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Utah Grizzlies
2018–19 ECHL season
Utah Grizzlies Logo.svg
City West Valley City, Utah
League ECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionMountain
Founded1981 (in the CHL)
Home arena Maverik Center
ColorsGreen, black, copper, white
                    [1]
Owner(s)David Elmore
Donna Tuttle
Head coach Tim Branham
MediaKFAN (AM 1320) or KJQS (AM 1230)
Affiliates Colorado Avalanche ( NHL)
Colorado Eagles ( 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–presentUtah Grizzlies

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

Franchise history

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.

Prior to the 2013–14 season, their NHL affiliate Calgary Flames changed their affiliation to the Alaska Aces. Incoming head coach and general manager Tim Branham announced a three-year agreement with the Anaheim Ducks on August 7, 2013. [2] After the Grizzlies made the post-season in every season within the Ducks organization, the Grizzlies and Ducks agreed to a multi-year extension during the 2015–16 season. [3]

Following the 2017–18, the Grizzlies missed the post-season for the first time in 11 years. At that time, their ECHL rival, the Colorado Eagles, joined the American Hockey League as an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche after previously serving as the Avalanche affiliate in the ECHL. The Grizzlies ended their agreement with the Ducks and affiliated with the Avalanche, their closest geographical NHL club. [4] [5]

The market was previously served by:

Season-by-season record

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

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2005–06 72 36 30 5 1 78 235 236 1712 4th of 6, West 2006 L, 0–4, AK
2006–07 72 22 42 4 4 52 184 294 1953 5th of 5, West 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259 1595 4th of 5, West 2008 W, 4–2, FRE W, 4–1, VIC L, 0–4, LV
2008–09 72 28 28 6 10 72 220 246 1372 4th of 6, West 2009 L, 1–4, AK
2009–10 72 34 29 4 5 77 260 253 1292 3rd of 4, West 2010 W, 3–2, LV L, 0–4, IDH
2010–11 72 33 32 4 3 73 189 227 1674 3rd of 4, Mountain 2011 W, 3–1, STK L, 0–4, VIC
2011–12 72 33 33 0 6 72 183 223 1573 3rd of 4, Mountain 2012 L, 0–3, LV
2012–13 72 29 30 4 9 71 217 277 1741 4th of 4, Mountain 2013 L, 0–4, ONT
2013–14 71 38 24 3 6 85 187 173 1329 3rd of 4, Mountain 2014 L, 1–4, BAK
2014–15 72 37 27 5 3 82 213 219 1170 4th of 7, Pacific 2015 W, 4–2, IDH L, 1–4, ONT
2015–16 72 39 27 3 3 84 223 206 942 3rd of 5, West 2016 W, 4–2, COL L, 0–4, FW
2016–17 72 36 29 5 2 79 225 240 1312 4th of 7, Mountain 2017 L, 1–4, ALN
2017–18 72 28 29 9 6 71 230 256 1212 6th of 7, Mountain 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 72 37 26 4 5 83 232 218 1264 3rd of 7, Mountain 2019 TBD, IDH

Current roster

Updated April 17, 2019. [6] [7]
# Nat Player Pos S/ G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
3 Canada Josh Anderson D L 20 2018 Nanaimo, British Columbia Avalanche
20 United States Gage Ausmus D L 23 2018 Billings, Montana Grizzlies
26 Canada Travis Barron LW L 20 2018 Belfountain, Ontario Avalanche
37 Canada Kevin Carr G L 28 2018 Unionville, Ontario Eagles
21 Canada Austin Carroll RW R 25 2018 Phoenix, Arizona Grizzlies
8 Canada Kevin Davis D R 22 2018 Kamloops, British Columbia Eagles
45 Canada Grayson Downing C L 27 2019 Abbotsford, British Columbia Eagles
22 Canada Josh Dickinson C L 21 2018 Georgetown, Ontario Avalanche
42 United States Michael Economos F R 26 2018 Crystal Lake, Illinois Grizzlies
44 United States Ryan Galt F R 23 2019 Omaha, Nebraska Grizzlies
7 United States J.T. Henke F R 24 2018 Trenton, Michigan Grizzlies
40 United States Caleb Herbert RW R 27 2018 Bloomington, Minnesota Eagles
16 Canada Ty Lewis LW L 21 2019 Brandon, Manitoba Avalanche
6 United States Duggie Lagrone D R 24 2019 Plano, Texas Grizzlies
28 Canada Jake Marchment C R 23 2018 Courtice, Ontario Grizzlies
13 Canada Mitch Maxwell LW L 28 2018 Magrath, Alberta Grizzlies
23 Canada Tim McGauley C L 23 2018 Wilcox, Saskatchewan Eagles
14 Canada Tanner Nagel RW R 21 2019 Mossbank, Saskatchewan Grizzlies
4 Canada Turner Ottenbreit D L 21 2018 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Eagles
39 Canada Joey Raats D R 23 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada Grizzlies
10 Canada Joey Ratelle LW L 22 2018 Otterburn Park, Quebec Moose
44 Canada R.T. Rice RW R 24 2018 Invermere, British Columbia Grizzlies
11 United States Taylor Richart D R 27 2016 Blaine, Minnesota Grizzlies
12 Canada Cole Ully LW L 24 2018 Calgary, Alberta Eagles
27 Canada Gabriel Verpaelst D L 25 2019 Sherbrooke, Quebec Grizzlies
17 United States Jack Walker LW L 22 2018 Edina, Minnesota Grizzlies
15 United States Ryan Walters LW L 27 2017 Rosemont, Minnesota Grizzlies
8 Canada Joshua Winquist LW L 25 2018 St. Albert, Alberta Eagles
18 Canada Teigan Zahn D L 29 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Grizzlies

References

  1. ^ Email response from Communications and Broadcasting VP Adrian Denny: "Copper is the third color."
  2. ^ "Utah Grizzlies announce affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks". desertnews.com. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  3. ^ "Ducks announce affiliation extension with the Utah Grizzlies". Anaheim Ducks. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies announce affiliation with Avalanche". utahgrizzlies.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  5. ^ "Avalanche enters in to ECHL partnership with the Utah Grizzlies". Colorado Avalanche. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  6. ^ "Utah Grizzlies team roster". utahgrizzlies.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  7. ^ "Utah Grizzlies Roster". EliteProspects.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.

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