Houston Aeros
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City: Houston, Texas
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 1994 (in the International Hockey League (1945–2001)
Home Arena: Toyota Center
Colors: Forest green, iron range red, wheat
              
Owner(s): Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (majority), Chuck Watson (minority), Leslie Alexander (minority)
General Manager: Jim Mill
Head Coach: John Torchetti
Media: Houston Chronicle
KNTH (News Talk 1070 AM)
Affiliates: Minnesota Wild (NHL)

Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

Franchise history
1994–2001 (IHL): Houston Aeros
2001–present (American Hockey League: Houston Aeros
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 1 IHL (1998–99)
0 AHL
Division Championships: 1 IHL (1998–99)
1 AHL (2002–03)
Conference Championships: 3 (1998–99) (2002–03) (2010–11)
Turner Cups: 1 (1998–99)
Calder Cups: 1 (2002–03)

The Houston Aeros are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center.

Official Houston Aeros Website: http://www.aeros.com/

History[edit | edit source]

The Houston Aeros were an expansion team in the International Hockey League in 1994. The team's name is a homage to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in the 1970s, one of the teams Gordie Howe played for in the WHA. The Aeros were the second IHL team to be named after a WHA franchise, the first being the Phoenix Roadrunners; unlike the Roadrunners, who used the same logo as their WHA predecessor, the IHL Aeros used a new logo, a bomber flying over the team name (essentially their current logo). The Aeros would defeat the Orlando Solar Bears to win the 1999 Turner Cup, following an impressive 54-win season.

The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the AHL in 2001 when the IHL folded. The AHL version of the Aeros would go on to win the 2003 Calder Cup. They are the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

The team plays their home games in the Toyota Center, which they moved to from the Compaq Center for the 2003–04 season.

In 2003, the Aeros replaced their original bomber logo, carried over from their IHL days, to a new logo featuring a forward-facing modern fighter jet below a bold "AEROS", and using the WHA Aeros' colors of light and dark blue. In 2005, as part of their affiliation with the Wild, the Aeros changed their colors to the Wild's forest green and Iron Range red. On April 18, 2006, the team announced that the 2006–07 season would see the Aeros return to their original bomber logo associated with their championship seasons, with only minor color alterations; the blue elements of the original logo were replaced with green. The principal owner is Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, with Chuck Watson, the former owner, now owning a 10% minority share along with Houston Native, Nick Sheppard, holding a 4% share.

Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]

  • International Hockey League (1994–2001)
  • American Hockey League (2001–present)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95 81 38 35 8 84 272 283 2nd, Central
1995–96 82 29 45 8 66 262 328 5th, Central
1996–97 82 44 30 8 96 247 228 2nd, Southwest
1997–98 82 50 22 10 110 268 214 2nd, Southwest
1998–99 82 54 15 13 121 307 209 1st, Southwest
1999–00 82 44 29 9 97 219 197 3rd, Western
2000–01 82 42 32 8 92 229 245 2nd, Western
2001–02 80 39 26 10 5 93 234 232 2nd, West
2002–03 80 47 23 7 3 104 266 222 1st, West
2003–04 80 28 34 14 4 74 197 220 4th, West
2004–05 80 40 28 6 6 93 212 195 4th, West
2005–06 80 50 24 3 3 106 285 242 2nd, West
2006–07 80 27 43 4 6 64 205 269 7th, West
2007–08 80 45 29 2 4 96 206 183 3rd, West
2008–09 80 38 31 2 9 87 218 230 3rd, West
2009–10 80 34 34 7 5 80 206 224 7th, West
2010–11 80 46 28 1 5 96 238 211 2nd, West
2011–12 76 35 25 5 11 86 202 206 4th, West

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Season Prelim 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Finals
1994–95 L, 1–3, PHX
1995–96 Out of playoffs.
1996–97 W, 3–0, LV W, 4–1, SA L, 1–4, LB
1997–98 L, 1–3, MIL
1998–99 W, 3–2, LB W, 4–3, CHI W, 4–3, ORL
1999–00 W, 4–1, UT L, 2–4, CHI
2000–01 L, 3–4, MTB
2001–02 W, 3–2, UT W, 4–0, HER L, 1–4, CHI
2002–03 W, 3–0, MIL W, 4–2, NOR W, 4–3, GR W, 4–3, HAM
2003–04 L, 0–2, CIN
2004–05 L, 1–4, CHI
2005–06 W, 4–0, PEO L, 0–4, MIL
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 L, 1–4, RFD
2008–09 W, 4-3, PEO W, 4-3, MIL L, 4-2, MTB
2009–10 Out of playoffs.
2010–11 W, 4-0, PEO W, 4-3, MIL W, 4–3, HAM L 2-4, BIN
2011–12 L, 1–3, OKC
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