Pensacola Ice Pilots
The Pensacola Ice Pilots were an American Hockey franchise from Pensacola, Florida, who played in the ECHL from 1996 to 2008. Their home games wearing the Ice Pilots from the Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola Ice Flyers in the Southern Professional Hockey League in the team as the successor deny their games today.
The franchise was founded in 1996 and took his game to operating in the East Coast Hockey League. Head coach was Allen Pedersen, who played during his playing career in the NHL. In their first season, the Ice Pilots reached the play-offs, where they defeated the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks and Richmond Renegades, but in the semi-finals in five games just the South Carolina Stingrays documents. In the following season to improved results and Ice Pilots defeated in the play- offs, the New Orleans Brass, Charlotte Checkers and Louisiana IceGators. In the finals at the Kelly Cup Pensacola defeated in six games the Hampton Roads Admirals.
Over the next seven years reached the Ice Pilots five times the play-offs, but never got beyond the second round. In the season 2004/ 05, the Ice Pilots won in the regular season 107 points, which they and the Henry Brabham Cup won the South Division. In the play-offs, the Ice Pilots failed in the first round against the Greenville Grrrowl. In the last three seasons of the franchise, the Pensacola Ice Pilots missed the finals. Then, the franchise was disbanded due financial problems.
Over the years, the Ice Pilots relationships with various NHL teams had been received. So they were the farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders. In addition, they had in the 2004/05 season a contract with the Houston Aeros of the AHL.