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Pittsburgh Forge
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
League: NAHL
Conference: Eastern
Founded: 2001
Operated: 2001–2003
Home Arena: Island Sports Center
Colors: Red, gold, black, white
Franchise history
2001–2003: Pittsburgh Forge
2003–2005: Toledo IceDiggers
2005–2010: Alpena IceDiggers
2010–present: Corpus Christi IceRays
Regular Season Titles: 2002–03
Division Championships: 2002–03
Conference Championships: 2001–02, 2002–03
Playoff Championships: Robertson Cup

The Pittsburgh Forge are a defunct Junior A Tier II team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which played in the North American Hockey League. The team was founded in 2001 by Kevin Constantine, a former coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. The team compiled an 80-24-8 record in the first two seasons. The Forge were finalists in the Robertson Cup Tournament during their inaugural season, the first expansion team to do so. During their second, the Forge set a national Junior A record with 43 wins and won the NAHL's regular season championship. In two seasons with the Forge, Kevin's clubs amassed an overall record of 80-24-8 and advanced 18 players onto scholarships with Division I college hockey programs. Scholarship players include, Dylan Reese at Harvard University, Grant Lewis at Dartmouth College, Andy Brandt at Wisconsin, and Ben Camper at Colgate University.

2002-2003 National Champions: Dylan Reese, Randy Bauer, Chris Lawrence, Matt Zeman, Mike Handza, Erix Trax, Jim Gehring, Brandon Warner, John Dingle , Denis Kirstien, Ryan Webb, Daniel Shildorfer, Joe Federoff, Ben Camper, Josh Coyle, Gabe Rehak, Tom Biondich, Andy Brandt, Josef Fotjik, Mike Mannina, Sean Berkstresser, Peter Mannino, Matt McBride.

The team would be relocated to Toledo, Ohio and be renamed the Toledo IceDiggers for the 2003-04 season.  The team subsequently relocated to Alpena, Michigan for the 2005-06 season and then to Corpus Christi, Texas for the 2010-11 season.  The team is presently known as the Corpus Christi IceRays.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Pittsburgh Forge
2001-02 56 37 15 4 78 199 147 1,135 2nd East Lost Final
2002-03 56 43 9 4 90 208 111 1,227 1st East Won Championship

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