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Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Bridgeport Sound Tigers.svg
City Bridgeport, Connecticut
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 2001
Home arena Arena at Harbor Yard
Colors Navy blue, orange, white
              
Owner(s) Charles Wang
General manager Garth Snow
Head coach Jack Capuano
Media Connecticut Post
Affiliates New York Islanders (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Odessa Jackalopes (CHL)
Franchise history
2001 to present Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Championships
Regular season titles 1 2001–02
Division Championships 1 2001–02
Conference Championships 1 2001–02

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League; it has been the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League since its inception, and use the same team colors as the Islanders do. They play in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

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History

The Sound Tigers joined the league in 2001; the franchise's lease at the Arena runs until the end of the 2021 season. The team has generally been successful, recording only two losing seasons through the 2009 season, highlighted by a division championship and making the Calder Cup Finals, in which they lost to the Chicago Wolves four games to one, during their first season.

The franchise's first coach was former Islanders head coach Steve Stirling; it is currently coached by Jack Capuano. Among the players who have graduated to play for the New York Islanders are Trent Hunter, Rick DiPietro, Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais, and Sean Bergenheim, while other NHL players such as Jeff Hamilton, Eric Godard, Raffi Torres and Wade Dubielewicz have also played for the team.

The Sound Tigers' mascot is named Storm.

Season-by-season results

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Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
2001–02 80 43 25 8 4 98 240 192 1st, East
2002–03 80 40 26 11 3 94 219 198 2nd, East
2003–04 80 41 23 12 4 98 178 140 2nd, East
2004–05 80 37 38 1 4 79 192 222 6th, East
2005–06 80 38 33 6 3 85 246 253 4th, East
2006–07 80 36 37 1 6 79 229 267 5th, East
2007–08 80 40 36 1 3 84 225 240 5th, East
2008–09 80 49 23 3 5 106 241 212 2nd, East

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2001–02 W, 3–1, Manitoba W, 4–0 St. John's W, 4–3, Hamilton L, 1–4, Chicago
2002–03 W, 3–0, Manitoba L, 2–4, Binghamton
2003–04 L, 3–4, WBS
2004–05 Out of Playoffs
2005–06 L, 3–4, WBS
2006–07 Out of Playoffs
2007–08 Out of Playoffs
2008-09 L, 1-4, WBS

Current roster

Numbers courtesy of Bridgeport Sound Tigers [1]

As of March 15, 2010:

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
33 Canada Scott Munroe L Jan. 20, 1982 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
52 Canada Nathan Lawson R Sep. 29, 1983 Calgary, Alberta
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
4 Canada Mark WottonC Injury icon.svg L Oct. 16, 1973 Foxwarren, Manitoba
11 United States Jake Gannon R Jan. 25, 1987 Roselle, Illinois
12 Canada Mark Flood § R Sep. 29, 1984 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
22 Russia Anton Klementyev R Mar. 25, 1990 Togliatti, Soviet Union
24 United States Brett Motherwell # L Sep. 11, 1986 St Charles, Illinois
26 Canada Jon Gleed R Jan. 3, 1984 Milton, Ontario
32 Canada Brendan Witt §A L Feb. 20, 1975 Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
6 Finland Jesse Joensuu § LW L Oct. 5, 1987 Pori, Finland
7 Sweden Robin Figren LW R Mar. 7, 1988 Stockholm, Sweden
9 Canada Justin DiBenedetto LW L Aug. 25, 1988 Mississauga, Ontario
10 United States Tyler Haskins RW R May 26, 1986 Madison, Ohio
14 Canada Sean Bentivoglio LW L Oct. 16, 1985 St. Catharines, Ontario
16 Slovakia Tomas Marcinko RW R Apr. 11, 1988 Poprad, Czechoslavakia
17 Canada Jeremy Reich §A LW L Feb. 11, 1979 Craik, Saskatchewan
18 Canada Micheal Haley C L Mar. 30, 1986 Oshawa, Ontario
20 United States Greg MauldinA RW R June 10, 1982 Holliston, Massachusetts
23 Canada Trevor Smith C L Feb. 8, 1985 North Vancouver, British Columbia
25 United States Mike Radja C L Mar. 7, 1985 Yorkville, Illinois
27 Canada Matt Martin § LW R May 8, 1989 Windsor, Ontario
44 United States Joel Rechlicz § RW R June 14, 1987 Brookfield, Wisconsin
55 Canada Pascal Morency RW R Feb. 20, 1982 Montreal, Quebec

§ - assigned by the New York Islanders (NHL)
¢ - currently on conditioning assignment from the New York Islanders
¶ - recalled from the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
θ - recalled from the Odessa Jackalopes (CHL)
 # - 25 game Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
Δ - Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO)

N.B.:Only players named to the 22-man clear day roster & players signed to amateur tryout contracts (ATO) are eligible to compete in Calder Cup Playoffs unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.

Captains

Captain - Mark Wotton
Alternate - Brendan Witt
Alternate (home) - Greg Mauldin
Alternate (road) - Jeremy Reich

Rivalry

The main (and instate) rival of the Sound Tigers are the Hartford Wolfpack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Sound Tigers’ parent club, the New York Islanders). They also have a very good rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh PenguinsAHL affiliate. This is due largely to the fact that Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are frequent playoff match-ups. They also are semi-rivals with the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 43 United States Jeff Hamilton (2003–04)
Assists: 48 Canada Rob Collins(2005–06)
Points: 76 Canada Jeff Tambellini (2007–08)
Penalty minutes: 295 Canada Eric Godard (2004–05)
GAA: 1.38 Canada Wade Dubielewicz (2003–04) (AHL Record)
SV%: .946 Canada Wade Dubielewicz (2003–04) (AHL Record)

Career

Career goals: 89 United States Jeff Hamilton
Career assists: 110 Canada Rob Collins
Career points: 163 Canada Rob Collins
Career penalty minutes: 705 Canada Eric Godard
Career goaltending wins: 81 Canada Wade Dubielewicz
Career shutouts: 15 Canada Wade Dubielewicz
Career games: 289 Canada Steve Regier

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