|Des Moines Buccaneers|
|City||Urbandale, Iowa (outside of Des Moines)|
|League||United States Hockey League|
|Home arena||Buccaneer Arena|
|Colors||Red, blue, white|
|Owner(s)||Orchard View Sports & Entertainment|
|General manager||Peter Mannino, Interim|
|Head coach||Peter Mannino|
|1980–present||Des Moines Buccaneers|
|Regular season titles||4 Anderson Cups (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, and 1998–99)|
|Playoff championships||4 Clark Cups (1992, 1995, 1999, and 2006)|
The Buccaneers began USHL play during the 1980–81 season and have played all their home games at Buccaneer Arena located in Urbandale, Iowa, outside of Des Moines. The Buccaneers have won four Anderson Cup championships (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98 and 1998–99) and four Clark Cup championships (1992, 1995, 1999 and 2006) in their history.
The Buccaneers also won three Gold Cups (in 1992, 1995, and 1998) for the Junior A National Championship awarded prior USA Hockey's 2001 realignment that shifted the USHL to Tier I status.
The Buccaneers have also had many players continue to play hockey after completing their USHL career in Des Moines. Many players have been given scholarships and move on to play NCAA Division I hockey, while others have gone on to play professional hockey. Most notably, Scott Clemmensen, a native of Des Moines, played for the Buccaneers before going to Boston College to play NCAA Division I hockey and then onto the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers.
Clemmensen later became a co-owner of the Buccaneers as part of Orchard View Sports & Entertainment that purchased the team in 2017. Kyle Okposo, who played on the 2005–06 Clark Cup championship team prior to playing for the University of Minnesota and is now playing for the Buffalo Sabres.
|1980–81||48||23||25||0||—||—||46||240||299||2nd, South||2–3 in Clark Cup round-robin|
(W, 10–6 vs. Green Bay; L, 5–11 vs. Dubuque; L, 2–7 vs. St. Paul; W, 5–4 vs. Waterloo; L, 3–7 vs. Austin)
|1981–82||48||18||29||1||—||—||37||265||314||6th||3–2 in Clark Cup round-robin|
(L, 4–6 vs. Bloomington; W, 5–2 vs. Sioux City; W, 11–5 vs. Dubuque; L, 6–7 vs. Austin; W, 9–1 vs. St. Paul)
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
|1982–83||48||25||22||1||—||—||51||298||309||3rd||Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Bloomington Jr. Stars|
Lost Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
|1983–84||48||23||21||1||3||—||50||270||259||4th||Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. North Iowa Huskies|
Lost Semifinals, 0–3 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
|1984–85||48||7||37||1||3||—||18||183||255||10th||Did not qualify|
|1985–86||48||11||36||0||1||—||23||194||331||9th||Did not qualify|
|1986–87||48||23||20||2||3||—||51||277||241||6th||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols|
|1987–88||48||23||19||3||3||—||52||266||270||4th||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols|
|1988–89||48||18||27||1||2||—||39||250||276||6th||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Madison Capitols|
|1989–90||48||17||29||2||0||—||36||216||297||8th||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Omaha Lancers|
|1990–91||48||28||13||2||5||—||63||247||187||T-2nd, USHL||Lost Quarterfinals, 2–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|1991–92||48||35||10||2||1||—||73||291||157||2nd, USHL||Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
Won Semifinals, 3–2 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
|1992–93||48||33||11||4||0||—||70||231||171||2nd, USHL||Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks|
Lost Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
|1993–94||48||36||12||0||0||—||72||231||150||1st, USHL||Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Rochester Mustangs|
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. St. Paul Vulcans
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Omaha Lancers
|1994–95||48||38||5||5||0||—||81||290||144||1st, USHL||Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. North Iowa Huskies|
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
|1995–96||46||21||21||2||2||—||46||177||174||7th, USHL||Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Omaha Lancers|
Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Rochester Mustangs
|1996–97||54||37||13||—||4||—||78||245||168||3rd, South||Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 vs. North Iowa Huskies|
|1997–98||56||40||14||—||2||—||82||226||148||1st, South||Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Green Bay Gamblers|
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Lincoln Stars
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 0–4 vs. Omaha Lancers
|1998–99||56||48||7||—||1||—||97||304||133||1st, Central||Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Twin City Vulcans|
Won Semifinals. 3–2 vs. Lincoln Stars
Won Clark Cup Finals, 4–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
|1999–00||58||35||20||—||—||3||73||220||196||4th, West||Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Omaha Lancers|
Lost Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
|2000–01||56||32||21||—||3||—||67||195||190||4th, West||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Omaha Lancers|
|2001–02||61||32||24||—||5||—||69||222||202||3rd, East||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers|
|2002–03||60||27||27||—||2||4||60||200||223||3rd, East||Lost Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks|
|2003–04||60||29||26||—||1||4||63||202||200||4th, West||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Tri-City Storm|
|2004–05||60||17||37||—||2||4||40||174||244||6th, East||Did not qualify|
|2005–06||60||33||21||—||3||3||72||208||173||T-1st, East||Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Omaha Lancers|
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–2 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
|2006–07||60||29||21||—||1||9||68||215||206||6th, West||Won First Round, 3–2 vs. Omaha Lancers|
2–0 in round-robin
(W, 3–0 vs. Tri-City; W, 3–2 vs. Sioux Falls)
Lost Semifinal game, 0–1 OT vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
|2007–08||60||14||40||—||2||4||34||134||213||6th, West||Did not qualify|
|2008–09||60||12||43||—||2||3||29||167||283||6th, East||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||60||20||34||—||4||2||40||143||220||6th, West||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||60||29||25||—||2||4||64||174||177||7th, West||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||60||20||33||—||1||6||47||168||215||7th, West||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||64||25||35||—||1||3||54||189||245||7th, West||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||60||20||32||—||2||6||48||154||208||6th, West||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||60||21||26||—||6||7||55||164||204||7th, West||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||60||25||30||—||5||0||55||165||205||7th, West||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||60||36||20||—||1||3||76||177||154||4th, West||Lost quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
|2017–18||60||20||33||—||4||3||47||145||199||8th, West||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||62||35||22||—||1||4||75||202||177||4th, West||Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Fargo Force|
Lost Conf. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Tri-City Storm
|2019–20||47||21||23||—||1||2||45||147||174||7th, West||Season cancelled|
Gold Cup tournament
The Gold Cup was the USA Hockey Junior A National Championship that the USHL participated in at the end of the season against the regular season and playoff champions of the other Junior A leagues. The USHL stopped participation in the tournament after USA Hockey realigned its designations and the USHL became a Tier I league in 2001. The Gold Cup was discontinued after the 2003 tournament when the remaining Tier II Junior A leagues merged. Des Moines participated in five Gold Cup tournaments and won three Junior A National Championships.
|Year||Round-Robin||Record||Semifinal Game||Championship Game|
|1992||W, 8–4 vs. Detroit Jr. Red Wings (NAHL)
W, 7–4 vs. Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
W, 5–3 vs. Indianapolis Jr. Ice (NAHL)
|3–0–0||Not held||W, 9–1 vs. Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)|
Won Gold Cup
|1994||W, 9–5 vs. Kalamazoo Jr. Wings (NAHL)
OTL, 5–6 (3OT) vs. Detroit Compuware (NAHL)
L, 3–4 vs. Niagara Scenic (NAHL)
|1–1–1||Did not advance|
|1995||W, 6–1 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)
W, 6–2 vs. Detroit Freeze (NAHL)
W, 5–1 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
|3–0–0||W, 3–2 (2OT) vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)||W, 5–4 (OT) vs. Omaha Lancers (USHL)|
Won Gold Cup
|1998||W, 6–3 vs. Billings Bulls (AFHL)
W, 7–1 vs. Bozeman Icedogs (AFHL)
W, 3–2 (OT) vs. Detroit Compuware (NAHL)
|3–0–0||W, 4–2 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)||W, 2–1 vs. Omaha Lancers (USHL)|
Won Gold Cup
|1999||W, 7–1 vs. St. Louis Sting (NAHL)
W, 8–1 vs. Billings Bulls (AWHL)
W, 3–0 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
|3–0–0||W, 8–1 vs. Lincoln Stars (USHL)||L, 1–3 vs. Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)|
- Ivan Prediger (1980–1984) – Resigned during the 1984–85 season. Jeff Ulrich was then named interim head coach.
- Jim Wiley (1984–1990) – Replaced interim head coach Jeff Ulrich during the 1984–85 season.
- Bob Ferguson (1990–1995, 2001–2004)
- Scott Owens (1995–1999)
- Tom Carroll (1999–2001)
- Regg Simon (2004–2008, 2010–2012) – Resigned during the 2007–08 season after 45 games. Replaced by interim Todd Knott. Rehired in 2010 to replace Guentzel, but was then fired towards the end of the 2011–12 season and replaced by interim Graham Johnson.
- J. P. Parise (2008–2009) – Replaced interim head coach Knott but kept him on as an assistant. Became general manager of the Buccaneers in 2009 and vacated the coaching position.
- Mike Guentzel (2009–2010) – Dave Allison was originally hired for the 2009–10 season but then left the team prior to coaching a game due to immigration and work-visa concerns.
- Jon Rogger (2012–2014) – Replaced interim head coach Graham Johnson.
- Dave Allison (2014–2018)
- Gene Reilly (2018–2019)
- Peter Mannino (2019–present)
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