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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies hockey apparel & commemorative merchandise

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Apparel & Commemorative Merchandise

Commemorate the thrilling four-year run of this memorable bully of the minor league hockey block by ordering your Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies apparel from Vintage Ice Hockey! Our exclusive collection of AC Boardwalk Bullies hockey merchandise includes premium-made hoodies, sweatshirts, shirts, and pint glasses that pay homage to this championship-winning hockey team that took over Atlantic City from 2001 to 2005. With an authentic art design, comfortable feel, and long-lasting quality coming standard with every Vintage Ice Hockey product, pick out your favorite Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies gear today. And to learn more about this beloved hockey franchise, be sure to skate down to the AC Boardwalk Bullies team history below.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Crewneck Sweatshirt

$46.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - royal blue
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - heather denim
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - navy
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - royal blue
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - heather grey
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - heather denim
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium) - navy

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Premium)

$58.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Youth)

$42.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Hoodie (Zip)

$55.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Long Sleeve Shirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Long Sleeve Shirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Long Sleeve Shirt
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Long Sleeve Shirt

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Long Sleeve Shirt

$32.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Pint Glass

$28.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - royal blue
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - heather gray
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - navy
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - black
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - white
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - charcoal
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - royal blue
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - heather gray
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - navy
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - black
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - white
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt - charcoal

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt

$27.99
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Premium Lightweight)

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Tri-Blend Super Light)

$34.98
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies T-Shirt (Youth)

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Tank Top

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Philadelphia Firebirds Jerseys

Our Seattle Ironmen jerseys are a custom design that is an homage to the sweaters of the original Ironmen, but is also unique in its own right. They have embroidered elements and fully cut and sewn seams for that old school jersey feel. 

These jerseys feature embroidered "ironmen" logos sewn onto the chest of the jersey. The Ironmen usually only wore an "S" or the words "Seattle Ironmen" one their chest, so this is a customized chest logo. 

The Ironmen did wear a white and dark color scheme with a mid-chest color split that we've captured here, along with a set of five stripes on both the arms and lower chest. All of these features are embroidered at the seams for that old school look and feel; nothing sublimated about it. 

Further, we mimicked the two stars on each shoulder that the Ironmen wore to the best of out ability using modern production methods. Two stars are embroidered onto the jersey over each shoulder, including one red star for a pop of color. 

Finally, the names and numbers. We do offer a blank option at a lower price point without names and numbers. If you'd like yours customized, we are keeping true to the Ironmen's original design with no numbers on the arms. On the back, we have an option for a stitched name bar with heatpress lettering and large heatpressed numbers across the back. Both the name and back numbers are red, to further add color to the Ironmen and bring what we believe to be their red, white and blue color scheme to the modern age.
 
How our jersey pre-orders work.

We're a small mom and pop shop and due to lack of well, everything, we are not able to customize our retro hockey jerseys on the fly. Instead, we need to send them out to get made in batches. To be able to offer customization, we open up individual jerseys for pre-orders when we debut them and again later on depending on demand for that particular jersey. So if you are interested in customization or an unusual size such as youth or goalie cuts, pre-order time is the time to buy! You never know when (or if) these jerseys might be available again.

All that said, we do plan to keep stock available continuously for blank jerseys in sizes small through 3XL for most teams. Please note that pre-order jerseys are expected to ship 2-3 months from the date the pre-order period ends and payment in full is required at the time of purchase. In stock blanks will ship on our normal timeframes and usually leave the warehouse within a couple of days. You can read our pre-order policy here

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies History

presented by Vintage Ice Hockey

Who were the Boardwalk Bullies?

Atlantic City has a long sports history, especially inside the famed Boardwalk Hall. However, it was a long time since the Atlantic City Sea Gulls folded in 1952 that hockey would again take up residence beachside.

In 2001, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies started up and became the first pro hockey team to inhabit the Hall in almost 50 years. The Bullies were immediately successful in their first season, winning 42 and having the help of future NHLer Kevin Colley. In the 2002-03 season, they would win another 41 games and go on a great playoff run. Beating Trenton, Greensboro, and Columbia they would claim the league championship.

The Bullies spent two more successful seasons on the jersey shore, winning 40+ games each time. Unfortunately they would be sold following the 2004-05 season and relocated to California.

Who were the Seattle Ironmen? 

Scrappy. Gritty. Steely. “Rough and tumble”. It would be difficult to describe The Seattle Ironmen without some variation of these words. Part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) in the 1940s and 50s, the Ironmen were rightfully nicknamed “The Bad Men of the Pacific Coast”. Though the entire PCHL was rough, the Ironmen were among the roughest teams.

In the midst of World War II, a group of men working for Isaacson Steel decided to form a hockey team. The NIHL was comprised of various teams that all represented some field of wartime industry. Hockey was a great distraction from the war. Men who worked in these wartime industries probably needed a mental escape from war manufacturing and talk. Their entire lives revolved around prepping for it. 

Seattle Ironmen 1951 hockey player

The 1976-77 Philadelphia Firebirds with the Lockhart Cup Trophy they won the prior season. Some serious mustaches and long hair in there.
Image source: Wikipedia

Coach Gregg Pilling

If there’s anything that can be said for certain about Gregg Pilling, it’s that he didn’t care what anyone else thought and always did what he assumed was best. That immediately became apparent when he opted out of the NAHL draft by very publicly announcing that not only did he think “drafts are a joke” but that he could do better recruiting on his own. Throughout the season, he continued to frustrate team owners, fans, and opponents. More than once, he took his team to the locker room and refused to go out on the ice because he felt conditions were unsafe for his players. The first time he refused to let his team play was after Reggie Lemelin was injured and the referee wouldn’t give his replacement, Dan Sullivan, his allotted 2 minute warm-up time. The ref refused to concede to Pilling’s demands and forced the Firebirds to forfeit the game. Team President Robin Roberts was furious, saying that Pilling disrespected paying fans by allowing the forfeit. He suspended Pilling for 5 games and fined him $1000.

Coach Pilling continued his antics, though. Toward the end of the season, he again protested allowing his players to take the ice because it was full of holes and divots. This time, the referee agreed and sent both teams to their locker rooms and attempted to cancel the game. It wasn’t until the Firebirds had enjoyed a few drinks and loaded the bus that word came in from the commissioner: the game had to continue. After an hour of futile attempts to repair the ice (and some time for the Firebirds to sober up), the game was played. Its end validated everyone’s concerns when Pierre Henry tripped over a divot in the ice, lost control of the puck, and the Cougars scored a game-winning goal. Pilling also messed with the Cougars by creating a few newspaper headlines. He said their team was going out of business and couldn’t afford to pay their players. He later laughed when telling the story to reporters saying he was just trying to mess with the Cougars and throw them off their game.The funny thing was though, in this case, Pilling wasn't wrong! The Cougars would run out of money at the end of the season and move to Erie, PA to become the Blades. The Cougars former coach and GM, Gerry Lamorouex, would be indicted for allegedly embezzeling team funds and would serve time. 

But back to Pilling. He was notorious for being late as well, and made no exception for the final game of the Firebird’s ‘74-75 season. With the game scheduled to start at 8:00pm, the Firebirds finally arrived at 8:25. Pilling casually exited the bus with a sly smile saying they, “Couldn’t get the damn bus over 45 miles an hour. The wind was blowing us all over the place”.

Seattle Ironmen 1951 hockey player

The Bad Men of the Pacific Coast

The Ironmen were naturally tough both on and off the ice. Most of the players still worked for Isaacson Steel, which fabricated parts used in naval shipyards during World War II. In 1947-48 they amassed 1200 in 66 games, far and away the most in the league that season. This ultimately dubbed them “The Bad Men of the Pacific Coast”. One player, Vern Kaiser, was also suspended for throwing his stick at an opponent which cost the player his vision in one eye. 

Notably, Fred Shero, was part of the Ironmen during his playing career before becoming the coach of Philadelphia’s “Broad Street Bullies”. Stanley Cup Winner Al Rollins also spent time with the Ironmen, though you rarely see the Ironmen noted on their resume.

Roller Coaster Inaugural Season

The hills and valleys of a roller coaster are the perfect metaphor to describe the Firebird’s first season. They had stretches of 6 losses, 7 wins, and 5 losses again. They sat at the bottom of league standings at one point, first place for months, then dropped to second place just before playoffs. They had bench-clearing brawls, a game resulting in 130 penalty minutes, and yet Bobby Collyard found himself tied for first in league points by the end of the season. They went through periods when their franchise was bleeding money and times when the stadium was packed with fans. In their final home game, a record-breaking crowd of 9,184 showed up for the Firebirds. They repaid their fans with a shut-out win of 5-0 and Roberts released a statement to the press saying, “I think we have proven that there is room for the Firebirds in Philidelphia”. Those who questioned their motives in the beginning became supporters by the end of the regular season.

Seattle Ironmen 1951: The End of an Era

Though the Ironmen had some good years, their unpredictable and violent reputation left fans leery of attending games. With a history of cross-checking officials, female fans nearly getting struck by opposing teams, and riots in the stands, attending games became more of a liability than entertainment for fans. The team also lost many of its Isaacson Ironmen crew over time, with only a handful of the original players sticking around for the last season in 1954-55. 

Today, the NHL's Kraken sit in Seattle's hockey spotlight. Admirably, the Kraken franchise has made several “hat tips” to their Ironmen ancestors. Their 2022 retro-block jersey honored the Ironmen and their contribution to Seattle hockey. Even now, the Kraken perform best when they play hard and show a little of that classic grit that was such an iconic characteristic of the Ironmen. 

Seattle Ironmen Jerseys

Our Seattle Ironmen jerseys are a custom design that is an homage to the sweaters of the original Ironmen, but is also unique in its own right. 

The Ironmen did wear a white and dark color scheme with a mid-chest color split that we've captured here, along with a set of five stripes on both the arms and lower chest. All of these features are embroidered at the seams for that old school look and feel; nothing sublimated about it. 

Further, we mimicked the two stars on each shoulder that the Ironmen wore to the best of out ability using modern production methods. 

Finally, the names and numbers. We are keeping true to the Ironmen's original design with no numbers on the arms. On the back, we have an option for a stitched name bar with heatpress lettering and large heatpressed numbers across the back. Both the name and back numbers are red, to further add color to the Ironmen design.
 
Please note that pre-order jerseys are expected to ship 2-3 months from the date the pre-order period ends and payment in full is required at the time of purchase. You can read our pre-order policy here

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A Wild Ride & The Philly Firebird Legacy

While their inaugural season was definitely eventful, the Firebirds sustained their fair share of exciting moments throughout the rest of their time in the NAHL as well. They eventually found their stride and won the Lockhart Cup in 1976, compiling an impressing 45-20 regular season record and defeating the Beauce Jaros in the playoff finals. The following season, 1976-77, was a good one as well although they didn't win any titles.

Unfortunately, as the Firebirds’ luck was at an all-time high, the NAHL couldn’t say the same. The league collapsed before the 1977-78 season could begin. The Firebirds hustled to join the American Hockey League (AHL), but it was also struggling at the time and was also a significant step up in play. The Firebirds weren't terrible, but they didn't finish above .500 in either of their two AHL seasons. They both of their AHL seasons in Philadelphia, but continued to lose money and saw their fan attendance dip. Their last “Hail Mary” attempt at survival was to move to upstate New York and become the Syracuse Firebirds. Unfortunately, that move failed and the Firebird franchise ended in the spring of 1980. 

As far as famous Firebirds go, Reggie Lemelin went on to attain great success after goaltending for the Firebirds. He stayed with the Firebirds all 5 years they were in Philadelphia and joined the NHL in 1978. He had a 15 year professional career with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins. Interestingly, Lemelin was drafted by the Flyers in 1974, so there's a photo out there of him in a Flyers uniform, but he never played for them. Lemelin would return to Philly to be a goalie coach for the Flyers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

Mike Eruzione, a 1980s Olympic hero, also had a brief stint with the Firebirds. He joined them for their last six games during their final season in Philly.

The infamous hockey film Slap Shot was also heavily influenced by the Firebirds and the rest of the NAHL. It is rumored that Paul Newman attended several Firebird games in order to prepare for his role in the movie. Mark Bousquet, who is 3rd from the right in the second row in the picture above, played an important role in the movie as Andre "Poodle" Lussier of the Syracuse Bulldogs. 

While the Firebirds were a quick and tumultuous roller coaster of a hockey franchise, they proved that Philadelphia could support two pro hockey teams. The Philadelphia Phantoms also spent more than a decade as an AHL team in the city during the 1990s and 2000s. 

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