Toledo Walleye

ice hockey team

The Toledo Walleye are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 2009. The team plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in Toledo, Ohio at Huntington Center. They are the ECHL affiliate for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Toledo Walleye
CityToledo, Ohio
Home arenaIndiana Farmers Coliseum
ColoursPowder blue, navy blue, gold, white
General managerNeil Neukam
Head coachPat Mikesch
AffiliatesDetroit Red Wings (NHL)
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1991–2007Toledo Storm
2009–presentIndy Fuel
Regular season titles3 (2014–15, 2016–17, 2021–22)
Division titles5 (2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18), 2021–22)
Conference titles2 (2018–19, 2021–22)
Kelly Cups2 (1994, 1995)

Another team had played in Toledo, Ohio as the Toledo Storm from 1991 to 2007. After the 2007 season, the Storm were purchased by another company and the team would stop playing while their new arena, the Huntington Center, was built.[1]

On February 20, 2008, the new owners would change the name of the team from the Storm to the Toledo Walleye after the walleye fish in the area.[2] The team returned to the ECHL in 2009.

On October 16, 2009, the team would play their first game as the Toledo Walleye. They would be defeated by the Florida Everblades 2–1.[3]

The Walleye would win the Brabham Cup twice. They would make it to the 2019 and 2022 Kelly Cup Finals. They would to the Newfoundland Growlers four games to two.[4] In their second trip to the finals, they would lose to the Florida Everblades four game to one.[5]

On August 3, 2009, the Walleye and the Chicago Blackhawks announced their affiliation.[6] The Walleye were former affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks.[7]

References change

  1. "The Storm has left the building". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  2. "Toledo hockey team catches new name". NBC24. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  3. "Walleye Iced in Debut". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  4. "Walleye fall just short in first trip to Kelly Cup Finals". Toledo Walleye. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  5. "Walleye's season ends in Game 5 of Kelly Cup Finals". Toledo Walleye. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  6. "Toledo Walleye reach affiliation agreement with Detroit Red Wings". WTOL11. Retrieved February 7, 2024.
  7. "Blackhawks Extend Affiliation Agreement with ECHL's Toledo Walleye". Rockford IceHogs. Retrieved February 7, 2024.

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