Carolina Thunderbirds
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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)

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

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

Wheeling Nailers

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Coast Hockey League[edit | edit source]

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 League[edit | edit source]

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 League[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Championships[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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