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The Utah Grizzlies are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL. They play their home games at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.

Utah Grizzlies
2019–20 ECHL season
Utah Grizzlies Logo.svg
CityWest Valley City, Utah
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionMountain
Founded1981 (in the CHL)
Home arenaMaverik Center
ColorsGreen, black, copper, white
                   [1]
Owner(s)David Elmore
Donna Tuttle
Head coachTim Branham
MediaKFAN (AM 1320) or KJQS (AM 1230)
AffiliatesColorado Avalanche (NHL)
Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Franchise history
1981–1983Nashville South Stars
1983–1990Virginia Lancers
1990–1992Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994Huntsville Blast
1994–2001Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002Macon Whoopee
2002–2003Lexington Men O' War
2005–presentUtah Grizzlies

Franchise historyEdit

The current Utah Grizzlies franchise started as the Virginia Lancers, one of the founding members of the East Coast Hockey League. The franchise was under seven different names in five different southeastern cities from 1988 to 2003 when the Lexington Men O' War franchise suspended operations after one season. Notably, the Denver Grizzlies won the IHL Turner Cup in 1995, in the McNichols Sports Arena. After the AHL incarnation of the Grizzlies suspended operations, David Elmore and Donna Tuttle bought the rights to the dormant Lexington Men O' War franchise and moved the team to the E Center to replace the previous Grizzlies franchise.

Prior to the 2013–14 season, their NHL affiliate Calgary Flames changed their affiliation to the Alaska Aces. Incoming head coach and general manager Tim Branham announced a three-year agreement with the Anaheim Ducks on August 7, 2013.[2] After the Grizzlies made the post-season in every season within the Ducks organization, the Grizzlies and Ducks agreed to a multi-year extension during the 2015–16 season.[3]

Following the 2017–18, the Grizzlies missed the post-season for the first time in 11 years. At that time, their ECHL rival, the Colorado Eagles, joined the American Hockey League as an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche after previously serving as the Avalanche affiliate in the ECHL. The Grizzlies ended their agreement with the Ducks and affiliated with the Avalanche, their closest geographical NHL club.[4][5]

The market was previously served by:

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL=Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty infraction minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2005–06 72 36 30 5 1 78 235 236 1712 4th of 6, West 2006 L, 0–4, AK
2006–07 72 22 42 4 4 52 184 294 1953 5th of 5, West 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259 1595 4th of 5, West 2008 W, 4–2, FRE W, 4–1, VIC L, 0–4, LV
2008–09 72 28 28 6 10 72 220 246 1372 4th of 6, West 2009 L, 1–4, AK
2009–10 72 34 29 4 5 77 260 253 1292 3rd of 4, West 2010 W, 3–2, LV L, 0–4, IDH
2010–11 72 33 32 4 3 73 189 227 1674 3rd of 4, Mountain 2011 W, 3–1, STK L, 0–4, VIC
2011–12 72 33 33 0 6 72 183 223 1573 3rd of 4, Mountain 2012 L, 0–3, LV
2012–13 72 29 30 4 9 71 217 277 1741 4th of 4, Mountain 2013 L, 0–4, ONT
2013–14 71 38 24 3 6 85 187 173 1329 3rd of 4, Mountain 2014 L, 1–4, BAK
2014–15 72 37 27 5 3 82 213 219 1170 4th of 7, Pacific 2015 W, 4–2, IDH L, 1–4, ONT
2015–16 72 39 27 3 3 84 223 206 942 3rd of 5, West 2016 W, 4–2, COL L, 0–4, FW
2016–17 72 36 29 5 2 79 225 240 1312 4th of 7, Mountain 2017 L, 1–4, ALN
2017–18 72 28 29 9 6 71 230 256 1212 6th of 7, Mountain 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 72 37 26 4 5 83 232 218 1264 3rd of 7, Mountain 2019 L, 1–4, IDH

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 27, 2019.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
42   Michael Economos F R 27 2018 Crystal Lake, Illinois Grizzlies
13   Mitch Maxwell LW L 28 2018 Magrath, Alberta Grizzlies
  John MacLeod D R 23 2019 Dracut, Massachusetts Grizzlies
14   Tanner Nagel RW R 21 2019 Mossbank, Saskatchewan Grizzlies
11   Taylor Richart D R 27 2016 Blaine, Minnesota Grizzlies
  Dylan Vander Esch F R 25 2019 San Jose, California Grizzlies
  Blake Wojtala G R 25 2019 Trenton, Michigan Grizzlies

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Email response from Communications and Broadcasting VP Adrian Denny: "Copper is the third color."
  2. ^ "Utah Grizzlies announce affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks". desertnews.com. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  3. ^ "Ducks announce affiliation extension with the Utah Grizzlies". Anaheim Ducks. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Grizzlies announce affiliation with Avalanche". utahgrizzlies.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  5. ^ "Avalanche enters in to ECHL partnership with the Utah Grizzlies". Colorado Avalanche. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Utah Grizzlies team roster". utahgrizzlies.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  7. ^ "Utah Grizzlies Roster". EliteProspects.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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