Charlotte Checkers

American Hockey League team

The Charlotte Checkers are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 1990. The team plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). They play their home games in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Bojangles Coliseum. They are the AHL affiliate for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Their ECHL affiliates are the Florida Everblades. The were previously the affiliate for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Seattle Kraken for the 2021–22 season.

Charlotte Checkers
CityCharlotte, North Carolina
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Founded1990 (1990)
Home arenaBojangles Coliseum
ColoursRed, black, silver, white
General managerGregory Campbell
Head coachGeordie Kinnear
AffiliatesFlorida Panthers (NHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1990–1993Capital District Islanders
1993–2010Albany River Rats
2010–presentCharlotte Checkers
Regular season titles1 (2018–19)
Division titles2 (2018–19, 2021–22)
Conference titles1 (2018–19)
Calder Cups1 (2018–19)

The team originally played as the Capital District Islanders from 1990 until 1993. The team played their games in Troy, New York. After the 1993 season, the team would be sold to insurance executive Albert Lawrence and he would move to Albany to become the Albany River Rats.[1]

Michael Kahn would buy the River Rats in 2010. Kaun also owned the ECHL team of the same name. When Kaun bought the River Rats, he decided to rename the team as the Charlotte Checkers and move the team to Charlotte, North Carolina. He would also give up the ECHL he owned in the process.[2] This made them the third team in ice hockey history with the Charlotte Checkers name. A team called the Checkers played in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) from 1956 until 1977. The ECHL Checkers played from 1993 until 2010.

On October 9, 2010, the Checkers would play their first game. They would be defeated by the Connecticut Whale 4–2.[3] On April 15, 2019, the Checkers would win their first Calder Cup after they defeated the Chicago Wolves four games to one.[4]

References change

  1. "Lawrence may lose River Rats". The Business Review. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  2. "AHL Hockey coming to Charlotte in 2010-11". Charlotte Checkers. Archived from the original on February 19, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  3. "Charlotte Checkers @ Connecticut Whale Saturday, October 9, 2010". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  4. "Check and mate! Charlotte wins Calder Cup". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 16, 2024.

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