Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2017–18 AHL season
Bridgeport Sound Tigers logo.svg
City Bridgeport, Connecticut
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 2001
Home arena Webster Bank Arena
Colors Blue, Orange, White
              
Owner(s) Jon Ledecky
General manager Garth Snow
Head coach Brent Thompson
Media Connecticut Post
MSG Network
News Radio WPOP (1410 AM)
Affiliates New York Islanders (NHL)
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles 1 2001–02
Division Championships 2 2001–02, 2011–12
Conference Championships 1 2001–02

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, who also own the franchise, since its inception. The team is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut and play their home games at the Webster Bank Arena.

History

The Sound Tigers joined the American Hockey League in 2001 with a season that saw them capture a division and league title on their way to winning the Eastern Conference championship. Facing off against the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup finals, they would lose the series four games-to-one.[1] The team has generally been successful, recording only five losing seasons through the 2016 season.

The franchise's first coach was Steve Stirling, and the team is currently coached by Brent Thompson.

Team identity

Mascot

The lone mascot of the Sound Tigers is an anthropomorphic blue tiger named Storm. He appears at home games sporting a jersey with the number 01. While Storm can usually be found exciting fans throughout the arena, he skates on the ice during periodic intermissions. Storm's appearance has changed since the team's inaugural season.

Rivalries

The main (and instate) rival of the Sound Tigers are the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Sound Tigers’ parent club, the New York Islanders). The games have become known as the Battle of Connecticut. They also have formed a rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh PenguinsAHL affiliate, largely to the two teams frequently facing off in playoff match-ups. They also are semi-rivals with the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate.

Season-by-season results

Players

Current roster

Updated November 14, 2017.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
38 Sweden Aho, SebastianSebastian Aho D L 21 2017 Umea, Sweden Islanders
25 United States Bailey, CaseyCasey Bailey RW R 26 2017 Anchorage, Alaska Sound Tigers
37 Canada Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier (A) RW R 32 2016 Quebec, Quebec Islanders
10 United States Bourque, RyanRyan Bourque C L 26 2017 Topsfield, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
8 Canada Burroughs, KyleKyle Burroughs D R 22 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Islanders
3 United States Cullity, PatrickPatrick Cullity D R 30 2015 Tewksbury, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
17 Canada Dal Colle, MichaelMichael Dal Colle LW L 21 2016 Richmond Hill, Ontario Islanders
20 United States Eansor, ScottScott Eansor C L 21 2017 Englewood, Colorado Sound Tigers
11 United States Fritz, TannerTanner Fritz C R 26 2016 Grande Prairie, Alberta Islanders
33 Finland Gibson, ChristopherChristopher Gibson G L 24 2015 Karkkila, Finland Islanders
15 United States Gionta, StephenStephen Gionta RW R 34 2016 Rochester, New York Islanders
70 Latvia Gudlevskis, KristersKristers Gudlevskis G L 25 2017 Aizkraukle, Latvia Islanders
2 United States Helgeson, SethSeth Helgeson (A) D L 27 2017 Faribault, Minnesota Islanders
21 United States Holmstrom, BenBen Holmstrom (C) C R 30 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado Sound Tigers
12 United States Holmstrom, JoshJosh Holmstrom RW R 28 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado Sound Tigers
32 Canada Johnston, RossRoss Johnston LW L 23 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Islanders
29 Canada Jones, ConnorConnor Jones C L 27 2015 Montrose, British Columbia Islanders
14 Canada Lafranchise, KaneKane Lafranchise D L 29 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Islanders
24 Canada St. Denis, TravisTravis St. Denis RW L 25 2016 Trail, British Columbia Sound Tigers
16 United States Schempp, KyleKyle Schempp C L 23 2016 Saginaw, Michigan Islanders
18 United States Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens C L 23 2017 Sea Isle City, New Jersey Islanders
7 Canada Toews, DevonDevon Toews D L 23 2016 Abbotsford, British Columbia Islanders
4 Canada Vande Sompel, MitchellMitchell Vande Sompel D L 20 2017 London, Ontario Islanders
27 Canada Wotherspoon, ParkerParker Wotherspoon D L 20 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Islanders

Team captains

Notes
  • ^1 There were three captains for the 2004–05 season: Aldridge named on Oct. 16, 2004, Seeley named on Nov. 6, 2004, and Campbell named on Mar. 16, 2005
  • ^2 There were two captains for the 2012–13 season: McDonald named on Dec. 7, 2012, and Watkins named on Feb. 22, 2013.

Team records

Single season

Goals: Jeff Hamilton, 43, (2003–04)
Assists: Rob Collins, 48, (2005–06)
Points: Jeff Tambellini, 76, (2007–08)
Penalty minutes: Eric Godard, 295, (2004–05)
GAA: Wade Dubielewicz, 1.38, (2003–04)[C]
SV%: Wade Dubielewicz, .946, (2003–04)[C]
^ C. AHL Records

Career

Career goals: Jeff Hamilton, 89
Career assists: Jeremy Colliton, 126
Career points: Jeremy Colliton, 203
Career penalty minutes: Brett Gallant, 857
Career goaltending wins: Wade Dubielewicz, 81
Career shutouts: Wade Dubielewicz, 15
Career games: Mark Wotton, 368

References

  1. ^ "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
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