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Encyclopedia > Johnstown Chiefs
Johnstown Chiefs
Founded 1988
Home ice Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Colors Black, Gold
League ECHL
Head coach Frank Anzalone
Vice President of Hockey Operations Ryan Belec
Broadcaster Leif Skodnick
Owner Jim Weber

The Johnstown Chiefs are a minor league ice hockey team located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is a 3,745-seat multi-purpose arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Flood City Location of Pennsylvania within the USA Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Cambria Government  - Mayor Tom Trigona Area  - City  6. ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Nickname: Flood City Location of Pennsylvania within the USA Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Cambria Government  - Mayor Tom Trigona Area  - City  6. ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The All-American Hockey League was a minor league hockey organization formed in 1972 as the Continental Hockey League. ... The ECHL is a professional minor-league double-A hockey association based in the United States and Canada. ...


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. The hockey cult movie Slap Shot had been filmed in Johnstown, and featured a minor league team called the Charlestown Chiefs. The owners readily jumped on the tie-in, and the Johnstown Chiefs were born. Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Eastern Hockey League was a minor professional ice hockey league that was known as the EHL. // Eastern Amateur Hockey League (1933-1953) The league was founded in 1933 as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). ... Slap Shot is a 1977 Hollywood film production starring Paul Newman and directed by George Roy Hill. ...


The Chiefs play their home games in the historic 3,745 seat Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, where most of the hockey scenes in Slap Shot were filmed. The team colors are black, gold and white (following an early affiliation with the Boston Bruins), and its current road uniforms are based on 1970s era Bruins jerseys. The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is a 3,745-seat multi-purpose arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Among the franchise's notable players has been defenseman 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 defenseman 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. Brent Bilodeau retired ice hockey player born on March 23, 1973 in Clyde, Alberta. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ...


The Chiefs are currently affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, which recently purchased an interest in the team, and the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ... The Springfield Falcons are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ...


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. Sudden Death is a 1995 action movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... Jean-Claude Van Damme (born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region, on October 18, 1960), is a Belgian martial artist and actor who is most known for his action movies. ...


External links

  • Johnstown Chiefs official website
ECHL
2006-07 teams: Alaska Aces | Augusta Lynx | Bakersfield Condors | Charlotte Checkers | Cincinnati Cyclones | Columbia Inferno | Dayton Bombers | Florida Everblades | Fresno Falcons | Gwinnett Gladiators | Idaho Steelheads | Johnstown Chiefs | Las Vegas Wranglers | Pensacola Ice Pilots | Phoenix RoadRunners | Reading Royals | South Carolina Stingrays | Stockton Thunder | Texas Wildcatters | Toledo Storm | Trenton Devils | Utah Grizzlies | Victoria Salmon Kings | Wheeling Nailers
Planned 2007-08 teams: Elmira Jackals | Mississippi Sea Wolves
Trophies and Awards: Patrick J. Kelly Cup | Seasons
Related Articles: NHL | AHL | CHL | SPHL | UHL | World Cup

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