The franchise originated in 1990 as the expansion San Diego Gulls of the IHL. By early 1995, Gulls attendance in San Diego had dipped to 16th in the 17-team IHL. Midway through the 1994-95 season, team owner Fred Comrie announced that his team would move to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for the 1995-96 season. The franchise would leave the “Gulls” identity behind in San Diego, where the name had historic hockey roots. On the ice, the 1995-96 season didn’t go any better for the Ice Dogs. Although reasonably competitive under Head Coach John Van Boxmeer at 32-36-14, the Dogs finished last in the South Division and thus were left out of the IHL’s absurdly inclusive postseason format, which saw 16 out of 19 clubs make the playoffs. John Byce led the team in scoring with 39 goals and Dan Lambert was the overall scoring leader with 87 points. After the move to Long Beach in 1996, the Ice Dogs survived eleven more seasons before going out of business in April 2007.
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