Pittsburgh Forge

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Pittsburgh Forge
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
League NAHL
Conference Eastern
Founded 2001
Operated 2001–2003
Home arena Island Sports Center
Colors Red, gold, black, white
Franchise history
2001–2003 Pittsburgh Forge
2003–2005 Toledo IceDiggers
2005–2010 Alpena IceDiggers
2010–present Corpus Christi IceRays
Regular season titles 2002–03
Division Championships 2002–03
Conference Championships 2001–02, 2002–03
Playoff championships Robertson Cup

The Pittsburgh Forge are a defunct Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The team was founded in 2001 by Kevin Constantine, a former coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. They played at the Island Sports Center. The team compiled an 80-24-8 record in the first and only two seasons. The Forge were finalists in the Robertson Cup Tournament, the NAHL championship, during their inaugural season and were the first expansion team to do so. During their second season, the Forge set a national Junior A record with 43 wins and won the NAHL's regular season championship as well as the Robertson Cup Tournament. In two seasons, the Forge advanced 18 players onto scholarships with Division I college hockey programs. In 2003, the franchise was sold to investors in Toledo, Ohio and was relocated as the Toledo IceDiggers.


The final roster of the 2002–03 NAHL national champion Forge – the last Forge team – and their scholarship schools: Randy Bauer, Sean Berkstresser (Robert Morris), Tom Biondich (Robert Morris), Andy Brandt (Wisconsin), Jace Buzek (Robert Morris), Ben Camper (Colgate), Josh Coyle (Union), John Dingle (Ohio State), Devin Ekis (Pittsburgh), Joe Federoff (Alabama Huntsville), Josef Fotjik, Jim Gehring (Mercyhurst), Mike Handza (Denver), Denis Kirstien (Mercyhurst), Chris Lawrence (Michigan State), Mike Mannina, Peter Mannino (Denver), Matt McBride, Dylan Reese (Harvard), Gabe Rehak, Daniel Shildorfer, Erix Trax (Robert Morris), Brandon Warner (Michigan State), Ryan Webb, Matt Zeman,

Season-by-season records

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2001–02 56 37 13 4 78 199 147 1,135 2nd, East Lost Robertson Cup Finals
2002–03 56 43 9 4 90 208 111 1,227 1st, East Robertson Cup Champions