The Full Wiki

Houston Aeros: Wikis

  
  
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Houston Aeros
Houston Aeros.svg
City Houston, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1994 (in the IHL)
Home arena Toyota Center
Colors Green, red, wheat
              
Owner(s) Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (majority), Chuck Watson (minority)
General manager Jim Mill
Head coach Kevin Constantine
Media Houston Chronicle, 1070 KNTH
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994 -- 2001 (IHL) Houston Aeros
2001 -- present (AHL) Houston Aeros
Championships
Regular season titles 1 IHL (1998–99)
0 AHL
Division Championships 1 IHL (1998–99)
1 AHL (2002–03)
Conference Championships 1 (2002–03)
Turner Cups 1 (1998–99)
Calder Cups 1 (2002–03)

The Houston Aeros is a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center.

Contents

History

The Houston Aeros were an expansion team in the International Hockey League in 1994. The team's name is a homage to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in the 1970s, one of the teams Gordie Howe played for in the WHA. The Aeros were the second IHL team to be named after a WHA franchise, the first being the Phoenix Roadrunners; unlike the Roadrunners, who used the same logo as their WHA predecessor, the IHL Aeros used a new logo, a bomber flying over the team name (essentially their current logo). The Aeros would defeat the Orlando Solar Bears to win the 1999 Turner Cup, following an impressive 54-win season.

The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the AHL in 2001 when the IHL folded. The AHL version of the Aeros would go on to win the 2003 Calder Cup. They are the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

The team plays their home games in the Toyota Center, which they moved to from the Compaq Center for the 2003–04 season.

In 2003, the Aeros replaced their original bomber logo, carried over from their IHL days, to a new logo featuring a forward-facing modern fighter jet below a bold "AEROS", and using the WHA Aeros' colors of light and dark blue. In 2005, as part of their affiliation with the Wild, the Aeros changed their colors to the Wild's forest green and Iron Range red. On April 18, 2006, the team announced that the 2006–07 season would see the Aeros return to their original bomber logo associated with their championship seasons, with only minor color alterations; the blue elements of the original logo were replaced with green.

The principal owner is Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, with Chuck Watson, the former owner, now owning a 10% minority share.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 81 38 35 8 84 272 283 2nd, Central
1995–96 82 29 45 8 66 262 328 5th, Central
1996–97 82 44 30 8 96 247 228 2nd, Southwest
1997–98 82 50 22 10 110 268 214 2nd, Southwest
1998–99 82 54 15 13 121 307 209 1st, Southwest
1999–00 82 44 29 9 97 219 197 3rd, Western
2000–01 82 42 32 8 92 229 245 2nd, Western
2001–02 80 39 26 10 5 93 234 232 2nd, West
2002–03 80 47 23 7 3 104 266 222 1st, West
2003–04 80 28 34 14 4 74 197 220 4th, West
2004–05 80 40 28 6 6 93 212 195 4th, West
2005–06 80 50 24 3 3 106 285 242 2nd, West
2006–07 80 27 43 4 6 64 205 269 7th, West
2007–08 80 45 29 2 4 96 206 183 3rd, West
2008–09 80 38 31 2 9 87 218 230 3rd, West

Playoffs

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 L, 1–3, PHX
1995–96 Out of playoffs.
1996–97 W, 3–0, LV W, 4–1, SA L, 1–4, LB
1997–98 L, 1–3, MIL
1998–99 W, 3–2, LB W, 4–3, CHI W, 4–3, ORL
1999–00 W, 4–1, UT L, 2–4, CHI
2000–01 L, 3–4, MTB
2001–02 W, 3–2, UT W, 4–0, HER L, 1–4, CHI
2002–03 W, 3–0, MIL W, 4–2, NOR W, 4–3, GR W, 4–3, HAM
2003–04 L, 0–2, CIN
2004–05 L, 1–4, CHI
2005–06 W, 4–0, PEO L, 0–4, MIL
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 L, 1–4, RFD
2008–09 W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-3, MIL L, 4-2, MTB

Current roster

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Place of birth
30 Kazakhstan Anton Khudobin L Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
35 Canada Adam Russo R Montreal, Quebec
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Place of birth
4 Canada Jamie Fraser L Sarnia, Ontario
5 United States Ryan Gunderson L Bensalem, Pennsylvania
11 United States J. P. Testwuide L Vail, Colorado
26 Canada Maxim Noreau R Montreal, Quebec
28 United States Brandon Rogers - C L Rochester, New Hampshire
44 Canada Justin Falk L Snowflake, Manitoba
57 United States Ryan Lannon L Grafton, Massachusetts
Forwards
# Player Pos Shoots Place of birth
8 Canada Nathan Smith C L Strathcona, Alberta
10 United States Peter Zingoni C L Bridgeport, Connecticut
12 Canada Cody Almond C L Calgary, Alberta
14 United States Jon DiSalvatore RW R Bangor, Maine
18 Canada Colton Gillies LW L White Rock, British Columbia
19 United States Danny Irmen RW R Fargo, North Dakota
20 United States Chad Rau C R Eden Prairie, Minnesota
23 Canada Duncan Milroy RW R Edmonton, Alberta
25 Canada Tony Hrkac C L Thunder Bay, Ontario
27 Canada Carson McMillan RW R Brandon, Manitoba
32 Czech Republic Petr Kalus LW L Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
42 Canada Matt Kassian LW L Edmonton, Alberta
62 Canada Jean-Michel Daoust RW R Valleyfield, Quebec
91 United States Andy Hilbert C L Howell, Michigan

As of March 13, 2010.

Franchise records

Single season
Goals: 47 United States Patrick O'Sullivan (2005–06)
Assists: 88 Canada Brian Wiseman (1998–99)
Points: 110 Canada Kirby Law (2005–06)
Penalty minutes: 333 Canada Gord Donnelly (1995–96)
GAA: 2.01 Canada Josh Harding (2004–05)
SV%: .930 Josh Harding (2004–05)
Career
Career goals: 132 Canada Mark Freer
Career assists: 210 Mark Freer
Career points: 342 Mark Freer
Career penalty minutes: 721 United States Erik Reitz
Career goaltending wins: 126 Canada Frederic Chabot
Career shutouts: 18 Frederic Chabot
Career games: 469 Mark Freer
Retired numbers
9 Canada Gordie Howe (1973-77)

References

External links








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message