The Winston-Salem Thunderbirds were an ice hockey team located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. The Thunderbirds played their home games at the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum before the arena was demolished in 1989. The team played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987, the All-American Hockey League during 1987-88 and finally moved to the East Coast Hockey League in 1988. The franchise used the name Carolina Thunderbirds prior to the 1989-90 season. The franchise was noted for its heated, often violent rivalry with the neighboring Greensboro Monarchs. The team moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1992, playing as the . In 1995 the team changed its name to the [[Wheeling Nailers|]].
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- East Coast Hockey League play-off champions (Riley Cup), 1989
- Atlantic Coast Hockey League play-off champions, 1983 and 1985
- Atlantic Coast Hockey League regular season champions, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85 & 1985-86
- All-American Hockey League play-off champions, 1988
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