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Zamboni

The Richmond Renegades were founded in 1990 as an expansion team of the East Coast Hockey League. They got off to a modest start (29-29-6 record that first season), but the team's record gradually improved over the next few seasons. Under the guidance of Coach Roy Sommer in the 1994-1995 season, "Destiny's Darlings" captured both the East Division crown in the regular season (record: 41-20-7) and the Riley Cup (playoff champs, pictured here on May 1, 1995)! In 1995-1996, the 'Gades repeated as East Division champs and also captured the Brabham Cup, symbolic of the regular season championship, as they set a league record for most points earned in a season (105) with a record of 46-11-13. Goaltender Grant Sjerven led the league with a GAA of 2.65, and coach Roy Sommer received ECHL Coach of the Year honors.

Just Hockey - Minor League Hockey's MagazineMaxime Gingras was named ECHL Rookie of the Year *and* ECHL Goaltender of the Year for 1999, the first goaltender and first Renegade to ever win rookie of the year, and of course, the first goalie to win both awards! Max set league records for GAA (2.26) and shutouts (7) in the 1998-99 season. WAY TO GO, MAGIC MAX! Max was featured on the cover of the April 1999 issue of Just Hockey.*

More on the Renegades, including playoff results (or navigate using the menu bar on the left). The Northern Division Conference Champion Renegades made it to the 1999 Kelly Cup finals before falling in 2OT in Game Seven against the Mississippi Sea Wolves. WE'RE PROUD OF YOU, GUYS! Congratulations to the Sea Wolves, 1999 Kelly Cup champs, and their goaltender, Travis Scott, who was selected as playoff MVP.

* In the sake of full disclosure, that April 1999 article about Maxime Gingras published in Just Hockey was written by me, and the cover photo was taken by Bill Vaughan of Bill Vaughan Photography.

Zamboni

What's the deal with all the Zambonis? I always thought they were pretty cool - and that it would be neat to drive one. The Gear Daddies must have thought so, too, because they wrote a song about it. Here's a web site with the full lyrics and a few Zamboni photos. Visit Zamboni Jerry's page with lots of Zamboni links. Or, visit the official Zamboni web site. In the mood for something else? Here's a page with the lyrics to The Hockey Song.

Zamboni



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So what's MY connection to the Renegades? As a former resident of the D.C. area who grew up on the Washington Capitals, I was hockey-starved in Richmond until the Renegades came to town in 1990. My husband and I became engaged during the Gades' 1994-95 season :-) and had season tickets for the next four seasons. I started writing game summaries for the ECHL e-mail list in the 1996-97 season, and I began covering the 'Gades for In the Crease and Just Hockey in the 1998-99 season. I no longer write for ITC, because I am now also the team photographer, and there are only so many hours in a day. ;-)

Disclaimer: These pages are in no way affiliated with the Richmond Renegades, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, the East Coast Hockey League, the National Hockey League, the NHLPA, the PHPA, Just Hockey, In the Crease, any professional hockey player, any individual or any organization other than us. All team names and logos are property of the respective teams and leagues. These pages are intended for informational and entertainment use only. This site copyright 1997-2006 by Patricia C. Anderson.

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Portions of site last updated December 31, 2002 (needs updating, sorry).
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