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.
|2021–22 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Webster Bank Arena|
|Colors||Blue, orange, white|
|General manager||Chris Lamoriello|
|Head coach||Brent Thompson|
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|Affiliates||New York Islanders (NHL)|
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
|2001–2021||Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|Regular season titles||1 (2001–02)|
|Division Championships||2 (2001–02, 2011–12)|
|Conference Championships||1 (2001–02)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
Updated October 21, 2021.
- Alan Letang, 2003–04
- Keith Aldridge1, 2004–05
- Richard Seeley1, 2004–05
- Ed Campbell1, 2005
- Kevin Colley, 2005–06
- Mark Wotton, 2006–11
- Jeremy Colliton, 2011–12
- Colin McDonald2, 2012–13
- Matt Watkins2 2013
- Chris Bruton, 2013–14
- Aaron Ness, 2014–15
- Ben Holmstrom3, 2015–19
- Kyle Burroughs3, 2018–20
- Seth Helgeson, 2021–present
- ^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".
- 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
- "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.
- "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
- "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
- "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2021.