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San Diego Gulls
San Diego Gulls
2020-21 AHL season
San Diego Gulls logo.svg
CitySan Diego, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded2000
Home arenaPechanga Arena
ColorsBlack, orange, blue, white
       
Owner(s)Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli
General managerBob Ferguson
Head coachKevin Dineen
MediaSan Diego Union-Tribune
Fox Sports San Diego
ESPN 1700
105.7 Max FM
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesAnaheim Ducks (NHL)
Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)
Websitesandiegogulls.com
Franchise history
2000-2015Norfolk Admirals
2015-presentSan Diego Gulls

The San Diego Gulls are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began playing in the 2015-16 season. Based in San Diego, California and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, the Gulls play their home games at the Pechanga Arena. The team is the fifth hockey team in San Diego to use the Gulls name. The Gulls are a relocation of the former Norfolk Admirals franchise, joining six other AHL franchises to form a new AHL Pacific Division.

History

On January 29, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they would purchase their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and would be moving the team to San Diego as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team plays at the Pechanga Arena San Diego, the sixth professional hockey team to play there, following the original San Diego Gulls of the WHL (1966-74), the San Diego Mariners of the WHA (1974-77), the San Diego Hawks/Mariners of the Pacific Hockey League (1977-79), the second San Diego Gulls of the IHL (1990-1995), and the third San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League (1995-2003) and later the ECHL (2003-06).[1]

The Gulls' name, logo and colors were revealed on February 22, 2015 at HockeyFest.[2][3] HockeyFest was deemed a success, drawing over 8,500 enthusiastic hockey fans.[4]

The San Diego Gulls played their first home game on October 10, 2015, against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The team finished its inaugural season with an average attendance of 8,675, second in the league after the Hershey Bears.[5]

After four seasons and three playoff appearances, the Anaheim Ducks promoted Gulls' head coach Dallas Eakins to the same position with the Ducks.[6] Former Florida Panthers' head coach Kevin Dineen was hired as the next head coach.[7]

Rivalries

The Gulls consider the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, to be their main rivals and advertise games as "Rivalry Night."[8][9] The teams faced each other in the 2016 division finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4-1 in a best-of-seven series.[10] San Diego returned the favor in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs as they defeated their SoCal rivals 3-games-to-2 in the division semifinals.

Season-by-season records

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Avg. Attendance Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2015-16 68 39 23 4 2 84 .618 208 200 2nd, Pacific 8,675 2016 W, 3-1, TEX L, 1-4, ONT -- --
2016-17 68 43 20 3 2 91 .669 221 178 2nd, Pacific 8,876 2017 W, 3-2, ONT L, 1-4, SJ -- --
2017-18 68 36 28 3 1 76 .559 202 197 5th, Pacific 9,305 2018 Did not qualify
2018-19 68 36 24 5 3 80 .588 239 221 3rd, Pacific 9,021 2019 W, 3-1, SJ W, 4-2, BAK L, 2-4, CHI --
2019-20 57 30 19 6 2 68 .596 185 164 4th, Pacific 7,582 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Players

Current roster

Updated November 25, 2020.[11]

Team captains

Franchise records and leaders

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the San Diego Gulls in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.[12]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = current Gulls player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Corey Tropp RW 205 64 93 157 .76
Sam Carrick C 189 71 85 156 .82
Kalle Kossila LW 170 51 90 141 .83
Brandon Montour D 104 25 64 89 .85
Kevin Roy LW 125 31 57 88 .70
Andy Welinski D 146 24 59 83 .57
Chase De Leo C 117 30 50 80 .68
Nicolas Kerdiles LW 121 37 39 76 .63
Chris Mueller RW 92 28 44 72 .78
Antoine Laganiere C 121 37 32 69 .57

References

  1. ^ "Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Ducks to Hold 'San Diego Hockeyfest' on Sunday, February 22". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "The Gulls Are Back In Town". February 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Hockey Fest a Hit". February 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ AHL teams establish all-time attendance record
  6. ^ "Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as new head coach". Sporting News. June 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "DUCKS NAME KEVIN DINEEN GULLS HEAD COACH". San Diego Gulls. July 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "RIVALRY NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO". San Diego Gulls. October 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT AS REIGN, GULLS TAKE RIVALRY TO PLAYOFFS". Ontario Reign. May 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 Playoffs". Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "San Diego Gulls playing roster". American Hockey League. 2015-10-11. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "San Diego Gulls - All Time AHL leaders". hockeydb.com. June 10, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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