Tucson Roadrunners

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Tucson Roadrunners
Hockey current event.svg 2019–20 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)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL) [1]
Franchise history
1994–2016 Springfield Falcons
2016–presentTucson Roadrunners
Championships
Division Championships2 (2017–18)(2019–20)1

Notes:

The Tucson Roadrunners are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) that 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.

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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. [2] [3] 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, [4] the second from the AHL Board of Governors to conditionally approve the purchase and relocation by the Coyotes was approved on May 10, [5] and the third from the Tucson City Council for a 10-year lease with the Convention Center was approved on May 17. [6] [7]

A name-the-team contest was held between May 17 until May 31. [8] The hockey club's new name and logo were revealed on June 18 during the Tucson Convention Center's open house event. [9] 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. [10] The team named its first president Brian Sandy, along with three other key staff members, on July 18. [11] On July 20, the Roadrunners announced their first general manager, Doug Soetaert, promoted from his former position as a scout for the Coyotes. [12]

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. [13] 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. [14]

Season-by-season results

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonGamesWonLostOTLSOLPointsPCTGoals
for
Goals
against
StandingYear1st
round
2nd
round
Conference
Finals
Calder Cup
Finals
2016–17 6829318066.4851872376th, Pacific 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 6842205190.6622141731st, Pacific 2018 W, 3–1, SJ L, 1–4, TEX
2018–19 6834265376.5592062025th, Pacific 2019 Did not qualify
2019–20 5836191275.6471981631st, Pacific2020Season Cancelled due to COVID-19

Players

Current roster

Updated February 24, 2020. [15]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
9 Flag of the United States.svg Beau Bennett RW R28 2019 Gardena, California Coyotes
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Michael Bunting  ( A ) LW L24 2016 Scarborough, Ontario Coyotes
41 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brayden Burke LW L23 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Coyotes
23 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kyle Capobianco D L22 2017 Mississauga, Ontario Coyotes
26 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Michael Chaput  ( C ) C L28 2019 Ile Bizard, Quebec Coyotes
4 Flag of the United States.svg Cam Dineen D L21 2018 Toms River, New Jersey Coyotes
24 Flag of the United States.svg Hudson Fasching RW R24 2018 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Coyotes
25 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jeremy Gregoire C/RW R28 2019 Sherbrooke, Quebec Roadrunners
3 Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Gross D R25 2018 Maple Grove, Minnesota Coyotes
11 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kevin Hancock LW L22 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Roadrunners
15 Flag of Finland.svg Markus Hannikainen LW L27 2020 Helsinki, Finland Coyotes
33 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adin Hill G L24 2016 Comox, British Columbia Coyotes
6 Flag of the United States.svg Kelly Klima RW R22 2018 Tampa, Florida Roadrunners
71 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jon Martin RW R24 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Roadrunners
37 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dysin Mayo D R23 2016 Victoria, British Columbia Coyotes
51 Flag of the United States.svg Andy Miele  ( A ) C L32 2019 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Coyotes
35 Flag of the United States.svg Tyler Parks G L28 2020 Imperial, Missouri Roadrunners
18 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lane Pederson C R22 2017 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Coyotes
50 Flag of Russia.svg Ivan Prosvetov G L21 2019 Moscow, Russia Coyotes
5 Flag of the United States.svg Robbie Russo  ( A ) D R27 2018 Westmont, Illinois Coyotes
29 Flag of Finland.svg Vili Saarijärvi D R22 2019 Rovaniemi, Finland Coyotes
55 Flag of the United States.svg Jalen Smereck D L23 2017 Detroit, Michigan Coyotes
10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Blake Speers C R23 2019 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Coyotes
17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tyler Steenbergen C L22 2018 Sylvan Lake, Alberta Coyotes

Team captains

Retired numbers

Tucson Roadrunners retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionCareerNo. retirement
14 Craig Cunningham C 2016October 27, 2018 [20]

Franchise records and leaders

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the Tucson Roadrunners in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season. [21]

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

Points
PlayerPosGPGAPtsP/G
Michael Bunting LW1865557112.60
Lane PedersonC130353873.56
Nick Merkley RW83284573.88
Chris Mueller C68194867.98
Conor Garland RW131254166.50
Laurent Dauphin C89283563.71
Kyle Wood D117174562.53
Kyle Capobianco D9395362.66
Dakota Mermis D18874855.29
Dylan Strome C502231531.06

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