The Roadrunners’ first opponent in their inaugural season will be Pacific Division rivals, the San Diego Gulls. The Gulls are the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks and finished second in our division last season with a record of 39 wins, 23 losses, and 4 overtime losses. The Gulls qualified for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in and were eliminated by the Ontario Reign in 5 games.
Three Key Players
- Julius Nattinen- The 19-year-old Finnish forward will make the jump from junior hockey this year, with the Gulls. Last year with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, he amassed an impressive 22 goals, 49 assists, and 71 points in 52 games. Nattinen was drafted by the Ducks in the second round, 59th overall in 2015. Nattinen certainly will be a fixture in San Diego’s top six all year long.
- Shea Theodore- Last year the 21-year-old spilt time between Anaheim and San Diego, playing 18 games for Ducks the 50 for the Gulls. Because the Ducks do not feel he is ready for a full-time NHL duty, Theodore will again start the season in San Diego, providing the Roadrunners with a formidable foe.
- Brandon Montour-The 22-year-old defenseman led the Gulls in points last season, scoring 12 goals, 45 assists, and 57 points in 68 games. Montour plays the exciting role of an offensive defenseman and was a stand out in his one year of college hockey with UMass-Amherst. Neutralizing his creative play on the blue line will be key whenever the Roadrunners play the Gulls.
Meetings and Livestream Info
The first meeting between the Roadrunners and the Gulls will be today, October 14th, 2016. The puck drops at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center at 7:00 PM Mountain time. Tucson will play San Diego a total of 12 times this season; with six games at home and six on the road. After today, the next meeting between the two will take place in Tucson on November 22nd.
All home games will be played at the Tucson Convention Center and all 68 of their games can be live streamed on the AHL’s website.
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