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Erie Otters
City Erie, Pennsylvania
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1996-97
Home arena Louis J. Tullio Arena
Colors Navy Blue, Red, Yellow and Gold
General manager Sherwood Bassin
Head coach Robbie Ftorek
Affiliate(s) Huntsville Otters
Franchise history
1946-53 Windsor Spitfires
1953-60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs
1960-74 Hamilton Red Wings
1974-76 Hamilton Fincups
1976-77 St. Catharines Fincups
1977-78 Hamilton Fincups
1978-84 Brantford Alexanders
1984-88 Hamilton Steelhawks
1988-96 Niagara Falls Thunder
1996-Present Erie Otters

The Erie Otters are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. The Otters have played in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1996 to present at the Louis J. Tullio Arena. They are the only Pennsylvania team in the OHL and one of three United States-based teams in the league. They are also the youngest team in the OHL, having been founded the OHL one year after the Barrie Colts.


The Erie Otters can trace their history back to the inception of the original Windsor Spitfires. From that time on the team has been renamed seven times and moved to seven different locations. The team spent most of it's time (28 years total) in Hamilton, Ontario under four separate team names; The Tiger Cubs, The Red Wings, The Fincups, and The Steelhawks. In 1988 the team was moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario, where they spent eight years as the Niagara Falls Thunder. Finally, the team moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, taking on the name of The Erie Otters and replacing the former Erie Panthers team that moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana that same year. The team takes its name from the river otter, a creature common to the south shore of Lake Erie.

The current team's ownership partners are Ron Sertz, Jeff Fatica, and Ray Irwin. Sherwood Bassin is the general manager and a managing partner of the team. Walt Wingfield serves as head scout.

The first three years in Erie were building years for the Otters, with the team eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each year. In the fourth year, all the hard work paid off with their first Midwest Division championship. It would be their first of three consecutive Midwest Division Championships, culminating in an OHL Championship in 2001-2002.

Now in it's 62nd year, the franchise has had limited success when compared to other OHL teams. As of the end of the 2007-08 season the team has won five J. Ross Robertson Cups and two Memorial Cups.

2001-2002 OHL Champions[edit]

In the 2001-2002 season, the Erie Otters became the second OHL team based in the United States, to win the OHL Championship. The first were the 1995 champions Detroit Junior Red Wings (now the Plymouth Whalers).

After a disappointing conference finals loss to Plymouth the previous year, the Otters used their experience and work ethic to push themselves through the playoffs. Otters players had a puck holder hung on the wall of the dressing room with 16 slots to fill, equal to the number of wins needed for the title. Erie earned that 16th puck by defeating the Barrie Colts in game 5 of the 2002 finals.

The Otters bid to host the 2002 Memorial Cup, but the Guelph Storm were chosen instead. Erie earned a berth in the tournament as OHL Champions but ultimately finished in third place.

Two-time OHL MVP Brad Boyes led the Otters as captain. Team members for the 2002 championship were:

T. J. Aceti, Chris Berti, Brad Bonello, Brad Boyes, Chris Campoli, Carlo Colaiacovo, Noel Coultice, Sean Courtney, Brandon Cullen, Scott Dobben, Jeff Doyle, Chris Eade, David Herring, Alex Karaulchuk, Mical Kokavec, Brian Lee, Thomas Lee, Chris Martin, Mike McKeown, Adam Munro, Cory Pecker, Mike Rice, Dave MacQueen (coach), Sherwood Bassin (GM)

Dave MacQueen won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2000-01 as the OHL Coach of the Year. Sherwood Bassin was awarded OHL Executive of the Year in 2001-02 for his role in building a championship team as general manager.




Since the first season in Erie, 190 players have taken the ice for the Otters. Of those, 35 have been selected at the NHL Entry Draft. The Blackhawks have picked the most, with five former Otters chosen. From 1997 to 2001 seven members of the team were selected in the first round of the draft. Below is a list of the first round draft picks from the Otters. There are currently nine former Otters playing in the NHL for the 2008-2009 season.

Year Pick Player Team
1997 11th Jason Ward Montreal Canadiens
1998 9th Michael Rupp New York Islanders
1999 5th Tim Connolly New York Islanders
2000 8th Nikita Alexeev Tampa Bay Lightning
2000 24th Brad Boyes Toronto Maple Leafs
2001 17th Carlo Colaiacovo Toronto Maple Leafs
2001 29th Adam Munro Chicago Blackhawks
2005 15th Ryan O'Marra New York Islanders

See also: List of Drafted Erie Otters Players

Other former Otters are playing in various leagues including the AHL(8), CHL(6), ECHL(8). As well as 15 playing in European leagues and 11 in college.

Award winners[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Current as of February 20th, 2009




Jerseys and Logos[edit]

The Otters' logo is of an otter with a hockey stick. The jersey trim is red, yellow, and gold. Home jerseys are white, while away jerseys are navy blue. For the 2005-06 season the team unveiled their 10th anniversary jersey. This new 3rd jersey is maroon with red, yellow and gold trim. The logo on the 3rd jersey was also changed to be a scripted "Erie", with the word "Otters" underneath. More recently the Otters have had limited edition jerseys as well. These include a black on pink rendition of the home jersey , and this coming March, the otters will be wearing a green based jersey for St. Patrick's Day. The pink jerseys are sold with proceeds benefiting the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation.


The mascot for the Otters is an anthropomorphic otter named "Shooter". Shooter wears a home jersey with the number "00" on the back. Shooter was also the mascot of the former Erie Panthers.


The Erie Otters play home games at the Louis J. Tullio Arena located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. Built in 1983 with 5,500 seats, the arena is part of the Erie Civic Center Complex, which includes Jerry Uht Park (Home of the AA Erie Seawolves). The Tullio Arena has repeatedly been named as the loudest arena in the OHL. During the finals of the 2001 playoffs the arena decided to sell standing room only seats, leading to nearly 6,500 fans during game 5.

The team occasionally plays training camp at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, New York.

Team records[edit]

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most Points 102 2000-01
Most Wins 45 2000-01
Most Goals For 271 1998-99
Least Goals For 181 2002-03
Least Goals Against 171 2000-01
Most Goals Against 378 2006-07
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most Goals Cory Pecker 53 2001-02
Most Assists Colin Pepperall 60 1997-98
Most Points Cory Pecker 99 2001-02
Most Points, rookie Joe Guenther 66 2000-01
Most Points, defenceman Chris Campoli 66 2003-04
Most Penalty Minutes Adam Nittel 309 1997-98
Best GAA (Goalie) Adam Munro 2.31 2000-01
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shoot Out Loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
PIM Standing
1996-97 66 23 36 7 - - 53 0.402 240 260 - 5th Central
1997-98 66 33 28 5 - - 71 0.538 261 252 1849 4th Central
1998-99 68 31 33 4 - - 66 0.485 271 297 1613 3rd Midwest
1999-00 68 33 28 4 3 - 73 0.515 224 229 1234 1st Midwest
2000-01 68 45 11 10 2 - 102 0.735 264 171 1532 1st Midwest
2001-02 68 41 22 4 1 - 87 0.632 246 218 1690 1st Midwest
2002-03 68 24 35 6 3 - 57 0.397 181 248 1583 5th Midwest
2003-04 68 29 26 6 7 - 71 0.471 221 212 1244 5th Midwest
2004-05 68 31 26 6 5 - 73 0.500 186 207 1332 4th Midwest
2005-06 68 26 35 - 4 3 59 0.434 219 266 1447 5th Midwest
2006-07 68 15 50 - 1 2 33 0.243 209 378 1614 5th Midwest
2007-08 68 18 46 - 2 2 40 0.294 206 343 1370 5th Midwest
2008-09 62 30 28 - 3 1 64 0.516 214 226 1048 3rd Midwest
Total: 874 379 404 52 31 8 847 0.486 2942 3307 17,556 -


Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds in 7 games in Western Semi-Final.

  • 2000-01 Defeated London Knights in 5 games in Western Quarter-Finals.

Defeated Brampton Battalion in 5 games in Western Semi-Final. Lost to Plymouth Whalers in 5 games in Western Championship.

  • 2001-02 Defeated Sarnia Sting in 5 games in Western Quarter-Finals.

Defeated London Knights in 6 games in Western Semi-Final.
Defeated Windsor Spitfires in 5 games in Western Championship.
Defeated Barrie Colts in 5 games to win the OHL Championship!
Lost to Victoriaville Tigers 5-4 (OT) in the Memorial Cup semi-finals.

  • 2002-03 Out of playoffs.
  • 2003-04 Defeated Sarnia Sting in 5 games in Western Quarter-Finals.

Swept by London Knights in Western Semi-Final.

  • 2004-05 Lost to Kitchener Rangers in 6 games in Western Quarter-Finals.
  • 2005-06 Out of playoffs.
  • 2006-07 Out of playoffs.
  • 2007-08 Out of playoffs.

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