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The Johnstown Chiefs are a minor league ice hockey team located in Johnstown, Pennsylvaniamarker, playing in the ECHL. The team was founded in 1988 in the All-American Hockey League, and moved to the East Coast Hockey League (now just 'ECHL') when that league was formed. The Chiefs are the only original ECHL team still playing under its original name, and the only one still in its original city.

Franchise history

The owners originally wanted to name the team the Jets in honor of a team that had played in Johnstown from 1950 to 1977, mostly in the Eastern Hockey League. However, the old Jets' former owners still held the trademark for the name and refused to allow the new team to use it. Fortunately, they had a second choice. A contest was held by the owners, allowing the people of Johnstown to vote for the new team name. The cult hockey movie Slap Shot had been filmed in Johnstown, and featured a minor league team called the Charlestown Chiefs. The fans readily jumped on the tie-in, and the Johnstown Chiefs were born.

The Chiefs play their home games in the historic 3,745 seat Cambria County War Memorial Arenamarker in Johnstown, where most of the hockey scenes in the movie Slap Shot were filmed. The team colors are black, gold, and white (following an early affiliation with the Boston Bruins), and its uniforms were based on 1970s-era Bruins jerseys.

Among the franchise's notable players has been defenceman Brent Bilodeau; Dmitri Tarabrin (the career leader in games played with 427); Bruce Coles, who holds the career mark for points scored with 227, having played in only 132 games for the team; Scott Gordon, the team's goalie in 1988–89 who played for Team USA at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and became the first ECHL player to advance to the NHL when he suited up for the Quebec Nordiques in 1989–90; all-star defenceman Perry Florio, the franchise's career assist leader with 171; right wing Lukas Smital, the career goal scoring leader with 107; enforcer Jeff Sullivan, the career penalty minute leader with 1205; and goaltender Frederic Deschesnes, who leads the franchise in goaltending games with 152, wins with 69 and shutouts with 5. Goalie Arturs Irbe played for the Chiefs briefly in 2003–2004, going 10–3–1 with a GAA of 2.13 and a .927 save percentage.

Ian Herbers was named as the team's head coach on June 18, 2007.

On August 17, 2007, the Chiefs announced that they entered into an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. During the 2007–08 season, the Chiefs served as the Avalanche's secondary minor league affiliate. The Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL being Colorado's primary affiliate. On September 18, 2007, the Chiefs announced they had also entered an affiliation agreement with the Boston Bruins for the 07–08 season.

Prior to the 2008–09 season the Chiefs renewed their affiliation with the Avalanche and entered into an affiliation agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets who replaced the Bruins on August 22, 2008.

For the 2009-10 season, the Chiefs will be the secondary affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, with the Houston Aeros as the primary (AHL) affiliate.

The Chiefs along with the Wheeling Thunderbirds (now known as the Wheeling Nailers)played the role of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1995 film Sudden Death starring Jean Claude Van Damme. The premise was the Penguins playing the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup when terrorists attempt to hold the Vice President hostage in the arena.

Season-by-season record

Records as of 2007–08 season.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, PCT = Winning percentage, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Season League Division GP W L T OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA PIM Coach(es) Result
1988–89 ECHL 60 32 22 - 6 - 70 .583 295 251 Steve Carlson Lost in Finals
1989–90 ECHL 60 23 31 - 6 - 52 .433 233 291 2047 Steve Carlson Out of playoffs
1990–91 ECHL East 64 32 29 - 3 - 67 .523 324 287 1646 Steve Carlson Lost in round 2
1991–92 ECHL West 64 36 23 - 5 - 77 .601 294 248 1750 Steve Carlson Lost in round 2
1992–93 ECHL East 64 34 23 - 7 - 75 .585 281 264 1647 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 2
1993–94 ECHL North 68 37 27 - 4 - 78 .573 323 308 1978 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 1
1994–95 ECHL North 68 31 32 - 5 - 67 .492 256 297 1656 Ed Johnstone Lost in round 1
1995–96 ECHL North 70 21 38 - 11 - 53 .378 249 322 2481 Nick Fotiu Out of Playoffs
1996–97 ECHL North 70 24 39 7 - - 55 .392 253 354 2287 Nick Fotiu Out of Playoffs
1997–98 ECHL Northeast 70 23 41 6 - - 52 .371 219 297 2118 Nick Fotiu
Scott Allen
Out of Playoffs
1998–99 ECHL Northeast 70 27 34 9 - - 63 .450 218 265 1734 Scott Allen Out of Playoffs
1999–00 ECHL Northwest 70 33 28 - 9 - 75 .535 235 234 1959 Scott Allen Lost in round 3
2000–01 ECHL Northwest 72 28 36 8 - - 64 .444 207 238 1865 Scott Allen Lost in round 2
2001–02 ECHL Northwest 72 39 31 2 - - 80 .555 220 232 1688 Scott Allen Lost in round 3
2002–03 ECHL Northwest 72 28 33 11 - - 67 .465 214 243 1700 Toby O'Brien Out of Playoffs
2003–04 ECHL Northern 72 45 20 7 - - 97 .673 223 195 1491 Toby O'Brien Lost in Q/R
2004–05 ECHL North 72 22 36 14 - - 58 .402 191 258 1421 Toby O'Brien Out of Playoffs
2005–06 ECHL North 72 30 26 16 - - 76 .527 223 243 1119 Frank Anzalone Lost in round 2
2006–07 ECHL North 72 33 33 - 3 3 72 .500 216 232 1179 Frank Anzalone Lost in round 1
2007–08 ECHL North 72 36 30 - 3 3 78 .541 235 234 1568 Ian Herbers Lost in round 2
2008–09 ECHL North 72 37 30 - 5 0 79 .549 228 232 1472 Ian Herbers Out of Playoffs


Current roster

As of December 1, 2009 [108015]

Goaltenders
# align=left Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Contract status

31 Kris Mayotte L 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker Chiefs Contract

35 Shane Connelly L 2009 Cheltenham, Pennsylvania Chiefs Contract


Defensemen
# align=left Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status

2 David Schulz L 2008 Winkler, Manitobamarker Chiefs Contract

3 R.J. Anderson R 2009 Lino Lakes, Minnesotamarker Chiefs Contract

4 Michael Couch L 2009 Hanna, Albertamarker Chiefs Contract

5 Trevor Hendrikx (A) R 2009 Russell, Ontariomarker Chiefs Contract

6 Greg Gallagher (A) L 2008 Framingham, Massachusettsmarker Chiefs Contract

21 Mike Knight (C) R 2007 Toronto, Ontariomarker Chiefs Contract

22 Chris Zarb R 2009 Waterford, Michiganmarker Chiefs Contract

27 Russ Sinkewich R 2009 Westlake, Ohiomarker Chiefs Contract


Forwards
# align=left Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status

10 Chase Watson F L 2009 Media, Pennsylvaniamarker Chiefs Contract

12 Carter Lee F L 2009 Brick, New Jerseymarker Chiefs Contract

14 Dan Collins RW R 2009 Syracuse, New Yorkmarker Chiefs Contract

15 Connor Shields F R 2009 Edmonton, Albertamarker Chiefs Contract

16 Bryan Marshall F L 2009 Livonia, Michiganmarker Chiefs Contract

17 Mike Bartlett RW R 2008 Morton Grove, Illinoismarker Chiefs Contract

19 Troy Schwab C L 2009 Kindersley, Saskatchewanmarker Chiefs Contract

23 Ryan Menei RW R 2009 Winnipeg, Manitobamarker Chiefs Contract

24 Jim McKenzie RW R 2009 St. Paul, Minnesotamarker Chiefs Contract

25 Sean Berkstresser F L 2008 Apollo, Pennsylvaniamarker Chiefs Contract

26 Moises Gutierrez RW R 2009 Anchorage, Alaskamarker Chiefs Contract

71 Jarrett Konkle (A) LW L 2009 Toronto, Ontariomarker Chiefs Contract


Staff
Title align=left Staff member
Majority Owner and Governor Neil Smith
Minority Owner and Partner Ned Nakles
Vice president and General Manager Bill Bredin
Director of Communication and Customer Relations and Broadcaster Ray Schmitt
Head coach and Director of Hockey Operation Jeff Flanagan
Assistant Coach and Director of Community Relations Jason Spence
Goaltending Coach Darren Hersh
Skating Coach and Scout Steve Emmett
Scout Eric Nuppola
Equipment Manager Mic Medderhoff
Athletic Trainer Michael Humbrecht
Team Doctors Dr. Joel Bunn and Dr. Jonathan Barnhart
Team Dentist Dr. Gary Minchau of Hilltop Dental Associates
Team Chiropractor Dr. Chris Sullivan of Synergy Chiropractor
Team Therapist Terry Amman
Mascot Tom E. Hawk


Chiefs alumni who have played in the NHL

# Player Position Year(s) with Chiefs NHL Team Year(s) in NHL

31 Scott Bailey G 1992-93 Boston Bruins 1995-97

-- Garrett Burnett LW 1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2003-04

-- Shawn Byram LW 1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
1990-91
1991-92


-- John Craighead RW 1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs 1996-97

-- Andre Deveaux C 2005-07 Toronto Maple Leafs 2008-09

-- Benoit Dusablon C 2000-01 New York Rangers 2003-04

-- Brian Eklund G 2005-06 New York Rangers 2005-06

23 Matt Glennon LW 1991-92 Boston Bruins 1991-92

30 Scott Gordon G 1988-89 Quebec Nordiques
New York Islanders(head coach)
1989-91
2008-


30 David Gove C 2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes 2005-07

1 Arturs Irbe G 2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes 2003-04*

31 Neil Little G 1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers 2001-02
2003-04


-- Raymond Macias D 2007-09 Colorado Avalanche 2008-09

-- Marquis Mathieu D 1995-96 Boston Bruins 1998-2001

-- Brett McLean C 1999-2000 Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers

2002-04
2005-07
2007-09



17 Mitch Molloy LW 1989-90 Buffalo Sabres 1989-90

-- Doug O'Brien D 2004-05 Tampa Bay Lightning 2005-06

-- Wes O'Neill D 2007-09 Tampa Bay Lightning 2008-09

17 Greg Parks RW 1989-90 New York Islanders 1990-93

-- Dmitri Patzold G 2003-04 San Jose Sharks 2007-08

-- Jay Rosehill D 2005-07 Toronto Maple Leafs 2009-

30 Dany Sabourin G 2000-02 Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks



2003-04
2005-06, 2007-09
2006-07



8 Ryan Savoia C 1996-98 Pittsburgh Penguins 1998-99

15 Jody Shelley LW 1998-2000 Columbus Blue Jackets
San Jose Sharks
2000-08
2008-


-- Jason Simon LW 1990-91 New York Islanders
Phoenix Coyotes
1993-94
1996-97


1 Peter Skudra G 1995-97 Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks




1997-2000
2000-01
2000-01
2001-03




-- Radek Smolenak LW 2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks
2008-09
2009-


-- Grant Stevenson RW 2004-05 San Jose Sharks 2005-06

-- Billy Tibbetts RW 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers

2000-02
2001-02
2002-03



-- John Tripp RW 1998-2000 New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
2002-03
2003-04


4 Derrick Walser D 1998-2000 Columbus Blue Jackets 2001-04, 2006-07



  • - Irbe played for several teams prior to his assignment to Johnstown, but was eventually recalled to Carolina during the 2003-04 NHL season.


Retired numbers

The Chiefs have retired four numbers: The numbers of Don Hall, Dick Roberge, Galen Head and Reg Kent. Hall and Roberge numbers were retired in 1990, Galen Head in 2003 and Reg Kent in 2009. None of these players ever played for the Chiefs, but for the Johnstown Jets.

7 - Reg Kent8 - Galen Head9 - Don Hall11 - Dick Roberge

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