Utah Grizzlies

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This article is about the ECHL franchise. For the old IHL and AHL franchise, see Utah Grizzlies (1995–2005).
Utah Grizzlies
2016–17 ECHL season
Utah Grizzlies Logo.svg
City West Valley City, Utah
League ECHL
Conference Western
Division Mountain
Founded 1981 (In the CHL)
Home arena Maverik Center
Colors Green, black, copper, white
                   [1]
Owner(s) David Elmore
Donna Turtle
Head coach Tim Branham
Media KFAN (AM 1320) or KJQS (AM 1230)
Affiliates Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
San Diego Gulls (AHL)
Franchise history
1981–1983 Nashville South Stars
1983–1990 Virginia Lancers
1990–1992 Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993 Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994 Huntsville Blast
1994–2001 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002 Macon Whoopee
2002–2003 Lexington Men O' War
2005–present Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL. They play out of West Valley City, Utah, United States, with their home games at the Maverik Center.

Franchise history[edit]

The current Utah Grizzlies franchise started as the Virginia Lancers, one of the founding members of the East Coast Hockey League. The franchise was under seven different names in five different southeastern cities from 1988 to 2003 when the Lexington Men O' War franchise suspended operations after one season. Notably, the Denver Grizzlies won the IHL Turner Cup in 1995, in the McNichols Sports Arena. After the AHL incarnation of the Grizzlies suspended operations, David Elmore and Donna Tuttle bought the rights to the dormant Lexington Men O' War franchise and moved the team to the E Center to replace the previous Grizzlies franchise.

The market was previously served by:

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty infraction minutes

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 36 30 6 78 235 236 4th, West Lost in Division Semifinals
2006–07 72 22 42 8 52 184 294 5th, West Did not qualify
2007–08 72 32 30 10 74 239 259 4th, West Lost in Conference Finals
2008–09 72 28 28 16 72 220 246 4th, West Lost in Division Semifinals
2009–10 72 34 29 9 77 260 253 3rd, West Lost in Division Finals
2010–11 72 33 32 7 73 189 227 3rd, West Lost in Division Finals
2011–12 72 33 33 6 72 183 223 3rd, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
2012–13 72 29 30 13 71 217 277 4th, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
2013–14 71 38 24 9 85 187 173 3rd, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
2014–15 72 37 27 8 82 213 219 4th, Pacific Lost in Division Finals
2015–16 72 39 27 6 84 223 206 3rd, West Lost in Conference Semifinals

Current roster[edit]

Updated June 26, 2016.[2][3]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
9 Canada Aubin, MathieuMathieu Aubin Injured Reserve C R 29 2013 Sorel, Quebec Grizzlies
12 Canada Cantin, MarcMarc Cantin D L 26 2016 Omemee, Ontario Grizzlies
5 Canada Daly, TimTim Daly D R 24 2016 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Grizzlies
11 United States Ferriero, CodyCody Ferriero C R 24 2016 Boston, Massachusetts Grizzlies
37 United States Gwidt, BrentBrent Gwidt (C) C L 28 2013 Minocqua, Wisconsin Grizzlies
24 Canada Hardowa, ConnorConnor Hardowa D R 27 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Grizzlies
10 United States Higby, EricEric Higby LW L 27 2015 New Braunfels, Texas Grizzlies
27 United States Krushelnyski, AlexanderAlexander Krushelnyski LW L 25 2014 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Grizzlies
35 Sweden Owuya, MarkMark Owuya G L 27 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Grizzlies
26 Canada Pietroniro, PhilPhil Pietroniro D R 22 2015 Saint-Eustache, Quebec Grizzlies
23 United States Puskar, JonJon Puskar C L 27 2015 Canton, Michigan Grizzlies
3 Canada Taker, ShayneShayne Taker D L 26 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Grizzlies
15 United States Wojtala, CamdenCamden Wojtala F L 24 2014 Trenton, Michigan Grizzlies

References[edit]

  1. ^ Email response from Communications and Broadcasting VP Adrian Denny: "Copper is the third color."
  2. ^ "utahgrizzlies.com: Players". Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Utah Grizzlies Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

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