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Utah Grizzlies
501px-Utah Grizzlies logo (2001–05).svg
City: Salt Lake City, Utah
League: International Hockey League (1945-2001) (IHL) (1995 to 2001)
American Hockey League (AHL) (2001 to 2005)
Founded: 1994
Home Arena: E Center
Colors: Maroon and White
Affiliates: New York Islanders
Franchise history
1994 to 1995: Denver Grizzlies
1995 to 2005: Utah Grizzlies
2007 to present: Lake Erie Monsters
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 1 (1994–95)
Division Championships: 1 (1994–95)
Turner Cups: 2 1994–95, 1995–96

The Utah Grizzlies were an ice hockey team in the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. They played in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the E Center.

HistoryEdit

The Utah Grizzles, which moved to Utah following their only season in Denver, Colorado shortly after the NHL's Quebec Nordiques announced their relocation to become the Colorado Avalanche, was admitted to the AHL when the IHL folded in 2001. They played their home games in the Delta Center (now known as Energy Solutions Arena) until the E Center was built a few seasons after their arrival in Salt Lake.

While in Denver, the Grizzlies won the 1994–95 Turner Cup, the official Championship of the International Hockey League. After relocating to Salt Lake City, the Utah Grizzlies once again marched to victory in the IHL playoffs. Utah swept the Orlando Solar Bears 4 games to 0 to win the 1995–96 Turner Cup. The fourth (and final) game of the series was played in the Delta Center; 17,381 fans attended, which set a national record for largest attendance at a minor league hockey game.

The franchise was granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005–06 season while the owner found a buyer for the AHL franchise. That buyer arrived in May 2006, as the owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, purchased the franchise to replace the departing Cleveland Barons. On January 25, 2007 it was announced at a press conference that the new Cleveland team will be called the Lake Erie Monsters. The Lake Erie Monsters took the ice for the 2007–08 AHL season. The market was previously served by:

  • Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL (1984–1994)

The franchise was replaced by:

The franchise is now known as:

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

  • Denver Grizzlies 1994–1995 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 1995–2001 (International Hockey League)
  • Utah Grizzlies 2001–2005 (American Hockey League)

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95815718 61203392351st, Southwest
1995–96824929 41022912322nd, Southwest
1996–97824333 6 922592543rd, Southwest
1997–98824727 81022762343rd, Southwest
1998–99823934 9 872442543rd, Southwest
1999–00824525121022652202nd, West
2000–01823836 8 842082204th, West
2001–02 804029 6 5 912402253rd, West
2002–03 803734 4 5 832272435th, West
2003–04 802742 6 5 651622307th, West
2004–05 802350 5 2 531562657th, West

PlayoffsEdit

SeasonPrelim1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
1994–95 W, 3-0, MIN W, 4-1, PHX W, 4-1, MIL W, 4-0, KC
1995–96 W, 3-2, KC W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-2, LV W, 4-0, ORL
1996–97 W, 3-0, KC L, 0-4, LB
1997–98 L, 1-3, KC
1998–99 Out of playoffs.
1999–00 L, 1-4, HOU
2000–01 Out of playoffs.
2001–02 L, 2-3, HOU
2002–03 L, 0-2, WBS
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 Out of playoffs.

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