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The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League).


Official Charlotte Checkers Website: http://www.gocheckers.com/

Franchise HistoryEdit

The Checkers were founded in 1993 and played from then until 2005 in Cricket Arena. In 2005, they moved to St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice at Time Warner Cable Arena. The team set their all time attendance record of 11,237 on February 10, 2007 in a 6–3 loss against the Texas Wildcatters. Their previous record was 10,894 in a win against the Florida Everblades in November 2005. As of February 20, 2007, they are second in the ECHL in attendance, increasing their attendance by 45% over their inaugural season at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Many people claim that the new arena is part of the reason for increased attendance as well as an increased interest in hockey in North Carolina due to the in-state NHL 2006 Stanley Cup champions, and also the influx of northern transplants into the Charlotte region. However, it should be noted that Charlotte's minor-league hockey influence is much older, dating to 1956, when the Eastern Hockey League's Baltimore Clippers moved to Charlotte after a fire destroyed part of the Baltimore team's arena. They played games in the Charlotte Coliseum (now Cricket Arena) for the balance of the season. The team decided to stay in Charlotte, adopting the Checkers nickname in 1960. The team joined the EHL's other Southern franchises in forming the Southern Hockey League in 1973, where it played until the league's demise in 1977.

The current Checkers are named for the teams of the past, and for years were known for an orange and electric blue checkerboard pattern logo. However, it is possible that the Checkers name comes from the hockey term "checking".

Season-by-Season RecordEdit

Records as of 2007-08 season.

Season League Division GP W L T OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM Coach(es) Result
1993–94 ECHL East 68 39 25 4 1 3 82 0.574 281 271 1519 John Marks Lost in round 1
1994–95 ECHL East 68 37 22 9 4 5 83 0.544 274 261 1949 John Marks Lost in round 1
1995–96 ECHL East 70 45 21 4 - 4 94 0.643 294 250 2251 John Marks Won Championship
1996–97 ECHL East 70 35 28 7 - 7 77 0.550 271 267 1799 John Marks Lost in round 1
1997–98 ECHL Southeast 70 35 24 11 - 11 81 0.579 251 237 1662 John Marks Lost in round 2
1998–99 ECHL Southeast 70 29 30 11 - 11 69 0.493 221 262 1264 Shawn Wheeler

Out of Playoffs

1999–00 ECHL Northeast 70 25 38 7 - 7 54 0.357 186 254 1680 Shawn Wheeler
Don MacAdam
Out of Playoffs
2000–01 ECHL Northeast 72 34 26 12 6 6 80 0.556 247 252 1416 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2001–02 ECHL Northeast 72 41 20 11 3 8 93 0.646 256 207 1599 Don MacAdam Lost in round 2
2002–03 ECHL Northeast 72 41 28 3 3 0 85 0.590 262 234 1735 Don MacAdam Out of Playoffs
2003–04 ECHL Southern 72 31 32 9 4 5 71 0.493 206 230 1460 Don MacAdam
Derek Wilkinson
Out of Playoffs
2004–05 ECHL East 72 39 26 7 2 5 85 0.590 226 219 1301 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2005–06 ECHL South 72 33 34 5 2 3 71 0.493 232 254 1634 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 3
2006–07 ECHL South 72 42 27 3 1 2 87 0.604 252 220 1546 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 2
2007–08 ECHL South 72 34 31 7 1 6 75 0.472 212 219 1276 Derek Wilkinson Lost in round 1

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 -T* Includes Overtime and Shootout Losses(Games tied at end of regulation went directly to shootout from 1995-2000)

Team RecordsEdit

Single SeasonEdit

Goals: 48 Sergei Berdnikov (1993-94)
Assists: 61 Matt Robbins (1994-95), Scott King (2000-01), Kevin Hilton (2000-01)
Points: 101 Scott King (2000-01)
Penalty Minutes: 352 Eric Boulton (1996-97)
GAA: 2.43 Scott Meyer (2003-04)
SV%: .923 Scott Meyer (2003-04), Jeff Jakaitis (2008-09),
Wins: 32 Nick Vitucci (1995-96)
Shutouts: 3 Scott Meyer(2003-04), Alex Westlund(2006-07)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

CareerEdit

Career Goals: 174 Darryl Noren
Career Assists: 229 Darryl Noren
Career Points: 403 Darryl Noren
Career Penalty Minutes: 213 Steve MacIntyre

Notable PlayersEdit

  • Dusty Jamieson
  • Eric Cairns
  • Darryl Noren
  • Eric Boulton
  • Peter Worrell
  • Jason LaBarbera
  • Antti Laaksonen
  • Daniel Girardi
  • David Oliver
  • Joe Zappala

Retired NumbersEdit

  • 4 - Kurt Seher

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