San Antonio Rampage

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San Antonio Rampage
2018–19 AHL season
San Antonio Rampage.svg
City San Antonio, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1971
Operated 2002–present
Home arena AT&T Center
Colors Black, dark gray, silver, white
                   
Owner(s) Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Head coach Drew Bannister
Media San Antonio Express-News
Fox Sports Southwest
Ticket 760
Affiliates St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)
Franchise history
1971–1972 Tidewater Wings
1972–1975 Virginia Wings
1979–1999 Adirondack Red Wings
2002–present San Antonio Rampage
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Division Championships 1 (2014–15)
Conference Championships 0
Calder Cups 0

The San Antonio Rampage are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in San Antonio, Texas. They are currently the top affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rampage are owned by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, who purchased a dormant AHL franchise with the NHL's Florida Panthers and moved it to San Antonio. The Rampage play in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the same arena as the Spurs.

History

In 2000, construction began on the SBC Center, located next to the Freeman Coliseum, home of the Central Hockey League's San Antonio Iguanas. Partnering with the Florida Panthers, the Spurs bought the dormant Adirondack Red Wings franchise and moved it to San Antonio.[1] Local investment for the Iguanas quickly dried up, and the CHL franchise folded.

Originally, the team was nicknamed the San Antonio Stampede. However, when a local semipro football team objected, the name was changed to the Rampage.[2]

On June 30, 2005 Spurs Sports & Entertainment purchased the Panthers' interest in the franchise, assuming sole ownership of the AHL club. They also entered a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes.[3]

On September 7, 2006 The Rampage unveiled their new uniforms with the official colors now being black, white and silver (the same motif used by the Spurs, as well as other Spurs-owned teams). While the primary and secondary logos remain the same, the crest of the jerseys now displayed just the bull's head, giving it a sleeker look.

On 11 April 2007, the Coyotes announced that they had fired Rampage general manager Laurence Gilman, who had been with the Coyotes organization for 13 years. [1][permanent dead link]

On November 23, 2009, the Phoenix Coyotes fired Greg Ireland. He was replaced by assistant coach Ray Edwards; Mike Pelino was named assistant coach. Ray Edwards was officially named head coach of the San Antonio Rampage prior to the 2010–11 season.

Their main rivals are the Texas Stars (located near Austin) and, from 2002 to 2013, the Houston Aeros.

After the 2010–11 AHL season, the Coyotes came to an agreement with the Portland Pirates to be their new AHL affiliate, leaving San Antonio without an affiliate.[4] On June 29, 2011, San Antonio officially became Florida's top affiliate for a second time.[5]

In the 2011–12 season, the Rampage finished with a record of 41–30–3–2, good for 87 points to qualify for the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference. They faced the third-seeded Chicago Wolves in the first round, taking Game 1 and Game 2 at home to take a 2–0 series lead in the best-of-five series. They then lost to the Wolves in Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, leading to a Game 5. In Game 5, the Rampage took a 2–0 lead, but the Wolves rallied to tie the game, sending it into overtime. After 25 minutes of overtime, San Antonio winger Bill Thomas passed to center Jon Matsumoto, feeding defenceman Roman Derlyuk to score the series winning goal on his belly to secure the first series win in franchise history for the Rampage. The goal is known to many fans as the Goal Heard Round the Alamo, and is considered the most important in Rampage history.[citation needed]

On March 18, 2015, the Florida Panthers announced they had entered into an affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates to begin in the 2015–16 season, thus ending the Panthers' second term as San Antonio's NHL affiliate.[6] On April 17, 2015, it was announced that the Rampage had come to a five-year affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche.[7]

During the 2017 off-season, it was reported that the Avalanche would promote its ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, to the AHL in 2018 while the Rampage would officially affiliate with the St. Louis Blues beginning with the 2018–19 AHL season.[8][9] For the 2017–18 season, as the Blues did not have an official AHL affiliate after the Vegas Golden Knights partnered with their former affiliate, both the Avalanche and Blues would send AHL prospects to the Rampage.[10]

The market was previously served by:

Season-by-season results

Players

Current roster

Updated July 5, 2018.[11][12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
17 Canada Samuel Blais LW L 22 2017 Montmagny, Quebec Blues
9 Canada Conner Bleackley C R 22 2018 High River, Alberta Blues
25 United States Chris Butler (C) D L 31 2017 St. Louis, Missouri Blues
35 Finland Ville Husso G L 23 2017 Helsinki, Finland Blues
22 Russia Klim Kostin C L 19 2017 Penza, Russia Blues
27 Czech Republic Adam Musil C R 21 2017 Delta, British Columbia Blues
45 United States Austin Poganski RW R 22 2018 St. Cloud, Minnesota Blues
42 United States Zach Sanford LW L 23 2018 Salem, Massachusetts Blues
32 Russia Dmitri Sergeyev D L 22 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia Blues
16 United States Jared Thomas LW L 24 2018 Hermantown, Minnesota Rampage


Team captains

Team records

Single season

Logo from 2002–2006
Goals: Don MacLean, 33 (2006–07)
Assists: Yanick Lehoux, 42 (2006–07)
Points: Yanick Lehoux, 73 (2006–07)
Points (Defenceman): Colby Robak, 39 (2011–12)
Penalty minutes: Pete Vandermeer, 332 (2007–08)
GAA: Jacob Markstrom, 2.32 (2011–12)
SV%: Travis Scott, .931 (2004–05)

Career

Career goals: Brett MacLean, 74
Career assists: Brett MacLean, 81
Career points: Brett MacLean, 155
Career penalty minutes: Francis Lessard, 613
Career goaltending wins: Josh Tordjman, 82
Career shutouts: Josh Tordjman, 9
Career games: Sean Sullivan, 212

References

  1. ^ Fischel, Mark (2003-01-30). "San Antonio Rampage "Stampede" into the AHL". HockeysFuture.com. Retrieved 2005-06-17. 
  2. ^ Uminski, Terry. Gearing up for Rampage's 10th season. San Antonio Express-News, 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ "Rampage team History". San Antonio Rampage. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Portland Pirates affiliate with Phoenix Coyotes". New England Hockey Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rampage, Panthers ink affiliation deal". theahl.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pirates announce affiliation with Florida". AHL. March 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Falcons, Monsters, Rampage swap NHL affiliates". AHL. April 17, 2015. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Colorado Eagles moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "AHL AWARDS EXPANSION MEMBERSHIP TO COLORADO EAGLES". American Hockey League. October 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rampage Announce Future Affiliation Plans". Rampage. October 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "San Antonio Rampage Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  12. ^ "San Antonio Rampage roster list". Elite Prospects. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

External links

  • San Antonio Rampage Official website
  • The Internet Hockey Database San Antonio Rampage
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