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Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)

This article is about the ECHL franchise that played from 1993–2010. For the current AHL franchise, see Charlotte Checkers. For the Eastern Hockey League and Southern Hockey League franchise, see Charlotte Checkers (1956–1977).
Charlotte Checkers
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City Charlotte, North Carolina
League ECHL
Operated 1993–2010
Home arena Time Warner Cable Arena
Colors Powder blue, navy blue, red, white
                   
Owner(s) Michael Kahn
Franchise history
1993–2010 Charlotte Checkers
Championships
Regular season titles none
Division Championships none
Conference Championships none
Kelly Cups 1995–96

The Charlotte Checkers were an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League).

Franchise history

Following a 17-year break from ice hockey, the Checkers returned in 1993 and made the playoffs ten times, including winning the ECHL Championship in 1996.[1]

The current Checkers franchise was founded in 1993 and played from then until 2005 in Bojangles' Coliseum. In 2005, they moved to Time Warner Cable Arena. The team set their all time attendance record of 12,398 on February 21, 2009 in a 5-2 win against the Florida Everblades. Their previous record was 11,237 in a loss against the Texas Wildcatters in February 2007.

On January 21, 2010, it was reported that negotiations were underway for the owner of the Checkers to buy the Albany River Rats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.[2] On February 10, the sale of the River Rats to the Checkers owner was confirmed, with the Rats taking on the Checkers identity starting with the 2010-11 season. As a result of this, the Checkers' ECHL membership was relinquished to the League at the end of the 2009-10 ECHL season, ending the franchise's ECHL history.[3][4]

Season-by-season record

Records as of 2009-10 season.[5]

Season Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Result Individual & team honors
GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pct GF GA Coach
1993-94 East 68 39 25 1 3 82 0.574 281 271 John Marks Lost in round 1
1994-95 East 68 37 22 4 5 83 0.544 274 261 John Marks Lost in round 1
1995–96 East 70 45 21 4 94 0.643 294 250 John Marks Won Championship Riley Cup
Riley Cup MVP (Nick Vitucci)
1996-97 East 70 35 28 7 77 0.55 271 267 John Marks Lost in round 1
1997-98 Southern Southeast 70 35 24 11 81 0.579 251 237 John Marks Lost in round 2
1998-99 Southern Southeast 70 29 30 11 69 0.493 221 262 Shawn Wheeler Out of Playoffs
1999–00 Southern Northeast 70 25 38 7 54 0.357 186 254 Shawn Wheeler
Don MacAdam
Out of Playoffs
2000-01 Southern Northeast 72 34 26 6 6 80 0.556 247 252 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2 ECHL MVP (Scott King)
Leading Scorer (Scott King)
2001-02 Southern Northeast 72 41 20 3 8 93 0.646 256 207 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2002-03 Southern Northeast 72 41 28 3 0 85 0.59 262 234 Don MacAdam Out of Playoffs
2003-04 Eastern Southern 72 31 32 4 5 71 0.493 206 230 Don MacAdam
Derek Wilkinson
Out of Playoffs
2004-05 American East 72 39 26 2 5 85 0.59 226 219 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2005-06 American South 72 33 34 2 3 71 0.493 232 254 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1
2006-07 American South 72 42 27 1 2 87 0.604 252 220 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 2
2007-08 American South 72 34 31 1 6 75 0.472 212 219 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1
2008-09 American South 71 34 29 2 6 76 0.535 217 224 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1
2009-10 American South 72 43 21 4 4 94 0.653 253 223 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 2
Totals 1205 617 462 33 93 4141 4084 1 Riley Cup
3 individual player awards

Notes: There were no conferences in the ECHL prior to the 1997-98 season. Games tied at end of regulation went directly to shootout from 1995–2000

Team records

Single season

Goals: 48 Russia Sergei Berdnikov (1993-94)
Assists: 61 United States Matt Robbins (1994-95), Canada Scott King (2000-01), United States Kevin Hilton (2000-01)
Points: 101 Canada Scott King (2000-01)
Penalty Minutes: 352 Canada Eric Boulton (1996-97)
GAA: 2.43 United States Scott Meyer (2003-04)
SV%: .923 United States Scott Meyer (2003-04), United States Jeff Jakaitis (2008-09),
Wins: 32 Canada Nick Vitucci (1995-96)
Shutouts: 3 United States Scott Meyer(2003-04), United States Alex Westlund(2006-07)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

Career

Career Goals: 174 United StatesDarryl Noren
Career Assists: 229 United States Darryl Noren
Career Points: 403 United States Darryl Noren
Career Penalty Minutes: 213 CanadaSteve MacIntyre

Notable players

Retired numbers

  • 4 - Kurt Seher

References

External links

  • Charlotte Checkers Official Website
Preceded by
Richmond Renegades
Riley Cup Champions
1995–96
Succeeded by
South Carolina Stingrays
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