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1996–97 IHL season

OffseasonEdit

The Atlanta Knights relocated to Quebec to become the Quebec Rafales due to the Omni being demolished to make room for Philips Arena.

The Peoria Rivermen organization left the IHL and joined the ECHL. The IHL franchise relocated to San Antonio to become the San Antonio Dragons.

After the Winnipeg Jets relocation to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Coyotes. The Minnesota Moose were purchased by a group by Canadian businessmen and relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba to become the Manitoba Moose to provide a new tenant at Winnipeg Arena and keeping pro hockey in the city.

The Los Angeles Ice Dogs relocated to Long Beach retaining the same name due to poor attendance.

The San Francisco Spiders folded due to bankruptcy, poor attendance and issues with Cow Palace.

Regular seasonEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Central GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Indianapolis Ice 82 44 29 0 9 289 230 97
Cleveland Lumberjacks 82 40 32 0 10 286 280 90
Michigan K-Wings 82 31 44 0 7 208 272 69
Fort Wayne Komets 82 28 47 0 7 223 318 63
North GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Detroit Vipers 82 57 17 0 8 280 188 122
Orlando Solar Bears 82 53 24 0 5 305 232 111
Cincinnati Cyclones 82 43 29 0 10 254 248 96
Québec Rafales 82 41 30 0 11 267 248 93
Grand Rapids Griffins 82 40 30 0 12 244 246 92

Western ConferenceEdit

Midwest GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
San Antonio Dragons 82 45 30 0 7 276 278 97
Kansas City Blades 82 38 29 0 15 271 270 91
Chicago Wolves 82 40 36 0 6 276 290 86
Milwaukee Admirals 82 38 36 0 8 253 298 84
Manitoba Moose 82 32 40 0 10 262 300 74
South GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Long Beach Ice Dogs 82 54 19 0 9 309 247 117
Houston Aeros 82 44 30 0 8 247 228 96
Utah Grizzlies 82 43 33 0 6 259 254 92
Las Vegas Thunder 82 41 34 0 7 287 299 89
Phoenix Roadrunners 82 27 42 0 13 239 309 67

Turner Cup playoffsEdit

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Turner Cup Finals
            
E1 Detroit 3
E8 Michigan 1
E1 Detroit 4
E5 Québec 2
E4 Cincinnati 0
E5 Quebec 3
E1 Detroit 4
E6 Cleveland 1
E2 Orlando 3
E7 Grand Rapids 2
E2 Orlando 1
E6 Cleveland 4
E3 Indianapolis 1
E6 Cleveland 3
E1 Detroit 4
W1 Long Beach 2
W1 Long Beach 3
W8 Milwaukee 0
W1 Long Beach 4
W4 Utah 0
W4 Utah 3
W5 Kansas City 0
W1 Long Beach 4
W3 Houston 1
W2 San Antonio 3
W7 Chicago 1
W2 San Antonio 1
W3 Houston 4
W3 Houston 3
W6 Las Vegas 0

First roundEdit

(E1) Detroit Vipers vs. (E8) Michigan K-WingsEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 17 Michigan 4–3 Detroit
Apr 21 Michigan 1–4 Detroit
Arp 25 Detroit 4–3 (OT) Michigan
Apr 26 Detroit 4–1 Michigan

Detroit won best-of-three series 3–1.[1]

(W1) Long Beach Ice Dogs vs. (W8) Milwaukee AdmiralsEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 18 Milwaukee 5–6 Long Beach
Apr 20 Milwaukee 3–4 (OT) Long Beach
Apr 25 Long Beach 1–0 (OT) Milwaukee

Long Beach won best-of-five series 3–0.[1]

(E2) Orlando Solar Bears vs. (E7) Grand Rapids GriffinsEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 17 Grand Rapids 3–1 Orlando
Apr 21 Grand Rapids 5–4 (OT) Orlando
Apr 23 Orlando 4–1 Grand Rapids
Apr 26 Orlando 2–1 Grand Rapids
Apr 28 Grand Rapids 2–3 Orlando

Orlando won best-of-five series 3–2.[1]

(W2) San Antonio Dragons vs. (W7) Chicago WolvesEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 18 Chicago 3–5 San Antonio
Apr 20 Chicago 4–3 (OT) San Antonio
Apr 23 San Antonio 3–2 Chicago
Apr 24 San Antonio 3–2 (OT) Chicago

San Antonio won best-of-five series 3–1.[1]

(E3) Indianapolis Ice vs. (E6) Cleveland LumberjacksEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 18 Cleveland 3–6 Indianapolis
Apr 19 Cleveland 6–3 Indianapolis
Apr 24 Indianapolis 1–2 Cleveland
Apr 26 Indianapolis 2–3 (OT) Cleveland

Cleveland won best-of-five series 3–1.[1]

(W3) Houston Aeros vs. (W6) Las Vegas ThunderEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 19 Las Vegas 2–4 Houston
Apr 20 Las Vegas 2–4 Houston
Apr 25 Houston 1–0 Las Vegas

Houston won best-of-three series 3–0.[1]

(E4) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (E5) Québec RafalesEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 18 Québec 2–1 Cincinnati
Apr 19 Québec 7–3 Cincinnati
Apr 25 Cincinnati 3–4 Québec

Québec won best-of-five series 3–0.[1]

(W4) Utah Grizzlies vs. (W5) Kansas City BladesEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
Apr 18 Kansas City 0–2 Utah
Apr 21 Kansas City 3–4 (OT) Utah
Apr 24 Utah 6–2 Kansas City

Utah won best-of-five series 3–0.[1]

QuarterfinalsEdit

(E1) Detroit Vipers vs. (E5) Québec RafalesEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 1 Québec 1–3 Detroit
May 3 Québec 3–1 Detroit
May 7 Detroit 2–1 Québec
May 9 Detroit 6–3 Québec
May 10 Detroit 2–6 Québec
May 12 Québec 0–3 Detroit

Detroit won best-of-seven series 4–2.[1]

(W1) Long Beach Ice Dogs vs. (W4) Utah GrizzliesEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 2 Utah 1–2 Long Beach
May 4 Utah 1–4 Long Beach
May 7 Long Beach 4–1 Utah
May 9 Long Beach 3–2 (OT) Utah

Long Beach won best-of-seven series 4–0.[1]

(E2) Orlando Solar Bears vs. (E6) Cleveland LumberjacksEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 2 Cleveland 5–4 Orlando
May 3 Cleveland 3–2 (OT) Orlando
May 7 Orlando 3–5 Cleveland
May 10 Orlando 3–2 Cleveland
May 11 Orlando 4–6 Cleveland

Cleveland won best-of-seven series 4–1.[1]

(W2) San Antonio Dragons vs. (W3) Houston AerosEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 2 Houston 4–0 San Antonio
May 3 Houston 4–3 (OT) San Antonio
May 6 San Antonio 2–5 Houston
May 9 San Antonio 2–1 Houston
May 10 San Antonio 3–4 Houston

Houston won best-of-seven series 4–1.[1]

SemifinalsEdit

(E1) Detroit Vipers vs. (E6) Cleveland LumberjacksEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 16 Cleveland 2–4 Detroit
May 18 Cleveland 1–4 Detroit
May 22 Detroit 1–3 Cleveland
May 24 Detroit 6–4 Cleveland
May 25 Cleveland 1–3 Detroit

Detroit won best-of-seven series 4–1.[1]

(W1) Long Beach Ice Dogs vs. (W3) Houston AerosEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 15 Long Beach 1–4 Houston
May 18 Houston 3–5 Long Beach
May 19 Houston 2–5 Long Beach
May 21 Long Beach 5–3 Houston
May 22 Long Beach 4–2 Houston

Long Beach won best-of-seven series 4–1.[1]

Turner Cup FinalsEdit

(E1) Detroit Vipers vs. (W1) Long Beach Ice DogsEdit

Date Visiting team Score Home team
May 30 Long Beach 3–5 Detroit
June 1 Long Beach 3–0 Detroit
June 9 Detroit 5–1 Long Beach
June 11 Detroit 3–1 Long Beac
June 13 Detroit 1–2 (OT) Long Beach
June 15 Long Beach 0–2 Detroit

Detroit won Turner Cup 4–2.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Diamond 2000, p. 35.

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