The Carolina Thunderbirds were a professional ice hockey team located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. The team played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League from 1982 to 1987, the All-American Hockey League during 1987-88 and finally moved into the newly created East Coast Hockey League in 1988. The team changed its name to the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds before the start of 1989-90 season, and the team remained in the ECHL until after the end of the 1991-92 season when it was announced that the Winston-Salem club would be moving to West Virginia to play as the Wheeling Thunderbirds. The team is currently known as the Wheeling Nailers.
For more information on this former ECHL team visit its Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Thunderbirds