Utah 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.

Utah Grizzlies
2019–20 ECHL season
CityWest Valley City, Utah
Founded1981 (in the CHL)
Home arenaMaverik Center
ColorsGreen, black, copper, white
Owner(s)David Elmore
Donna Tuttle
Head coachTim Branham
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

Franchise history

The current Utah Grizzlies franchise started as the Virginia Lancers, one of the founding members of the East Coast Hockey League. The franchise was under seven different names in five different southeastern cities from 1988 to 2003 when the Lexington Men O' War franchise suspended operations after one season. Notably, the Denver Grizzlies won the IHL Turner Cup in 1995, in the McNichols Sports Arena. After the AHL incarnation of the Grizzlies suspended operations, David Elmore and Donna Tuttle bought the rights to the dormant Lexington Men O' War 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, 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
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2005–06723630517823523617124th of 6, West2006L, 0–4, AK
2006–07722242445218429419535th of 5, West2007Did not qualify
2007–08723230287423925915954th of 5, West2008W, 4–2, FREW, 4–1, VICL, 0–4, LV
2008–097228286107222024613724th of 6, West2009L, 1–4, AK
2009–10723429457726025312923rd of 4, West2010W, 3–2, LVL, 0–4, IDH
2010–11723332437318922716743rd of 4, Mountain2011W, 3–1, STKL, 0–4, VIC
2011–12723333067218322315733rd of 4, Mountain2012L, 0–3, LV
2012–13722930497121727717414th of 4, Mountain2013L, 0–4, ONT
2013–14713824368518717313293rd of 4, Mountain2014L, 1–4, BAK
2014–15723727538221321911704th of 7, Pacific2015W, 4–2, IDHL, 1–4, ONT
2015–1672392733842232069423rd of 5, West2016W, 4–2, COLL, 0–4, FW
2016–17723629527922524013124th of 7, Mountain2017L, 1–4, ALN
2017–18722829967123025612126th of 7, Mountain2018Did not qualify
2018–19723726458323221812643rd of 7, Mountain2019L, 1–4, IDH


Current roster

Updated December 12, 2019.[6][7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
3 Josh Anderson D L 21 2018 Nanaimo, British Columbia Avalanche
35 Brad Barone G L 29 2019 Medfield, Massachusetts Grizzlies
26 Travis Barron LW L 21 2018 Belfountain, Ontario Avalanche
14 J.C. Brassard D L 24 2019 Scituate, Massachusetts Grizzlies
8 Kevin Davis D R 22 2018 Kamloops, British Columbia Eagles
42 Michael Economos F R 27 2018 Crystal Lake, Illinois Grizzlies
26 Jack Jenkins C R 24 2019 Lake Bluff, Illinois Grizzlies
25 Garrett Klotz LW L 31 2019 Regina, Saskatchewan Grizzlies
3 Sasha Larocque D L 25 2019 Calgary, Alberta Eagles
28 Félix Lauzon C L 21 2019 Granby, Quebec Eagles
10 Ty Lewis LW L 21 2019 Brandon, Manitoba Avalanche
13 Mitch Maxwell LW L 29 2018 Magrath, Alberta Grizzlies
31 Mason McDonald G R 23 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia Eagles
23 Tim McGauley C L 24 2018 Wilcox, Saskatchewan Eagles
27 Patrick McGrath RW R 26 2019 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Grizzlies
17 Griffen Molino C L 25 2019 Trenton, Michigan Grizzlies
11 Taylor Richart D R 27 2016 Blaine, Minnesota Grizzlies
16 Brandon Saigeon C L 21 2019 Grimsby, Ontario Eagles
1 Jeff Smith G R 24 2019 Maple Ridge, British Columbia Grizzlies
40 Yuri Terao RW R 24 2019 Nikko, Japan Eagles
6 Peter Tischke D L 23 2019 Hinsdale, Illinois Eagles
24 Joe Wegwerth LW L 23 2019 Brewster, New York Grizzlies
20 Eric Williams D R 24 2019 Newmarket, Ontario Eagles
7 Connor Yau D L 24 2019 Algonquin, Illinois Grizzlies
18 Teigan Zahn D L 29 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Grizzlies


  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. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  7. "Utah Grizzlies Roster". EliteProspects.com. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
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