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Utah Grizzlies
Utah Grizzlies logo.png
City: West Valley City, Utah
League: ECHL
Conference: Western
Division: Mountain
Founded: 1981 (in the CHL)
Home Arena: Maverik Center
Colors: Green, black, copper, white
                   [1]
Owner(s): David Elmore
Donna Tuttle
Head Coach: Tim Branham
Media: KFAN (AM 1320) or KJQS (AM 1230)
Affiliates: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Franchise history
1981–1983: Nashville South Stars
1983–1990: Virginia Lancers
1990–1992: Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993: Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994: Huntsville Blast
1994–2001: Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002: Macon Whoopee
2002–2003: Lexington Men O' War
2005–present: Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL. They play their home games at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.

Franchise history[]

The current Utah Grizzlies franchise started in 1981 as the Nashville South Stars in Nashville, Tennessee, in the Central Hockey League. Henry Brabham then took over the team in 1983 and relocated them to Vinton, Virginia mid-season, to become the Virginia Lancers. Brabham and the Lancers were then one of the founding members of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 1988. The franchise was sold and relocated several times until it went dormant after the 2002–03 season. After the American Hockey League (AHL) incarnation of the Grizzlies suspended operations, David Elmore and Donna Tuttle bought the rights to the dormant ECHL franchise and moved the team to the E Center to replace the previous Grizzlies franchise.

Prior to the 2013–14 season, their NHL affiliate Calgary Flames changed their affiliation to the Alaska Aces. Incoming head coach and general manager Tim Branham announced a three-year agreement with the Anaheim Ducks on August 7, 2013.[2] After the Grizzlies made the post-season in every season within the Ducks organization, the Grizzlies and Ducks agreed to a multi-year extension during the 2015–16 season.[3]

Following the 2017–18 season, the Grizzlies missed the post-season for the first time in 11 years. At that time, their ECHL rival, the Colorado Eagles, joined the American Hockey League as an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche after previously serving as the Avalanche affiliate in the ECHL. The Grizzlies ended their agreement with the Ducks and affiliated with the Avalanche, their closest geographical NHL club.[4][5]

The market was previously served by:

Season-by-season record[]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL= Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty infraction minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2005–06 72 36 30 5 1 78 235 236 1712 4th of 6, West 2006 L, 0–4, AK
2006–07 72 22 42 4 4 52 184 294 1953 5th of 5, West 2007 Did not qualify
2007–08 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259 1595 4th of 5, West 2008 W, 4–2, FRE W, 4–1, VIC L, 0–4, LV
2008–09 72 28 28 6 10 72 220 246 1372 4th of 6, West 2009 L, 1–4, AK
2009–10 72 34 29 4 5 77 260 253 1292 3rd of 4, West 2010 W, 3–2, LV L, 0–4, IDH
2010–11 72 33 32 4 3 73 189 227 1674 3rd of 4, Mountain 2011 W, 3–1, STK L, 0–4, VIC
2011–12 72 33 33 0 6 72 183 223 1573 3rd of 4, Mountain 2012 L, 0–3, LV
2012–13 72 29 30 4 9 71 217 277 1741 4th of 4, Mountain 2013 L, 0–4, ONT
2013–14 71 38 24 3 6 85 187 173 1329 3rd of 4, Mountain 2014 L, 1–4, BAK
2014–15 72 37 27 5 3 82 213 219 1170 4th of 7, Pacific 2015 W, 4–2, IDH L, 1–4, ONT
2015–16 72 39 27 3 3 84 223 206 942 3rd of 5, West 2016 W, 4–2, COL L, 0–4, FW
2016–17 72 36 29 5 2 79 225 240 1312 4th of 7, Mountain 2017 L, 1–4, ALN
2017–18 72 28 29 9 6 71 230 256 1212 6th of 7, Mountain 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 72 37 26 4 5 83 232 218 1264 3rd of 7, Mountain 2019 L, 1–4, IDH
2019–20 62 34 17 7 4 79 207 164 884 3rd of 7, Mountain 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020-21 72 35 26 5 6 81 207 219 - 4th of 7, Western 2021 N/A L, 0–3, ALN

Players[]

Current roster[]

Updated June 2, 2021.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
22 Flag of the United States Bafia, LukeLuke Bafia

D R 25 2021 Parrish, Florida Grizzlies
27 Flag of Canada Barron, TravisTravis Barron

LW L 22 2018 Belfountain, Ontario Avalanche
10 Flag of Canada Boucher, MatthewMatthew Boucher

LW L 23 2021 Los Angeles, California Grizzlies
14 Flag of the United States Bradley, TreyTrey Bradley

LW L 25 2020 Tampa, Florida Grizzlies
20 Flag of the United States Cannone, PatPat Cannone

C R 34 2020 Bayport, New York Grizzlies
34 Flag of the United States Fehd, BrandonBrandon Fehd

D R 30 2021 Gilbert, Arizona Grizzlies
6 Flag of Canada Fraser, ColeCole Fraser

D R 21 2021 Ottawa, Ontario Grizzlies
35 Flag of the United States Gahagen, ParkerParker Gahagen

G L 28 2020 Amherst, New York Grizzlies
15 Flag of Canada Gendron, MilesMiles Gendron

D L 25 2020 Oakville, Ontario Grizzlies
29 Flag of the United States Gerard, CharlieCharlie Gerard

F R 25 2020 Rocky River, Ohio Eagles
39 Flag of Canada Hodgson, HaydenHayden Hodgson

RW R 25 2021 Windsor, Ontario Grizzlies
72 Flag of Canada Hoover, MattMatt Hoover

LW L 25 2020 Peoria, Illinois Grizzlies
26 Flag of the United States Jenkins, JackJack Jenkins

C R 26 2019 Lake Bluff, Illinois Grizzlies
3 Flag of Canada Johnston, GarrettGarrett Johnston

D L 26 2020 Winnipeg, Manitoba Grizzlies
31 Flag of the United States Jones, PeytonPeyton Jones

G L 25 2020 Langhorne, Pennsylvania Avalanche
4 Flag of the United States Lepkowski, AlexAlex Lepkowski

D L 28 2020 Buffalo, New York Grizzlies
16 Flag of the United States Lowney, RyanRyan Lowney

D L 27 2021 Redford, Michigan Grizzlies
28 Flag of the United States Mannek, MasonMason Mannek

C R 21 2021 Herriman, Utah Grizzlies
13 Flag of Canada Maxwell, MitchMitch Maxwell

LW L 30 2018 Magrath, Alberta Grizzlies
7 Flag of Canada McLeod, WyattWyatt McLeod

D L 21 2021 Dawson Creek, British Columbia Grizzlies
30 Flag of the United States Metcalf, GarrettGarrett Metcalf

G L 25 2021 Salt Lake City, Utah Grizzlies
17 Flag of Canada Mutala, SashaSasha Mutala

RW R 20 2021 Vancouver, British Columbia Grizzlies
19 Flag of Canada Paré, CédricCédric Paré

C L 22 2020 Lévis, Quebec Grizzlies
24 Flag of the United States Wegwerth, JoeJoe Wegwerth

LW L 25 2019 Brewster, New York Eagles
8 Flag of the United States White, A.J.A.J. White

LW L 29 2021 Dearborn, Michigan Grizzlies
18 Flag of Canada Zahn, TeiganTeigan Zahn

D L 31 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Grizzlies

References[]

  1. Email response from Communications and Broadcasting VP Adrian Denny: "Copper is the third color."
  2. Utah Grizzlies announce affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks (2013-08-07).
  3. Ducks announce affiliation extension with the Utah Grizzlies. Anaheim Ducks (2016-01-20).
  4. Grizzlies announce affiliation with Avalanche (2018-06-28).
  5. Avalanche enters in to ECHL partnership with the Utah Grizzlies. Colorado Avalanche (2018-06-28).
  6. Utah Grizzlies team roster (2021-06-02).
  7. Utah Grizzlies Roster. EliteProspects.com (2021-06-02).

External links[]



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