Virginia Wings
City: Norfolk, Virginia
League: American Hockey League
Operated: 19721975
Colors: red and white
Affiliates: Detroit Red Wings
Franchise history
1971–1972: Tidewater Wings
1972–1975: Virginia Wings
1979–1999: Adirondack Red Wings
Division Championships: one
1985–86 South

The Virginia Wings were a professional ice hockey team based in Norfolk, Virginia of the greater Hampton Roads area. They were an affiliated farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, and a member of the American Hockey League for three seasons from 1972–73 to 1974–75. The Wings were previously known as the Tidewater Wings for the 1971–72 season. Their cross-state rivals in the AHL were the Richmond Robins.

The Wings won the John D. Chick Trophy as south division champions of the regular season in 1974–75, which turned out to be their final season. After the Wings ceased operations, the Hampton Gulls would represent eastern Virginia at the AHL level for the 1977–78 season. The Wings franchise would be put on hold for four seasons, then be resurrected in 1979–80, as the Adirondack Red Wings. The franchise was replaced by:

  • Hampton Gulls (1974–1977 SHL), (1977–1978 AHL)
  • Tidewater Sharks (1975–1977 Southern Hockey League)
  • Hampton Roads Gulls (1982–1983 ACHL)
  • Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL (1989–2000)
  • Norfolk Admirals of the AHL (2000 – present)

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedPointsWinning
Pct (%)
1971–72 762245 9530.349 1972756th West
1972–73 76382216920.605 2582213rd West
1973–74 76224410540.355 2163076th South
1974–75 75313113750.500 2542501st South


Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
1971–72 Out of playoffs
1972–73 W, 4-3, Hershey L, 2-4, Cincinnati
1973–74 Out of Playoffs
1974–75 L, 1-4, New Haven

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