Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were a professional ice hockey team which played in the Bossier City-Shreveport metropolitan area of Louisiana. From 1997 to 2001, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs were members of the Western Professional Hockey League, until a 2001 merger between the WPHL with the Central Hockey League. From 2001 to 2011, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs played in the Central Hockey League. From 1997 until 2000, they were known as the Shreveport Mudbugs, changing the name to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs after the team relocated from the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport to the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City.

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
2010–11 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs season
CityBossier City, Louisiana
LeagueCentral Hockey League (2001–2011)
Western Professional Hockey League (1997–2001)
ConferenceBerry
Founded1997
Home arenaCenturyTel Center
ColorsBlack, Teal, Purple, Red, White
                        
Owner(s)Tommy & Leslie Scott
General managerJason Campbell
Head coachScott Muscutt
Franchise history
1997–2000Shreveport Mudbugs
2000–2011Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Championships
Regular season titles3 (1999, 2007, 2008)
Division Championships7 (1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Conference Championships3 (2004, 2006, 2011)
Ray Miron President's Cup4 (1999, 2000, 2001,2011)

One of the few successful sports teams from the Bossier-Shreveport area, the Mudbugs found success early. Coached by former Mudbug player Scott Muscutt and owned by Tommy and Leslie Scott, the team increased attendance each year and hosted the All-Star festivities for the Central Hockey League in 2007. The Mudbugs maintained heated rivalries with the Texas Brahmas, Laredo Bucks, Mississippi RiverKings, and Colorado Eagles.

History

In their first four seasons, the Mudbugs saw their most success. After the sweep from the Fort Worth Brahmas in the second round of their opening season, the Mudbugs went on to win the President's Cup Championships three straight years in the WPHL. Following the merger of the WPHL and CHL, the Mudbugs found their way back to the Ray Miron President's Cup Finals three times (2004, 2006, 2011). The Mudbugs were the only team in history of the WPHL and CHL to ever win the Cup three straight years.

During the 2009–10 season, Mudbugs legend goaltender Ken Carroll and Travis Clayton were named to the Central Hockey League's All Decade Team.

On July 20, 2010 former player Jason Campbell was named the new Vice President & General Manager for the Mudbugs.

With the merger of the CHL and the IHL beginning with the 2010–11 season, the Mudbugs played in the Berry Conference. The Mudbugs would go on to win the Ray Miron President's Cup that season in a 7-game series with the Colorado Eagles, but would cease operations two weeks later citing low attendance and financial issues.[1][2]

In October 2015, it was announced that a new Mudbugs team would return for the 2016–17 season after signing a 12-year lease agreement with the Louisiana State Fairgrounds to play their home games in the Hirsch Coliseum as a member of the Tier II junior North American Hockey League.[3] On April 8, 2016, the Shreveport Mudbugs were officially announced as an expansion team in the NAHL.[4]

Season-by-season results

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonGamesWonLostOTLSOLGoals
for
Goals
against
PointsStanding1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
1997–986942207308228912nd of 7, East Div.
3rd of 12, WPHL
W, 3-1
Central Texas Stampede
L, 0-4
Fort Worth Brahmas
1998–996947175315234991st of 6, East Div.
1st of 17, WPHL
BYEW, 3-0
Monroe Moccasins
W, 4-1
Lake Charles Ice Pirates
W, 4-0
San Angelo Outlaws
1999–007044197272198951st of 6, Eastern Div.
3rd of 18, WPHL
BYEW, 3-0
Lake Charles Ice Pirates
W, 4-1
Central Texas Stampede
W, 4-2
New Mexico Scorpions
2000–017145215265172952nd of 7, East Div.
2nd of 14, WPHL
W, 4-0
Austin Ice Bats
W, 4-1
Tupelo T-Rex
W, 4-1
Lubbock Cotton Kings
2001–026433274215198702nd of 4, Northeast Div.
8th of 16, CHL
W, 3-1
Oklahoma City Blazers
L, 3-4
Memphis RiverKings
2002–0364332218206176753rd of 4, Northeast Div.
10th of 16, CHL
Did not qualify
2003–0464421633205146901st of 4, Northeast Div.
3rd of 17, CHL
W, 3-2
Indianapolis Ice
W, 4-1
Wichita Thunder
L, 3-4
Laredo Bucks
2004–0560361716175152791st of 5, Northeast Div.
3rd of 18, CHL
L, 3-4
Wichita Thunder
2005–0664411517223170901st of 4, Northeast Div.
3rd of 15, CHL
W, 4-1
Wichita Thunder
W, 4-1
Colorado Eagles
L, 1-4
Laredo Bucks
2006–0764441424214155941st of 4, Northeast Div.
1st of 17, CHL
W, 4-2
Wichita Thunder
L, 1-4
Memphis RiverKings
2007–0864441433214122941st of 5, Northeast Div.
1st of 17, CHL
BYEL, 0-4
Texas Brahmas
2008–0964391915196169843rd of 4, Northeast Div.
5th of 16, CHL
W, 2-1
Rocky Mountain Rage
L, 0-4
Colorado Eagles
2009–10643822222131803rd of 7, Northern Conf.
5th of 15, CHL
BYEW, 4-0
Colorado Eagles
L, 3-4
Rapid City Rush
2010–1166372621229193772nd of 9, Berry Conf.
6th of 18, CHL
W, 3-1
Arizona Sundogs
W, 3-2
Tulsa Oilers
W, 4-1
Allen Americans
W, 4-3
Colorado Eagles

WPHL & CHL team awards and trophies

Ray Miron President's Cup Champions

  • 1998–1999
  • 1999–2000
  • 2000–2001
  • 2010-2011

Governor's Cup Champions

  • 1998–1999
  • 2006–2007
  • 2007–2008

Central Hockey League Northern Conference Champions

  • 2003–2004
  • 2005–2006

Division Championships

  • WPHL Eastern Division 1998–1999
  • WPHL Eastern Division 1999–2000
  • CHL Northeastern Division 2003–2004
  • CHL Northeastern Division 2004–2005
  • CHL Northeastern Division 2005–2006
  • CHL Northeastern Division 2006–2007
  • CHL Northeastern Division 2007–2008

Central Hockey League Franchise of the Year

  • 2005–2006

WPHL & CHL player awards and trophies

Central Hockey League Coach of the Year

  • Scott Muscutt: 2007-08

Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year

  • Cam Abbott: 2006-07

Central Hockey League Most Outstanding Goaltender

  • Ken Carroll: 2005-06
  • John DeCaro: 2006-07, 2007–08

Western Professional Hockey League Rookie of the Year

  • Ken Carroll: 2000-01

Western Professional Hockey League Playoff Most Valuable Player

  • John Vecchiarelli: 1998-99
  • Hugo Hamelin: 1999-00
  • Jason Campbell: 2000-01

Western Professional Hockey League Man of the Year

  • Scott Muscutt: 1999-00

Western Professional Hockey League Most Outstanding Goaltender

  • Kevin St.Pierre: 1997-98
  • Ken Carroll: 2000-01

Franchise individual records

  • Most Saves in a single game: Ken Carroll, 57 (March 19, 2007)
  • Most Goals in a season: Paul Jackson, 55 (1997–98)
  • Most Assists in a season: Brian Shantz, 82 (1997–98)
  • Most Points in a season: Paul Jackson, 115 (1997–98)
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a season: Dan Wildfong, 340 (2001–02)
  • Most Wins in a season: Kevin St. Pierre, 36 (1997–98)
  • Most Shutouts in a season: John DeCaro, 10 (2007–08)
  • Most Goals in a career: Dan Wildfong, 213 (1999–2007)
  • Most Assists in a career: Dan Wildfong, 339 (1999–2007)
  • Most Points in a career: Dan Wildfong, 552 (1999–2007)
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a career: Dan Wildfong, 2234 (1999–2007)
  • Most Win in a career: Ken Carroll, 187 (2000-01 & 2002–2010)
  • Most Shutouts in a career: Ken Carroll, 31 (2000-01 & 2002–2010)

Franchise records

  • Most Goals in a season: 315 (1998–99)
  • Fewest Goals Against in a season: 146 (2003–04)
  • Most Points in a season: 99 (1998–99)
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a season: 1,988 (1997–98)
  • Most Wins in a season: 47 (1998–99)
  • Fewest Losses in a season: 14 (2006–07)
  • Consecutive victories: 15 (12/08/2007-1/20/2008)
  • Consecutive victories on home ice: 17 (12/08/2007-Current)
  • All Time Regular Season Wins: 439
  • All Time Regular Season Losses: 195
  • All Time Regular Seasons Overtime Losses: 68
  • All Time Wins: 506
  • All Time Losses: 229
  • Games Played: 803

References

  1. Lang III, Roy (June 10, 2011). "Won and done for Mudbugs". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  2. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs win CHL title, then cease operations
  3. Lang III, Roy. "Ice, Ice, Baby! Mudbugs hockey returns to Shreveport". Shreveporttimes.com. GANNETT. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. "Shreveport Mudbugs accepted into the NAHL for the 2016-17 season". OurSports Central. April 8, 2016.
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