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Johnstown Chiefs
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City Johnstown, Pennsylvania
League ECHL
Conference American Conference
Division North Division
Founded 1988
Home arena Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Colors Black, gold, white
              
Owner(s) Neil Smith and Ned Nakles
General manager Bill Bredin
Head coach Neil Smith
Captain Mike Knight
Media The Tribune-Democrat, WNTJ 1490 AM, WNTW 990 AM, WJAC
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Houston Aeros (AHL)
Franchise history
1988 to 2010 Johnstown Chiefs
2010 to future Greenville, SC
Championships
Regular season titles None
Division Championships None
Conference Championships None
Kelly Cups None

The Johnstown Chiefs are a minor league ice hockey team located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, playing in the ECHL. The team was founded in 1988 in the All-American Hockey League, and moved to the East Coast Hockey League (now just 'ECHL') when that league was formed.[1] The Chiefs are the only original ECHL team still playing under its original name, and the only one still in its original city. The Chiefs will relocate to Greenville, South Carolina following the completion of the 2009-10 season.[2]

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Franchise history

The owners originally wanted to name the team the Jets in honor of a team that had played in Johnstown from 1950 to 1977, mostly in the Eastern Hockey League. However, the old Jets' former owners still held the trademark for the name and refused to allow the new team to use it. Fortunately, they had a second choice. A contest was held by the owners, allowing the people of Johnstown to vote for the new team name. The cult hockey movie Slap Shot had been filmed in Johnstown, and featured a minor league team called the Charlestown Chiefs. The fans readily jumped on the tie-in, and the Johnstown Chiefs were born.[1]

The Chiefs play their home games in the historic 3,745 seat Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, where most of the hockey scenes in the movie Slap Shot were filmed. The team colors are black, gold, and white (following an early affiliation with the Boston Bruins), and its uniforms were based on 1970s-era Bruins jerseys.

Among the franchise's notable players has been defenceman Brent Bilodeau; Dmitri Tarabrin (the career leader in games played with 427); Bruce Coles, who holds the career mark for points scored with 227, having played in only 132 games for the team; Scott Gordon, the team's goalie in 1988–89 who played for Team USA at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and became the first ECHL player to advance to the NHL when he suited up for the Quebec Nordiques in 1989–90; all-star defenceman Perry Florio, the franchise's career assist leader with 171; right wing Lukas Smital, the career goal scoring leader with 107; enforcer Jeff Sullivan, the career penalty minute leader with 1205; and goaltender Frederic Deschesnes, who leads the franchise in goaltending games with 152, wins with 69 and shutouts with 5. Goalie Arturs Irbe played for the Chiefs briefly in 2003–2004, going 10–3–1 with a GAA of 2.13 and a .927 save percentage.

Ian Herbers was named as the team's head coach on June 18, 2007.[3]

On August 17, 2007, the Chiefs announced that they entered into an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. During the 2007–08 season, the Chiefs served as the Avalanche's secondary minor league affiliate. The Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL being Colorado's primary affiliate.[4] On September 18, 2007, the Chiefs announced they had also entered an affiliation agreement with the Boston Bruins for the 07–08 season.[5]

Prior to the 2008–09 season the Chiefs renewed their affiliation with the Avalanche[6] and entered into an affiliation agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets who replaced the Bruins on August 22, 2008.[7]

For the 2009-10 season, the Chiefs will be the secondary minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, under the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.[8]

The Chiefs along with the Wheeling Thunderbirds (now known as the Wheeling Nailers) played the role of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1995 film Sudden Death starring Jean Claude Van Damme. The premise was the Penguins playing the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup when terrorists attempt to hold the Vice President hostage in the arena.

In February 2010, the Tribune-Democrat reported that television reports from Greenville, South Carolina stated that the Chiefs would be relocated to Greenville following the 2009-10 season and compete at the BI-LO Center. Greenville had previously been home to the Greenville Grrrowl, who played in the ECHL from 1998-06 when the ECHL revoked Greenville's franchise rights.[9] On February 17, 2010, the league announced that the Chiefs would be relocating to Greenville after the league's Board of Governors voted unanimously in favor of the move.[2]

Season-by-season record

Records as of 2007–08 season.[10]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, PCT = Winning percentage, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season League Division GP W L T OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA PIM Coach(es) Result
1988–89 ECHL 60 32 22 - 6 - 70 .583 295 251 Steve Carlson Lost in Finals
1989–90 ECHL 60 23 31 - 6 - 52 .433 233 291 2047 Steve Carlson Out of playoffs
1990–91 ECHL East 64 32 29 - 3 - 67 .523 324 287 1646 Steve Carlson Lost in round 2
1991–92 ECHL West 64 36 23 - 5 - 77 .601 294 248 1750 Steve Carlson Lost in round 2
1992–93 ECHL East 64 34 23 - 7 - 75 .585 281 264 1647 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 2
1993–94 ECHL North 68 37 27 - 4 - 78 .573 323 308 1978 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 1
1994–95 ECHL North 68 31 32 - 5 - 67 .492 256 297 1656 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 1
1995–96 ECHL North 70 21 38 - 11 - 53 .378 249 322 2481 Nick Fotiu Out of Playoffs
1996–97 ECHL North 70 24 39 7 - - 55 .392 253 354 2287 Nick Fotiu Out of Playoffs
1997–98 ECHL Northeast 70 23 41 6 - - 52 .371 219 297 2118 Nick Fotiu
Scott Allen
Out of Playoffs
1998–99 ECHL Northeast 70 27 34 9 - - 63 .450 218 265 1734 Scott Allen Out of Playoffs
1999–00 ECHL Northwest 70 33 28 - 9 - 75 .535 235 234 1959 Scott Allen Lost in round 3
2000–01 ECHL Northwest 72 28 36 8 - - 64 .444 207 238 1865 Scott Allen Lost in round 2
2001–02 ECHL Northwest 72 39 31 2 - - 80 .555 220 232 1688 Scott Allen Lost in round 3
2002–03 ECHL Northwest 72 28 33 11 - - 67 .465 214 243 1700 Toby O'Brien Out of Playoffs
2003–04 ECHL Northern 72 45 20 7 - - 97 .673 223 195 1491 Toby O'Brien Lost in Q/R
2004–05 ECHL North 72 22 36 14 - - 58 .402 191 258 1421 Toby O'Brien Out of Playoffs
2005–06 ECHL North 72 30 26 16 - - 76 .527 223 243 1119 Frank Anzalone Lost in round 2
2006–07 ECHL North 72 33 33 - 3 3 72 .500 216 232 1179 Frank Anzalone Lost in round 1
2007–08 ECHL North 72 36 30 - 3 3 78 .541 235 234 1568 Ian Herbers Lost in round 2
2008–09 ECHL North 72 37 30 - 5 0 79 .549 228 232 1472 Ian Herbers Out of Playoffs

Current roster

As of February 9, 2010 [1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Contract status
1 United States John Murray L 2009 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Manitoba Moose (AHL) Contract
31 United States Kris Mayotte L 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chiefs Contract
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status
2 Canada David Schulz L 2008 Winkler, Manitoba Chiefs Contract
3 United States Jonathan Ralph L 2010 Chester, New Jersey Chiefs Contract
4 Canada Michael Couch L 2009 Hanna, Alberta Chiefs Contract
5 Canada Trevor Hendrikx (A) R 2009 Russell, Ontario Chiefs Contract
6 United States Greg Gallagher (A) L 2008 Framingham, Massachusetts Chiefs Contract
27 United States Russ Sinkewich R 2009 Westlake, Ohio Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Contract
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status
10 United States Brian Kaufman RW L 2010 Shoreview, Minnesota Houston Aeros (AHL) Contract
12 Canada Dan Gendur RW R 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia Manitoba Moose (AHL) Contract
14 United States Dan Collins C R 2009 Syracuse, New York Rochester Americans (AHL) Contract
15 Canada Connor Shields LW R 2009 Edmonton, Alberta Chiefs Contract
16 United States Bryan Marshall C L 2009 Livonia, Michigan Chiefs Contract
18 Canada Jordan Morrison F L 2010 Uxbridge, Ontario Chiefs Contract
17 United States Mike Bartlett RW R 2008 Morton Grove, Illinois Chiefs Contract
19 Canada Troy Schwab C L 2009 Kindersley, Saskatchewan Chiefs Contract
23 Canada Matthew Kang LW L 2010 Toronto, Ontario Chiefs Contract
24 United States Jim McKenzie RW R 2009 St. Paul, Minnesota Chiefs Contract
25 United States Sean berkstresser LW L 2008 Apollo, Pennsylvania Chiefs Contract
26 Canada Jeff Martens LW L 2010 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Chiefs Contract
39 Wales Matthew Myers C R 2010 Cardiff, Wales Chiefs Contract
71 Canada Chanse Fitzpatrick RW R 2009 Cornwall, Prince Edward Island Chiefs Contract
Staff
Title Staff member
Majority Owner and Governor Neil Smith
Minority Owner and Partner Ned Nakles
Vice president and General Manager Bill Bredin
Director of Communication and Customer Relations and Broadcaster Ray Schmitt
Head coach and Director of Hockey Operation Neil Smith (Interim Basis)
Assistant Coach and Director of Community Relations Jason Spence
Goaltending Coach Darren Hersh
Skating Coach and Scout Steve Emmett
Scout Eric Nuppola
Equipment Manager Mic Medderhoff
Athletic Trainer Michael Humbrecht
Team Doctors Dr. Joel Bunn and Dr. Jonathan Barnhart
Team Dentist Dr. Gary Minchau of Hilltop Dental Associates
Team Chiropractor Dr. Chris Sullivan of Synergy Chiropractor
Team Therapist Terry Amman
Mascot Tom E. Hawk

Chiefs alumni who have played in the NHL

# Player Position Year(s) with Chiefs NHL Team Year(s) in NHL
31 Canada Scott Bailey G 1992-93 Boston Bruins 1995-97
-- Canada Garrett Burnett LW 1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2003-04
-- Canada Shawn Byram LW 1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
1990-91
1991-92
-- United States John Craighead RW 1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs 1996-97
-- The Bahamas Andre Deveaux C 2005-07 Toronto Maple Leafs 2008-09
-- Canada Benoit Dusablon C 2000-01 New York Rangers 2003-04
-- United States Brian Eklund G 2005-06 New York Rangers 2005-06
23 United States Matt Glennon LW 1991-92 Boston Bruins 1991-92
30 United States Scott Gordon G 1988-89 Quebec Nordiques
New York Islanders(head coach)
1989-91
2008-
30 United States David Gove C 2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes 2005-07
1 Latvia Arturs Irbe G 2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes 2003-04*
31 Canada Neil Little G 1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers 2001-02
2003-04
-- United States Raymond Macias D 2007-09 Colorado Avalanche 2008-09
-- United States Marquis Mathieu D 1995-96 Boston Bruins 1998–2001
-- Canada Brett McLean C 1999–2000 Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
2002-04
2005-07
2007-09
17 Canada Mitch Molloy LW 1989-90 Buffalo Sabres 1989-90
-- Canada Doug O'Brien D 2004-05 Tampa Bay Lightning 2005-06
-- Canada Wes O'Neill D 2007-09 Tampa Bay Lightning 2008-09
17 Canada Greg Parks RW 1989-90 New York Islanders 1990-93
-- Kazakhstan Dmitri Patzold G 2003-04 San Jose Sharks 2007-08
-- Canada Jay Rosehill D 2005-07 Toronto Maple Leafs 2009-
30 Canada Dany Sabourin G 2000-02 Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
2003-04
2005-06, 2007-09
2006-07
8 Canada Ryan Savoia C 1996-98 Pittsburgh Penguins 1998-99
15 Canada Jody Shelley LW 1998–2000 Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
New York Rangers
2000-08
2008-10
2010-
-- Canada Jason Simon LW 1990-91 New York Islanders
Phoenix Coyotes
1993-94
1996-97
1 Latvia Peter Skudra G 1995-97 Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks
1997-2000
2000-01
2000-01
2001-03
-- Czech Republic Radek Smolenak LW 2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks
2008-09
2009-
-- Canada Grant Stevenson RW 2004-05 San Jose Sharks 2005-06
-- United States Billy Tibbetts RW 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
2000-02
2001-02
2002-03
-- Canada John Tripp RW 1998–2000 New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
2002-03
2003-04
4 Canada Derrick Walser D 1998–2000 Columbus Blue Jackets 2001-04, 2006–07
  • - Irbe played for several teams prior to his assignment to Johnstown, but was eventually recalled to Carolina during the 2003-04 NHL season.

Retired numbers

The Chiefs have retired four numbers: The numbers of Don Hall, Dick Roberge, Galen Head and Reg Kent. Hall and Roberge numbers were retired in 1990, Galen Head in 2003 and Reg Kent in 2009. None of these players ever played for the Chiefs, but for the Johnstown Jets.

7 - Reg Kent 8 - Galen Head 9 - Don Hall 11 - Dick Roberge

References

  1. ^ a b Mancuso, Jim (2007), 20 Years of the ECHL, ECHL, pp. 4–6 
  2. ^ a b ECHL (February 17, 2010). "ECHL Concludes Mid-Season Board of Governors Meeting". Press release. http://echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&id=21388. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chiefs name new head coach". johnstownchiefs.com. 2007-06-18. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=139. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Chiefs join forces with the Avalanche". johnstownchiefs.com. 2007-08-17. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=154. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs have something Bruin". johnstownchiefs.com. 2007-09-18. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=161. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Chiefs renew affiliation with Avalanche". johnstownchiefs.com. 2008-08-18. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=349. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Chiefs join forces with Blue Jackets, Crunch". johnstownchiefs.com. 2008-08-22. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=350. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Chiefs join forces with Penguins". johnstownchiefs.com. 2009-10-29. http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=540. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  9. ^ Mastovich, Mike (February 13, 2010). "Rumors continue about Chiefs relocation". Tribune-Democrat. http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_044234320.html?keyword=topstory. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Season-by-season records". hockeydb.com. 2008-12-01. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_standings.php?tmi=6248. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 

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