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Charlotte Checkers
CharlotteCheckers
City: Charlotte, North Carolina
League: ECHL
Conference: American Conference
Division: South Division
Founded: 1993
Home Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena
Colors: Powder blue, navy blue, red, white
                   
Owner(s): Michael Kahn
General Manager: Derek Wilkinson
Head Coach: Derek Wilkinson
Affiliates: New York Rangers (NHL), Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Franchise history
1993 to 2010: Charlotte Checkers
Championships
Regular Season Titles: none
Division Championships: none
Conference Championships: none
Kelly Cups: 1995–96

The Charlotte Checkers were an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League).

Franchise historyEdit

Following a 17-year hiatus from hockey, Charlotte welcomed the Checkers back in 1993. Since their return, the Checkers have made the playoffs ten times, including winning the ECHL Championship in 1996.[1]

The current Checkers franchise was founded in 1993 and played from then until 2005 in Bojangles' Coliseum. In 2005, they moved to Time Warner Cable Arena. The team set their all time attendance record of 12,398 on February 21, 2009 in a 5-2 win against the Florida Everblades. Their previous record was 11,237 in a loss against the Texas Wildcatters in February 2007.

On January 21, 2010, it was reported that negotiations may be in the works for the owner of the Checkers to buy the Albany River Rats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.[2] On February 10, the sale of the River Rats to the Checkers owner was confirmed, with the Rats taking on the Checkers identity starting with the 2010-11 season. As a result of this, the Checkers' ECHL membership was relinquished to the League at the end of the 2009-10 ECHL season, ending the franchise's ECHL history. [3][4].

Season-by-season recordEdit

Records as of 2009-10 season.

Season League Division GP W L T OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM Coach(es) Result
1993–94 ECHL East 68 39 25 4 1 3 82 0.574 281 271 1519 John Marks Lost in round 1
1994–95 ECHL East 68 37 22 9 4 5 83 0.544 274 261 1949 John Marks Lost in round 1
1995–96 ECHL East 70 45 21 4 - 4 94 0.643 294 250 2251 John Marks Won Championship
1996–97 ECHL East 70 35 28 7 - 7 77 0.550 271 267 1799 John Marks Lost in round 1
1997–98 ECHL Southeast 70 35 24 11 - 11 81 0.579 251 237 1662 John Marks Lost in round 2
1998–99 ECHL Southeast 70 29 30 11 - 11 69 0.493 221 262 1264 Shawn Wheeler

Out of Playoffs

1999–00 ECHL Northeast 70 25 38 7 - 7 54 0.357 186 254 1680 Shawn Wheeler
Don MacAdam
Out of Playoffs
2000–01 ECHL Northeast 72 34 26 12 6 6 80 0.556 247 252 1416 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2001–02 ECHL Northeast 72 41 20 11 3 8 93 0.646 256 207 1599 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2002–03 ECHL Northeast 72 41 28 3 3 0 85 0.590 262 234 1735 Don MacAdam Out of Playoffs
2003–04 ECHL Southern 72 31 32 9 4 5 71 0.493 206 230 1460 Don MacAdam
Derek Wilkinson
Out of Playoffs
2004–05 ECHL East 72 39 26 7 2 5 85 0.590 226 219 1301 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2005–06 ECHL South 72 33 34 5 2 3 71 0.493 232 254 1634 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2006–07 ECHL South 72 42 27 3 1 2 87 0.604 252 220 1546 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 2
2007–08 ECHL South 72 34 31 7 1 6 75 0.472 212 219 1276 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1
2008-09 ECHL South 71 34 29 8 2 6 76 0.535 217 224 1332 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1
2009-10 ECHL South 72 43 21  ? 4 4 94 0.653 253 223  ? Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 2

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T* = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, SOL = Shootout Losses, PTS = Points, PCT = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes -T* Includes Overtime and Shootout Losses(Games tied at end of regulation went directly to shootout from 1995–2000)

Current rosterEdit

As of October 21, 2009.[5]

GOALTENDERS
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
1 Flag of Canada Ryan Munce L April 16, 1985 Mississauga, ON, Canada
31 Flag of the United States Billy Sauer L January 6, 1988 Rochester, NY, USA
<center>DEFENSEMEN
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
2 Flag of the United States Ethan Graham L August 1, 1982 Xenia, OH, USA
3 Flag of Canada Trevor Glass L January 22, 1988 Cochrane, AB, Canada
6 Flag of Canada Mike Berube L May 20, 1988 Edmonton, AB, Canada
15 Flag of Canada Julien Brouillette L December 5, 1986 St. Esprit, QC, Canada
26 Flag of Canada Steve Ward R February 13, 1986 Scarborough, ON, Canada
27 Flag of the United States Jared Nightingale R October 3, 1982 Jackson, MI, USA
44 Flag of Canada T.J. Reynolds R March 26, 1981 Kitchener, ON, Canada
<center>FORWARDS
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
7 Flag of the United States Mike Taylor C L February 12, 1986 Maple Grove, MN, USA
9 Flag of Canada Derek Couture RW R April 24, 1984 Calgary, AB, Canada
11 Flag of Canada Michel Leveille C L April 3, 1981 Levis, QC, Canada
12 Flag of the United States Andrew Carroll LW L May 7, 1985 Shoreview, MN, USA
14 Flag of Canada Jean-Philipp Chabot C L March 31, 1988 Quebec, QC, Canada
16 Flag of the United States Kenny Roche LW L January 2, 1984 South Boston, MA, USA
17 Flag of Canada Chris Chappell LW L March 21, 1988 Pickering, ON, Canada
18 Flag of the United States Matthew Ford RW R October 9, 1984 West Hills, CA, USA
19 Flag of the United States Aaron Slattengren RW L December 28, 1981 Duluth, MN, USA
20 Flag of Canada Tyler Doig LW L February 15, 1986 Seaforth, ON, Canada
21 Flag of Canada Ryan Garlock C L April 24, 1986 Iroquios Falls, ON, Canada
24 Flag of the United States Matt Schepke LW L January 3, 1985 Warren, MI, USA
<center>Staff
Title STAFF MEMBER
Head Coach Derek Wilkinson
Assistant Coach Jason Dawe
Head Athletic Trainer Terri LaSalle
Head Equipment Manager Donny White
Assistant Equipment Manager Thomas Anderson

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: 48 Flag of Russia Sergei Berdnikov (1993-94)
Assists: 61 Flag of the United States Matt Robbins (1994-95), Flag of Canada Scott King (2000-01), Flag of the United States Kevin Hilton (2000-01)
Points: 101 Flag of Canada Scott King (2000-01)
Penalty Minutes: 352 Flag of Canada Eric Boulton (1996-97)
GAA: 2.43 Flag of the United States Scott Meyer (2003-04)
SV%: .923 Flag of the United States Scott Meyer (2003-04), Flag of the United States Jeff Jakaitis (2008-09),
Wins: 32 Flag of Canada Nick Vitucci (1995-96)
Shutouts: 3 Flag of the United States Scott Meyer(2003-04), Flag of the United States Alex Westlund(2006-07)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

CareerEdit

Career Goals: 174 Flag of the United StatesDarryl Noren
Career Assists: 229 Flag of the United States Darryl Noren
Career Points: 403 Flag of the United States Darryl Noren
Career Penalty Minutes: 213 Flag of CanadaSteve MacIntyre

Notable playersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Richmond Renegades
Riley Cup Champions
1995–96
Succeeded by
South Carolina Stingrays
New York Rangers
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksHistory
Madison Square Garden
Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)

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