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The Founders Cup is an inline hockey club trophy, awarded annually to the Professional Inline Hockey Association (PIHA) playoffs champion. It was created in 2002 by former PIHA Commissioner Charles Yoder, and is the oldest inline hockey trophy in the United States.

Since the 2002 season, the trophy has been won a combined nine times by two active PIHA teams and three defunct teams. The Pennsylvania Typhoon, formerly known as the York Typhoon, have won the Founders Cup three times and made the finals an additional time.

Founders Cup championsEdit

Season Winning Team Coach Runner-Up Team Coach Games Winning Goal
2002 York Typhoon (K) Kean Quinton Delaware Blue Diamond Blades (DV) Bob Kelly
2003 York Typhoon Kean Quinton Reading Nasty Boyz
2004 York Typhoon (MD) Kean Quinton Morristown Minutemen (DV)
2005 Philadelphia Growl (DV) Anthony Flynn York Typhoon (MD) Kean Quinton 2–1
2006 Philadelphia Growl (EC) Anthony Flynn Littleton Fire (WC) Jim Drapal 3–1 Sean Sullivan (11:14, first)
2007 Boston Roller Rats (EC) Ed Whitney Southside Snipers (WC) Rob Ferrara 4–3 Jay McGeown (8:15, first)
2008 Phoenix Dragons (WC) Dave Mamorstein Connecticut Blaze (EC) Bill DiNapoli 4–2 Danny Marmorstein (9:57, second)
2009 Colorado Springs Thunder (WC) Dave Needham Connecticut Blaze (EC) Bill DiNapoli 4–2 Matt Pedersen (2:55, second)
2010 Colorado Springs Thunder (WC) Dave Needham New Jersey Grizzlies (EC) Denis Jelcic 4–0 CJ Yoder (3:38, second)

AppearancesEdit

Active teamsEdit

Unless marked otherwise, teams played in the PIHA exclusively at the time they competed for the Founders Cup. A bolded year denotes a Founders Cup win.

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win % Years of Appearance
4 Pennsylvania Typhoon Template:Ref 3 1 .750 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
2 Colorado Springs Thunder 2 0 1.000 2009, 2010
1 New Jersey Grizzlies Template:Ref 0 1 .000 2010
1 Southside Snipers 0 1 .000 2007

The following 12 active teams have never made an appearance: Chicago Sting (2010 expansion team), Detroit Revolution (2010 expansion team), Mile High Miners (2010 expansion team), Pennsylvania Team Blue (2010 expansion team), South Carolina Buccaneers (2 seasons as the South Carolina Pirates), Suffolk Sting (2 seasons), Midwest Tornados (3 seasons), River City Wheelers (1 season and 2 seasons as the River City Whalers), Denver Blizzard (3 seasons and 2 seasons as the Westminster Blizzard), Fort Collins Catz (4 seasons and 1 season as the Aurora Crimson Catz), Parker Prowlers (3 seasons and 2 seasons as the Pikes Peak Prowlers), and Harrisburg Lunatics (9 seasons).

Defunct teamsEdit

Unless marked otherwise, teams played in the PIHA exclusively at the time they competed for the Founders Cup. A bolded year denotes a Founders Cup win.

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win % Years of Appearance
2 Philadelphia Growl 2 0 1.000 2005, 2006
2 Connecticut Blaze 0 2 .000 2008, 2009
1 Boston Swamp Rats Template:Ref 1 0 1.000 2007
1 Phoenix Dragons 1 0 1.000 2008
1 Delaware Blue Diamond Blades 0 1 .000 2002
1 Lakewood Fire Template:Ref 0 1 .000 2006
1 New Jersey Stampede Template:Ref 0 1 .000 2004
1 Reading Nasty Boyz 0 1 .000 2003
Notes

Template:Note1. The Pennsylvania Typhoon totals include three wins and one loss as the York Typhoon.
Template:Note2. The New Jersey Grizzlies were also competing in the American Inline Hockey League when they made a finals appearance in 2010.
Template:Note3. The Boston Swamp Rats totals include one win as the Boston Roller Rats in 2007.
Template:Note4. The Lakewood Fire totals include one loss as the Littleton Fire in 2006.
Template:Note5. The New Jersey Stampede totals include one loss as the Morristown Minutemen in 2004.

See alsoEdit

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