- Arkansas RiverBlades
Pro hockey team
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team = Arkansas RiverBlades
North Little Rock, Arkansas
East Coast Hockey League
operated = 1998 to 2003
colors = Red, Blue, Silver, Black, White
affiliates = Independent
name1 = Arkansas RiverBlades
dates1 = 1998 to 2003
reg_season_titles = none
division_titles = none
championships = none
The Arkansas RiverBlades was a short-lived
minor-league ice hockeyteam located in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Arkansas RiverBlades was an
East Coast Hockey Leaguefranchise which played at the newly opened ALLTEL Arena.
The team logo was unveiled in February of
1998and the Canadian brothers Dave Berrymanand Tim Berrymanwere granted a lease for Alltel Arena in March. The ECHL franchise was granted in May 1998.
The team was originally named the "Arkansas RazorBlades" and adopted a razorback hog as its mascot. The
University of Arkansasobjected to the name and symbology and pressed the team to finally agree to a name change. In October of 1998 a contest was held to establish a new name and "RiverBlades" was chosen.
In May 1999 the team selected the slogan "Greatest Game on Ice". Little Rock's minor league baseball team, the
Arkansas Travelers, objected to the slogan which is similar to their long standing "Greatest Game on Dirt" slogan.
The RiverBlades played their home opener on
28 October 1998after moving the date due to construction delays at ALLTEL Arena. The RiverBlades would compete with the cross-town Arkansas GlacierCatswho were in their second season. The two teams played on the same nights in many cases and each developed their own fan following. The next year the GlacierCats would fold, unable to compete with the RiverBlades and their new home arena. In October of 2001the ECHL approved the sale of Dave Berryman's 51 percent stake of the team to Equity Broadcastingwhich also owned the Arkansas Twisters arena footballteam. During the 2000-2001 season the team hosted the ECHL All-Star game at Alltel Arena.
In the summer of 2002 the
Fayetteville Force, a Central Hockey Leagueteam out of North Carolinaoffered to switch franchises with Berryman who turned the offer down.
2003rumors began to circulate that the RiverBlades would not return for the 2003-2004 season but the company denied the rumors. In June 2003 Equity Broadcasting ended the lease with Alltel Arena and announced that it would attempt to sell the team.
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