Toledo Storm

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Toledo Storm
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City Toledo, Ohio
League ECHL
Home arena Toledo Sports Arena
ColorsRed, White and Blue
Media Toledo Blade
Affiliates Detroit Red Wings (1991-1999, 2000-07)
Nashville Predators (2002–04)
San Jose Sharks (2005-07)
Franchise history
1991–2007Toledo Storm
2009–present Toledo Walleye
Regular season titles2 (1991–92, 2002–03)
Division titles6 (1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2005–06)
Kelly Cups2 (1992–93, 1993–94)

The Toledo Storm were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the ECHL from 1991 to 2007. The Storm played their home games at the venerable Toledo Sports Arena along the eastern banks of the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. The team colors were red and white, similar to the Detroit Red Wings, their NHL affiliate for fourteen of their sixteen seasons. [1] The Storm would win six division titles, two Henry Brabham Cups and two Jack Riley Cups as champion of the East Coast Hockey League. The franchise suspended operations following the 200607 season after they were sold to Toledo Arena Sports, Inc. The Storm returned to the ECHL for the 200910 season as the Toledo Walleye.


The Storm's logo was notorious for poor appearance, and was voted "Worst Logo" in The Hockey News annual survey of minor league hockey logos several times. [2]


McSorley era (199194)

The Toledo Storm were founded in 1991, joining the East Coast Hockey League for the 199192 season as an expansion franchise with two other Ohio franchises, the Columbus Chill and Dayton Bombers, and the Raleigh IceCaps of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Storm's first head coach was Chris McSorley, older brother of NHLer Marty McSorley, Chris McSorley had previously played for the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League from 198486. One of McSorley's first actions as head coach would be to procure an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, a team that was heavily supported by Toledo hockey fans as Detroit was within an hour drive of Toledo. In the first year under McSorley, the Storm would play to an impressive record of 46153, winning the West Division title and the Brabham Cup as the team with the best overall record during the ECHL's regular season. Despite the regular season success, the Storm would fall in the first round of the ECHL playoffs, being upset by the Louisville Icehawks four games to one.

The following season, McSorley would once again ice a very competitive team, posting a regular season record of 361711 and a second consecutive West Division title for the Storm and defenceman Derek Booth would become the first member of the team to win an ECHL award, as he was named the Defenseman of the Year for the 199293 season. The Storm's finish in the top three of the West Division granted them a bye to the West Division semifinals of the 1993 Riley Cup playoffs. The Storm would be matched with the West Division's fourth place team, the Erie Panthers, who had defeated the Greensboro Monarchs in the second round of the playoffs. The Storm took the first two games of the series at the Toledo Sports Arena 63 and 52, before Erie won Game Three 96 at Louis J. Tullio Arena in the highest scoring game of the 199293 Riley Cup playoffs. The Storm would close out the series in Game Four, defeating Erie 62 to move to the West Division Finals against the West Division's third place team the Nashville Knights who had swept the West Division's second seed the Dayton Bombers.

Toledo would once again take the first two games of the series defeating Nashville 31 in Game One and 74 in Game Two. When the series moved back to Nashville, the Knights would take Game Three with a 43 overtime victory and tie the series with a 32 victory in Game Four. Toledo would take Game Five in Toledo 82 and finish the series off with a 95 victory in Game Six in Nashville, to earn the first trip to the Riley Cup Finals in club history where they would play the Brabham Cup titleholder Wheeling Thunderbirds. Wheeling would take the first two games of the series 53 and 73, but the Storm would tie the series when it moved to Toledo, winning Game Three 43 and Game Four 75. Toledo would take control of the series with a 42 victory in Wheeling in Game Five and would clinch their first Riley Cup championship with a 76 overtime win in Game Six. Forward Rick Judson was named the Riley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player in Toledo's first league championship since the Toledo Goaldiggers won the IHL's Turner Cup during the 198283 season.

Later years

The Storm celebrated their 15th-anniversary during the 200506 season, adopting a new logo marking the occasion. The Storm's last season of operation was 2006–2007. The final game was played April 19, 2007, at U.S. Bank Arena against the Cincinnati Cyclones in the North Division Semifinals. The Cyclones won 3–0, sweeping the series in three games.

Women's hockey firsts

The Toledo Storm once featured a female goaltender, Erin Whitten, [3] who on March 7, 1996 became the first woman ever to appear in a professional hockey game in a position other than goaltender; she played at forward for 18 seconds in a game against the Madison Monsters. She was the first U.S.-born woman to play professional hockey when she appeared for the East Coast Hockey League's Toledo Storm, and on October 30, 1993, became the first woman goaltender to record a professional victory.

List of NHL affiliates

Season-by-season record

Riley Cup Champions League Leader in points *Conference Champions ^Division Champions ¤
ECHL Season ConferenceDivisionRegular SeasonPost Season
1991-92 West ¤1st6446153095*36727419845141623Lost in First Round, 1-4 (Louisville)
1992-93 West ¤1st643617110833162382211161158363Won in Quarterfinals, 3-1 (Erie)
Won in Semifinals, 4-2 (Nashville)
Won in Riley Cup Finals, 4-2 (Wheeling) †
1993-94 North ¤1st68442013923382892277141227541Won in First Round, 2-1 (Dayton)
Won in Quarterfinals, 3-0 (Columbus)
Won in Semifinals, 3-0 (Wheeling)
Won in Riley Cup Finals, 4-1 (Raleigh) †
1994-95 North3rd684122508728723023014131012Lost in First Round, 1-3 (Nashville)
1995-96 North ¤1st70481408104301240235311833933Won in First Round, 3-0 (Dayton)
Won in Quarterfinals, 3-0 (Knoxville)
Lost in Semifinals, 2-3 (Jacksonville)
1996-97 North5th7032280107425824819405231217Lost in First Round, 2-3 (Columbus)
1997-98 NorthernNorthwest2nd704121089025121015487431919Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0 (Chesapeake)
Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1-3 (Wheeling)
1998-99 NorthernNorthwest3rd703926058325624619157342426Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1 (Peoria)
Lost in Conference Semifinals, 0-3 (Richmond)
1999-00 NorthernNorthwest6th70224107512143062405Did not qualify
2000-01 NorthernNorthwest3rd723727088226225922738351926Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2 (Roanoke)
Lost in Conference Semifinals, 0-3 (Trenton)
2001-02 NorthernNorthwest6th722834010662252651944Did not qualify
2002-03 NorthernNorthwest ¤1st724715010104*24719622247432212Won in Divisional Semifinals, 3-0 (Lexington)
Lost in Divisional Finals, 1-3 (Cincinnati)
2003-04 EasternNorthern7th722338011571832581508Did not qualify
2004-05 NationalNorth4th7241260587203194128941338Lost in Division Semifinals, 1-3 (Reading)
2005-06 AmericanNorth ¤1st7246210597244189162713763936Won in Division Semifinals, 3-0 (Johnstown)
Won in Division Finals, 3-2 (Wheeling)
Lost in Conference Finals, 1-4 (Gwinnett)
2006-07 AmericanNorth2nd72393003812112201489303414Lost in Divisional Semifinals, 0-3 (Cincinnati)
16 Seasons [6] 6 Division Titles
2 Brabham Cups
4,1633,82831,288104574736533013 Playoff Appearances
2 Riley Cup Championships

Franchise records

All-time leaders

Head coaches

Awards and honors

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