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Fayetteville FireAntz
Fayetteville Fireantz logo
City: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
League: Cape Fear FireAntz
Atlantic Coast Hockey League (2002-03)
South East Hockey League (2003-04)
Fayetteville FireAntz
Southern Professional Hockey League (2004-Present)
Founded: 2002
Home Arena: Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
Colors: black, red, gold
General Manager: Kevin MacNaught
Head Coach: Jeff Bes
Media: Fayetteville Observer
Franchise history
2002 - 2003: Cape Fear Fireantz (ACHL
2003-04: Cape Fear Fireantz (SEHL
2004 - Present: Fayetteville FireAntz
Championships
SPHL President's Cup: 2006-07


The Fayetteville FireAntz are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S. They currently play in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).[1] They play their home games in the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum.

The team, originally known as the Cape Fear Fireantz, began play in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League in the 2002–2003 season. After the league's collapse they joined the South East Hockey League for the 2003–2004 season, and joined what would become the SPHL in 2005. Since their inception they won the 2007 SPHL championship and have made a number of playoff appearances.

HistoryEdit

ACHL and SEHL yearsEdit

The team, then known as the Cape Fear Fireantz, joined the fledgling Atlantic Coast Hockey League for the 2002–2003 season. Their first coach was Shawn Ulrich. After the season David Waronker announced he was withdrawing his four teams from the unstable league to form the World Hockey Association 2. The Fireantz and other remaining ACHL teams formed the South East Hockey League. They played the SEHL for the 2003–2004 season, with Scott Rex serving as coach.

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SPHLEdit

In 2004 teams from the SEHL and WHA2 joined together to form the league now known as the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Fireantz joined the new league, changing their name to "Fayetteville FireAntz", abandoning the reference to the nearby Cape Fear River. Derek Booth took over as head coach in 2004. After two seasons behind the bench, coach Derek Booth left in 2006 to coach the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the United Hockey League.

In the 2006–2007 season, under the guidance of head coach John Marks, the FireAntz advanced to the finals of the league's post-season playoffs for the first time in team history. The first two games of the best-of-five final series were won by Fayetteville on the FireAntz' home ice, before the series returned to Jacksonville, Florida, where the Jacksonville Barracudas won Game 3 of the series by a 3-2 score. On April 18, 2007 the FireAntz won the fourth game of the series by a score of 5-3 to win the SPHL President's Cup. It was the first championship for the FireAntz, and Fayetteville's first professional sports championship in 51 years. John Marks resigned after the team's championship run to take the head coach position with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL. Shortly after Marks' resignation the FireAntz announced that former Florida Seals coach, Tommy Stewart, had been hired to coach the team for the 2007–2008 season.

Tommy Stewart was let go after the 2010–2011 season and was soon replaced by Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees' assistant coach, Sean Gillam.[2] Gillam would only last partway through the season; on Feb 17, 2012, the FireAntz replaced him with Todd Bidner.[3]

ChampionshipsEdit

Year League Trophy
2006–2007 SPHL President's Cup
2012–2013 SPHL Coffey Trophy

HonorsEdit

2004–2005 SPHL Derek Booth Coach of the Year
2004–2005 SPHL Chad Collins Rookie of the Year
2005–2006 SPHL Mike Clarke Defenseman of the Year
2006–2007 SPHL Tim Velemirovich Rookie of the Year
2006–2007 SPHL Rob Sich SPHL MVP
2006–2007 SPHL John Marks Coach of the Year
2006–2007 SPHL Chad Collins SPHL Playoff MVP
2012–2013 SPHL Josh McQuade SPHL MVP
2012–2013 SPHL Andrew Smale Defenseman of the Year
2012–2013 SPHL Mark Desantis Coach of the Year


ReferencesEdit

  • Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., 103–133. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. 

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