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|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Webster Bank Arena|
|Colors||Blue, orange, white|
|General manager||Chris Lamoriello|
|Head coach||Brent Thompson|
News Radio WPOP (1410 AM)
|Affiliates||New York Islanders (NHL)|
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
|Regular season titles||1 2001–02|
|Division Championships||2 2001–02, 2011–12|
|Conference Championships||1 2001–02|
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. The team has generally been successful, recording only five losing seasons through the 2016 season.
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.
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 Penguins’ AHL 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.
|2001–02||80||43||25||8||4||—||98||.613||240||192||1st, East||2002||W, 3–1, MAN||W, 4–0 SJM||W, 4–3, HAM||L, 1–4, CHI|
|2002–03||80||40||26||11||3||—||94||.588||219||198||2nd, East||2003||W, 3–0, MAN||L, 2–4, BNG||—||—|
|2003–04||80||41||23||12||4||—||98||.613||178||140||2nd, East||2004||L, 3–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2004–05||80||37||38||—||1||4||79||.494||192||222||6th, East||2005||Did not qualify|
|2005–06||80||38||33||—||6||3||85||.531||246||253||4th, East||2006||L, 3–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2006–07||80||36||37||—||1||6||79||.494||229||267||5th, East||2007||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||80||40||36||—||1||3||84||.525||225||240||5th, East||2008||Did not qualify|
|2008–09||80||49||23||—||3||5||106||.663||241||212||2nd, East||2009||L, 1–4, WBS||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||38||32||—||4||6||86||.538||201||220||5th, Atlantic||2010||L, 1–4, HER||—||—||—|
|2010–11||80||30||39||—||4||7||67||.444||209||256||7th, Atlantic||2011||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||76||41||26||—||3||6||91||.599||233||219||1st, Northeast||2012||L, 0–3, CON||—||—||—|
|2012–13||76||32||32||—||7||5||76||.449||218||242||3rd, Northeast||2013||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||76||28||40||—||2||6||64||.421||183||238||5th, Northeast||2014||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||76||28||40||—||7||1||64||.421||213||246||5th, Northeast||2015||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||76||40||29||—||4||3||87||.572||209||220||5th, Atlantic||2016||L, 0–3, TOR||—||—||—|
|2016–17||76||44||28||—||3||1||92||.605||220||212||5th, Atlantic||2017||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||76||36||32||—||5||3||80||.526||206||214||5th, Atlantic||2018||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||76||43||24||—||6||3||95||.625||233||228||2nd, Atlantic||2019||L, 2–3, HER||—||—||—|
- ^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".
- "Lamoriello takes over Islanders' hockey operations". Connecticut Post. May 22, 2018.
- "AHL Logo Ranking: No. 7 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers". The Hockey News. September 10, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
- "Bridgeport Sound Tigers - Team roster". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.