Virginia Lancers
Virginia Lancers ECHL.gif
City: Vinton, Virginia
League: Atlantic Coast Hockey League (1983-1987),
All-American Hockey League (1987-1988)
East Coast Hockey League (1988-1994)
Founded: 1981
Home Arena: LancerLot
Colors: red, white, blue
Franchise history
1981-1983: Nashville South Stars
1983-1990: Virginia Lancers
1989-1992: Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992-1993: Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993-1994: Huntsville Blast


Vinton, Virginia was home to the Virginia Lancers of the ECHL from 1988-1990. At this time, the name was changed to the Roanoke Valley Rebels (1990-1992) and then the Rampage (1992-1993), but the franchise remained in the same location throughout. After the 1992-1993 season, the franchise was moved to Alabama and became the Huntsville Blast. The team would fold after the 1993-94 season.

The Lancers' coach from 1988-1990, John Tortorella, now head coach of the New York Rangers, won the Stanley Cup in 2003-04 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Origins of team[edit | edit source]

The Lancers came into existence when the Nashville South Stars of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League would relocate to Vinton, Virginia early in the 1983-84 season. The South Stars played in the Central Hockey League (1963-1984) for the 1981-82 season and would join the Atlantic Coast Hockey League for 1982-1983.

Demise of the team in Vinton[edit | edit source]

Weather eventually played a factor into the Rampage only lasting one season. On March 13, 1993, the Rampage were trailing the Richmond Renegades 6-2 with 6:03 left in the second period. Officials decided to call the game due to structural damage to the LancerLot Arena. A beam supporting the arena started to buckle due to the 16 inches (40 cm) of snow on the roof and 40 mph (65 kmph) winds outside. All 63 fans (believed to also be an ECHL record for lowest paid attendance) were told to leave the arena, along with officials, players, coaches, and arena employees. This decision was fully vindicated when later that night the roof of the arena collapsed completely under the weight of the snow.

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
1983-84 73 34 37 2 - - 71 384 400 3rd Lost Semifinals
1984-85 64 19 41 4 - - 42 298 434 4th Lost Semifinals
1985-86 62 28 34 0 - - 61 299 340 3rd Lost Semifinals
1986-87 58 36 19 3 - - 75 288 218 1st Won Championship

All-American Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL SL Pts GF GA Place Playoffs
1987-88 43 37 5 - 1 - 75 321 129 1st

East Coast Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL SL Pts GF GA Place Playoffs
1988-89 60 22 30 - 8 - 52 266 329 5th Did not qualify
1989-90 60 36 18 - 6 - 78 261 218 3rd Lost Quarterfinals

logo circa 1983

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See Also[edit | edit source]

List of ECHL seasons

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