Tucson Roadrunners Tickets
League: American Hockey League
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Venue: Tucson Arena
Notable Players: Michael Bunting, Nick Merkley, Lane Pederson, Chris Mueller, Conor Garland, Laurent Dauphin, Kyle Capobianco, Kyle Wood, Dakota Mermis and Adin Hill
Tucson Roadrunners TicketsThe Tucson Roadrunners is a minor league affiliate franchise of its owner and operator, the Arizona Coyotes. Both Tucson and Arizona's second affiliate franchise, the Rapid City Rush of the East Coast Hockey League, serve as a developmental farm system for talent. The Roadrunners franchise was originally founded in 1994 as the Springfield Falcons. For the next two decades, Springfield won four division championships and made the playoffs several times. When the Arizona Coyotes purchased the team in 2016 and moved it closer to home, Tucson became the first AHL franchise to ever play in Arizona. The Roadrunners' name was voted the top choice in a naming contest to honor the previous Phoenix hockey teams, which played in the IHL, ECHL and other leagues between 1967 and 2009. In its best-ever season, Tucson finished at the top of the 2018 Pacific Division standings and made the second round of the playoffs. Michael Bunting is the all-time leading scorer with 55 goals, 57 assists and 112 total points. For fans of the team, StubHub is a one-stop source for Tucson Roadrunners tickets.
What was the Tucson Roadrunners' record in 2019?Tucson finished the 2018 to 2019 season at fifth place in the Pacific Division with 76 points — a single point short of a playoff spot behind the Colorado Eagles. Despite missing the playoffs, the team had a winning record of 34 wins, 26 losses, five overtime losses and three shootout losses. Tucson had several standout performances. Team center Lane Pederson was the scoring leader with 23 goals and 47 total points. Defenseman Robbie Russo dished out the most assists at 33.
What is the Tucson Roadrunners' schedule?Tucson began its quest for the 2020 Calder Cup championship with an away game against the Texas Stars on Oct. 4, 2019. Most of the schedule is heavily tilted toward Tucson’s Pacific Division foes, including the Bakersfield Condors, Colorado Eagles, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls, San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat. However, Tucson will also go out of the division to play the Chicago Wolves on March 5 and 7 and the Texas Stars again on March 14 and 15. The season concludes with a road game against the Bakersfield Condors on April 11. If Tucson finishes in the top four spots of the division, then it will earn a berth into the AHL playoffs, beginning the week of April 13.
Who is the Tucson Roadrunners' head coach?Jay Varady is the current head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners. After several years as an assistant, Varady received his first head coaching gig with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, compiling a 136-88-0-1 record over four seasons. He then had a brief one-year stint with the major junior franchise the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. He led them to a 36-23-6-3 record. Varady became Tucson’s head coach on July 2, 2018.
Do the Tucson Roadrunners have a rival?Tucson has only been part of the AHL since 2016, which is not long enough to develop a truly historic rivalry, but it does have a nascent and growing divisional rivalry with the Colorado Eagles. The frequency and competitiveness of the series give it a more intense atmosphere than the typical regular-season game.
What is the Tucson Roadrunners' venue like?The Tucson Arena, which is located inside of the Tucson Convention Center, has a seating capacity of around 6,521 for hockey games. The arena features plenty of concessions, a kid’s zone and ADA seating in most sections. Special promotions and fan days are a regular occurrence throughout the season.
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