Baltimore Skipjacks

The Baltimore Skipjacks were an American ice hockey franchise in the American Hockey League in Baltimore, Maryland. The venue for the Skipjacks was the Baltimore Arena.


The Baltimore Skipjacks, who were founded in 1981, played in their debut season in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League before it merged before the 1982/83 season with the Erie Blades of the American Hockey League, where they played from now on. The coach of the Erie Blades, Lou Angotti, and 16 other players on the team switched to the Skipjacks. As the only player from Baltimore's founding season Tom Jacobs remained the team. The biggest success of the club history was next to winning the regular season in 1983/84 reaching the finals at the Calder Cup in the 1984 / 85th In the best- of-seven series Baltimore defeated the Sherbrooke Canadiens 2:4.

Prior to the 1993/94 season the team has been to Portland, Maine, resettled, where it has since played as Portland Pirates. The resulting gap was filled in Baltimore by the Baltimore Bandits, who were from 1995 to 1997 also active in the American Hockey League.

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Well-known former players

  • Canada Don Beaupre
  • United States Phil Bourque
  • United States Steve Carlson
  • Canada Keith Jones
  • Canada Claude Julien
  • United States Steve Konowalchuk
  • Germany Olaf Kolzig
  • Canada Mitch Lamoureux
  • Canada / Germany Rob Leask
  • Canada Troy Loney
  • Canada Ted Nolan