Bridgeport Islanders

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The Bridgeport Islanders (previously known as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers) are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, who own the franchise. The team started in 2001–02 season and were purchased by the Islanders in 2004. The team is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and play their home games at the Webster Bank Arena.

Bridgeport Islanders
2021–22 AHL season
Bridgeport Islanders logo.svg
CityBridgeport, Connecticut
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded2001
Home arenaWebster Bank Arena
ColorsBlue, orange, white[1]
     
Owner(s)Jon Ledecky
General managerChris Lamoriello[2]
Head coachBrent Thompson
MediaConnecticut Post
MSG Network
News Radio WPOP (1410 AM)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesNew York Islanders (NHL)
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–2021Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2021–presentBridgeport Islanders
Championships
Regular season titles1 (2001–02)
Division Championships2 (2001–02, 2011–12)
Conference Championships1 (2001–02)
Calder Cups0

HistoryEdit

 
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers logo, used from 2001 to 2021

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers joined the American Hockey League as an expansion franchise in 2001 and were coached by Steve Stirling. In their inaugural season, the team won their division and had the best regular season record to win the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy. In the playoffs, they won Eastern Conference championship and the Richard F. Canning Trophy to advance to the Calder Cup finals against the Chicago Wolves. They lost the series four games-to-one.[3]

In their second season, the team finished second in their division and the fifth conference seed in the playoffs. They advanced to the conference semifinals where they lost to their division champion Binghamton Senators in six games. Stirling was promoted to head coaching position with the New York Islanders and was replaced by Greg Cronin for 2003–04. As the Sound Tigers, the team then had limited success, missing the playoffs ten times and not winning a playoff round since their second season.

On May 10, 2021, it was announced that the team would change its name to the Bridgeport Islanders beginning with the 2021–22 season.[1]

Team identityEdit

MascotEdit

The lone mascot of the Sound Tigers was an anthropomorphic blue tiger named Storm. He appeared at home games sporting a jersey with the number 01. While Storm can usually be found exciting fans throughout the arena, he skates on the ice during periodic intermissions. Storm's appearance has changed since the team's inaugural season. With the Sound Tigers' rebrand to the Islanders, it is unclear whether Storm will remain as the team's mascot.

RivalriesEdit

The main (and instate) rival of the Islanders are the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Bridgeport Islanders' parent club, the New York Islanders). The games have become known as the Battle of Connecticut. They have formed a rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliate, largely due to the two teams frequently facing off in playoff match-ups. They also are semi-rivals with the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2001–02 80 43 25 8 4 98 .613 240 192 1st, East 2002 W, 3–1, MAN W, 4–0 SJM W, 4–3, HAM L, 1–4, CHI
2002–03 80 40 26 11 3 94 .588 219 198 2nd, East 2003 W, 3–0, MAN L, 2–4, BNG
2003–04 80 41 23 12 4 98 .613 178 140 2nd, East 2004 L, 3–4, WBS
2004–05 80 37 38 1 4 79 .494 192 222 6th, East 2005 Did not qualify
2005–06 80 38 33 6 3 85 .531 246 253 4th, East 2006 L, 3–4, WBS
2006–07 80 36 37 1 6 79 .494 229 267 5th, East 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 80 40 36 1 3 84 .525 225 240 5th, East 2008 Did not qualify
2008–09 80 49 23 3 5 106 .663 241 212 2nd, East 2009 L, 1–4, WBS
2009–10 80 38 32 4 6 86 .538 201 220 5th, Atlantic 2010 L, 1–4, HER
2010–11 80 30 39 4 7 67 .444 209 256 7th, Atlantic 2011 Did not qualify
2011–12 76 41 26 3 6 91 .599 233 219 1st, Northeast 2012 L, 0–3, CON
2012–13 76 32 32 7 5 76 .449 218 242 3rd, Northeast 2013 Did not qualify
2013–14 76 28 40 2 6 64 .421 183 238 5th, Northeast 2014 Did not qualify
2014–15 76 28 40 7 1 64 .421 213 246 5th, Northeast 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 76 40 29 4 3 87 .572 209 220 5th, Atlantic 2016 L, 0–3, TOR
2016–17 76 44 28 3 1 92 .605 220 212 5th, Atlantic 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 76 36 32 5 3 80 .526 206 214 5th, Atlantic 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 43 24 6 3 95 .625 233 228 2nd, Atlantic 2019 L, 2–3, HER
2019–20 63 23 33 5 2 53 .421 152 206 8th, Atlantic 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 24 8 14 2 0 18 .375 59 81 3rd, Atlantic 2021 No playoffs were held

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated October 21, 2021.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
14   Andy Andreoff (A) C L 30 2021 Pickering, Ontario Islanders
39   Ken Appleby G L 26 2021 North Bay, Ontario Islanders
21   Cole Bardreau C R 28 2019 Fairport, New York Islanders
3   Samuel Bolduc D L 20 2020 Laval, Quebec Islanders
18   Erik Brown LW L 26 2019 Keene, Ontario Bridgeport
17   Cole Coskey RW R 22 2020 Zion, Illinois Bridgeport
11   Austin Czarnik (A) C R 28 2021 Washington Township, Michigan Islanders
28   Michael Dal Colle LW L 25 2016 Richmond Hill, Ontario Islanders
29   Arnaud Durandeau LW L 22 2019 Montreal, Quebec Islanders
20   Anatolii Golyshev LW L 26 2021 Perm, Russia Islanders
2   Seth Helgeson (C) D L 31 2017 Faribault, Minnesota Bridgeport
44   Thomas Hickey D L 32 2018 Calgary, Alberta Islanders
15   Simon Holmstrom RW L 20 2019 Tranås, Sweden Islanders
7   Grant Hutton D R 26 2019 Carmel, Indiana Islanders
24   Blade Jenkins LW L 21 2021 Jackson, Michigan Islanders
12   Otto Koivula LW L 23 2018 Nokia, Finland Islanders
47   Leo Komarov C L 34 2021 Narva, Soviet Union Islanders
36   Jeff Kubiak C L 27 2017 Tinley Park, Illinois Bridgeport
8   Paul LaDue D R 29 2021 Grand Forks, North Dakota Islanders
10   Kyle MacLean LW L 22 2021 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Bridgeport
33   Reece Newkirk C L 20 2021 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Islanders
16   Richard Pánik LW L 30 2021 Martin, Czechoslovakia Islanders
26   Robin Salo D L 23 2021 Espoo, Finland Islanders
1   Jakub Skarek G L 21 2019 Jihlava, Czech Republic Islanders
25   Chris Terry LW L 32 2021 Brampton, Ontario Bridgeport
4   Mitchell Vande Sompel D L 24 2017 London, Ontario Islanders
27   Parker Wotherspoon D L 24 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Islanders

Team captainsEdit

Notes
  • ^1 There were three captains for the 2004–05 season: Aldridge named on Oct. 16, 2004, Seeley named on Nov. 6, 2004, and Campbell named on Mar. 16, 2005
  • ^2 There were two captains for the 2012–13 season: McDonald named on Dec. 7, 2012, and Watkins named on Feb. 22, 2013.
  • ^3 There were two captains: when Ben Holmstrom played, he wore the "C" on his sweater. When Holmstrom did not play, Kyle Burroughs wore the "C".

Team recordsEdit

Single season
Goals: Jeff Hamilton, 43, (2003–04)
Assists: Rob Collins, 48, (2005–06)
Points: Jeff Tambellini, 76, (2007–08)
Penalty minutes: Eric Godard, 295, (2004–05)
GAA: Wade Dubielewicz, 1.38, (2003–04)[C]
SV%: Wade Dubielewicz, .946, (2003–04)[C]
^ C. AHL Records
Career
Career goals: Jeff Hamilton, 89
Career assists: Jeremy Colliton, 126
Career points: Jeremy Colliton, 203
Career penalty minutes: Brett Gallant, 857
Career goaltending wins: Wade Dubielewicz, 81
Career shutouts: Wade Dubielewicz, 15
Career games: Mark Wotton, 368

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Bridgeport reboots as the Islanders". TheAHL.com (Press release). May 10, 2021. Retrieved May 11, 2021. The new Bridgeport Islanders logo features an iconic mark for the team’s future. The strong letter “B” recognizes the great city of Bridgeport. The stick which forms the letter “B” has the parent Islanders “NY” logo as the tape on the blade, a subtle nod to the affiliation between the two clubs. The iconic Islanders blue and orange colors remain the same.
  2. ^ "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2021.

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