Utah Grizzlies
2021–22 ECHL season
CityWest Valley City, Utah
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionMountain
Founded1981 (in the CHL)
Home arenaMaverik Center
ColorsGreen, black, copper, white
       [1]
Owner(s)David Elmore
Donna Tuttle
Head coachRyan Kinasewich
MediaKFAN (AM 1320) or KJQS (AM 1230)
AffiliatesColorado Avalanche (NHL)
Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Franchise history
1981–1983Nashville South Stars
1983–1990Virginia Lancers
1990–1992Roanoke Valley Rebels
1992–1993Roanoke Valley Rampage
1993–1994Huntsville Blast
1994–2001Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
2001–2002Macon Whoopee
2002–2003Lexington Men O' War
2005–presentUtah 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 1037 4th of 7, Western 2021 L, 0–3, ALN

Players

Current roster

Updated November 20, 2021.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 Canada Matthew Boucher (A) LW L 23 2021 Los Angeles, California Eagles
12 United States Brian Bowen F R 26 2021 Littleton, Massachusetts Grizzlies
16 United States Nate Clurman D R 23 2021 Boulder, Colorado Avalanche
4 United States Joey Colatarci D R 26 2021 Fort Myers, Florida Grizzlies
3 United States Bailey Conger C R 24 2021 Boise, Idaho Grizzlies
7 Canada Austin Crossley D L 22 2021 Fort St. John, British Columbia Grizzlies
24 United States Taylor Crunk LW L 26 2021 San Jacinto, California Grizzlies
29 Canada Brandon Cutler C L 21 2021 Spruce Grove, Alberta Grizzlies
45 Canada Charle-Edouard D'Astous D L 23 2021 Rimouski, Quebec Eagles
15 Canada Miles Gendron (A) D L 25 2020 Oakville, Ontario Eagles
17 Canada Connor Graham LW L 25 2021 Aurora, Ontario Grizzlies
42 United States Peyton Jones G L 25 2020 Langhorne, Pennsylvania Eagles
26 United States Mason Mannek C R 21 2021 Herriman, Utah Grizzlies
44 United States Luke Martin D R 23 2021 St. Louis, Missouri Eagles
39 United States Garrett Metcalf G L 25 2021 Salt Lake City, Utah Grizzlies
40 Canada Andrew Nielsen D L 25 2021 Red Deer, Alberta Eagles
21 Canada Tyler Penner RW R 26 2021 Winnipeg, Manitoba Grizzlies
23 Canada Kyle Pouncy D R 26 2021 Kamloops, British Columbia Grizzlies
22 Canada Neil Robinson LW L 26 2021 Pointe-Claire, Quebec Grizzlies
8 United States Quinn Ryan F R 25 2021 Branchville, New Jersey Grizzlies
61 United States Gehrett Sargis F L 32 2021 Midlothian, Illinois Grizzlies
19 United States Jordon Stone D R 25 2021 Parker, Colorado 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". desertnews.com. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  3. ^ "Ducks announce affiliation extension with the Utah Grizzlies". Anaheim Ducks. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies announce affiliation with Avalanche". utahgrizzlies.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  5. ^ "Avalanche enters in to ECHL partnership with the Utah Grizzlies". Colorado Avalanche. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  6. ^ "Utah Grizzlies team roster". utahgrizzlies.com. 2021-11-12. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  7. ^ "Utah Grizzlies Roster". EliteProspects.com. 2021-11-20. Retrieved 2021-11-20.