Kingfish Highlights

  • February 1996 Erie Panthers announce relocation to Baton Rouge after 8 years in the league
  • "Name the Team" contest summer of 1996
  • August 1996 The Kingfish hold a press conference to name Pierre McGuire the first head coach
  • October 19, 1996 First Game - Forward Stephane Charbonneau nets the first goal in club history
  • October 20, 1996 The first pro hockey game ever is played at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge. The Kingfish skate to a 4 - 2 victory over the Birmingham Bulls for the first win in club history
  • '97-98 Season - Coach Dave "The Hammer" Schultz
    • January 1997 Goaltender Christian Soucy posts the first and second shutouts in the team's history as he blanks Mobile and Richmond in three nights stopping 32 shots each game.
    • March 22, 1997 Clinch Hibernia Bank Atchafalaya Cup against the rival Lafayette IceGators; donate the $20,000 prize to the Baton Rouge Children's Initiative
    • April 4, 1997 The Kingfish Captain's Club hosts their first annual awards banquet and Captain Blair Manning is named the MVP of the team
    • Ron Hansis coaches last 11 games of season
  • '98-99 Season - Coach Bob McGill
    • Enter the ECHL playoffs for the first time in the team's history
    • 11th ranked Kingfish sweep 6th ranked Augusta Links in first round
    • Second round series included an exciting sudden-death overtime victory over the Brabham Cup winner PeeDee Pride



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