The Penguins won the game Greensboro has been home to multiple hockey franchises over the decades. Ranging from minor league teams, all the way up to the National Hockey League when the city was the original home for the Carolina Hurricanes for their first couple of seasons when they moved from Hartford, Connecticut to North Carolina.
They called the newly constructed Greensboro Coliseum their home. While most people may think that not much effort is put into constructing minor league teams, they would be sadly mistaken when it came to this team.
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The Generals put major effort into going out and recruiting talented players to come play in Greensboro. All that effort paid off as well. The Generals made it to the finals three seasons straight;, They were also crowned the ECHL champions for the season.
The Generals went to the finals again in the season.
They continued to play in the Greensboro Coliseum from However, they were forced to move to the smaller Piedmont Arena because of poor revenue. The final nail in the coffin came for the franchise during the season when the team was forced to fold halfway through the season along with three other teams. Their first and longest affiliation was with the Chicago Blackhawks from to Then came a short lived time with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the season.
The Generals also had multiple affiliations with different minor league teams throughout their lifespan as well. Greensboro was without a hockey team for a while, but that time came to an end when the Greensboro Monarchs came to the city.
The arrival of the Monarchs also marked the return of hockey to Greensboro Coliseum. They made it to the finals again the following season and in their last ECHL season; they came up short both times.
During that time, the wheels for the franchise to leave the ECHL along with Charlotte and other teams were set into motion. Back in AugustTom Steadman wrote a detailed timeline of this whole situation which can be read here. Inthe Monarchs were forced to move when the Hartford Whalers, now known as the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that they were moving to North Carolina and would be playing in Greensboro Coliseum.
Ownership was forced to build the front office in three months, and the team only made the playoffs once. The franchise would go on to be dissolved in Greensboro tends to be forgotten about when it comes to hockey in the south, but the original Greensboro Generals and Monarchs are considered to be some of the first southern hockey teams to actually build loyal fan bases and paved the way for other southern hockey teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators. Without these franchises, hockey may not have had the success it has in North Carolina, or the southern United States that it has.
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Hockey has a long history in north carolina. the city of greensboro has some of the deepest roots in the state, dating back to the ’s, as well as being the birthplace of the carolina hurricanes.
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