Texas Wildcatters

The Texas Wildcatters, who took their name from Texas wildcatters, were a professional minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL based in Beaumont, Texas. They played their home games at the Ford Arena. The franchise previously played in Huntington, West Virginia, from 1993 to 2000 as the Huntington Blizzard playing at the Huntington Civic Arena.

Texas Wildcatters
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CityBeaumont, Texas
LeagueECHL
ConferenceAmerican Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Founded1993
Home arenaFord Arena
ColorsBlack and gold
General managerRichard W. Adams
Head coachMalcom Cameron
AffiliatesFlorida Panthers
Minnesota Wild
Franchise history
1993–2000Huntington Blizzard
2003–2008Texas Wildcatters
2008–2015Ontario Reign
2015–2019Manchester Monarchs
Championships
Division Championships2007–08

The Wildcatters relocated to Ontario, California, and were renamed Ontario Reign. The franchise's last game as the Wildcatters was a 1–4 loss to the Columbia Inferno on April 25, 2008, at Ford Arena.

HistoryEdit

During the 2004–05 season, they were affiliated with the Florida Panthers and the San Antonio Rampage.[1]

On October 7, 2005, the Jefferson County, Texas, Commissioners announced that the team would not be allowed to use Ford Arena for the 2005–06 season because the site was being used for Hurricane Rita relief. There was no suitable temporary facility in the area, forcing the Wildcatters to cancel the season. They resumed play in 2006–07 as affiliates of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL and the AHL's Houston Aeros.[2] After the 2007–08 season, the team moved to Ontario, California as the Ontario Reign and affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings.[3]

According to a Beaumont TV report, there was a local group attempting to secure a Central Hockey League (CHL) franchise for Beaumont in time for the 2008–09 season.[4] After the Austin Ice Bats suspended operations, there was an attempt to move that franchise to Ford Arena for 2008–09. However, there was insufficient time to do this before the CHL needed a commitment to play.[citation needed]

Season recordsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
2003–04 72 22 44 6 50 196 287 7th, Central
2004–05 72 17 44 11 45 178 260 6th, South
2005–06 Involuntary suspension of season due to Hurricane Rita
2006–07 72 41 22 5 4 91 265 222 2nd, South
2007–08 72 52 9 4 7 115 266 177 1st, South

PlayoffsEdit

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2003–04 Did not qualify
2004–05 Did not qualify
2005–06 Involuntary suspension of season
2006–07 W, 3–2, GWT L, 2–4, FLA
2007–08 W, 3–1, MIS L, 2–3, CBA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Texas Wildcatter Parent Teams". HockeyDB. Retrieved July 29, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Texas Wildcatters [ECHL] Parent Teams". HockeyDB. Retrieved November 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Kubena, Brooks (March 7, 2017). "Why can't SE Texas support a pro league?". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved November 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Texas Wildcatters to Stay in Southeast Texas". KBMT. Archived from the original on March 4, 2008.

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