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Hampton Gulls
Hampton Gulls.png
CityHampton, Virginia
LeagueSHL (1974–77)
AHL (1977–78)
Home arenaHampton Coliseum
ColorsBlack, white, gold
Head coachJohn Brophy
AffiliatesCincinnati Stingers
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Edmonton Oilers
Franchise history
1974Fayetteville Arsenal
1974–78Hampton Gulls
Regular season titlesOne (1976–77)

The Hampton Gulls were a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Hampton, Virginia, from 1974 to 1978 at the Hampton Coliseum. The Gulls played three seasons in the Southern Hockey League, beginning in 1974.[1] When that league folded in 1977, the Hampton played one season in the American Hockey League.[2] The Gulls were a World Hockey Association farm team to the Cincinnati Stingers each season.[3][4] John Brophy was team's only head coach during its existence.[5] Hampton ceased operations on February 10, 1978, part way through its fourth season.[2]


The franchise originated as an expansion team for the 1974–75 Southern Hockey League season in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The new team was named after the Fayetteville Arsenal, and was scheduled to play at the Cumberland County Memorial Arena. In October 1974, owner Bill Raue moved the team before playing any games, when availability of home ice dates became a problem, and the Hampton Coliseum was available.[6][7] Claude Chartre led the team in scoring with 112 points, and Lorne Rombough led with 56 goals.[8] Hampton finished the season in second place, and finished runners-up to the Charlotte Checkers in the playoff finals.[9][10]

Before the 1975–76 Southern Hockey League season, the team was purchased by Charles Wornom, a city councillor and future mayor of Hampton, Virginia, for $40,000.[11] The season saw the Gulls sharing the greater Hampton Roads area with the Tidewater Sharks, another SHL team in Norfolk, Virginia. Art Stratton led the team in scoring with 78 points, and Larry Billows led with 29 goals.[12] Hampton repeated the second place finish in the regular season, and being runners-up to the Charlotte Checkers in the playoff finals.[13][14]

In the 1976–77 Southern Hockey League season, Hampton was affiliated with both the Cincinnati Stingers, and the Minnesota Fighting Saints.[3] The Gulls were in first place when the Southern Hockey League collapsed in January 1977.[6] Claude Chartre led the team in scoring with 58 points, and Pat Donnelly led with 23 goals.[15]

The Gulls joined the American Hockey League for the 1977–78 AHL season, and affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers in addition to Cincinnati.[4] Paul O'Neil led the team in scoring with 44 points, and Danny Arndt led with 20 goals.[16] Hampton played 46 games into the schedule, and were last in place when the franchise folded due to financial issues.[7]


Season-by-season results:[1][2]

Season League Games Won Lost Tied Points Winning
Pct (%)
Standing Playoffs
1974–75 SHL 72 43 28 1 87 0.604 323 262 2nd, SHL Lost in finals
1975–76 SHL 72 33 23 16 82 0.569 262 234 2nd, SHL Lost in finals
1976–77 SHL 50 32 16 2 66 0.660 198 152 1st, SHL League folded
1977–78 AHL 46 15 28 3 33 0.359 142 171 5th, South Team folded
TOTALS 240 123 95 22 268 0.558 925 819  

Notable players

Rod Langway played with the Hampton Gulls in the 1977–78 AHL season, and was later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[17]

Notable Gulls players that also played in the National Hockey League or World Hockey Association:[18][19]


  1. ^ a b "Hampton Gulls hockey team [SHL] statistics and history". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Hampton Gulls hockey team [AHL] statistics and history". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ a b "Hampton Gulls Parent Team affiliate history". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  4. ^ a b "Hampton Gulls Parent Team affiliate history". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  5. ^ "John Brophy". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  6. ^ a b Crossley, Drew (2014-08-30). "Southern Hockey League 1973 Archives". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  7. ^ a b Eckels, Chuck (2017-05-25). "Hockey in Hampton Virginia". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  8. ^ "Hampton Gulls 1974-75 roster and scoring statistics". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  9. ^ "1974-75 Southern Hockey League [SHL] standings". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  10. ^ Mancuso, Jim (2005). Hockey in Charlotte. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 75–77. ISBN 0-7385-4230-X.
  11. ^ Amin, Reema (2017-02-27). "Former Hampton Mayor Charles Wornom remembered for his humor, easy-going attitude". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  12. ^ "Hampton Gulls 1975-76 roster and scoring statistics". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  13. ^ "1975-76 Southern Hockey League [SHL] standings". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  14. ^ "1975-76 SHL Playoffs Results". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  15. ^ "Hampton Gulls 1976-77 roster and scoring statistics". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  16. ^ "Hampton Gulls 1977-78 roster and scoring statistics". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  17. ^ "Hampton Gulls -- Legends of Hockey -- The Legends". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  18. ^ "Hampton Gulls [SHL] all-time player list". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  19. ^ "Hampton Gulls [AHL] all-time player list". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
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