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Virginia Wings
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City: Norfolk, Virginia
League: American Hockey League
Operated: 19721975
Colors: red and white
Affiliates: Detroit Red Wings
Franchise history
1971–1972: Tidewater Wings
1972–1975: Virginia Wings
1979–1999: Adirondack Red Wings
Championships
Division Championships: one
1985–86 South

The Virginia Wings were a professional ice hockey team based in Norfolk, Virginia of the greater Hampton Roads area. They were an affiliated farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, and a member of the American Hockey League for three seasons from 1972–73 to 1974–75. The Wings were previously known as the Tidewater Wings for the 1971–72 season. Their cross-state rivals in the AHL were the Richmond Robins.

The Wings won the John D. Chick Trophy as south division champions of the regular season in 1974–75, which turned out to be their final season. After the Wings ceased operations, the Hampton Gulls would represent eastern Virginia at the AHL level for the 1977–78 season. The Wings franchise would be put on hold for four seasons, then be resurrected in 1979–80, as the Adirondack Red Wings. The franchise was replaced by:

  • Hampton Gulls (1974–1977 SHL), (1977–1978 AHL)
  • Tidewater Sharks (1975–1977 Southern Hockey League)
  • Hampton Roads Gulls (1982–1983 ACHL)
  • Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL (1989–2000)
  • Norfolk Admirals of the AHL (2000 – present)

Season-by-Season Results[]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Winning
Pct (%)
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1971–72 76 22 45 9 53 0.349 197 275 6th West
1972–73 76 38 22 16 92 0.605 258 221 3rd West
1973–74 76 22 44 10 54 0.355 216 307 6th South
1974–75 75 31 31 13 75 0.500 254 250 1st South

Playoffs[]

Season 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Finals
1971–72 Out of playoffs
1972–73 W, 4-3, Hershey L, 2-4, Cincinnati
1973–74 Out of Playoffs
1974–75 L, 1-4, New Haven
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