Tucson Roadrunners

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Tucson Roadrunners
Hockey current event.svg 2018–19 AHL season
Tucson Roadrunners logo.svg
City Tucson, Arizona
League American Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded 1994
Home arena Tucson Convention Center
ColorsBrick red, desert sand, copper, black, white
                    
General manager Steve Sullivan
Head coach Jay Varady
Media Arizona Daily Star, KTZR, Fox Sports Arizona
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2016 Springfield Falcons
2016–presentTucson Roadrunners
Championships
Division Championships1 (2017–18)

The Tucson Roadrunners are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began play for the 2016–17 season. Based in Tucson, Arizona, and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes, the team plays its home games at the Tucson Convention Center.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

The 2016–17 AHL season is the 81st season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 14, 2016, and ended on April 15, 2017. The 2017 Calder Cup playoffs began on April 20, 2017.

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History

On April 19, 2016, the Arizona Coyotes announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and would relocate the team to Tucson for the 2016–17 season. [1] [2] Said purchase and relocation was contingent on three approvals; the first from Rio Nuevo (Tucson's downtown revitalization authority) to invest $3.2 million in arena upgrades to bring the Convention Center to professional-quality standards was approved on April 26, [3] the second from the AHL Board of Governors to conditionally approve the purchase and relocation by the Coyotes was approved on May 10, [4] and the third from the Tucson City Council for a 10-year lease with the Convention Center was approved on May 17. [5] [6]

Springfield Falcons ice hockey team in the American Hockey League

The Springfield Falcons were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) and played in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the MassMutual Center.

A name-the-team contest was held between May 17 until May 31. [7] The hockey club's new name and logo were revealed on June 18 during the Tucson Convention Center's open house event. [8] The chosen name, Roadrunners, pays homage to the Phoenix Roadrunners, a team name that was used for various Phoenix professional hockey teams from 1967 to 2009, and creates a play on words with its parent club the Coyotes (a reference to the classic cartoon duo of Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner). Its logo, as well, is a close match for the traditional logo used for Phoenix Roadrunners' teams of the past.

On June 21, 2016, Mark Lamb was hired as the team's first head coach after holding the same position with the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos since 2009. Mark Hardy was hired as an assistant coach. [9] The team named its first president Brian Sandy, along with three other key staff members, on July 18. [10] On July 20, the Roadrunners announced their first general manager, Doug Soetaert, promoted from his former position as a scout for the Coyotes. [11]

Mark William Lamb is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He was the head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Lamb was born in Ponteix, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Western Hockey League sports league

The Western Hockey League (WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitutes the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 19 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy. Many players have been drafted from WHL teams, and have found success at various levels of professional hockey, including the National Hockey League (NHL).

Swift Current Broncos ice hockey team

The Swift Current Broncos are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Founded during 1967 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the Broncos played seven seasons before relocating to Lethbridge from 1974 to 1986 as the Lethbridge Broncos. The Broncos then returned to Swift Current, and have played there since 1986, at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

After one season, Lamb was released and replaced by Mike Van Ryn, the player development coach with the Coyotes. Under Van Ryn, the Roadrunners finished in first place in the Pacific Division but were eliminated by the Texas Stars in the division finals of the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs. Van Ryn then left to pursue other coaching opportunities and was hired by the St. Louis Blues. [12] The Coyotes then hired Jay Varady as head coach of the Roadrunners for the 2018–19 season after a successful season as coach of the Kingston Frontenacs. [13]

Mike Van Ryn Canadian ice hockey player

Michael Theodore Van Ryn is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played for the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, and Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Texas Stars team in the American Hockey League

The Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin with home games at the H-E-B Center. They are owned by the NHL's Dallas Stars, and are that team's top affiliate.

The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2018, with the playoff format that was introduced in 2016. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-five series in the division semifinals, with the playoffs continuing with best-of-seven series for the division finals, conference finals, and Calder Cup finals.

Season-by-season results

Players

Roster

Updated April 14, 2019. [14]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Michael Bunting LW L23 2016 Scarborough, Ontario Coyotes
41 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brayden Burke LW L22 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Coyotes
26 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Michael Chaput C L26 2019 Ile Bizard, Quebec Coyotes
39 Flag of the United States.svg Trevor Cheek LW L26 2016 Vancouver, Washington Roadrunners
4 Flag of the United States.svg Cam Dineen D L20 2018 Toms River, New Jersey Coyotes
7 Flag of Sweden.svg Kevin Ekman-Larsson D L24 2017 Karlskrona, Sweden Roadrunners
24 Flag of the United States.svg Hudson Fasching RW R23 2018 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Coyotes
13 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Giovanni Fiore LW L22 2018 Laval, Quebec Coyotes
8 Flag of the United States.svg Conor Garland RW R23 2016 Scituate, Massachusetts Coyotes
21 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Matteo Gennaro C L22 2018 St. Albert, Alberta Roadrunners
25 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jérémy Grégoire C R26 2019 Sherbrooke, Quebec Roadrunners
3 Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Gross D R23 2018 Maple Grove, Minnesota Coyotes
33 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adin Hill G L22 2016 Comox, British Columbia Coyotes
30 Flag of Sweden.svg Erik Kallgren G L22 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Coyotes
6 Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Klima RW R21 2018 Tampa, Florida Roadrunners
81 Flag of Sweden.svg Jens Looke RW R22 2017 Gävle, Sweden Coyotes
31 Flag of the United States.svg Merrick Madsen G L23 2018 Acton, California Coyotes
37 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dysin Mayo D R22 2016 Victoria, British Columbia Coyotes
38 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nick Merkley RW R21 2017 Calgary, Alberta Coyotes
43 Flag of the United States.svg Dakota Mermis  ( C ) D L25 2016 Alton, Illinois Coyotes
35 Flag of the United States.svg Hunter Miska G L23 2017 Stacy, Minnesota Coyotes
18 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lane Pederson C R21 2017 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Coyotes
44 Flag of Sweden.svg Emil Pettersson C L25 2019 Sundsvall, Sweden Coyotes
5 Flag of the United States.svg Robbie Russo  ( A ) D R26 2018 Westmont, Illinois Coyotes
55 Flag of the United States.svg Jalen Smereck D L22 2017 Detroit, Michigan Coyotes
17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tyler Steenbergen C L21 2018 Sylvan Lake, Alberta Coyotes
29 Flag of Sweden.svg David Ullstrom C L29 2018 Jonkoping, Sweden Coyotes

Retired numbers

14 – Craig Cunningham

Team captains

Andrew Campbell (ice hockey) Canadian ice hockey defenceman

Andrew "Soupy" Campbell is a Canadian professional ice hockey Defenseman. He currently plays for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract with the Chicago Blackhawks organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). Campbell was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 3rd round, 74th overall of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Campbell was born and raised in Caledonia, Ontario.

Dakota Mermis is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Arizona Coyotes in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Craig Cunningham Canadian ice hockey player

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Emil Pettersson Swedish ice hockey player

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Hunter Miska is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Michael Bunting

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