|Las Vegas Thunder|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Home arena||Thomas & Mack Center|
|Colors||Teal, black, silver, white|
|Owner(s)||Hank and Ken Stickney|
|Media||Las Vegas Review-Journal|
|Affiliates||Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Knoxville Cherokees and Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL), and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)|
|1993-1999||Las Vegas Thunder|
|Regular season titles||1993-94, 1995-96|
|Division Championships||1993-94, 1995-96|
The Las Vegas Thunder were a professional ice hockey team competing in the International Hockey League. The team's home rink was at the Thomas & Mack Center. They began play in the 1993-1994 season, folding on April 18, 1999. The demise of the franchise was precipitated by the refusal of UNLV officials to negotiate with team owners regarding a new agreement to continue playing at the Thomas & Mack Center after the 1998-1999 season. Without a facility that was suitable even for temporary use, the Thunder were forced to shut down.
The Thunder made a strong showing in their first season, finishing with the best record in the league-115 points and a 52-18-11 record. They topped that performance in 1995-1996 when they again finished with the league's best record (122 points, 57-17-8). The Thunder lost in the conference finals that season.
Throughout the team's history they garnered player development deals with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL, the ECHL's Knoxville Cherokees and Mississippi Sea Wolves and Russian side Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
The Thunder's main rivals included the Denver/Utah Grizzlies, Los Angeles/Long Beach Ice Dogs, San Diego Gulls, and Phoenix Roadrunners. These rivalries later saw a rebirth in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
The team's mascot was "Boom-Boom", a polar bear.
The franchise was replaced by:
The Golden Knights later acknowledged their Thunder predecessors by basing their 2020-21 Reverse Retro jerseys off of the Thunder's "V-stripe" pattern.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Season||Conference||Division||Regular Season||Post Season|
|1993-94||Western||Pacific||1st||81||52||18||11||115||319||282||5||1||4||14||20||Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (San Diego)|
|1994-95||Western||Southwest||2nd||81||46||30||5||97||328||278||10||4||6||27||35||Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1 (Atlanta) |
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-1 (Milwaukee)
Lost in Conference Finals 0-4 (Denver Grizzlies)
|1995-96||Western||Southwest||1st||82||57||17||8||122||380||249||15||9||6||59||53||Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1 (Phoenix)|
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4-1 (Chicago)
Lost in Conference Finals, 2-4 (Utah)
|1996-97||Western||Southwest||4th||82||41||34||7||89||287||299||3||0||3||4||9||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Houston)|
|1997-98||Western||Southwest||4th||82||33||39||10||76||260||305||4||1||3||9||16||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-3 (Long Beach)|
|1998-99||Western||Southwest||4th||82||35||39||8||78||247||307||Did not qualify|