina Hurricanes Florida Everblades,(ECHL)
John Ramage 07-08 2010 Draft Calgary Flames University of Wisconsin,(WCHA)
Bandits Bench.

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