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Phoenix Knights
Phoenix Knights logo
City: Gilbert, Arizona
League: WSHL
Division: Western
Founded: 1999
Home Arena: AZ Ice Gilbert
Colors: Black, purple, silver


              

General Manager: Chris Walker
Head Coach: Chris Walker
Franchise history
1999-2011: Phoenix Polar Bears
2011-Present: Phoenix Knights
Championships
Playoff Championships: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 (WSHL Thorne Cup)
2003 (USA Hockey Tier III National Championship)

The Phoenix Knights are a AAU-sanctioned Junior A Tier III ice hockey team based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Their host facility is the AZ Ice Gilbert in Gilbert, Arizona. The Knights are member of the Western States Hockey League. The Knights were originally the named the Polar Bears and were based out of Chandler, Arizona but the then ownership vacated their membership in the league when the WSHL moved away from USA Hockey sanctioning in 2011.


HistoryEdit

The Phoenix Polar Bears were formed as an expansion team by Harry Mahood for the Western States Hockey League in 1999. Until 2009, Harry Mahood operated as the owner, general manager, and head coach of the Polar Bears and became one of the most successful franchises in the WSHL under his tenure. In 2011 the Polar Bears left the WSHL when the league dropped their USA Hockey membership and joined the United Hockey Union. After folding, the franchise was sold and their WSHL membership license was transferred to Arizona Hockey Club, Inc. to create the Phoenix Knights junior hockey team. [1]

In 2003 the team won the USA Hockey National Championship, beating the St. Louis Jr Blues 1-0. In 2003 they ended with a 'perfect season' of 47-0. In 2002 and 2004 the team won a silver medal at the USA Hockey National Tournament. In 2004 the Polar Bears received the National Fair Play Award at the National Tournament. Under Harry Mahood, the Phoenix Polar Bears recorded 575 wins, 7 WSHL Thorne Cup Championships, 9 consecutive National Tournament appearance, 3 undefeated seasons in WSHL play, one nationally undefeated season in 2003, 2004 National Fair Play award and graduated over 170 players to all levels of NHL, NCAA, CIAU, Minor Pro, Major Junior and ACHA hockey. [2] Concurrently the Phoenix Polar Bears raised several hundred thousands of dollars for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Heart Association, Phoenix Thunderbirds, Child Find, American Red Cross and various other community programs and charities.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Phoenix Polar Bears
1999-00 Information Unavailable
2000-01 Information Unavailable
2001-02 Information Unavailable
2002-03 38 38 0 0 76 395 37 - 1st overall Won Championship
2003-04 32 31 1 0 62 283 50 - 1st overall Won Championship
2004-05 32 19 12 1 39 325 36 - 1st overall Won Championship
2005-06 42 37 3 2 76 334 76 -  Western
2006-07 45 43 2 0 86 389 102 1024 1st Western

Won  Championship

2007-08 51 48 2 1 97 404 96 1281 1st Western
2008-09 49 33 13 3 69 252 105 1463 1st Western Won Championship
2009-10 49 15 28 6 36 252 111 1459 3rd Western Won Championship
Phoenix Knights
Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2010–11 51 27 18 6 60 183 156 3rd  Western
2011–12 46 11 33 2 24 138 273 1001 6th  Western Did not qualify
2012–13 46 19 23 4 42 166 202 1270 4th Mountain Lost Conf. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. El Paso Rhinos
2013–14 46 32 12 2 66 255 138 907 1st  Mountain Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Boulder Bison
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 vs. Colorado Jr. Eagles
1-2-0 in Thorne Cup Round Robin (4-5 vs. Mustangs; 3-5 vs. Rhinos; 3-1 vs. Monsters)
Lost Thorne Cup Semifinal game, 3-4 vs. El Paso Rhinos
2014–15 46 10 33 3 23 158 265 1009 7th Western Did not qualify
2015–16 52 22 27 3 47 198 221 1208 5th Western Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-2 vs. Ontario Avalanche

AlumniEdit

Among the many alumni to play college and advanced levels of junior and major junior hockey, including:

Youth HockeyEdit

Initially the Youth Hockey Program at Polar Ice, Peoria, Polar Ice Chandler and Polar Ice Gilbert were named after this Junior team, being the Jr. Polar Bears. They have teams ranging from Mites to Midget and compete annually across the United States.[3]

ChampionshipsEdit

The Polar Bears have won seven Thorne Cups, awarded to the WSHL playoff champions in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010.

In addition to WSHL championships the Team has won the USA Hockey Tier III National Championship in 2003, National runners-up in 2002, and 3rd place in 2008.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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