Virginia Wings

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Virginia Wings
City Norfolk, Virginia
League American Hockey League
Operated 19721975
Home arena Hampton Coliseum
Colorsred and white
Affiliates Detroit Red Wings
Franchise history
1971–1972 Tidewater Wings
1972–1975Virginia Wings
Division Championshipsone
1974–75 South

The Virginia Wings were a professional ice hockey team based in Norfolk, Virginia of the greater Hampton Roads area. They were an affiliated farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, and a member of the American Hockey League for three seasons from 1972–73 to 1974–75. The Wings were previously known as the Tidewater Wings for the 1971–72 season. Their cross-state rivals in the AHL were the Richmond Robins.

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Norfolk, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

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Hampton Roads Metropolitan area in the United States

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The Wings won the John D. Chick Trophy as south division champions of the regular season in 1974–75, which turned out to be their final season. After the Wings ceased operations, the Hampton Gulls would represent eastern Virginia at the AHL level for the 1977–78 season. The Wings franchise was granted suspension status until 1975, and then voluntarily withdrew from the league in 1976.

John D. Chick Trophy award

The John D. Chick Trophy is presented annually to the American Hockey League team that has the best record in the Pacific Division.

Hampton Gulls

The Hampton Gulls were a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Hampton, Virginia, from 1974 to 1978 at the Hampton Coliseum. The Gulls played three seasons in the Southern Hockey League, beginning in 1974. When that league folded in 1977, the Hampton played one season in the American Hockey League. The Gulls were a World Hockey Association farm team to the Cincinnati Stingers each season. John Brophy was team's only head coach during its existence. Hampton ceased operations on February 10, 1978, part way through its fourth season.

Virginia State of the United States of America

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The franchise was replaced by:

Tidewater Sharks

The Tidewater Sharks were a minor league professional ice hockey team, based in Norfolk, Virginia, and members of the Southern Hockey League from 1975 to 1977. The Sharks played home games at the Norfolk Scope, and shared the Hampton Roads area with the Hampton Gulls. The ownership group led by Dick Davis, also operated the Tidewater Tides baseball team. The Sharks ceased operations in January on 1977, during the second season of play.

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Hampton Roads Admirals

The Hampton Roads Admirals were an American professional ice hockey team in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). They played in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Scope Arena from 1989 until 2000, when the owners purchased an expansion American Hockey League franchise that became the Norfolk Admirals. In 2015, the AHL Admirals were relocated and the ECHL returned to Norfolk with the current Norfolk Admirals.

Yearly results

Season GamesWonLostTiedPointsWinning
Pct (%)
1971–72 7622459530.3491972756th West
1972–73 76382216920.6052582213rd West
1973–74 76224410540.3552163076th South
1974–75 75313113750.5002542501st South


Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1971–72 Out of playoffs
1972–73 W, 4-3, Hershey L, 2-4, Cincinnati
1973–74 Out of Playoffs
1974–75 L, 1-4, New Haven

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