San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls
2017–18 AHL season
San Diego Gulls logo.svg
City San Diego, California
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 2000
Home arena Valley View Casino Center
Colors Black, orange, blue, white
Owner(s) Henry Samueli & Susan Samueli
General manager Bob Ferguson
Head coach Dallas Eakins
Media San Diego Union-Tribune
Fox Sports San Diego
ESPN 1700
The Mighty 1090
105.7 Max FM
Affiliates Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Franchise history
2000–2015 Norfolk Admirals
2015–present San Diego Gulls

The San Diego Gulls are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began playing in the 2015–16 season. Based in San Diego, California and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, the Gulls play their home games at the Valley View Casino Center. The team is the fifth hockey team in San Diego to use the Gulls name, the Gulls are a relocation of the former Norfolk Admirals (AHL) franchise, joining six other AHL franchises to form a new AHL Pacific Division.


On January 29, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they would purchase their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and would be moving the team to San Diego as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division, the team plays at the Valley View Casino Center, the sixth professional hockey team to play there, following the original San Diego Gulls of the WHL (1966–74), the San Diego Mariners of the WHA (1974–77), the San Diego Hawks/Mariners of the Pacific Hockey League (1977–79), the second San Diego Gulls of the IHL (1990–1995), and the third San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League (1995–2003) and later the ECHL (2003–06).[1]

The Gulls' name, logo and colors were revealed on February 22, 2015 at HockeyFest.[2][3] HockeyFest was deemed a success, drawing over 8,500 enthusiastic hockey fans.[4]

The San Diego Gulls played their first home game on October 10, 2015, against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the team finished its inaugural season with an average attendance of 8,675, second in the league after the Hershey Bears.[5]


The Gulls consider the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, to be their main rivals and advertise games as "Rivalry Night."[6][7] The teams faced each other in the 2016 division finals, where the Reign defeated the Gulls 4–1 in a best-of-seven series.[8] San Diego returned the favor in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs as they defeated their SoCal rivals 3-games-to-2 in the division semifinals.

Season-by-season records[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 3, 2018.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
1 Switzerland Berra, RetoReto Berra G L 31 2017 Bülach, Switzerland Ducks
2 United States Bickel, StuStu Bickel RW R 31 2015 Chanhassen, Minnesota Gulls
11 Canada Blandisi, JosephJoseph Blandisi C L 23 2017 Markham, Ontario Ducks
40 United States Boll, JaredJared Boll RW R 31 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina Ducks
33 United States Boyle, KevinKevin Boyle G L 25 2016 Manalapan, New Jersey Ducks
25 Canada Carrick, SamSam Carrick C R 26 2017 Stouffville, Ontario Ducks
6 United States Cooper, BrianBrian Cooper D L 24 2016 Anchorage, Alaska Gulls
10 Canada Dostie, AlexAlex Dostie C L 20 2017 Drummondville, Quebec Ducks
13 Canada Fiore, GiovanniGiovanni Fiore LW L 21 2017 Laval, Quebec Ducks
27 Germany Holzer, KorbinianKorbinian Holzer D R 30 2018 Munich, West Germany Ducks
19 United States Hults, MitchMitch Hults C L 23 2017 Stoughton, Wisconsin Ducks
31 Canada Irving, LelandLeland Irving G L 29 2017 Barrhead, Alberta Gulls
17 United States Kerdiles, NicNic Kerdiles LW L 24 2015 Lewisville, Texas Ducks
34 Sweden Larsson, JacobJacob Larsson D L 20 2016 Ljungby, Sweden Ducks
32 Canada Liambas, MichaelMichael Liambas LW L 29 2017 Woodbridge, Ontario Ducks
24 United States Megna, JaycobJaycob Megna D L 25 2015 Northbrook, Illinois Ducks
23 Finland Nattinen, JuliusJulius Nattinen C L 21 2016 Jyväskylä, Finland Ducks
7 United States Oleksy, SteveSteve Oleksy D R 32 2017 Chesterfield, Michigan Ducks
9 Canada Roy, KevinKevin Roy C L 24 2016 Greenfield Park, Quebec Ducks
15 Canada Sabourin, ScottScott Sabourin RW R 25 2016 Orleans, Ontario Ducks
22 Canada Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz D L 32 2016 Calgary, Alberta Gulls
18 Canada Sideroff, DevenDeven Sideroff RW R 20 2017 Summerland, British Columbia Ducks
4 United States Thompson, KeatonKeaton Thompson D L 22 2016 Devils Lake, North Dakota Ducks
12 United States Tropp, CoreyCorey Tropp RW R 28 2016 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Ducks
3 United States Welinski, AndyAndy Welinski D R 24 2016 Duluth, Minnesota Ducks


  1. ^ "Ducks Launch American Hockey League Franchise in San Diego". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ducks to Hold 'San Diego Hockeyfest' on Sunday, February 22". Anaheim Ducks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Gulls Are Back In Town". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hockey Fest a Hit". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ AHL teams establish all-time attendance record
  6. ^ "RIVALRY NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO". San Diego Gulls. October 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2016 Playoffs". Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "San Diego Gulls playing roster". American Hockey League. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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