The Erie Otters
are a major junior ice hockey
team in the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL). Based in Erie
, they have played their home games at the Louis J. Tullio Arena
since 1996. The Otters are the only Pennsylvania-based team in the OHL and one of only three United States-based teams in the league.
The Niagara Falls Thunder relocated from Niagara Falls, Ontario
to Erie in 1996, becoming the Erie Otters. The team takes its name from the otter
, a water creature common to the south shore of Lake Erie
The Otters' ownership partners are Ron Sertz, Jeff Fatica, and Ray Irwin. Sherwood Bassin
is the general manager and a managing partner of the team. Walt Wingfield serves as head scout.
The first three years in Erie were building years for the Otters, with the team eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each year. In the fourth year, all the hard work paid off with their first Midwest Division championship
It would be their first of three consecutive Midwest Division championships for the Otters, culminating in an OHL Championship
in 2001–02. Dave MacQueen
won the Matt Leyden Trophy
in 2000–01 as the OHL Coach of the Year. Sherwood Bassin
was awarded OHL Executive of the Year
in 2001–02 for his role in building a championship team as general manager.
The Erie Otters celebrated their 10th anniversary in the 2005–06 season.
The Otters celebrated their 1000th regular season game in franchise history on February 5, 2011 with an 8-2 win against... Read More