Rockford IceHogs (UHL)

The Rockford IceHogs were a minor professional ice hockey team in Rockford, Illinois. They were a member of the United Hockey League from 1999 to 2007. The IceHogs played their home games at the MetroCentre. In 2007, the name and logo were purchased and applied to the current American Hockey League franchise. After the transfer of the name and logo to the AHL franchise was complete, the UHL IceHogs ceased operations.

Rockford IceHogs
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CityRockford, Illinois
LeagueUnited Hockey League
DivisionWestern Division
Home arenaRockford MetroCentre
ColorsRed, black, white
Head coachSteve Martinson
AffiliatesNashville Predators (NHL)
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Franchise history
1991–1993Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks
1993–1996Thunder Bay Senators
1996–1999Thunder Bay Thunder Cats
1999–2007Rockford IceHogs
Division Championships1 (2005–06)
Colonial Cups1 (2007)

The IceHogs began play in October 1999. The team name, IceHogs, was selected during a "name-the-team" contest. The team came to Rockford when United Sports Ventures bought the rights of the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats UHL franchise, one of the original franchises in the Colonial Hockey League in 1991 as the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks. On October 23, 2002, Tri Vision Sports purchased the franchise from United Sports Ventures.

The IceHogs and Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League signed an affiliation agreement on December 13, 2005. The IceHogs supplied players to Nashville's primary affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. The IceHogs hired Steve Martinson as head coach for the 2005–06 season and lead the IceHogs to their best season in franchise history, winning their first division championship. The IceHogs were also been named the 2004–05 and 2005–06 UHL Member Franchise of the Year for the club's success on and off the ice. During the 2006–07 season, the IceHogs played in the UHL's Western Division with the Quad City Mallards, Chicago Hounds, Bloomington PrairieThunder, and Fort Wayne Komets. The Ice Hogs won their only Colonial Cup in game seven at home on May 24, 2007, by a score of three to one against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Every year the team held a "Jersey Night" during which the team wore a special, one-off alternate jersey and auctioned them off for charity. Many of the alternate jerseys were related to cultural icons such as Elvis Presley and St. Patrick's Day, or were autographed by Rockford-area celebrities such as Rick Nielsen.[citation needed]

The UHL IceHogs were replaced by an American Hockey League team of the same name for the 2007–08 season. The MetroCentre purchased the IceHogs name and logo from Tri Vision Sports and applied them to the new AHL franchise. The new team had also signed a ten-year player development contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L SOL Pts GF GA PIM Playoffs
1999–00 74 32 34 8 72 238 268 1712 Lost in 1st Round
2000–01 74 30 38 6 66 207 256 1596 Did not qualify
2001–02 74 27 41 6 60 234 278 1631 Did not qualify
2002–03 76 35 34 7 77 233 271 1698 Lost in 1st Round
2003–04 76 28 43 5 61 215 294 1821 Did not qualify
2004–05 80 46 25 9 101 246 203 2243 Lost in 2nd round
2005–06 76 49 19 9 105 292 213 2592 Lost in 2nd round
2006–07 76 48 21 7 103 266 193 2132 Won the Colonial Cup

Season results were compiled from and

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