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Erie Blades
Erie blades logo
City: Erie, Pennsylvania
League: NAHL (1975–77)
NEHL (1978–79)
EHL (1979–81)
AHL (1981–82)
Operated: 1975 to 1982
Home Arena: Erie County Field House
Colors: Gold, black and white
Affiliates: Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Franchise history
1975 to 1982: Erie Blades
1982 to 1993: Baltimore Skipjacks
1993 to Present: Portland Pirates
Regular Season Titles: three
(1978–79 NEHL)
(1979–80, 1980–81 EHL)
Playoff Championships: three
(1978–79 NEHL)
(1979–80, 1980–81 EHL)

The Erie Blades name was used by two professional ice hockey teams in Erie, Pennsylvania. Both teams played their home games in the Erie County Field House. After the second Blades team folded, the void was filled by the Erie Golden Blades, a team in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987.

1975 to 1977Edit

The first team was a member of the North American Hockey League from 1975 to 1977. Nick Polano was the team's coach both seasons, and returned to coach the second Blades team for its first three seasons.

1978 to 1982Edit

The second team was a member of the North Eastern Hockey League during the 1978–79 season, then the Eastern Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. The Blades three consecutive league championships during these seasons. The Blades were then admitted to the American Hockey League for the 1981–82 season.

The AHL Blades were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. Lou Angotti replaced Polano as the head coach in 1981. After a poor season on the ice, the team was relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, merging with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, for the 1982–83 season. Coach Angotti and sixteen players were transferred to the Skipjacks.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular Season
Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
1975–76 7437361 753102983rd, West
1976–77 7437334 782572515th, NAHL
1978–79 6947193 973442601st, NEHL
1979–80 7046213 953492411st, EHL
1980–81 72521461104072521st, EHL
1981–82 8022526 503174256th, South
Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1975–76 Lost––––
1976–77 WonLost––
1978–79 Champions
1979–80 Champions
1980–81 Champions
1981–82 Out of Playoffs

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