Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, who also own the franchise, since its inception. The team is based in Bridgeport, Connecticut and play their home games at the Webster Bank Arena.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2019–20 AHL season
CityBridgeport, Connecticut
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded2001
Home arenaWebster Bank Arena
ColorsBlue, orange, white
              
Owner(s)Jon Ledecky
General managerChris Lamoriello[1]
Head coachBrent Thompson
MediaConnecticut Post
MSG Network
News Radio WPOP (1410 AM)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesNew York Islanders (NHL)
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles1 2001–02
Division Championships2 2001–02, 2011–12
Conference Championships1 2001–02
Calder Cups0

History

The Sound Tigers joined the American Hockey League in 2001 with a season that saw them capture a division and league title on their way to winning the Eastern Conference championship. Facing off against the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup finals, they would lose the series four games-to-one.[2] The team has generally been successful, recording only five losing seasons through the 2016 season.

The franchise's first coach was Steve Stirling, and the team is currently coached by Brent Thompson.

Team identity

Mascot

The lone mascot of the Sound Tigers is an anthropomorphic blue tiger named Storm. He appears at home games sporting a jersey with the number 01. While Storm can usually be found exciting fans throughout the arena, he skates on the ice during periodic intermissions. Storm's appearance has changed since the team's inaugural season.

Rivalries

The main (and instate) rival of the Sound Tigers are the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers (the main rival of the Sound Tigers’ parent club, the New York Islanders). The games have become known as the Battle of Connecticut. They also have formed a rivalry with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh PenguinsAHL affiliate, largely due to the two teams frequently facing off in playoff match-ups. They also are semi-rivals with the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate.

Season-by-season results

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2001–028043258498.6132401921st, East2002W, 3–1, MANW, 4–0 SJMW, 4–3, HAML, 1–4, CHI
2002–0380402611394.5882191982nd, East2003W, 3–0, MANL, 2–4, BNG
2003–0480412312498.6131781402nd, East2004L, 3–4, WBS
2004–058037381479.4941922226th, East2005Did not qualify
2005–068038336385.5312462534th, East2006L, 3–4, WBS
2006–078036371679.4942292675th, East2007Did not qualify
2007–088040361384.5252252405th, East2008Did not qualify
2008–0980492335106.6632412122nd, East2009L, 1–4, WBS
2009–108038324686.5382012205th, Atlantic2010L, 1–4, HER
2010–118030394767.4442092567th, Atlantic2011Did not qualify
2011–127641263691.5992332191st, Northeast2012L, 0–3, CON
2012–137632327576.4492182423rd, Northeast2013Did not qualify
2013–147628402664.4211832385th, Northeast2014Did not qualify
2014–157628407164.4212132465th, Northeast2015Did not qualify
2015–167640294387.5722092205th, Atlantic2016L, 0–3, TOR
2016–177644283192.6052202125th, Atlantic2017Did not qualify
2017–187636325380.5262062145th, Atlantic2018Did not qualify
2018–197643246395.6252332282nd, Atlantic2019L, 2–3, HER

Players

Current roster

Updated December 13, 2019.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
28 Sebastian Aho D L 23 2017 Umea, Sweden Islanders
21 Cole Bardreau C R 26 2019 Fairport, New York Islanders
20 Kieffer Bellows LW L 21 2018 Edina, Minnesota Islanders
37 Steve Bernier RW R 34 2016 Quebec, Quebec Sound Tigers
10 Ryan Bourque C L 28 2017 Topsfield, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
38 Erik Brown LW L 24 2019 Keene, Ontario Sound Tigers
8 Kyle Burroughs (C) D R 24 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Islanders
42 Bobo Carpenter C R 23 2019 North Reading, Massachusetts Islanders
50 Jared Coreau G L 28 2019 Perth, Ontario Islanders
6 Mike Cornell D R 31 2017 Franklin, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
29 Arnaud Durandeau LW L 20 2019 Montreal, Quebec Islanders
11 Tanner Fritz (A) C R 28 2016 Grande Prairie, Alberta Islanders
33 Christopher Gibson G L 26 2015 Karkkila, Finland Islanders
2 Seth Helgeson (A) D L 29 2017 Faribault, Minnesota Islanders
3 Thomas Hickey D L 30 2018 Calgary, Alberta Islanders
26 Josh Ho-Sang RW R 23 2016 Toronto, Ontario Islanders
15 Simon Holmstrom RW L 18 2019 Tranås, Sweden Islanders
7 Grant Hutton D R 24 2019 Carmel, Indiana Islanders
25 Mason Jobst C L 25 2019 Speedway, Indiana Islanders
12 Otto Koivula LW L 21 2018 Nokia, Finland Islanders
36 Jeff Kubiak C L 25 2017 Tinley Park, Illinois Sound Tigers
25 Andrew Ladd LW L 34 2019 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Islanders
14 Matt Lorito LW L 29 2019 Oakville, Ontario Islanders
13 Colin McDonald RW R 35 2019 Wethersfield, Connecticut Sound Tigers
24 Travis St. Denis RW L 27 2016 Trail, British Columbia Islanders
17 Nick Schilkey RW R 25 2019 Marysville, Michigan Sound Tigers
35 Jakub Skarek G L 20 2019 Jihlava, Czech Republic Islanders
30 Linus Soderstrom G L 23 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Islanders
18 John Stevens C L 25 2017 Sea Isle City, New Jersey Sound Tigers
45 Ben Thomson LW L 26 2019 Orangeville, Ontario Sound Tigers
4 Mitchell Vande Sompel D L 22 2017 London, Ontario Islanders
16 Oliver Wahlstrom RW R 19 2019 Yarmouth, Maine Islanders
46 Bode Wilde D R 19 2019 Montreal, Quebec Islanders
27 Parker Wotherspoon D L 22 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Islanders

Team captains

Notes
  • ^1 There were three captains for the 2004–05 season: Aldridge named on Oct. 16, 2004, Seeley named on Nov. 6, 2004, and Campbell named on Mar. 16, 2005
  • ^2 There were two captains for the 2012–13 season: McDonald named on Dec. 7, 2012, and Watkins named on Feb. 22, 2013.
  • ^3 There were two captains: when Ben Holmstrom played, he wore the "C" on his sweater. When Holmstrom did not play, Kyle Burroughs wore the "C".

Team records

Single season

Goals: Jeff Hamilton, 43, (2003–04)
Assists: Rob Collins, 48, (2005–06)
Points: Jeff Tambellini, 76, (2007–08)
Penalty minutes: Eric Godard, 295, (2004–05)
GAA: Wade Dubielewicz, 1.38, (2003–04)[C]
SV%: Wade Dubielewicz, .946, (2003–04)[C]
^ C. AHL Records

Career

Career goals: Jeff Hamilton, 89
Career assists: Jeremy Colliton, 126
Career points: Jeremy Colliton, 203
Career penalty minutes: Brett Gallant, 857
Career goaltending wins: Wade Dubielewicz, 81
Career shutouts: Wade Dubielewicz, 15
Career games: Mark Wotton, 368

References

  1. "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
  2. "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
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