The Winston-Salem Thunderbirds were an ice hockey team located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. The Thunderbirds played their home games at the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum before the arena was demolished in 1989. The team played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987, the All-American Hockey League during 1987-88 and finally moved to the East Coast Hockey League in 1988. The franchise used the name Carolina Thunderbirds prior to the 1989-90 season. The franchise was noted for its heated, often violent rivalry with the neighboring Greensboro Monarchs.

The team moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1992, playing as the Wheeling Thunderbirds. In 1995 the team changed its name to the Wheeling Nailers.

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Championships[edit | edit source]

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
1981-82 50 14 33 3 - - 31 184 265 5th Lost Semifinals
1982-83 68 51 10 7 - - 111 376 208 1st Won Championship
1983-84 72 43 24 5 - - 92 381 300 1st Lost Final
1984-85 64 53 10 1 - - 107 374 220 1st Won Championship
1985-86 63 49 14 0 - - 397 227 104 1st Won Championship
1986-87 56 23 31 2 - - 48 252 278 4th Lost Semifinals

See also[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Inaugural
ECHL Riley Cup Champions
1988-89
Succeeded by
Greensboro Monarchs


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