San Antonio Rampage
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City: San Antonio, Texas
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 1971
Operated: 2002–present
Home Arena: AT&T Center
Colors: Black, Dark Gray, Silver, White


Owner(s): Spurs Sports & Entertainment
General Manager: Eric Joyce
Head Coach: Eric Veilleux (2016-17)
Media: San Antonio Express-News
Ticket 760
Affiliates: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
Franchise history
1971–1972: Tidewater Wings
1972–1975: Virginia Wings
1979–1999: Adirondack Red Wings
2002–present: San Antonio Rampage
Regular Season Titles: 0
Division Championships: 1 (2014–15)
Conference Championships: 0
Calder Cups: 0

The San Antonio Rampage are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in San Antonio, Texas. They are currently the top affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL until the 2015–16 season when it will become the top affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. The Rampage is owned by the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association, who purchased a dormant AHL franchise with the NHL's Panthers and moved it to San Antonio. The Rampage plays in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the same arena as the Spurs.

History[edit | edit source]

In 2000, construction began on the SBC Center, located next to the Freeman Coliseum, home of the Central Hockey League's San Antonio Iguanas. Partnering with the Florida Panthers, the Spurs bought the dormant Adirondack Red Wings franchise and moved it to San Antonio.[1] Local investment for the Iguanas quickly dried up, and the CHL franchise folded.

Originally, the team was nicknamed the San Antonio Stampede. However, when a local semipro football team objected, the name was changed to the Rampage.[2]

On June 30, 2005 Spurs Sports & Entertainment purchased the Panthers' interest in the franchise, assuming sole ownership of the AHL club. They also entered a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes.[3]

On September 7, 2006 The Rampage unveiled their new uniforms with the official colors now being black, white and silver (the same motif used by the Spurs, as well as other Spurs-owned teams). While the primary and secondary logos remain the same, the crest of the jerseys now displayed just the bull’s head, giving it a more sleek look.

On 11 April 2007, the Coyotes announced that they had fired Rampage general manager Laurence Gilman, who had been with the Coyotes organization for 13 years. [1]

On November 23, 2009, the Phoenix Coyotes fired Greg Ireland. He was replaced by assistant coach Ray Edwards; Mike Pelino was named assistant coach. Ray Edwards was officially named head coach of the San Antonio Rampage prior to the 2010–11 season.

Their main rivals are the Texas Stars (located near Austin) and, until 2013, the Houston Aeros.

After the 2010–11 AHL season, the Coyotes came to an agreement with the Portland Pirates to be their new AHL affiliate, leaving San Antonio without an affiliate.[4] On June 29, 2011, San Antonio officially became Florida's top affiliate for a second time.[5]

In the 2011-2012 season, the Rampage finished with a record of 41-30-3-2, good enough for 87 points to qualify for the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference. They faced the third-seeded Chicago Wolves in the first round, taking Game 1 and Game 2 at home to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five series. They then lost to the Wolves in Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, leading to a Game 5. In Game 5, the Rampage took a 2-0 lead, but the Wolves rallied to tie the game, sending it into overtime. After 25 minutes of overtime, San Antonio winger Bill Thomas passed to center Jon Matsumoto, feeding defenceman Roman Derlyuk to score the series winning goal on his belly to secure the first series win in franchise history for the Rampage. The goal is known to many fans as the Goal Heard Round the Alamo, and is the most important in Rampage history.

On March 18, 2015, the Florida Panthers announced that they had entered into an affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates to begin in the 2015–16 season, thus ending the Panthers' second term as San Antonio's NHL affiliate.[6] On April 17, 2015, it was announced that the Rampage had come to a five-year affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche.[7]

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

Team Captains[edit | edit source]

Team records[edit | edit source]

Single season[edit | edit source]

Logo from 2002–2006

Goals: Don MacLean, 33 (2006–07)
Assists: Yanick Lehoux, 42 (2006–07)
Points: Yanick Lehoux, 73 (2006–07)
Points (Defenceman): Colby Robak, 39 (2011–12)
Penalty minutes: Pete Vandermeer, 332 (2007–08)
GAA: Jacob Markstrom, 2.32 (2011–12)
SV%: Travis Scott, .931 (2004–05)

Career[edit | edit source]

Career goals: Brett MacLean, 74
Career assists: Brett MacLean, 81
Career points: Brett MacLean, 155
Career penalty minutes: Francis Lessard, 613
Career goaltending wins: Josh Tordjman, 82
Career shutouts: Josh Tordjman, 9
Career games: Sean Sullivan, 212

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fischel, Mark (2003-01-30). "San Antonio Rampage "Stampede" into the AHL". Retrieved on 2005-06-17.
  2. Uminski, Terry. Gearing up for Rampage's 10th season. San Antonio Express-News, 2011-09-06.
  3. "Rampage team History". San Antonio Rampage (2010-02-03). Retrieved on 2010-02-03.
  4. Portland Pirates affiliate with Phoenix Coyotes. New England Hockey Journal. Retrieved on 27 June 2011.
  5. Rampage, Panthers ink affiliation deal. Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  6. Pirates announce affiliation with Florida. AHL (March 18, 2015).
  7. Falcons, Monsters, Rampage swap NHL affiliates. AHL (April 17, 2015).

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