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City: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
League: Atlantic Coast Hockey League (1982-1987),
All-American Hockey League (1987-1988)
East Coast Hockey League (1988-1989
Founded: 1985
Home Arena: Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum
Franchise history
1981-1982: Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1982-1989: Carolina Thunderbirds
1989-1992: Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1992-1996: Wheeling Thunderbirds
1996-present: Wheeling Nailers


Winston-Salem Thunderbirds(T-birds)

Winston-Salem Thunderbirds(T-birds)

Carolina Thunderbirds for the 1982-83

Carolina Thunderbirds circa 1982-83

The Winston-Salem Thunderbirds were an ice hockey team located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. The Thunderbirds played their home games at the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum before the arena was demolished in 1989. The team played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987, the All-American Hockey League during 1987-88 and finally moved to the East Coast Hockey League in 1988. The franchise used the name Carolina Thunderbirds prior to the 1989-90 season. The franchise was noted for its heated, often violent rivalry with the neighboring Greensboro Monarchs. The team moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1992, playing as the
Wheeling Thunderbirds

Wheeling Thunderbirds

. In 1995 the team changed its name to the Wheeling Nailers.
Wheeling Nailers

Wheeling Nailers

Season-by-season recordEdit

Atlantic Coast Hockey LeagueEdit

Season GP W L T OL SL Pts GF GA Place Playoffs
1981-82 50 14 33 3 - - 31 184 265 5th Lost Semifinals
1982-83 66 51 10 7 - - 111 376 208 1st Won Championship
1983-84 72 43 24 5 - - 92 381 300 1st Lost Final
1984-85 64 53 10 1 - - 107 374 220 1st Won Championship
1985-86 63 49 14 0 - - 104 397 227 1st Won Championship
1986-87 56 23 31 2 - - 48 252 278 4th Lost Semifinals

All-American Hockey LeagueEdit

Season GP W L T OL SL Pts GF GA Place Playoffs
1987-88 49 34 15 - 0 - 68 355 182 2nd

East Coast Hockey LeagueEdit

Season GP W L T OL SL Pts GF GA Place Playoffs
1988-89 60 27 32 - 1 - 55 266 329 4th Won Championship
1989-90 60 38 16 - 6 - 82 312 257 T-1st Lost Final
1990-91 64 20 41 - 3 - 43 228 323 6th West Did not qualify
1991-92 64 36 24 - 4 - 76 270 245 3rd East Lost First Round

For a continuation of this franchise please see Wheeling Nailers

Head coaches Edit

Championships Edit

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
Inaugural
ECHL Riley Cup Champions
1988-89
Succeeded by
Greensboro Monarchs
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