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The Johnstown Chiefs, located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, are a minor league ice hockey team playing in the ECHL. The team was founded in 1988 in the All-American Hockey League, and moved to the East Coast Hockey League, when that league was created. The Chiefs are the only original ECHL team still playing under its original name, and the only one still in its original city.
The owners originally wanted to name the team the Jets in honor of a team that had played, mostly in the Eastern Hockey League, in Johnstown from 1950 to 1977. However, the old Jets' former owners still held the trademark for the name and refused to allow the new team to use it.
Fortunately, they had a second choice. Slap Shot, the hockey party movie had been filmed in Johnstown, and featured a minor league team called the Charlestown Chiefs. The owners readily jumped on the tie-in, and the Johnstown Chiefs were born.
The Chiefs play their home games in the historic 3,745 seat Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, where most of the hockey scenes in Slap Shot were filmed. Following an early affiliation with the Boston Bruins, the team colors are black, gold and white and its current road uniforms are based on 1970s era Bruins jerseys.
Franchises Notable Players
Among the franchise's notable players has been defenseman Brent Bilodeau; the career leader in games played with 427, Dmitri Tarabrin; Bruce Coles, who holds the career mark for points scored with 227, having played in only 132 games for the team; Scott Gordon, the team's goalie in 1988-89 who played for Team USA at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and became the first ECHL player to advance to the NHL when he suited up for the Quebec Nordiques in 1989-90; all-star defenseman Perry Florio, the franchise's career assist leader with 171; right wing Lukas Smital, the career goal scoring leader with 107; enforcer Jeff Sullivan, the career penalty minute leader with 1205; and goaltender Frederic Deschesnes, who leads the franchise in goaltending games with 152, wins with 69 and shutouts with 5. Goalie Arturs Irbe played for the Chiefs briefly in 2003-2004, going 10-3-1 with a GAA of 2.13 and a .927 save percentage.
Ian Herbers was named as the team's new head coach in June 2007, and will make his pro coaching debut this season.
Affiliation with Colorado Avalanche
The Chiefs announced on August 17, 2007, that they entered into an affiliation agreement with the NHLs Colorado Avalanche. During the upcoming 2007-08 season, the Chiefs will serve as the Avalanches secondary minor league affiliate. The expansion Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL will be Colorados primary affiliate.
The Chiefs along with, now known as the Wheeling Nailers, the Wheeling Thunderbirds played the role of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1995 film Sudden Death starring Jean Claude Van Damme. The ground was the Penguins playing the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup when terrorists attempt to hold the Vice President hostage in the arena.