|League||American Hockey League (AHL)|
|Home arena||Tucson Convention Center|
|Colors||Brick red, desert sand, copper, black, white|
|General manager||Steve Sullivan|
|Head coach||Jay Varady|
|Media|| Arizona Daily Star, KTZR, Fox Sports Arizona |
|Affiliates|| Arizona Coyotes (NHL)|
Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
|Division Championships||1 (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 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.
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.
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.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, the second from the AHL Board of Governors to conditionally approve the purchase and relocation by the Coyotes was approved on May 10, and the third from the Tucson City Council for a 10-year lease with the Convention Center was approved on May 17.
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.The hockey club's new name and logo were revealed on June 18 during the Tucson Convention Center's open house event. 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.The team named its first president Brian Sandy, along with three other key staff members, on July 18. On July 20, the Roadrunners announced their first general manager, Doug Soetaert, promoted from his former position as a scout for the Coyotes.
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.
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).
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.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.
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.
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.
|2016–17||68||29||31||8||0||66||.485||187||237||6th, Pacific||2017||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||68||42||20||5||1||90||.662||214||173||1st, Pacific||2018||W, 3–1, SJ||L, 1–4, TEX||—||—|
|2018–19||68||34||26||5||3||76||.559||206||202||5th, Pacific||2019||Did not qualify|
Updated April 14, 2019.
|27||Michael Bunting||LW||L||23||2016||Scarborough, Ontario||Coyotes|
|41||Brayden Burke||LW||L||22||2018||Edmonton, Alberta||Coyotes|
|26||Michael Chaput||C||L||26||2019||Ile Bizard, Quebec||Coyotes|
|39||Trevor Cheek||LW||L||26||2016||Vancouver, Washington||Roadrunners|
|4||Cam Dineen||D||L||20||2018||Toms River, New Jersey||Coyotes|
|7||Kevin Ekman-Larsson||D||L||24||2017||Karlskrona, Sweden||Roadrunners|
|24||Hudson Fasching||RW||R||23||2018||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Coyotes|
|13||Giovanni Fiore||LW||L||22||2018||Laval, Quebec||Coyotes|
|8||Conor Garland||RW||R||23||2016||Scituate, Massachusetts||Coyotes|
|21||Matteo Gennaro||C||L||22||2018||St. Albert, Alberta||Roadrunners|
|25||Jérémy Grégoire||C||R||26||2019||Sherbrooke, Quebec||Roadrunners|
|3||Jordan Gross||D||R||23||2018||Maple Grove, Minnesota||Coyotes|
|33||Adin Hill||G||L||22||2016||Comox, British Columbia||Coyotes|
|30||Erik Kallgren||G||L||22||2019||Stockholm, Sweden||Coyotes|
|6||Kelly Klima||RW||R||21||2018||Tampa, Florida||Roadrunners|
|81||Jens Looke||RW||R||22||2017||Gävle, Sweden||Coyotes|
|31||Merrick Madsen||G||L||23||2018||Acton, California||Coyotes|
|37||Dysin Mayo||D||R||22||2016||Victoria, British Columbia||Coyotes|
|38||Nick Merkley||RW||R||21||2017||Calgary, Alberta||Coyotes|
|43||Dakota Mermis ( C )||D||L||25||2016||Alton, Illinois||Coyotes|
|35||Hunter Miska||G||L||23||2017||Stacy, Minnesota||Coyotes|
|18||Lane Pederson||C||R||21||2017||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Coyotes|
|44||Emil Pettersson||C||L||25||2019||Sundsvall, Sweden||Coyotes|
|5||Robbie Russo ( A )||D||R||26||2018||Westmont, Illinois||Coyotes|
|55||Jalen Smereck||D||L||22||2017||Detroit, Michigan||Coyotes|
|17||Tyler Steenbergen||C||L||21||2018||Sylvan Lake, Alberta||Coyotes|
|29||David Ullstrom||C||L||29||2018||Jonkoping, Sweden||Coyotes|
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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).
The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Coyotes first played at America West Arena in downtown Phoenix, before moving to Glendale's Gila River Arena in 2003. In 2021, the Coyotes are scheduled to return to the Central Division when an expansion team in Seattle joins the league.
The Phoenix Roadrunners were a team in the now defunct World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977. They played at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. The organization folded for financial reasons before the remaining teams in the WHA merged with the NHL in 1979. The colors of the team were blue and gold.
The Tucson Convention Center is a large multi-purpose convention center located in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Built in 1971, the location includes an 8,962-seat indoor arena, two performing arts venues, and 205,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of meeting space. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Douglas Henry Soetaert is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. In the 2016–17 season he was general manager of the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 2nd round of the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. He played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, and Montreal Canadiens. After his playing career, he took on hockey executive roles with Kansas City Blades, Everett Silvertips, and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
Craig Alvin Cunningham is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played with the Boston Bruins and Arizona Coyotes in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Boston Bruins, 97th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, before being called up to the Bruins in December 2013.
Emil Pettersson is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect under contract to the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pettersson was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Emil's brother Elias was drafted fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Dylan William Strome is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ahead of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Strome was considered a top prospect, and was selected third overall by the Arizona Coyotes. He is the brother of New York Rangers forward Ryan Strome and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome.
Joel Hanley is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Undrafted, Hanley has previously played in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes.
The Springfield Thunderbirds are a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League that began play for the 2016–17 season as the affiliate of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Thunderbirds play their home games at the MassMutual Center.
Adin Hill is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hill was selected by the Coyotes, 76th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Kyle Capobianco is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. He was the 63rd overall selection of the Coyotes at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Capobianco's grandfather, Clare Exelby, is a former CFL player and uncle, Randy Exelby, is a former NHL player.
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