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1990-1995 San Diego Gulls

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1990-91 San Diego Gulls ProgramInternational Hockey League (1990-1995)

Born: 1990
Moved: 1995 (Los Angeles Ice Dogs)

Arena: San Diego Sports Arena (13,100)

Team Colors:


Turner Cup Championships: None


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San Diego Gulls Memorabilia



International Hockey League Media Guides

International Hockey League Programs


Written by Drew Crossley

January 23rd, 2017 at 1:42 am

1993-1996 San Diego Barracudas

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Roller Hockey International (1993-1996)

Born: 1993 – RHI founding franchise.
Died: Postseason 1996 – The Barracudas cease operations.

Arena: San Diego Sports Arena (13,000)

Team Colors: Purple, Teal, Light Teal, Yellow & Fuschia



Rare program from one of the final home games for the San Diego Barracudas (1993-1996) of Roller Hockey International (1993-1999).  The Barracudas were owned by Dennis Murphy, a serial sports entrepreneur who helped to create the American Basketball Association (1967-1976), the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) and World Team Tennis (1974-1978) among various other leagues.  Murphy also created Roller Hockey International  – which sought to capitalize on the inline skating boom of the early 1990’s.  The league’s championship trophy, the Murphy Cup, was named for him.

At its peak in 1995, RHI had 19 franchises across North America.  But by 1996 the league was sputtering and Murphy’s Barracudas club was one of the trouble spots.  Murphy acknowledged to The Associated Press that his club lost $700,000 over the 1995 and 1996 seasons.  The end of the 1996 season took on a distinct This Is Spinal Tap flavor as the team’s finances fell apart.

In August Murphy pulled the Barracudas out of San Diego, claiming arena management damaged the team’s roll-on playing surface with grease and skid marks while loading-in for a rock concert and a circus.  There were two home dates remaining on the Barracudas regular-season schedule.  The first scheduled match was against the Los Angeles Blades.  It was moved north to the Blades’ home, the Great Western Forum.  To save money, the game was held at 12 PM on a Monday afternoon and was promoted only to Barracudas season ticket holders in the mood for a long-ass road trip.  75 people showed up.  The Barracudas’ final home game against the Sacramento River Rats was held at youth inline skating rink called Stuart’s Roller World in Orange, California on August 15, 1996.

The Barracudas disbanded after the 1996 season.





Roller Hockey International Media Guides

Roller Hockey International Programs

San Diego Barracudas All-Time Roster at



Written by AC

December 24th, 2012 at 2:29 pm


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