Danville Dashers (FHL)

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Danville Dashers
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CityDanville, Illinois
LeagueFederal Hockey League
Founded2011
Home arenaDavid S. Palmer Arena
ColorsBlack, orange, white
              
Owner(s)Barry Soskin
General managerDiane Short[1]
Head coachRay Tremblay
Franchise history
2011–presentDanville Dashers
Championships
Regular season titles1 (2016–17)
Playoff championships1 (2017)

The Danville Dashers are a hockey team from Danville, Illinois, in the Federal Hockey League. The Dashers were named in honor of the original Danville Dashers.[2] The team plays their home games at David S. Palmer Arena, which was home to the original Dashers that played in the Continental Hockey League from 1981 to 1986.

History[edit]

The new Dashers were announced as an Federal Hockey League expansion team in June 2011 to begin play in the 2011–12 season.[3] The team was owned by Barry Soskin, who also had owned several junior and professional teams in the region,[4] and was led by head coach and general manager Scott Beneke. On April 10, 2012, the Dashers announced an affiliation agreement with the Central Hockey League's Bloomington Blaze.[5]

On December 20, 2013, it was announced that the Dashers would play the Watertown Privateers in a neutral site game in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, on March 22, 2014. The goal of the game was to test local interest in hockey with the idea of an expansion team being awarded to Connellsville if successful.[6] The next season, the league awarded an expansion team in nearby Belle Vernon, but it was quickly folded.

After three seasons as head coach and winning the league championship, Steve Harrison left the Dashers to become head coach of the Dallas Blackhawks of the North American Prospects Hockey League, a U18 youth league. Former captain Brent Clarke was hired to replace Harrison for the 2017–18 season. Clarke had previously won coach of the year while with the Watertown Wolves when they won the FHL championship. Clarke left after one season to be closer to his family[7] and took the head coaching job with the 2018 expansion team, the Elmira Enforcers.[8] Clarke was replaced by Paul MacLean, a coach that had most recently been in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.[9] MacLean was fired on December 19, 2018, after a 9–8 start.[10] After a month with Dustin Henning acting as player-coach, the Dashers hired former CHL Indianapolis Ice head coach Rod Davidson on January 22, 2019, who stayed until the end of the season.[11][12] The Dashers then hired another former Dashers' player Ray Tremblay as the head coach for the 2019–20 season.[13]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts[a] GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2011–12 43 6 34 3 20 152 238 977 7th of 8, FHL Did not qualify
2012–13 54 21 28 5 65 220 268 1120 5th of 6, FHL Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Dayton Demonz
2013–14 57 16 36 5 47 181 300 1351 4th of 4, FHL Did not qualify
2014–15 56 31 20 5 92 238 193 959 3rd of 6, FHL Lost Finals, 2–3 vs. Watertown Wolves
2015–16 56 33 16 7 103 225 185 816 3rd of 6, FHL Lost Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Port Huron Prowlers
2016–17 56 40 9 4 129 229 121 597 1st of 7, FHL Won Finals, 3–2 vs. Berlin River Drivers
2017–18 56 22 29 5 68 182 193 863 5th of 7, FHL Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Port Huron Prowlers
2018–19 59 19 36 4 58 197 263 1241 6th of 6, FHL Did not qualify
  1. ^ 3 points for a Win, 2 points for an Overtime Win, and 1 point for an Overtime Loss

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DASHERS APPOINT NEW GM". FHL. May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Danville's New Team Will Be The Dashers". OurSportsCentral.com. June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "New hockey team to use classic name". Commercial-News. June 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "FHL expands west". ProHockeyNews. March 28, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dashers Announce Affiliation with Blaze". Danville Dashers. April 10, 2012. Archived from the original on April 14, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Clarke, Dashers Part Ways". OurSportsCentral.com. April 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Elmira hockey team chooses Enforcers as nickname, Brent Clarke as head coach". Star-Gazette. August 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dashers Announce New Head Coach MacLean for 2018-19". Dashers. August 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Maclean out as Dashers head coach". Commercial-News. December 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Rod Davidson Hired as New Dashers Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. January 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "DAVIDSON DEPARTS DASHERS". FHL. April 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "DASHERS NAME RAY TREMBLAY AS NEW HEAD COACH". Danville Dashers. May 23, 2019.

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