Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2018–19 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 Chris Lamoriello[1]
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.[2] 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 due 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 3, 2018.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
28 Sweden Sebastian Aho D L 22 2017 Umea, Sweden Islanders
15 United States Kieffer Bellows LW L 20 2018 Edina, Minnesota Islanders
37 Canada Steve Bernier (A) RW R 33 2016 Quebec, Quebec Islanders
7 United States Chris Bourque LW L 32 2018 Boston, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
10 United States Ryan Bourque C L 27 2017 Topsfield, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
8 Canada Kyle Burroughs (C) D R 23 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Islanders
3 United States Chris Casto D R 26 2018 Stillwater, Minnesota Sound Tigers
17 Canada Michael Dal Colle LW L 22 2016 Richmond Hill, Ontario Islanders
20 United States Scott Eansor C L 22 2017 Englewood, Colorado Islanders
11 Canada Tanner Fritz C R 27 2016 Grande Prairie, Alberta Islanders
40 United States Matt Gaudreau RW L 23 2017 Carneys Point Township, New Jersey Sound Tigers
33 Finland Christopher Gibson G L 25 2015 Karkkila, Finland Islanders
39 Canada Mitch Gillam G R 26 2018 Peterborough, Ontario Sound Tigers
13 United States Stephen Gionta RW R 35 2016 Rochester, New York Islanders
2 United States Seth Helgeson (A) D L 28 2017 Faribault, Minnesota Islanders
34 United States Ryan Hitchcock LW L 22 2018 Manhasset, New York Sound Tigers
26 Canada Josh Ho-Sang RW R 22 2016 Toronto, Ontario Islanders
21 United States Ben Holmstrom C R 31 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado Sound Tigers
29 Canada Connor Jones C L 28 2015 Montrose, British Columbia Sound Tigers
12 Finland Otto Koivula LW L 20 2018 Nokia, Finland Islanders
36 United States Jeff Kubiak C L 24 2017 Tinley Park, Illinois Sound Tigers
14 Germany Tom Kuhnhackl LW L 26 2018 Landshut, Germany Islanders
6 Switzerland Yannick Rathgeb D R 23 2018 Langenthal, Switzerland Islanders
24 Canada Travis St. Denis RW L 26 2016 Trail, British Columbia Islanders
16 United States Mike Sislo RW R 30 2018 Superior, Wisconsin Islanders
35 United States Jeremy Smith G L 29 2018 Dearborn, Michigan Sound Tigers
18 United States John Stevens C L 24 2017 Sea Isle City, New Jersey Islanders
25 Canada Devon Toews D L 24 2016 Abbotsford, British Columbia Islanders
4 Canada Mitchell Vande Sompel D L 21 2017 London, Ontario Islanders
27 Canada Parker Wotherspoon D L 21 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. ^ "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

External links

  • Official website
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