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It Was A Tough Season

The Buccaneers 25th season almost did not happen.

Buccaneer financial difficulties were not ironed out until just before the season began, leaving fans and players wondering if the season would be cancelled. In addition, the AHL announced that they were bringing a new team to Des Moines, the Iowa Stars.

As a result, the Buccaneers struggled through a disappointing season and ended with a 17-37-6 record, the worst in the club's history since the 1984-85 season. Award-winning veteran coach Bob Ferguson resigned, handing the reigns to assistant coach and former Buccaneer Regg Simon. Regg made many trades, trying to find the right chemistry and the Bucs began to win again. Despite the problems, loyal fans supported the Bucs and responded to Simon's enthusiasm, coaching, and style of play.

Bright Spots

Chad Rau, scored 31 goals and 40 assists, including 12 power play goals, 3 shorties, and 4 game-winning goals. His efforts put him at the top of the USHL and earned him a scholarship to the Colorado College. Joining Chad with college scholarships were John Doherty (Quinnipac), Rory Farrell (Union College), Matt Greer (U of Minnesota - Duluth), John McCarthy (Boston University), and Ben Ryan (Notre Dame).

I apologize for the lack of information for this year - the company that did the original pages this year lost information. I will be attempting to re-build the pages. Thanks - Steve Bendy.