There have been several ice hockey teams based in Richmond Virginia spanning from the initial team in 1971 (The AHL Richmond Robins) through 2009 (The SPHL Richmond Renegades). Each of these teams played a unique brand and flavor of the sport we love. The Bring Hockey Back to Richmond community is ready, willing, and able to fully support a new team here in Richmond. If you are a fan of hockey, please join us and help us reach the goal of getting a hockey team back in the capital city soon!
- 1971 - 1976 Richmond Robins (AHL)
The Robins were the first hockey team to call Richmond home. Numerous players from that team went on to great careers in the NHL and several have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup. While the Philadelphia Flyers were the parent team of the Robins for their entire history, the Washington Capitals shared that role from 1974 - 1976. Their current farm teams are the Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers) and the Hershey Bears (Capitals).
- 1976 - 1977 Richmond Wildcats (SHL)
With only 38 games played, the Wildcats were the shortest lived team to play in Richmond. A number of players from the Robins teams also played for the Wildcats. Both the New York Rangers and the St Louis Blues were parent teams for the Wildcats. Their current farm teams are the Hartford Wolf Pack (Rangers) and the Chicago Wolves (Blues).
- 1979 - 1981 Richmond Rifles (EHL)
Over their two seasons in Richmond, the Rifles posted the best career win percentage (.388) of any team that has called Richmond its home. Only one player from the Rifles had any extended time in the NHL, Right wing Jim Jackson played a total of 107 games for the Calgary Flames over three season and an additional 5 games for the Buffalo Sabres in the 1987-1988 season. In that time he scored 17 goals, and had 30 assists for a total of 47 NHL points. Both the New York Rangers and the Winnipeg Jets (now the Arizona Coyotes) were parent teams for the Wildcats. Their current farm teams are the Hartford Wolf Pack (Rangers) and the Portland Pirates (Cotyotes).
- 1990 - 2003 Richmond Renegades (ECHL)
The ECHL version of the Renegades existed longer and played more games than any other hockey team in Richmond's history. They recorded more wins (471) than any other team played total games (the Robins are closest with 379 games played). The 1994-1995 team was the only Richmond team to win a championship. A total of eight different AHL and IHL teams served as parent teams for the ECHL Renegades while there were seven different NHL teams acting as secondary parent teams.
- 2003 - 2006 Richmond RiverDogs (UHL)
The RiverDogs hold the distinction of being the only Richmond team who averaged increased attendance every year of their history. They pulled in an average of over 260,000 fans each of their three seasons here in Richmond. After the RiverDogs folded they played one season in Chicago (as the Chicago Hounds) before the UHL was transformed into the IHL.
- 2006 - 2009 Richmond Renegades (SPHL)
The most recent hockey team in Richmond was the SPHL Renegades. They played a total of 168 games over three seasons. During their first year of play the team was coached by long time Richmond hockey nemesis and former coach of the rival Hampton Roads Admirals, John Brophy. The SPHL Renegades were an independent team with no other team affiliations.