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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 also own the franchise, since its inception. The team is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut and play their home games at the Webster Bank Arena.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2019–20 AHL season
Bridgeport Sound Tigers logo.svg
CityBridgeport, Connecticut
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded2001
Home arenaWebster Bank Arena
ColorsBlue, orange, white
              
Owner(s)Jon Ledecky
General managerChris Lamoriello[1]
Head coachBrent Thompson
MediaConnecticut Post
MSG Network
News Radio WPOP (1410 AM)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesNew York Islanders (NHL)
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles1 2001–02
Division Championships2 2001–02, 2011–12
Conference Championships1 2001–02
Calder Cups0

HistoryEdit

The Sound Tigers joined the American Hockey League in 2001 with a season that saw them capture a division and league title on their way to winning the Eastern Conference championship. Facing off against the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup finals, they would lose the series four games-to-one.[2] The team has generally been successful, recording only five losing seasons through the 2016 season.

The franchise's first coach was Steve Stirling, and the team is currently coached by Brent Thompson.

Team identityEdit

MascotEdit

The lone mascot of the Sound Tigers is an anthropomorphic blue tiger named Storm. He appears 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.

RivalriesEdit

The main (and instate) rival of the Sound Tigers are the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Sound Tigers’ parent club, the New York Islanders). The games have become known as the Battle of Connecticut. They also have formed a rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh PenguinsAHL 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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated August 1, 2019.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
28   Sebastian Aho D L 23 2017 Umea, Sweden Islanders
15   Kieffer Bellows LW L 21 2018 Edina, Minnesota Islanders
37   Steve Bernier (A) RW R 34 2016 Quebec, Quebec Sound Tigers
  Erik Brown LW L 23 2019 Keene, Ontario Sound Tigers
8   Kyle Burroughs (C) D R 24 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Islanders
42   Bobo Carpenter C R 23 2019 North Reading, Massachusetts Islanders
41   Mike Cornell D R 31 2017 Franklin, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
20   Scott Eansor C L 23 2017 Englewood, Colorado Islanders
33   Christopher Gibson G L 26 2015 Karkkila, Finland Islanders
2   Seth Helgeson (A) D L 28 2017 Faribault, Minnesota Islanders
34   Ryan Hitchcock LW L 23 2018 Manhasset, New York Sound Tigers
26   Josh Ho-Sang RW R 23 2016 Toronto, Ontario Islanders
44   Grant Hutton D R 24 2019 Carmel, Indiana Islanders
45   Mason Jobst C L 25 2019 Speedway, Indiana Islanders
12   Otto Koivula LW L 21 2018 Nokia, Finland Islanders
36   Jeff Kubiak C L 25 2017 Tinley Park, Illinois Sound Tigers
14   Matt Lorito LW L 29 2019 Oakville, Ontario Islanders
49   Ryan MacKinnon D R 25 2018 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Sound Tigers
  Kyle MacLean LW L 20 2019 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Sound Tigers
  Justin Murray D L 21 2019 London, Ontario Sound Tigers
  Nic Pierog RW R 26 2019 Halton, Ontario Sound Tigers
32   David Quenneville D R 21 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Islanders
24   Travis St. Denis RW L 26 2016 Trail, British Columbia Islanders
  Nick Schilkey RW R 25 2019 Marysville, Michigan Sound Tigers
18   John Stevens C L 25 2017 Sea Isle City, New Jersey Sound Tigers
38   Yannick Turcotte LW L 23 2017 Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, Quebec Sound Tigers
4   Mitchell Vande Sompel D L 22 2017 London, Ontario Islanders
38   Oliver Wahlstrom RW R 19 2019 Quincy, Massachusetts Islanders
27   Parker Wotherspoon D L 22 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 are currently two captains: when Ben Holmstrom plays, he wears the "C" on his sweater. When Ben Holmstrom does not play, Kyle Burroughs wears the "C" on his sweater.

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

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

CareerEdit

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. ^ "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Retrieved July 6, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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