San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in San Antonio, Texas. The Rampage were owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment before they agreed to sell the franchise to the Vegas Golden Knights in February 2020 who relocated the franchise to the Las Vegas Valley area at the conclusion of the 2019–20 AHL season to become the Henderson Silver Knights.

San Antonio Rampage
San Antonio Rampage logo.svg
CitySan Antonio, Texas
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1971
Operated20022020
Home arenaAT&T Center
ColorsBlack, dark gray, silver, white
       
Owner(s)Spurs Sports & Entertainment[a]
AffiliatesFlorida Panthers (2002–2005)
Phoenix Coyotes (2005–2011)
Florida Panthers (2011–2015)
Colorado Avalanche (2015–2018)
St. Louis Blues (2018–2020)
Franchise history
1971–1972Tidewater Wings
1972–1975Virginia Wings
1979–1999Adirondack Red Wings
2002–2020San Antonio Rampage
2020–presentHenderson Silver Knights
Championships
Regular season titles0
Division Championships1 (2014–15)
Conference Championships0
Calder Cups0

HistoryEdit

In 2000, construction began on the SBC Center, located next to the Freeman Coliseum, home of the Central Hockey League's San Antonio Iguanas. Partnering with the Florida Panthers, the Spurs bought the dormant Adirondack Red Wings franchise and moved it to San Antonio.[1] Local investment for the Iguanas quickly dried up, and the CHL franchise folded.

Originally, the team was nicknamed the San Antonio Stampede. However, when a local semipro football team objected, the name was changed to the Rampage.[2]

On June 30, 2005 Spurs Sports & Entertainment purchased the Panthers' interest in the franchise, assuming sole ownership of the AHL club. They also entered a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes.[3]

On September 7, 2006 The Rampage unveiled their new uniforms with the official colors now being black, white and silver (the same motif used by the Spurs, as well as other Spurs-owned teams). While the primary and secondary logos remain the same, the crest of the jerseys now displayed just the bull's head, giving it a sleeker look.

On 11 April 2007, the Coyotes announced that they had fired Rampage general manager Laurence Gilman, who had been with the Coyotes organization for 13 years. [1][permanent dead link]

On November 23, 2009, the Phoenix Coyotes fired Greg Ireland. He was replaced by assistant coach Ray Edwards; Mike Pelino was named assistant coach. Ray Edwards was officially named head coach of the San Antonio Rampage prior to the 2010–11 season.

After the 2010–11 AHL season, the Coyotes came to an agreement with the Portland Pirates to be their new AHL affiliate, leaving San Antonio without an affiliate.[4] On June 29, 2011, San Antonio officially became Florida's top affiliate for a second time.[5]

In the 2011–12 season, the Rampage finished with a record of 41–30–3–2, good for 87 points to qualify for the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference. They faced the third-seeded Chicago Wolves in the first round, taking Game 1 and Game 2 at home to take a 2–0 series lead in the best-of-five series. They then lost to the Wolves in Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, leading to a Game 5. In Game 5, the Rampage took a 2–0 lead, but the Wolves rallied to tie the game, sending it into overtime. After 25 minutes of overtime, San Antonio winger Bill Thomas passed to center Jon Matsumoto, feeding defenceman Roman Derlyuk to score the series winning goal on his belly to secure the first series win in franchise history for the Rampage. The goal is known to many fans as the Goal Heard Round the Alamo, and is considered the most important in Rampage history.[citation needed]

On March 18, 2015, the Florida Panthers announced they had entered into an affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates to begin in the 2015–16 season, thus ending the Panthers' second term as San Antonio's NHL affiliate.[6] On April 17, 2015, it was announced that the Rampage had come to a five-year affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche.[7]

During the 2017 off-season, it was reported that the Avalanche would promote its ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, to the AHL in 2018 while the Rampage would officially affiliate with the St. Louis Blues beginning with the 2018–19 AHL season.[8][9] For the 2017–18 season, as the Blues did not have an official AHL affiliate after the Vegas Golden Knights partnered with their former affiliate, both the Avalanche and Blues would send AHL prospects to the Rampage.[10]

On February 6, 2020, the Vegas Golden Knights announced it had purchased the franchise from the Spurs with the intent to relocate it to the Las Vegas area.[11] The purchase and relocation was approved by the league on February 28.[12] The team will initially play at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada,[13] while the club's new 6,000-seat arena, named Henderson Event Center, is constructed in downtown Henderson, Nevada.[14]

Their main rivals were the Texas Stars (located near Austin) and, from 2002 to 2013, the Houston Aeros.

The market was previously served by:

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
2002–03 80 36 29 11 4 87 .544 235 226 3rd, West 2003 L, 0–3, NOR
2003–04 80 30 42 8 0 68 .425 191 231 6th, West 2004 Did not qualify
2004–05 80 27 45 5 3 62 .388 156 232 6th, West 2005 Did not qualify
2005–06 80 23 50 3 4 53 .331 153 251 7th, West 2006 Did not qualify
2006–07 80 32 42 2 4 70 .438 219 256 6th, West 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 80 42 28 3 7 94 .588 238 225 5th, West 2008 L, 3–4, TOR
2008–09 80 36 38 2 4 78 .488 205 243 8th, West 2009 Did not qualify
2009–10 80 36 32 5 7 84 .525 235 244 6th, West 2010 Did not qualify
2010–11 80 38 33 4 5 87 .544 228 245 7th, West 2011 Did not qualify
2011–12 76 41 30 3 2 87 .572 197 204 3rd, West 2012 W, 3–2, CHI L, 1–4, OKC
2012–13 76 29 38 2 7 67 .441 195 241 5th, South 2013 Did not qualify
2013–14 76 30 37 3 6 69 .454 206 235 5th, West 2014 Did not qualify
2014–15 76 45 23 7 1 98 .645 248 222 1st, West 2015 L, 0–3, OKC
2015–16 76 33 35 8 0 74 .487 213 240 7th, Pacific 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 76 27 42 5 2 61 .401 184 240 8th, Pacific 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 76 35 31 10 0 80 .526 198 219 8th, Pacific 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 31 38 6 1 69 .454 196 244 8th, Central 2019 Did not qualify
2019–20 61 24 25 7 5 60 .492 161 184 7th, Central 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

PlayersEdit

CaptainsEdit

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Logo from 2002 to 2006
Logo from 2006 to 2019

CareerEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Black Knight Sports & Entertainment have purchased the franchise and will take over in 2020–21.
  1. ^ Fischel, Mark (2003-01-30). "San Antonio Rampage "Stampede" into the AHL". HockeysFuture.com. Retrieved 2005-06-17.
  2. ^ Uminski, Terry. Gearing up for Rampage's 10th season. San Antonio Express-News, 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ "Rampage team History". San Antonio Rampage. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  4. ^ "Portland Pirates affiliate with Phoenix Coyotes". New England Hockey Journal. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Rampage, Panthers ink affiliation deal". theahl.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Pirates announce affiliation with Florida". AHL. March 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Falcons, Monsters, Rampage swap NHL affiliates". AHL. April 17, 2015. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Colorado Eagles moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "AHL AWARDS EXPANSION MEMBERSHIP TO COLORADO EAGLES". American Hockey League. October 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rampage Announce Future Affiliation Plans". Rampage. October 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights Purchase AHL Franchise Membership". NHL.com. February 6, 2020.
  12. ^ "AHL heading to Las Vegas in 2020-21". AHL. February 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights Issue AHL Update". NHL.com. February 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights And City Of Henderson Issue AHL Update". NHL.com. February 13, 2020.

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