Long Beach Ice Dogs

The Long Beach Ice Dogs were an American professional ice hockey team based in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Sports Arena. They played until the end of the 2006–07 ECHL season.

Long Beach Ice Dogs
CityLong Beach, California
LeagueIHL (1990–2000)
WCHL (2000–03)
ECHL (2003–07)
Home arenaLong Beach Sports Arena
ColorsNavy and Gold
Owner(s)Steven Bash
Ted Foxman
Isaac Bash, M.D.
AffiliatesAnaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Franchise history
1990–1995San Diego Gulls
1995–1996Los Angeles Ice Dogs
1996–2007Long Beach Ice Dogs
Conference Championships2 (1997, 1998)


The Ice Dogs trace their origins to the San Diego Gulls, a team in the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL), that began play in 1990. In 1995, the team moved north to become the Los Angeles Ice Dogs. Due to poor attendance at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the team was on the move again after just one season, this time to Long Beach, California, where it retained the "Ice Dogs" name and played at the Long Beach Sports Arena. During the team's time in the IHL, it was coached by John Van Boxmeer. The Ice Dogs lost the 1997 IHL Turner Cup finals 4-games-to-2 against the Detroit Vipers. The Ice Dogs were also the first professional sports franchise to ever broadcast their full season (1997–98) schedule on the internet at Broadcast.com with Ted Sobel calling the play the play for all five of their IHL seasons in Long Beach.[citation needed]

In 2000, Barry Kemp, the television executive who had become the team's owner, withdrew the team from the IHL and moved it to the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL), where it remained until the league was folded in 2003 by the member clubs, which were then admitted into the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), at the behest of owners who had interests in both leagues.

In 2005, it was forced to play first-round ECHL playoff games in the HealthSouth Training Center, owned by the Los Angeles Kings, when the Long Beach facilities were being used as garage space for the Champ Car Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach during the ECHL playoffs.

In the summer of 2006, Kemp sold the Ice Dogs to a new investment group led by Chicago businessman Ted Foxman and the Los Angeles-based brothers, attorney Steven Bash and physician Isaac Bash, M.D.[1] The new ownership group had plans to keep the team in Long Beach. The future of the team there had been uncertain because the Ice Dogs typically had the lowest average attendance in the ECHL. The new owners also planned to promote boxing cards at the Long Beach Arena.

On October 20, 2006, the Ice Dogs reached an affiliate agreement with the NHL's Boston Bruins.[2]

Suspension of operationsEdit

On April 20, 2007, the ECHL announced the suspension of the team's operations, citing that Ted Foxman informed the Board that the Ice Dogs would not play in Long Beach Arena in 2007–08. The ECHL added that the team's status would be clarified at the league's next meetings in June.[3]

Team co-owner Steven Bash told the Press-Telegram that the team was losing too much money for it to continue operations. Bash added that the Ice Dogs were negotiating a buyout of the remaining five years of their lease with Spectacor Management Group, which operates the Long Beach Arena.[4]

On June 18, 2007, during the ECHL Board of Governors Annual Meeting, the Ice Dogs membership in the ECHL was immediately terminated due to the Long Beach ownership group being unable to continue to operate in 2007–08.[5]

Meanwhile, former owner Barry Kemp, after originally being awarded a new franchise for Ontario, California, during the merger of the WCHL and ECHL[6] that eventually became the Phoenix RoadRunners in 2005,[7] relocated one of his other teams in 2008 to Ontario as the Ontario Reign.[8][9]


  • NHL goaltenders Manny Legace and Nikolai Khabibulin played for the Long Beach Ice Dogs during their pro careers. Jaroslav Modrý, Mark Hardy, Jaroslav Halák, Dan Lambert, Domenic Pittis, Patrik Štefan, and Patrik Augusta also spent some time with the Long Beach Ice Dogs.
  • At the time the team folded, it was the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the NHL, after spending the previous several years as an affiliate of both the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.
  • For two seasons the concrete beneath the ice at the Long Beach Arena was a light blue color, stemming from a previous sponsorship with the airline JetBlue. Because of this the blue lines on the ice were actually painted yellow, but were also marked by blue lines on the dasher boards. In addition, the creases in front of the goals were white instead of the typical light blue, since the rest of the rink was light blue. After the airline left as a sponsor team officials decided to leave the ice blue because it reflected less light than the normal white concrete during television broadcasts. The arena's ice has since been returned to the typical white color.


  1. ^ Press-Telegram, June 18, 2006, page D1
  2. ^ Pilkington, Janine (October 22, 2006). "New ECHL affiliate for the Bruins". Hockey's Future. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "Long Beach Ice Dogs Future Fielded at June ECHL Governors' Meeting". MLN Sports. April 23, 2007. Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  4. ^ Werstine, Dave (April 20, 2007). "League Web site: Ice Dogs are done". Press-Telegram. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
  5. ^ "ECHL Board Of Governors Annual Meeting". ECHL. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on January 16, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2008.
  6. ^ "ECHL OFFICIALLY WELCOMES BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS". ECHL. May 10, 2004. Archived from the original on October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Board Approves Phoenix Suns Ownership Purchase, Relocation of ECHL Membership". ECHL. February 1, 2005. Archived from the original on October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "All in the family". Inland Living Magazine. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "BLOOMINGTON PARTNERS SIGNS 10-YEAR FACILITY MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF BLOOMINGTON". ECHL. May 10, 2004. Archived from the original on October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.