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Amarillo Gorillas

The Amarillo Gorillas were a minor league hockey team based in Amarillo, Texas.

The team was most recently affiliated with the now defunct Central Hockey League (CHL) from 2001–10.

HistoryEdit

The Gorillas began play in 1996 as the Amarillo Rattlers in the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) until the WPHL was bought by the CHL in 2001. They would continue to use the Rattlers name until an ownership change in 2002.

As the Rattlers, the team frequently finished at the bottom of the WPHL and CHL divisions, but made the playoffs four straight years after becoming the Gorillas until the 2006–2007 season.

The Gorillas played in the Amarillo Civic Center. The team's most recent head coach was Brian Pellerin.

On May 19, 2010, the Gorillas announced they had ceased operations, but hockey would remain in Amarillo as the North American Hockey League, a Junior A league affiliated with USA Hockey named the Amarillo Bulls started play in the 2010–2011 season.

Season Records Edit

Western Professional Hockey LeagueEdit

Season W L OTL/SOL Pts Playoffs
1996–97 17 39 8 42 No Playoffs
1997–98 25 32 12 62 No Playoffs
1998–99 31 38 8 70 No Playoffs
1999-00 21 41 8 50 No Playoffs
2000–01 27 35 8 62 No Playoffs

Central Hockey LeagueEdit

Season W L OTL/SOL Pts Playoffs
2001–02 19 39 6 44 No Playoffs
2002–03 39 23 2 80 Lost in Quarterfinals
2003–04 37 24 3 77 Lost in Semifinals
2004–05 31 20 9 71 Lost in Semifinals
2005–06 35 26 3 73 Lost in Quarterfinals
2006–07 32 28 4 68 Lost in Quarterfinals
2007–08 22 32 10 54 No Playoffs
2008–09 19 42 3 41 No Playoffs
2009–10 21 34 9 51 No Playoffs
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