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The San Antonio Rampage are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in San Antonio, Texas. They are currently the top affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rampage are owned by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, who purchased a dormant AHL franchise with the NHL's Florida Panthers and moved it to San Antonio. The Rampage play in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the same arena as the Spurs.

San Antonio Rampage
2019–20 AHL season
San Antonio Rampage logo 2019.png
CitySan Antonio, Texas
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1971
Operated2002–present
Home arenaAT&T Center
ColorsBlack, dark gray, silver, white
                   
Owner(s)Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Head coachDrew Bannister
MediaSan Antonio Express-News
Fox Sports Southwest
Ticket 760
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesSt. Louis Blues (NHL)
Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1971–1972Tidewater Wings
1972–1975Virginia Wings
1979–1999Adirondack Red Wings
2002–presentSan Antonio Rampage
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.

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

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]

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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated October 1, 2019.[11][12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
  Andreas Borgman D L 24 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Blues
11   Cameron Darcy C R 25 2019 South Boston, Massachusetts Rampage
21   Jake Dotchin D R 25 2019 Cambridge, Ontario Blues
35   Ville Husso G L 24 2017 Helsinki, Finland Blues
16   Dakota Joshua C L 23 2019 Dearborn, Michigan Blues
26   Tanner Kaspick C L 21 2018 Brandon, Manitoba Blues
24   Klim Kostin C L 20 2017 Penza, Russia Blues
8   Joey LaLeggia D L 27 2018 Burnaby, British Columbia Blues
  Nick Lappin RW R 26 2019 Geneva, Illinois Blues
2   Niko Mikkola D L 23 2018 Kiiminki, Finland Blues
27   Zach Nastasiuk RW R 24 2019 Barrie, Ontario Rampage
71   Jordan Nolan (A) LW L 30 2018 Garden River, Ontario Blues
4   Rob O'Gara D L 26 2019 Nesconset, New York Rampage
19   Ryan Olsen C R 25 2018 Delta, British Columbia Rampage
14   Austin Poganski RW R 23 2018 St. Cloud, Minnesota Blues
10   Evan Polei LW L 23 2019 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Blues
  Derrick Pouliot D L 25 2019 Estevan, Saskatchewan Blues
9   Mitch Reinke D R 23 2018 Stillwater, Minnesota Blues
18   Nolan Stevens LW L 23 2018 Brantford, Ontario Blues
13   Alexei Toropchenko RW L 20 2019 Moscow, Russia Blues
20   Mike Vecchione C R 26 2019 Saugus, Massachusetts Blues
  Nathan Walker LW L 25 2019 Cardiff, Wales Blues
37   Jake Walman D L 23 2018 Toronto, Ontario Blues
1   Adam Wilcox G L 26 2019 South St. Paul, Minnesota Rampage

CaptainsEdit

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Logo from 2002–2006
Logo from 2006–2019
Goals: Don MacLean, 33 (2006–07)
Assists: Yanick Lehoux, 42 (2006–07)
Points: Yanick Lehoux, 73 (2006–07)
Points (Defenceman): Colby Robak, 39 (2011–12)
Penalty minutes: Pete Vandermeer, 332 (2007–08)
GAA: Jacob Markstrom, 2.32 (2011–12)
SV%: Travis Scott, .931 (2004–05)

CareerEdit

Career goals: Brett MacLean, 74
Career assists: Brett MacLean, 81
Career points: Brett MacLean, 155
Career penalty minutes: Francis Lessard, 613
Career goaltending wins: Josh Tordjman, 82
Career shutouts: Josh Tordjman, 9
Career games: Sean Sullivan, 212

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "San Antonio Rampage Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  12. ^ "San Antonio Rampage roster list". Elite Prospects. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03.

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