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Texas Wildcatters
City Beaumont, Texas
League ECHL
Conference American Conference
Division South Division
Founded 2003
Home arena Ford Arena
Colors Black and gold
General manager Richard W. Adams
Head coach Malcom Cameron
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL) Houston Aeros (AHL)
Franchise history
1993 to 2000 Huntington Blizzard
2003 to 2008 Texas Wildcatters
2008 to Future Ontario Reign
Regular season titles none
Division Championships 2007–08
Conference Championships none
Kelly Cups none

The Texas Wildcatters, who took their name from Texas wildcatters, were an ECHL team based in Beaumont, Texas. They played their home games at the Ford Arena. They were the affiliate of the Florida Panthers in 2004–2005. The team played in Huntington, West Virginia and were known as the Huntington Blizzard from 1993–2000. The Wildcatters began play in 2003.

The Wildcatters ceased their existence in Beaumont with a 4–1 loss to the Columbia Inferno on April 25, 2008 at Ford Arena.



On October 7, 2005, the Jefferson County, Texas Commissioners announced that the team would not be allowed to use Ford Arena for the 2005–2006 season because the site was being used for Hurricane Rita relief. The team was forced to cancel the season, but resumed gameplay in 2006–2007. During the 2007-2008 season they were affliated with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL and the AHL's Houston Aeros. After the 2007-2008 season, they ceased operations and moved to Ontario, California, where they play as the Ontario Reign and are affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings.

According to a Beaumont TV report, there was a local group attempting to secure a Central Hockey League franchise for Beaumont starting in the 2008–2009 season [1]. After the Austin Ice Bats ceased operations in Austin, there was an attempt to move that franchise to Ford Arena for 2008-9. However, there was insufficient time to do this before the CHL needed a commitment to play. The depressed economy of the Golden Triangle makes a relocation to Beaumont unlikely in the near future.

Season-by-Season results


Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
2003–04 72 22 44 6 50 196 287 7th, Central
2004–05 72 17 44 11 45 178 260 6th, South
2005–06 Involuntary Suspension of Season (Hurricane Rita)
2006–07 72 41 22 5 4 91 265 222 2nd, South
2007–08 72 52 9 4 7 115 266 177 1st, South


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 Out of playoffs.
2005–06 Involuntary suspension of season.
2006–07 W, 3–2, GWT L, 2–4, FLA
2007–08 W, 3–1, MIS L, 2–3, CBA


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