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1988-1996 Erie Panthers

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Erie PanthersEast Coast Hockey League (1988-1996)

Born: 1988 – ECHL founding franchise.
Move Announced: March 15, 1996 (Baton Rouge Kingfish)

Arena: Tullio Arena (5,477)

Team Colors: Black, White & Silver

Owners:

 

The Erie Panthers were one of five founding members of the East Coast Hockey League in 1988.  The club lasted for eight seasons in Erie, playing at Louis J. Tullio Arena.  In their early years, the Panthers were competitive. The team made the Riley Cup playoffs in each of their first five seasons.  The Panthers fell behind in later years though, failing to make the playoffs during their final three seasons in town. Attendance dipped below 3,000 fans per game by the mid-1990’s.

Former NHL journeyman goaltender Peter Skudra played 12 games for the Panthers during their final season in Erie. Skudra is the most prominent former Panther to make it to the NHL.

At the end of the 1995-96 season, the Panthers moved to Louisiana where they became known as the Baton Rouge Kingfish (1996-2004).  A subsequent move in 2004 saw the franchise relocate to British Columbia as the Victoria Salmon Kings.   The Salmon Kings went out of business in 2011.

After the Panthers left town in 1996, they were replaced by the Erie Otters of the major junior Ontario Hockey League.  The Otters continue to play in Erie today.

 

Erie Panthers Memorabilia

 

Links

East Coast Hockey League Media Guides

East Coast Hockey League Programs

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Written by AC

November 28th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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