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Charlotte Checkers
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City: Charlotte, North Carolina
League: ECHL
Conference: American Conference
Division: South Division
Founded: 1993
Home Arena: St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice at Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Colors: navy, red, black, silver, white
Owner(s): Michael Kahn
General Manager: Jeff Longo
Head Coach: Derek Wilkinson
Affiliates: New York Rangers (NHL), Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Franchise history
1993 to Present: Charlotte Checkers
Championships
Regular Season Titles: none
Division Championships: none
Conference Championships: none
Kelly Cups: 1995-96

The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League).

The Checkers were founded in 1993 and played from then until 2005 in Cricket Arena. In 2005, they moved to St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The team set their all time attendance record of 11,237 on February 10, 2007 in a 6-3 loss against the Texas Wildcatters. Their previous record was 10,894 in a win against the Florida Everblades in November 2005. As of February 20, 2007, they are second in the ECHL in attendance, increasing their attandance by 45% over their inaugral season at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Many people claim that the new arena is part of the reason for increased attendance as well as an increased interest in hockey in North Carolina due to the in-state NHL 2006 Stanley Cup champions, and also the influx of northern transplants into the Charlotte region. However, it should be noted that Charlotte's minor-league hockey influence is much older, dating to 1956, when the Eastern Hockey League's Baltimore Clippers moved to Charlotte after a fire destroyed part of the Baltimore team's arena. They played games in the Charlotte Coliseum (now Cricket Arena) for the balance of the season. The team decided to stay in Charlotte, adopting the Checkers nickname in 1958. The team joined the EHL's other Southern franchises in forming the Southern Hockey League in 1973, where it played until the league's demise in 1977.

The current Checkers are named for the teams of the past, and for years were known for an orange and electric blue checkerboard pattern logo. However, it is possible that the Checkers name comes from the hockey term "checking".

History of the Charlotte Checkers

Season-by-season record

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
Records as of October 30, 2006.[1]

Season League Division GP W L T OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM Coach(es) Result
1993-94 ECHL East 68 39 25 0 4 0 82 0.574 281 271 1519 John Marks Lost in round 1
1994-95 ECHL East 68 37 22 0 9 0 83 0.544 274 261 1949 John Marks Lost in round 1
1995-96 ECHL East 70 45 21 0 4 0 94 0.643 294 250 2251 John Marks Won Championship
1996-97 ECHL East 70 35 28 7 0 0 77 0.550 271 267 1799 John Marks Lost in round 1
1997-98 ECHL Southeast 70 35 24 11 0 0 81 0.579 251 237 1662 John Marks Lost in round 2
1998-99 ECHL Southeast 70 29 30 11 0 0 69 0.493 221 262 1264 Shawn Wheeler Out of Playoffs
1999-00 ECHL Northeast 70 25 38 0 7 0 57 0.357 186 254 1680 Shawn Wheeler, Don MacAdam Out of Playoffs
2000-01 ECHL Northeast 72 34 26 12 0 0 80 0.556 247 252 1416 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2001-02 ECHL Northeast 72 41 20 11 0 0 93 0.646 256 207 1599 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2002-03 ECHL Northeast 72 41 28 3 0 0 85 0.590 262 234 1735 Don MacAdam Out of Playoffs
2003-04 ECHL Southern 72 31 32 9 0 0 71 0.493 206 230 1460 Don MacAdam, Derek Wilkinson Out of Playoffs
2004-05 ECHL East 72 39 26 7 0 0 85 0.590 226 219 1301 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2005-06 ECHL South 72 33 34 5 0 0 71 0.493 232 254 1634 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2006-07 ECHL South 4 3 1 0 0 0 6 0.750 19 11 105 Derek Wilkinson T.B.D.
Totals 1 5 993 467 355 76 24 0 1034 0.470 3226 3209 21374 4 9/13 Playoff Seasons, 1 Championship

Current Roster

As of December 31, 2006. Taken from ECHL Website.[2]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
1 Flag of the United States Chris Holt L June 5, 1985 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
30 Flag of the United States Alex Westlund R December 28, 1975 Flemington Village, New Jersey, USA
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
2 Flag of Canada Ryan Constant L May 1, 1985 Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba, Canada
3 Flag of the United States Corey Potter R January 5, 1984 Lansing, Michigan, USA
5 Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Vodrazka L November 10, 1976 Plzeň, Plzeň Region, Czech Republic
6 Flag of the United States Kenny Smith L December 31, 1981 Stoneham, Massachusetts, USA
8 Flag of the United States Dan Murphy L April 26, 1983 North Andover, Massachusetts, USA
17 Flag of Canada Kenton Smith L September 10, 1979 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
19 Flag of Canada Bryan Rodney R April 22, 1984 London, Ontario, Canada
24 Flag of Canada Kirk DeWaele R March 24, 1976 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
9 Flag of the United States Hugh Jessiman RW R March 28, 1984 New York, New York, USA
11 Flag of the United States Adam Nightingale F R December 19, 1979 Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Zdenek Bahensky F L March 1, 1986 Most, Ústí nad Labem Region, Czech Republic
13 Flag of the United States Blake Bellefeuille C R December 27, 1977 Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
14 Flag of Canada Daymen Rycroft F L May 2, 1979 Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
16 Flag of Canada Bruce Graham F L December 2, 1985 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
20 Flag of Canada Mike Ouellette F R July 6, 1982 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
21 Flag of Canada Nathan Gillies F R October 31, 1980 Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
25 Flag of the United States Lee Falardeau C L July 22, 1983 Midland, Michigan, USA
44 Flag of Canada Dusty Jamieson LW L May 26, 1981 Forest, Ontario, Canada
Staff
Title Staff Member
Head Coach Derek Wilkinson
Assistant Coach Allan Egeland
Trainer Brandon Dionne
Equipment Manager Mike Brown

Team captains

Hall of Famers

NHLers

Peter Worrell played in Charlotte during the 2005-06 season.

Daniel Girardi played in Charlotte during the 2005-06 season.

Notable players

Dusty Jamieson

Retired numbers

4 - Kurt Seher

Miscellaneous

Team Highs

Infamous moments

References

External links

Preceded by
Richmond Renegades
Riley Cup Champions
1995-96
Succeeded by
South Carolina Stingrays
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