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Baltimore Skipjacks

The Baltimore Skipjacks began as a reincarnated version of the Baltimore Clippers (albeit with a green color scheme) in the reincarnated version of the EHL in 1979. after two years, the EHL went out of business and a similar group of teams formed the ACHL, which included the Clippers who rebranded themselves as the Skipjacks. After one year in the ACHL, the Skipjacks stepped up to the bigtime and joined the AHL by merging with the Erie Blades. The Skipjacks found almost immediate success, with 35, 46, and 45 wins in their first three seasons, which culminated in Finals loss to the Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1984-85. That team featured future NHLers like Marty McSorley and Bob Errey, and even future coach Bruce Boudreau at center. The Skipjacks would have a solid 11 season run in the A, making the playoffs five times. However, the team would relocate to Portland, Maine, after the 1992-93 season citing financial losses in the millions.