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Houston Aeros
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City: Houston, Texas
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 1994 (in the IHL)
Home Arena: Toyota Center
Colors: Green, red, wheat
              
Owner(s): Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (majority), Chuck Watson (minority)
General Manager: Jim Mill
Head Coach: Vacant, formerly Kevin Constantine
Media: Houston Chronicle, 1070 KNTH
Affiliates: Minnesota Wild (NHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994 -- 2001 (IHL): Houston Aeros
2001 -- present (AHL): Houston Aeros
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 1 IHL (1998–99)
0 AHL
Division Championships: 1 IHL (1998–99)
1 AHL (2002–03)
Conference Championships: 1 (2002–03)
Turner Cups: 1 (1998–99)
Calder Cups: 1 (2002–03)

The Houston Aeros are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team plays in Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center.

History[]

The Houston Aeros were an expansion team in the International Hockey League in 1994. The team's name is a homage to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in the 1970s, one of the teams Gordie Howe played for in the WHA. The Aeros were the second IHL team to be named after a WHA franchise, the first being the Phoenix Roadrunners; unlike the Roadrunners, who used the same logo as their WHA predecessor, the IHL Aeros used a new logo, a bomber flying over the team name (essentially their current logo). The Aeros would defeat the Orlando Solar Bears to win the 1999 Turner Cup, following an impressive 54-win season.

The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the AHL in 2001 when the IHL folded. The AHL version of the Aeros would go on to win the 2003 Calder Cup. They are the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

The team plays their home games in the Toyota Center, which they moved to from the Compaq Center for the 2003–04 season.

In 2003, the Aeros replaced their original bomber logo, carried over from their IHL days, to a new logo featuring a forward-facing modern fighter jet below a bold "AEROS", and using the WHA Aeros' colors of light and dark blue. In 2005, as part of their affiliation with the Wild, the Aeros changed their colors to the Wild's forest green and Iron Range red. On April 18, 2006, the team announced that the 2006–07 season would see the Aeros return to their original bomber logo associated with their championship seasons, with only minor color alterations; the blue elements of the original logo were replaced with green.

The principal owner is Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, with Chuck Watson, the former owner, now owning a 10% minority share.

Season-by-season results[]

Regular season[]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 81 38 35 8 84 272 283 2nd, Central
1995–96 82 29 45 8 66 262 328 5th, Central
1996–97 82 44 30 8 96 247 228 2nd, Southwest
1997–98 82 50 22 10 110 268 214 2nd, Southwest
1998–99 82 54 15 13 121 307 209 1st, Southwest
1999–00 82 44 29 9 97 219 197 3rd, Western
2000–01 82 42 32 8 92 229 245 2nd, Western
2001–02 80 39 26 10 5 93 234 232 2nd, West
2002–03 80 47 23 7 3 104 266 222 1st, West
2003–04 80 28 34 14 4 74 197 220 4th, West
2004–05 80 40 28 6 6 93 212 195 4th, West
2005–06 80 50 24 3 3 106 285 242 2nd, West
2006–07 80 27 43 4 6 64 205 269 7th, West
2007–08 80 45 29 2 4 96 206 183 3rd, West
2008–09 80 38 31 2 9 87 218 230 3rd, West
2009–10 80 34 34 7 5 80 206 224 7th, West

Playoffs[]

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 L, 1–3, PHX
1995–96 Out of playoffs.
1996–97 W, 3–0, LV W, 4–1, SA L, 1–4, LB
1997–98 L, 1–3, MIL
1998–99 W, 3–2, LB W, 4–3, CHI W, 4–3, ORL
1999–00 W, 4–1, UT L, 2–4, CHI
2000–01 L, 3–4, MTB
2001–02 W, 3–2, UT W, 4–0, HER L, 1–4, CHI
2002–03 W, 3–0, MIL W, 4–2, NOR W, 4–3, GR W, 4–3, HAM
2003–04 L, 0–2, CIN
2004–05 L, 1–4, CHI
2005–06 W, 4–0, PEO L, 0–4, MIL
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 L, 1–4, RFD
2008–09 W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-3, MIL L, 4-2, MTB
2009–10 Out of playoffs.

Current Roster[]

Updated October 28, 2010.[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
12 Flag of Canada Almond, CodyCody Almond

C L 32 2009 Calgary, Alberta Wild
29 Flag of Canada Bagnall, DrewDrew Bagnall

 (A)

D L 37 2010 Oakbank, Manitoba Wild
56 Flag of Canada Broda, JoelJoel Broda

C L 31 2010 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Wild
39 Flag of Canada Buck, BrandonBrandon Buck

LW L 33 2010 Delaware, Ontario Aeros
61 Flag of Canada Cuma, TylerTyler Cuma

D L 31 2010 Bowmanville, Ontario Wild
62 Flag of Canada Daoust, Jean-MichelJean-Michel Daoust

RW R 37 2009 Valleyfield, Quebec Wild
14 Flag of the United States DiSalvatore, JonJon DiSalvatore

 (C)

RW R 40 2009 Bangor, Maine Wild
17 Flag of the United States Earl, RobbieRobbie Earl

LW L 36 2009 Chicago, Illinois Wild
4 Flag of Canada Fraser, JamieJamie Fraser

D L 35 2009 Sarnia, Ontario Wild
32 Flag of Canada Fredheim, KrisKris Fredheim

D R 34 2010 Campbell River, British Columbia Aeros
31 Flag of Canada Hackett, MatthewMatthew Hackett

G L 31 2010 London, Ontario Wild
23 Flag of the Czech Republic Kalus, PetrPetr Kalus

LW L 34 2007 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia Wild
42 Flag of Canada Kassian, MattMatt Kassian

LW L 34 2008 Edmonton, Alberta Wild
30 Flag of Kazakhstan Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin

G L 35 2007 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union Wild
27 Flag of Canada McMillian, CarsonCarson McMillian

RW R 33 2009 Brandon, Manitoba Wild
26 Flag of Canada Noreau, MaximMaxim Noreau

D R 34 2007 Montreal, Quebec Wild
19 Flag of the United States Palmer, JarodJarod Palmer

C R 35 2010 Fridley, Minnesota Wild
25 Flag of Canada Peters, WarrenWarren Peters

 (A)

C L 39 2010 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wild
15 Flag of the United States Prosser, NateNate Prosser

D R 35 2010 Elk River, Minnesota Wild
20 Flag of the United States Rau, ChadChad Rau

C R 34 2009 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Wild
6 Flag of Canada Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella

D L 31 2010 Montreal, Quebec Wild
28 Flag of Canada Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon

D R 31 2010 Edmonton, Alberta Wild
10 Flag of the United States Zingoni, PeterPeter Zingoni

C L 40 2009 Bridgeport, Connecticut Aeros

Franchise records[]

Single season
Goals: 47 Flag of the United States Patrick O'Sullivan (2005–06)
Assists: 88 Flag of Canada Brian Wiseman (1998–99)
Points: 110 Flag of Canada Kirby Law (2005–06)
Penalty minutes: 333 Flag of Canada Gord Donnelly (1995–96)
GAA: 2.01 Flag of Canada Josh Harding (2004–05)
SV%: .930 Josh Harding (2004–05)
Career
Career goals: 132 Flag of Canada Mark Freer
Career assists: 210 Mark Freer
Career points: 342 Mark Freer
Career penalty minutes: 721 Flag of the United States Erik Reitz
Career goaltending wins: 126 Flag of Canada Frederic Chabot
Career shutouts: 18 Frederic Chabot
Career games: 469 Mark Freer
Retired numbers
9 Flag of Canada Gordie Howe (1973-77)

References[]

  1. aeros.com - Roster. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.
  2. TheAHL.com –Houston Aeros Roster. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.

External links[]

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