The Erie Blades were an American Hockey franchise from Erie, Pennsylvania. The venue of the blades was the Erie County Fieldhouse.
The Erie Blades were founded in 1975 and played in the first two years of its existence in the North American Hockey League. In the season 1978/79 the team moved to the North Eastern Hockey League, before they were two years active in the Eastern Hockey League. Before the season 1981/82 the Erie Blades were included in the American Hockey League and have been a farm team of the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. This decision also brought a coaching change with it: Nick Polanco, who was coach of the blades in the first six years, wurcde by Lou Angotti replaced. In their first AHL season disappointed the team and got only 50 points in 80 games so that the blades with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League merged and continued in Baltimore, Maryland, the operation of gambling under their names in the AHL. Both the coach Lou Angotti, as well as 16 of his players have been included in the new team.
The gap left by the Erie Blades, was filled by the Erie Golden Blades, who were active from 1982 to 1987 in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
Season Statistics ( AHL )
Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses by SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty minutes
Well-known former players
- Craig MacTavish Canada