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Amarillo Gorillas
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City: Amarillo, Texas
League: Central Hockey League
Conference: Southern Conference
Division: Southwest Division
Founded: 2002
Home Arena: Amarillo Civic Center
Colors: Black, Red, White
Owner(s): Randy Sanders
General Manager: Randy Sanders
Head Coach: Brian Pellerin
Media: 1010 AM The Canyon
Affiliates: Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Franchise history
2002 to Present: Amarillo Gorillas
Championships
Regular Season Titles: None
Division Championships: None
Conference Championships: None
Ray Miron President's Cup: None

The Amarillo Gorillas were a minor league hockey team based in Amarillo, Texas. The team was affiliated with the Central Hockey League. The Gorillas began play in the Western Professional Hockey League in 1996 as the Rattlers, the name they would carry until an ownership change in 2002. As the Rattlers, the team frequently finished at the bottom of the WPHL and CHL divisions, but they made the playoffs four straight years as the Gorillas through the 2006-2007 season. The Amarillo Gorillas played in the Amarillo Civic Center. The team's most recent head coach was Brian Pellerin.

On May 19, 2010, the Gorillas announced they had ceased operations. However, hockey will remain in Amarillo, as the North American Hockey League, a Junior A league affiliated with USA Hockey, named the Amarillo Bulls will start play for the 2010-2011 season.

2007-2008 Season Edit

The Amarillo Gorillas franchise seemed to look like it was falling apart coming into this season. Coach Jim Wiley waited until the last minute to sign players, with the majority of them being rookies. The Gorillas would find huge talent in All-Stars David Nimmo, Shaun Arvai, and Nate Fornataro. 2nd year players Bill Vandermeer and Chris Lipsett would add too the talent. The Gorillas finished the season with a 22-32-10 record, their worst ever. They finished just 6 points shy of the Austin Ice Bats for the final playoff spot.

2008-2009 Season Edit

The Amarillo Gorillas fell into the off-season upset, and confused after falling short of their 6th straight playoff appearance. Coach Jim Wiley was cut, and the new boss Tom Coolen was brought in by new owner Randy Sanders. Coolen has breathed a little fresh air into the Gorillas franchise as he brings in a good coaching record with him. Tom has already begun stocking up on some players and prospects for the 08-09 season.

Season Records Edit

Season W L OTL Pts Win % Result
2003-04 37 24 3 77 .602 Lost in Semifinals
2004-05 31 20 9 71 .592 Lost in Semifinals
2005-06 35 26 3 73 .570 Lost in Quarterfinals
2006-07 32 28 4 68 .531 Lost in Quarterfinals
2007-08 22 32 10 54 .422 No Playoffs


Schedule Edit

OctoberEdit

Record: 1–6–0; Home: 1–5–0; Road 0–1–0:

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 17 Amarillo 3 – 6 New Mexico - Loss 3,155 0–1–0 0
2 October 18 New Mexico 6 – 0 Amarillo - Loss 1,928 0–2–0 0
3 October 24 Texas 4 – 3 Amarillo - Loss 1,739 0–3–0 0
4 October 25 Colorado 6 – 2 Amarillo - Loss 1,789 0–4–0 0
5 October 28 Odessa 7 – 1 Amarillo - Loss 2,510 0–5–0 0
6 October 30 Texas 1 – 2 Amarillo Yes Win 1,125 1–5–0 2
7 October 31 Arizona 6 – 3 Amarillo - Loss 1,103 1–6–0 2

NovemberEdit

Record: 4–6–0; Home: 2–1–0; Road: 2–5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
8 November 2 Arizona 2 – 3 Amarillo - Win 1,226 2–6–0 4
9 November 7 Rapid City 3 – 6 Amarillo - Win 1,886 3–6–0 6
10 November 8 Amarillo 1 – 3 Tulsa - Loss 4,282 3–7–0 6
11 November 14 Amarillo 6 – 2 Odessa - Win 2,692 4–7–0 8
12 November 15 Amarillo 4 – 5 Corpus Christi - Loss 2,962 4–8–0 8
13 November 20 Amarillo 2 – 3 Oklahoma City - Loss 5,537 4–9–0 8
14 November 22 Amarillo 1 – 2 Laredo - Loss 3,850 4–10–0 8
15 November 26 Amarillo 1 – 4 Oklahoma City - Loss 5,531 4–11–0 8
16 November 28 Rocky Mountain 5 – 4 Amarillo - Loss 2,154 4–12–0 8
17 November 29 Amarillo 3 – 2 Rocky Mountain - Win 2,853 5–12–0 10

DecemberEdit

Record: 4–7–0 ; Home: 1–5–0 ; Road: 3–2–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
18 December 5 Amarillo 2 – 8 New Mexico - Loss 2,841 5–13–0 10
19 December 6 Amarillo 6 – 3 New Mexico - Win 2,577 6–13-0 12
20 December 9 Amarillo 2 – 5 Odessa - Loss 1,907 6–14–0 12
21 December 12 Amarillo 5 – 3 Colorado - Win 5,289 7–14–0 14
22 December 13 Corpus Christi 7 - 1 Amarillo - Loss 2,204 7–15–0 14
23 December 19 Rapid City 5 - 7 Amarillo - Win 1,854 8-15-0 16
24 December 20 Mississippi 2 - 1 Amarillo - Loss 3,109 8-16-0 16
25 December 23 Colorado 5 - 2 Amarillo - Loss 1,632 8-17-0 16
26 December 26 Amarillo 7 - 4 Odessa - Win 2,551 9-17-0 18
27 December 27 Odessa 7 - 3 Amarillo - Loss 2,024 9-18-0 18
28 December 31 Odessa 5 - 2 Amarillo - Loss 2,336 9-19-0 18

JanuaryEdit

Record: 0–0–0 ; Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
29 January 2 Rio Grande Valley 4 – 5 Amarillo - Win 1,863 10–19–0 20
30 January 3 Amarillo 1 – 4 Rocky Mountain - Loss 2,217 10–20–0 20
31 January 9 Amarillo 2 – 9 Colorado - Loss 5,289 10–21–0 20
32 January 10 New Mexico 6 – 2 Amarillo - Loss 2,505 10–22–0 20
33 January 11 New Mexico 4 - 1 Amarillo - Loss 1,634 10–23–0 20
34 January 16 Amarillo 1 – 3 Rio Grande Valley - Loss 3,590 10-24-0 20
35 January 17 Amarillo 2 - 3 Rio Grande Valley - Loss 4,529 10-25-0 20
36 January 23 Texas 4 - 3 Amarillo Yes Loss 2,817 10-25-1 21
37 January 24 Texas 4 - 3 Amarillo - Loss 2,789 10-26-1 21
38 January 28 Amarillo 0 - 0 Colorado TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
39 January 30 Tulsa 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
40 January 31 Oklahoma City 0-0-0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0

FebruaryEdit

Record: 0–0–0 ; Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
41 February 4 Amarillo 0 – 0 Arizona TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
42 February 6 Amarillo 0 – 0 Arizona TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
43 February 7 Amarillo 0 – 0 Arizona TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
44 February 11 Amarillo 0 – 0 Rapid City TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
45 February 13 Arizona 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
46 February 14 Arizona 0 – 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
47 February 17 Amarillo 0 – 0 New Mexico TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
48 February 20 Amarillo 0 - 0 Odessa TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
49 February 21 Laredo 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
50 February 22 Laredo 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
51 February 25 Amarillo 0 - 0 New Mexico TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
52 February 27 Amarillo 0 - 0 Texas TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
53 February 28 Amarillo 0-0-0 Odessa TBD TBD 0-0-0 0

MarchEdit

Record: 0–0–0 ; Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
54 March 3 Amarillo 0 – 0 Rapid City TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
55 March 4 Amarillo 0 – 0 Rapid City TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
56 March 6 Oklahoma City 0 – 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
57 March 7 Rocky Mountain 0 – 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
58 March 11 Amarillo 0 - 0 Arizona TBD TBD 0–0–0 0
59 March 13 Laredo 0 – 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
60 March 14 Amarillo 0 - 0 Colorado TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
61 March 15 Odessa 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
62 March 19 New Mexico 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
63 March 20 Amarillo 0 - 0 Rocky Mountain TBD TBD 0-0-0 0
64 March 21 Rocky Mountain 0 - 0 Amarillo TBD TBD 0-0-0 0


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