Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Cincinnati, United States, at the Cincinnati Gardens. For their existence they were the affiliate of the National Hockey League teams, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Detroit Red Wings; the Baltimore Bandits moved to Cincinnati from minimal fiscal success. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim signed Cincinnati a five-year affiliate agreement; the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were their only affiliate until 1999, when the Adirondack Red Wings folded and the Detroit Red Wings were trying to find an affiliate and couldn't find one. The Mighty Ducks signed the Detroit Red Wings a three-year agreement until the 2002-03 season. In 2002 the Grand Rapids Griffins tried to find an affiliate since the Ottawa Senators signed with Binghamton; the Detroit Red Wings left the Mighty Ducks and became the Griffins affiliate since Grand Rapids is only three hours away from Detroit. But the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim signed Cincinnati another three year affiliate agreement so it wouldn't fold.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim stayed with the Mighty Ducks until the 2005-06 season. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005–06 season after the Mighty Ducks left Cincinnati and signed a new agreement with the Portland Pirates, respectively. In October 2005 the team was renamed the Cincinnati RailRaiders, they were seeking an affiliation agreement for a return in 2006-07 season, but failed to reach a goal of 2,000 season tickets sold to become re-active. On October 3, 2006, it was reported that a Windsor, based company had been granted conditional approval to purchase and relocate the team, however that deal fell through. On March 19, 2007, the AHL announced that the team had been purchased, moved to Rockford, Illinois, to become the Rockford IceHogs. Numerous former Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were all together with Anaheim when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. In addition, former coach Mike Babcock led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2003 before moving to Detroit.
The market was served by: Cincinnati Mohawks Cincinnati Wings Cincinnati Swords Cincinnati Stingers Cincinnati Tigers Cincinnati Cyclones The team was replaced in this market by: Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL Affiliates Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim Detroit Red Wings Sean Avery Mike Babcock Tim Brent Sheldon Brookbank Ilya Bryzgalov Dan Bylsma Marc Chouinard Mike Commodore Matt Cullen Kurtis Foster Ryan Getzlaf Jean-Sebastien Giguere Curtis Glencross Zenon Konopka Tomas Kopecky Chris Kunitz Maxim Kuznetsov Joffrey Lupul Tony Martensson Andy McDonald Shane O'Brien Samuel Pahlsson Pierre-Alexandr Parenteau Richard Park Dustin Penner Corey Perry Ruslan Salei Bob Wren Goals: 42 Bob Wren Assists: 59 Craig Reichert Points: 100 Bob Wren Penalty minutes: 319 Shane O'Brien GAA: 2.07 Frederic Cassivi SV%:.924 Frederic Cassivi Career goals: 113 Bob Wren Career assists: 186 Bob Wren Career points: 299 Bob Wren Career penalty minutes: 482 Shane O'Brien Career goaltending wins: 76 Ilya Bryzgalov Career shutouts: 19 Ilya Bryzgalov Career games: 277 Bob Wren The Internet Hockey Database - Cincinnati Mighty Ducks SCSR / Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
The historic London Tecumsehs were a professional men's baseball team in London, Canada, that were first formed in 1868 — a merger of the Forest City Base Ball Club and the London Base Ball Club — which, according to George Railton's 1856 London directory, consisted of officers J. K. Brown, Dr. J. Wilkinson and J. D. Dalton and 22 players who practiced twice a week on the military grounds, they were named for Shawnee chief Tecumseh. The Tecumsehs played their home games at the military reserve in Victoria Park, before moving to the old fairgrounds on the block just northeast of Victoria Park, bounded by today's Pall Mall Street on the north, Wellington Street on the west, Central Avenue on the south and Waterloo Street on the east. An article in The New York Times from 1875 reports that "The Tecumseh Baseball Club, of London, beat the Ætnas, of Detroit, the champions of Michigan, at London, yesterday. Score, 15 to 6." This game in 1875 would have been played at the above-mentioned old fair grounds in London.
In 1877, the Tecumsehs moved to Tecumseh Park in the then-London suburb of Petersville known as London West. During the 1930s, the London Tecumsehs were a men's hockey team playing in the International Hockey League, playing their home games at the now-demolished London Arena at Bathurst and Ridout streets in London, Ontario. Today, the name remains in use by numerous youth baseball teams in London, Ontario, a softball team in London, a vintage base ball team whose home field is at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, a living history museum in London, Ontario. Adapted from the British game of rounders — and by extension, cricket — the game of base ball or "townball" became popular in the early 19th century in Southwestern Ontario, New York State and New England; the first documented evidence of a base ball game in Canada comes from a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886, a letter by Dr. Adam E. Ford of Denver, Colorado of St. Marys and Beachville, about a game 48 years earlier in Beachville on June 4, 1838 — Militia Muster Day.
The rules of the game were informal in nature and modified to reflect regional preferences. The merger of the Forest City and London Base Ball clubs to form the London Tecumsehs occurred in June 1868 with John Brown as president — a team sponsored by the Tecumseh House hotel on the southwest corner of York and Richmond streets north of today's Canadian National railway tracks, demolished in the 1920s. In 1868, the Tecumsehs lost to Ontario Young Canadians 89-46 in a five-hour game. Woodstock defeated Guelph Maple Leafs 36-29 to win the Canadian Silver Ball Championship. During the early 1870s, the major rivals of the London Tecumsehs were the Guelph Maple Leafs who were sponsored by brewer/sportsman George Sleeman, proprietor of Silver Creek Brewery, the Woodstock Young Canadians; the Guelph Maple Leafs were the first Ontario team to hire professional ball players from the United States to strengthen their team. When Jacob L. Englehart, a wealthy pioneer London oil refiner from Cleveland, became the president and financial backer of the Tecumsehs in late 1875, he too began looking for professional players from the U.
S. signing four Americans: first-baseman/manager George "Juice" Latham, pitcher Fred Goldsmith, catcher Phil Powers and infielder/outfielder Joe Hornung. In addition to Englehart, the Tecumsehs' back-room movers and shakers consisted of London newspaperman Harry Gorman, Ed Moore, manager of the Tecumseh House, Richard Meredith, a future chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario, William Southam, to found Southam News and to add an egalitarian touch, Jim Jury, a janitor at the collegiate institute. Goldsmith's first complete game with the Tecumsehs occurred on May 24, 1876, when London played Guelph before 6,000 spectators at the old Fair Grounds, a contest that London won 8-7 in 10 innings due to Goldsmith's "scientific pitching", using his innovative "skew ball." After the military reserve was donated to the City for a public park in 1874, public protests in 1875 against the Tecumseh's use of a fenced area of the park prompted the club to move their games to the old Fair Grounds northeast of today's Central Avenue and Wellington Street, where they played until the end of the 1876 season, during which they defeated Guelph for the Canadian championship.
The Tecumsehs joined the fledgling five-team Canadian Association of Base Ball in 1876. The Tecumsehs won the Canadian title in 1876. In 1877, the Tecumsehs joined the International Association of Professional Base Ball Players made up of London, Guelph and several U. S. teams, a league created as a rival to the National League. The Association's by-laws and constitution required member teams to pay $10 to join the league and fan admission was set at 25 cents. Visiting teams were guaranteed half of the gate receipts when they exceeded that amount. Pitcher Candy Cummings was the International Association's first president in 1877, while he was a player with the Lynn Live Oaks in Massachusetts. For the 1877 season, the Tecumsehs moved into the newly outfitted, 6-acre Tecumseh Park in the village of Petersville on the west side of the forks of the Thames River with Richard Southam, brother of William Southam, founder of the Southam ne
Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
The Hamilton Bulldogs were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Hamilton, Ontario, at FirstOntario Centre, nicknamed'The Dog Pound', they were the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens as two separate franchises over 19 seasons of continuous participation in the AHL. The team won the Calder Cup once in its history, in 2007; the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was first established in 1996 following the relocation of the Cape Breton Oilers. The team was nicknamed the "Bulldogs"; the name "Hamilton Havoc" was runner-up. On the ice, the club has reached the Calder Cup Finals three times. Firstly in 1997, the club's first year, again in 2003 only to lose in both cases; the 2003 game 7 final was played June 2003, vs the Houston Aeros. The attendance at Copps Coliseum was 17,428, making it the largest playoff crowd in the history of the AHL. Houston won the game 3–0 and the series 4–3; the Bulldogs won the Calder Cup Final in 2007 against the Hershey Bears.
This series was a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup Final which Hershey won 4 games to 1. The Bulldogs reversed that in 2007 – Hamilton 4 games to Hershey's 1. Off the ice, the club faced turmoil in 2000 resulting in a "Stay Dogs Stay" campaign spearheaded by Don Robertson, Ron Burnstein, Nick Javor, club President Cary Kaplan, aimed at keeping the franchise in Hamilton; the campaign was a financial success and resulted in the club remaining in the Steel City with a bolstered fan base and an improved lease with the City of Hamilton. In spite of a franchise high in attendance in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers announced plans to move their AHL franchise to Toronto; the same "Stay Dogs Stay" committee went back to work for the second consecutive year, secured local interests who made a multimillion-dollar investment to secure ownership of the Quebec Citadelles franchise from the Montreal Canadiens and merged them with Hamilton, thus keeping the Bulldogs in town. The achievement to preserve the team was a unique joint venture between the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, the American Hockey League, a local consortium of Hamilton owners, which allowed for a joint affiliation in 2002–03 between Montreal and Edmonton as ownership changed hands.
After the 2002–03 season, the Oilers relocated their franchise to Toronto and became the Toronto Roadrunners. As part of the merger agreement, the Bulldogs were able to retain much of their team and staff, affiliated with the Canadiens to keep team continuity for the following season. Fans voted to keep the Bulldogs name. In the summer of 2004, Burlington businessman Michael Andlauer bought out much of the minority shares of the franchise to become majority owner and chairman of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Andlauer was part of the initial group of local business people who purchased the Bulldogs team from the Edmonton Oilers and the Citadelles franchise from the Montreal Canadiens in 2002. By 2011, Andlauer owned 100% of the franchise. In the 2006–07 season, the Bulldogs won their first Calder Cup after defeating the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup finals in five games. However, they failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2007–08 season, making them the first defending Calder Cup champion to miss the playoffs in the following season since the Calder Cup playoff bracket expanded from 12 teams to 16 teams in 1996.
In 2010, fans saw the Bulldogs under coach Guy Boucher advance to the Western Conference finals against the Texas Stars, only to lose a hard fought series in game seven. On March 12, 2015, Michael Andlauer announced that he had sold the Hamilton Bulldogs' AHL franchise back to the Canadiens, that the team would move to St. John's, Newfoundland for the 2015–16 season as the St. John's IceCaps; the existing True North Sports and Entertainment-owned IceCaps, which are affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, moved back to Winnipeg as the Manitoba Moose. Concurrently, Andlauer announced his acquisition of the Ontario Hockey League's Belleville Bulls, that the team would be moved to Hamilton and adopt the Bulldogs name. List of timelines for the two separate franchises known as the Hamilton Bulldogs. Edmonton Oilers AHL franchise Nova Scotia Oilers Cape Breton Oilers Hamilton Bulldogs Toronto Roadrunners Edmonton Road Runners Franchise dormant from 2005–2010 Oklahoma City Barons – Edmonton Oilers franchise resurrected for use as the Oklahoma City Barons.
Bakersfield Condors Montreal Canadiens AHL franchise Montreal Voyageurs Nova Scotia Voyageurs Sherbrooke Canadiens Fredericton Canadiens Quebec Citadelles Hamilton Bulldogs – Affiliation only. St. John's IceCaps – Canadiens ownership group repurchased franchise license from Michael Andlauer. Laval Rocket List of Hamilton Bulldogs alumni who played more than 100 games in Hamilton and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League. Goals: Paul Healey, 39 Assists: Daniel Cleary, 52 Points: David Desharnais, 78 Penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 522 GAA: Cedrick Desjardins, 2.00 SV%: Steve Passmore & Jaroslav Halak.929 Points: 115 Most wins overall: 52 Most wins at home: 25 Most wins on the road: 27 Playoff goaltending wins: Carey Price, 15 Career goals: Corey Locke, 85 Career assists: Corey Locke, 144 Career points: Corey Locke, 229 Car
The Binghamton Senators were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. Nicknamed the B-Sens, they played in Binghamton, New York, at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena; the B-Sens were minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. In 2017, the B-Sens' franchise was relocated by the Ottawa Senators to become the Belleville Senators. Binghamton replaced the franchise with the Binghamton Devils, the AHL franchise of the New Jersey Devils, they were the AHL's 2010–11 Calder Cup champions. The Senators' main rivals were the nearby teams, the Syracuse Crunch, the Rochester Americans, the Albany Devils, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Hershey Bears; the arrival of the B-Sens marked the return of the AHL to the area after a five-year absence. The Rhode Island Reds, a charter member of the AHL, moved to Binghamton in 1977 and played there until 1997, known variously as the Binghamton Dusters, the Binghamton Whalers, the Binghamton Rangers.
While no AHL team played in Binghamton between 1997 and 2002, the market was served by the B. C. Icemen of the United Hockey League; the Binghamton Senators enjoyed a successful 2002–03 inaugural season, going 43–26–9 with 100 points. They breezed by their first two playoff rounds, but were defeated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in five games. By contrast, the 2003–04 season was not as successful as the loss of both Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza weakened the team, they exited the playoffs in a two-game sweep at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals. The 2004–05 NHL lockout meant Binghamton got a return visit from their recent graduates and several other NHL players, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil, Josh Langfeld, Brian Pothier, making the Senators a legitimate Calder Cup contender. Jason Spezza lead the way with a league high 117 points; the Senators ended the regular season with only 21 regulation losses, tied for second fewest in the league, taking the division title with a league high 276 goals scored.
The Senators entered the playoffs on a roll, winnering 11 of their last 13 games, continued their dominance by cruising through the first two games of their first round best-of-seven series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring nine goals. But the offense stalled and the Sens scored only five goals in the remaining four games as the Penguins eliminated Binghamton. On July 17, 2009, Don Nachbaur was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. During the 2009–10 AHL season, Nachbaur coached the Senators to a 36–35–6–3 record and 81 points to finish fifth in the AHL's East Division. On June 22, 2010, after only one season behind the bench, Nachbaur announced that he was resigning as head coach citing personal reasons. Kurt Kleinendorst was appointed the head coach of the B-Sens with a two-year contract. Kleinendorst had spent the previous year leading the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus.
In hist first season as head coach, Kleinedorst lead the Senators to a fifth-place finish in the East Division. The B-Sens qualified for the 2011 playoffs against the Manchester Monarchs in the first round, they won games five and six in overtime to force a game seven. The Senators fell behind 5–4 in game seven, but Erik Condra tied the game with 1:45 to go in the game. Ryan Potulny scored 3:07 into overtime to send the Senators to the second round. Next, the Senators faced the Portland Pirates andwon the first two games in Portland to go up 2–0 in the series, they lost two of the next three games at home to the Pirates and had their series lead cut to 3–2. The Senators shut out the Pirates in 3 -- 0 to go to the Eastern Conference final. In the Eastern Conference final, the Senators faced the Charlotte Checkers; the Senators dominated the series, outscoring the Checkers 21–8, 11–4 at home and 10–4 on the road. In game four, Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Senators to the Calder Cup finals.
In the finals, the Senators played the Houston Aeros. The Senators fell behind 2–1 in the series, but a two-game home-ice winning streak gave them the 3–2 lead; the Senators won game six in Houston on June 7, 2011, to capture their first Calder Cup, with Ryan Keller scoring the game-winning goal 9:09 into the third period of the deciding game. In the 2011–12 season, the Senators faced a revised lineup as free agents left to join other NHL organizations and several players became full-time Ottawa Senators; the team finished out of the playoffs. Head coach Kleinendorst resigned after the season to pursue other opportunities, he was replaced by former NHL player and Ottawa assistant coach Luke Richardson as the team's seventh head coach. In the 2012–13 offseason, the Senators made several moves in free agency, including bringing back former player Andre Benoit to be the Senators' captain; the NHL lockout allowed several Ottawa top prospects, such as Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad, to start the season in Binghamton.
The Senators stormed out to a 27–10–4 start by the all-star break, holding the best record in the AHL at one point. The Senators lost many players, including Benoit, Silfverburg and Patrick Wiercioch, to Ottawa as the NHL regular season started; the Senators went 17–14–4 the rest of the way to finish second in the East Division, claim the fourth seed for the playoffs, finish with a 44–24–8 record overall. However, the Senators offense struggled against the physical play of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and swept the Senators out of the playoffs, three-games-to-none; the Senators returned the entire team from
The Moncton Hawks were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick. They played in the American Hockey League between 1987 and 1994 operated as a minor league affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Home games were played at the Moncton Coliseum. Moncton was home to the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines, the Moncton Golden Flames; the name "Moncton Hawks" was the name of several previous senior league teams that played in the Maritime Senior Hockey League, Maritime Major Hockey League, New Brunswick Senior Hockey League, Atlantic Coast Senior League and Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League. These amateur teams operated from 1931 to 1979; the 1933 and 1934 teams won the Allan Cup senior men's Canadian championship. From 1978 to 1987, several American Hockey League teams operated in Moncton: the New Brunswick Hawks, Moncton Alpines and Moncton Golden Flames. In 1987, the Winnipeg Jets signed an agreement with the local ownership group in Moncton to provide players for the Moncton AHL franchise after the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins folded the Golden Flames, purchasing the long-dormant Boston Braves franchise from the Bruins for the purpose.
The team operated for seven seasons. The Hawks made the playoffs four of their first six years in the league, reaching the second round of the playoffs three of those years; the seventh season would be their most successful, featured a new logo for 1993–94. The Hawks finished the regular season third place in the Atlantic Division, but eliminated two higher-seeded division foes before losing to the Portland Pirates in the Calder Cup finals. Seeking to cut costs in a time when the AHL was beginning to withdraw from Atlantic Canada, the Jets folded the Hawks after the 1994 season, joined with the Hartford Whalers in a dual affiliation with the expansion Springfield Falcons the following year; the team featured several players who went on to have successful NHL careers including Kris Draper, Darryl Shannon, Stu Barnes and Dan Bylsma, who went on to win the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1995, the Moncton Alpines of the QMJHL filled the void in the market, left after the Hawks folded.
That team became the Moncton Wildcats. Multiple seasons in parentheses. 1987–89 - Rick Bowness 1989–92 - Dave Farrish 1992–93 - Rob Laird 1993–94 - Charlie Bourgeois 1989–93 - Rob Snitzer, Wayne Flemming,Jamie Druet, Andrew Trites, Derek Robichaud 1993–94 - Gord Hart, Wayne Flemming, David Lorette, Rob Cormier List of ice hockey teams in New Brunswick "Moncton Hawks Statistics and History". HockeyDb. Retrieved May 18, 2016
American Hockey League
The American Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League. Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team; when NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada; the league offices are located in Springfield and its current president is David Andrews. In general, a player must be at least 18 years of age to play in the AHL or not be beholden to a junior ice hockey team; the league limits the number of experienced professional players on a team's active roster during any given game. The AHL allows for practice squad contracts; the annual playoff champion is awarded the Calder Cup, named for Frank Calder, the first President of the NHL. The reigning champions are the Toronto Marlies.
The AHL traces its origins directly to two predecessor professional leagues: the Canadian-American Hockey League, founded in 1926, the first International Hockey League, established in 1929. Although the Can-Am League never operated with more than six teams, the departure of the Boston Bruin Cubs after the 1935–36 season reduced it down to just four member clubs – the Springfield Indians, Philadelphia Ramblers, Providence Reds, New Haven Eagles – for the first time in its history. At the same time, the then-rival IHL lost half of its eight members after the 1935–36 season leaving it with just four member teams: the Buffalo Bisons, Syracuse Stars, Pittsburgh Hornets, Cleveland Falcons. With both leagues down to the bare minimum in membership, the governors of each recognized the need for action to assure their member clubs' long-term survival, their solution was to play an interlocking schedule. While the Can-Am League was based in the Northeast and the IHL in the Great Lakes, their footprints were close enough for this to be a viable option.
The two older leagues' eight surviving clubs began joint play in November 1936 as a new two-division "circuit of mutual convenience" known as the International-American Hockey League. The four Can-Am teams became the I-AHL East Division, with the IHL quartet playing as the West Division; the IHL contributed its former championship trophy, the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy, which would go to the regular-season winners of the merged league's West Division until 1952. The Oke Trophy is now awarded to the regular-season winners of the AHL's Northeast Division. A little more than a month into that first season, the balance and symmetry of the new combined circuit suffered a setback when its membership unexpectedly fell to seven teams; the West's Buffalo Bisons were forced to cease operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just 11 games, because of what proved to be insurmountable financial problems and lack of access to a suitable arena. The makeshift new I-AHL played out the rest of its first season with just seven teams.
At the end of the 1936–37 season, a modified three-round playoff format was devised and a new championship trophy, the Calder Cup, was established. The Syracuse Stars defeated the Philadelphia Ramblers in the final, three-games-to-one, to win the first-ever Calder Cup championship; the Calder Cup continues on today as the AHL's playoff championship trophy. After two seasons of interlocking play, the governors of the two leagues' seven active teams met in New York City on June 28, 1938, agreed that it was time to formally consolidate. Maurice Podoloff of New Haven, the former head of the Can-Am League, was elected the I-AHL's first president; the former IHL president, John Chick of Windsor, became vice-president in charge of officials. The new I-AHL added an eighth franchise at the 1938 meeting to fill the void in its membership left by the loss of Buffalo two years earlier with the admission of the two-time defending Eastern Amateur Hockey League champion Hershey Bears; the Bears remain the only one of these eight original I-AHL/AHL franchises to have been represented in the league without interruption since the 1938–39 season.
The newly merged circuit increased its regular-season schedule for each team by six games from 48 to 54. After the 1939–40 season the I-AHL renamed itself the American Hockey League, it enjoyed both consistent success on the ice and relative financial stability over its first three decades of operation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the cost of doing business in professional ice hockey began to rise with NHL expansion and relocation and the 1972 formation of the World Hockey Association, which forced the relocation and subsequent folding of the Cleveland Barons, Baltimore Clippers, Quebec Aces; the number of major-league teams competing for players rose from six to thirty in just seven years. Player salaries at all levels shot up with the increased demand and competition for their services; this did not seem to affect the AHL at first, as it expanded to 12 teams by 1970. However, to help compensate for the rise in player salaries, many NHL clubs cut back on the number of p
New Brunswick Hawks
The New Brunswick Hawks were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick. Home games were played at the Moncton Coliseum, they were a member of the American Hockey League between 1978 and 1982. The Hawks operated as a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs, with a winning record each of four seasons; the Hawks won the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy twice for regular season division championships in 1979–80, 1981–82. New Brunswick finished first overall in 1981–82, won the Calder Cup by defeating the Binghamton Whalers four games to one in the finals. In the summer of 1982, the Black Hawks pulled out of the team and the Maple Leafs moved the franchise to St. Catharines, Ontario to establish the St. Catharines Saints as their farm team. However, the same off-season the Edmonton Oilers purchased an AHL franchise and formed the Moncton Alpines to replace the departed team; the Moncton-based New Brunswick Hawks were established in 1978 as members of the American Hockey League, were jointly operated by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs as their farm team.
Maple Leaf Gardens Limited and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise. By 1980, Harold Ballard, owner of the Leafs, had decided that they needed a developmental team of their own, with a spokesperson citing the limited number of roster spots as the rationale for the move. MLGL launched the Cincinnati Tigers in the old Central Hockey League in 1981 to serve as their own affiliate, while retaining their share of the New Brunswick Hawks. However, after the Tigers averaged only 1,500 fans and lost $750,000 in their first season, the Leafs folded the Tigers in the spring of 1982; that same summer, with Chicago having pulled out of New Brunswick in favour of affiliating with the Springfield Indians on their own, the Maple Leafs announced that they would not operate the team in Moncton the following year after they couldn't come to terms with the city on a new arena lease though the team had the fifth highest attendance in the league. The Maple Leafs wanted to relocate the team closer to Toronto, with both St. Catharines and Niagara Falls in Ontario potential destinations for the franchise.
When MLGL applied to the AHL to relocate the New Brunswick Hawks to St. Catharines, the nearby Buffalo Sabres blocked the move due to objections to a team moving into their territory without prior discussions with them. However, following protests by fans in St. Catharines and threats by Ballard to suspend the Moncton franchise to prevent another AHL team from playing in the city and to sue the Sabres and NHL for $20 million, the relocation was approved unanimously and the franchise became the St. Catharines Saints, serving as the Maple Leafs' primary affiliate. At the same AHL Board of Governors meeting, the Edmonton Oilers received approval to purchase a new AHL franchise to replace the departed Hawks in Moncton, leading to establishment of the Moncton Alpines as their affiliate that fall. 1978–79 – Eddie Johnston 1979–80 – Joe Crozier & Lou Angotti 1980–81 – Doug Carpenter 1981–82 – Orval Tessier Rocky Saganiuk won the Les Cunningham Award in 1978–79 as the league's Most Valuable Player, in its inaugural season.
The following season in 1979–80, Darryl Sutter won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as Rookie of the Year. Sutter went on to have a career in the NHL, with the Chicago Blackhawks, he is the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Four different players were honoured in 1981–82 with league awards. Mike Kaszycki won three awards, the Les Cunningham Award as most valuable player, the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as top scorer, the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for sportsmanship and perseverance. Dave Farrish was voted top defenceman winning the Eddie Shore Award, goaltenders Bob Janecyk & Warren Skorodenski won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for the league's lowest goals against average. Jack O'Callahan, a member of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States "Miracle on Ice" national team, played two seasons for the New Brunswick Hawks before playing for the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL. List of ice hockey teams in New Brunswick