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San Diego Gulls
City: San Diego, California
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Pacific Division
Founded: 2000
Operated: 2015–
Home Arena: Valley View Casino Center
Colors: Black, orange, blue, white
Owner(s): Henry Samueli, Susan Samueli & Jillian Samueli
General Manager: Bob Ferguson
Head Coach: Dallas Eakins
Media: U-T San Diego
Affiliates: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Franchise history
2000–2015: Norfolk Admirals
2015–present: San Diego Gulls

The San Diego Gulls will be a team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which will begin play for the 2015-16 season. Based in San Diego, California and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, the Gulls will play their home games at the Valley View Casino Center. The team is the fifth San Diego hockey team to use the Gulls nickname (replacing the current junior level WSHL San Diego Gulls who will change their name to the Sabers starting in the 2015-16 season[1]). It is a relocation of the former Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise, joining several other AHL franchises to form a new AHL Pacific Division in California.


On January 29, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they had purchased their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and would be moving it to San Diego as one of five charter member's of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team will play at the Valley View Casino Center, becoming the sixth hockey team to play there, following the original San Diego Gulls of the WHL (1966–74), the San Diego Mariners of the WHA (1974–77), the San Diego Hawks/Mariners of the Pacific Hockey League (1977–79), the second San Diego Gulls of the IHL (1990–1995), and the third San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League and later the ECHL (1995–2006).[2]

The Gulls' nickname, logo and colors were revealed on February 22, 2015 at Hockey Fest.[3][4] Hockey Fest was deemed a success, drawing over 8,500 enthusiastic hockey fans.[5]

Season by Season RecordEdit


  1. San Diego Gulls Officially Change Name to San Diego Sabers Hockey. San Diego Gulls Hockey (February 7, 2015). Retrieved on March 9, 2015.
  2. Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego. Anaheim Ducks (January 29, 2015). Retrieved on January 29, 2015.
  3. Ducks to Hold 'San Diego Hockeyfest' on Sunday, February 22. Anaheim Ducks (January 29, 2015). Retrieved on January 29, 2015.
  4. "The Gulls Are Back In Town" (February 22, 2015). Retrieved on July 7, 2015.
  5. Hockey Fest a Hit date=February 22, 2015. Retrieved on July 7, 2015.

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