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1967-1974 Fort Worth Wings

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Fort Worth Wings ProgramCentral Hockey League (1967-1974)

Born: 1967
Re-Branded: 1974 (Fort Worth Texans)

Arena: Will Rogers Coliseum

Team Colors:

Owner:

Adams Cup Championships: None

 

The Fort Worth Wings were a minor league hockey farm club of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings from 1967 through 1973. The club played in the Central Hockey League, which covered a territory from Tennessee to New Mexico at the time. The Wings maintained a violent rivalry with the CHL’s Dallas Black Hawks, who also began play in 1967.

 

Fort Worth Wings Programs

 
Fort Worth’s affiliation with the Detroit Red Wings came to an end following the 1972-73 season. After one final season under the Wings name, the franchise was re-branded as the Fort Worth Texans in 1974. That club folded in 1982 and CHL followed soon after, disbanding in 1984.

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Written by AC

November 17th, 2015 at 3:22 am

1968-1971 Amarillo Wranglers

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Amarillo Wranglers ProgramCentral Hockey League (1968-1969 & 1970-1971)

Born: 1968
Folded: May 1969 – The Wranglers cease operations.
Re-Born: 1970
Folded Again: May 1971

Arena: Amarillo Civic Center

Team Colors:

Owners:

  • 1968-69: Pittsburgh Penguins / Jack McGregor
  • 1970-71: Pittsburgh Penguins

 

The Amarillo Wranglers were a short-lived minor league farm club of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.  The organizer of the original Wranglers and the club’s absentee President was Penguins founder Jack McGregor, a 34-year old Republican state senator from Pennsylvania.  The Wranglers played one losing season in the Central Hockey League in the winter of 1968-69, lost money, and went out of business in May 1969.

Weirdly, after one winter away, the Penguins returned to the Amarillo Civic Center (under different ownership)to give it another shot in 1970.  These Wranglers were ever worse than the prior version, finishing last (by a huge margin) in the 7-team CHL with a record of 14-47-11.  Once again, the Pens pulled up stakes after just one year, shuttering their Amarillo operation for good in May 1971 and moving their top prospects to the more sensible zip code of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In 1975, a third edition of the Amarillo Wranglers competed in the obscure Southwestern Hockey League.  These Wranglers had no connection to the Penguins or any other NHL parent club.  As tradition demanded, this version of the Wranglers also lasted for one season and then vanished.

 

==Amarillo Wranglers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1970-71

1970-71 1/2/1971 @ Kansas City Blues ?? Program

 

==Links==

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

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Written by AC

April 20th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

1978-1982 Oklahoma City Stars

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1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars ProgramCentral Hockey League (1978-1982)

Born: 1978
Folded: Spring 1982

Arena: Myriad Convention Center

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

The Oklahoma City Stars hockey team was a minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars (1978-1981) and Calgary Flames (1981-1982) for four seasons.  The team replaced the once-popular Oklahoma City Blazers (1965-1977)  on the local hockey scene after the Blazers went dark a year earlier.  Both the Blazers and the Stars competed in the Central Hockey League (1963-1984).

Oklahoma City Stars ProgramThe best player to come out of Oklahoma City during the Stars era was undrafted free agent Dino Ciccarelli.  The 19-year old Ontario native signed with the North Stars in September 1979 after getting ignored in the NHL entry draft.  He made his pro debut in Oklahoma City late in the 1979-80 CHL season.  Ciccarelli spent most of the 1980-81 campaign in Oklahoma, scoring 32 goals in 48 games.  By springtime he was in the NHL, scoring 14 playoff goals as a key member of Minnesota’s Stanley Cup finalist squad in 1981.  Ciccarelli went on to play 19 seasons in the NHL and his 608 career goals are the most ever by an undrafted free agent player.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Class of 2010.

By the early 1980’s, the Central Hockey League was under severe financial strain, due in part to broad geographic expansion that required more and more air travel.  The Stars competed against teams as far afield as Cincinnati, Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama.  Late in the 1981-82 season, the Stars declared bankruptcy.  Local owner John Hail estimated the club ran a deficit of approximately $1.1 million in its final season, with local investors on the hook for $400,000 and parent club Calgary Flames footing an additional $700,000 in costs.

The Stars went of out of business in the spring of 1982.  The CHL followed two years later in May 1984.  Pro hockey returned to Oklahoma City a decade later with the formation of the Oklahoma City Blazers in a new version of the Central Hockey League in 1992.

 

==Links==

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

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1979-1987 Indianapolis Checkers

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Indianapolis Checkers ProgramCentral Hockey League (1979-1984)
International Hockey League (1984-1987)

Born: 1979 – CHL expansion franchise.
Folded: Summer 1987

Arenas:

Team Colors: Blue, Orange & White

Owners:

 

The Indianapolis Checkers were the top farm club of the NHL’s New York Islanders during the Isles’ NHL dynasty era of the early 1980’s.  During the Checkers’ five years in the Central Hockey League, New York owned the club directly.  The Islanders went to the Stanley Cup finals in all five of those seasons, winning four times.  Meanwhile, the Checkers won the Adams Cup championship of the CHL in back-to-back seasons in 1982 and 1983.

In May of 1984, the Central Hockey League collapsed, leaving only the Checkers and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles able to go on.  Both clubs were accepted into the International Hockey League that summer.  As part of the transition, the Islanders sold the Checkers to former Pittsburgh Penguins owner Al Savill.  Although the Islanders still sent a few prospects, they moved their primary farm club to Springfield, Massachusetts.  The Checkers also received players from the Boston Bruins and Minnesota North Stars.

In 1985, Savill sold the team to Larry Woods.  Woods moved the Checkers out of their long-time home at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum into the massive and more expensive Market Square Arena.  The Checkers played two seasons at Market Square before shutting down due to heavy financial losses in the summer of 1987.

After one winter without hockey in 1987-88, the IHL expanded back into the Indianapolis with the formation of the Indianapolis Ice (1988-1999) the following year.

 

Indianapolis Checkers Memorabilia

 

Links

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

International Hockey League Media Guides

International Hockey League Programs

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1958-1975 Seattle Totems

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Seattle TotemsWestern Hockey League (1958-1974)
Central Hockey League (1974-1975)

Born: 1958 – The Seattle Americans are re-branded as the Seattle Totems
Folded:
Postseason 1976

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

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==Slideshow==

 

In Memoriam

Defenseman John Hanna (1968-1972) passed away on November 20, 2005 at age 70.

 

Links

SeattleTotems.org – An outstanding Totems history site with lots of memorabilia

Western Hockey League Programs

Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs

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