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The Utah Grizzlies: Bringing Hockey to Salt Lake City

When outsiders think of Utah they often imagine beautiful mountains, luxurious ski resorts, and the Utah Jazz. While all of these things are understandable, few tend to think of Salt Lake City as a hockey town. Although Utah doesn’t have a professional hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies have developed a strong fan base throughout the state.

We at Game Gear are proud to be a corporate sponsor to the Utah Grizzlies. The excitement they bring to Salt Lake City is virtually incomparable. For more than 20 years, the Utah Grizzlies have been considered the crown jewel of West Valley City, and have attracted hockey fans from across the state.

Before you check out the Utah Grizzlies merchandise manufactured in West Valley City by Game Gear, let our devoted employees/fans show you the history of the Utah Grizzlies.

Utah Grizzlies History: 1995-2005

In 1994, Utah’s longtime minor league hockey team, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, relocated to Detroit to become the Vipers. Their departure left a void in Utah’s sporting activity, but not for long. The 1995 season kicked off with the defending International Hockey League Champions, the Grizzlies, relocating from Denver to Salt Lake City.

The first incarnation of the Utah Grizzlies called Salt Lake City home until the Maverik Center was built in West Valley City, mere minutes away. Their first season in Utah was an exciting one, as the Utah Grizzlies built off the success they had achieved in Denver the year before to win their second Turner Cup Championship. This solidified Utah as a permanent home to the Grizzlies. Unfortunately, this incarnation of the Grizzlies would move away at the end of the 2004 season, casting a shadow on the history of the Utah Grizzlies.  

Second Incarnation: 2005-Present

When the Grizzlies moved to Cleveland after the 2003-04 season, a new ownership group purchased the rights to the name Utah Grizzlies and moved the Lexington Men O’ War franchise to Utah. This replacement team bore the same name and logo as the original Grizzlies, restoring the franchise without missing a single season.

The uniforms and color scheme for the Grizzlies were revamped, as well. The dark maroon that was their primary color was replaced with a forest green. Additionally, black jerseys were added as an alternate uniform in 2011 and has quickly become one of their most popular uniforms throughout the history of the Utah Grizzlies.

Visit Game Gear for Official Utah Grizzlies Gear

Here at Game Gear, we are proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Utah Grizzlies. Crafting custom athletic apparel for their team store is one of the most exciting parts of what we do and we enjoy working with Utah’s premier hockey team. You can check out all of the high-quality men’s and women’s athletic apparel we manufacture here and of course, be sure to check out the apparel we make for the Utah Grizzlies.

You can contact our West Valley City office here or give us a call at 1-800-592-7195 to learn more about our custom sports apparel.