Virginia Wings

  (Redirected from Tidewater Wings)

The Virginia Wings were a professional ice hockey team based in Norfolk, Virginia of the greater Hampton Roads area. They were an affiliated farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, and a member of the American Hockey League for three seasons from 1972–73 to 1974–75. The Wings were previously known as the Tidewater Wings for the 1971–72 season. Their cross-state rivals in the AHL were the Richmond Robins.

Virginia Wings
CityNorfolk, Virginia
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaHampton Coliseum
Colorsred and white
AffiliatesDetroit Red Wings
Franchise history
1971–1972Tidewater Wings
1972–1975Virginia Wings
Division Championshipsone
1974–75 South

The Wings won the John D. Chick Trophy as south division champions of the regular season in 1974–75, which turned out to be their final season. After the Wings ceased operations, the Hampton Gulls would represent eastern Virginia at the AHL level for the 1977–78 season. The Wings franchise was granted suspension status until 1975, and then voluntarily withdrew from the league in 1976.

After the Wings ceased operations, professional hockey returned to the Hampton Roads metropolitan area numerous times:

Yearly resultsEdit

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Winning
Pct (%)
1971–72 76 22 45 9 53 0.349 197 275 6th West
1972–73 76 38 22 16 92 0.605 258 221 3rd West
1973–74 76 22 44 10 54 0.355 216 307 6th South
1974–75 75 31 31 13 75 0.500 254 250 1st South


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1971–72 Out of playoffs
1972–73 W, 4-3, Hershey L, 2-4, Cincinnati
1973–74 Out of Playoffs
1974–75 L, 1-4, New Haven

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