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April 28, 1979 – Dallas Black Hawks vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles

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Dallas Black Hawks vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Adams Cup Finals. Game Four
April 28, 1979
State Fair Coliseum
Attendance: 5,858

Central Hockey League Programs
52 pages


5,858 Texans, the largest crowd of the season, packed into Dallas’ State Fair Coliseum for Game Four of the 1979 Adams Cup finals to determine the champions of the Central Hockey League.

The host Dallas Black Hawks were chasing their fourth Adams Cup.  Although they continued to use the traditional Chicago Blackhawks logo (see game program upper right), their decade-long run as a farm club for the Chicago NHL franchise had ended the previous year.  Dallas was a farm team for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks in 1978-79.  Their opponents, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, were a St. Louis Blues affiliate.

Knotted 2-2 at the second intermission, Dallas routed the Golden Eagles with four goals in the final stanza for a 6-2 victory and a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead.  Rob Flockhart and Dave Gardner led the way with two goals each.  The series moved back to Salt Lake three night later, where the Black Hawks closed out the series with a 6-4 victory in Game 5.

After the game, the victors got a little rowdy back at Salt Lake City’s International Dunes Hotel, hurling furniture off the building’s 7th floor balcony.  Both of Dallas goaltenders, Curt Ridley and Ed Walsh got arrested.  Ridley was the league’s MVP of the playoffs.  But the hoteliers were nothing if not indulgent of the marauders from Texas:

“At least they opened the windows before they threw the chairs out,”a hotel spokesman told the local press.



Dallas Black Hawks Home Page


==Additional Sources==

“Salt Lakes Bids Dallas Hearty Adieu”, United Press International,Galveston (TX) Daily News, May 3, 1979.



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January 22nd, 2014 at 3:14 pm

1967-1982 Dallas Black Hawks

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Central Hockey League (1967-1982)

Born: June 10, 1967 – The St. Louis Braves relocate to Dallas, TX.
Died: 1982 – The Black Hawks cease operations.

Arena: State Fair Coliseum (7,513)

Team Colors: Red, Black & White



The Dallas Black Hawks were a minor league hockey club that played 15 seasons in the Central Hockey League (1963-1984).  From 1967 to 1978, Dallas was a farm club of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.  During their final four seasons, they provided players for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers.

The Black Hawks were a powerhouse in the Central League, appearing in the Adams Cup championship series in ten of their fifteen seasons.  They won the championship four times: 1969, 1972, 1974 and 1979.   The Black Hawks first three Adams Cup victories came under the direction of Head Coach Bobby Kromm, who helmed the club for eight seasons from 1967 to 1975.  Kromm went on to the majors in 1975, coaching the Winnipeg Jets to a World Hockey Association championship in 1976.  He later coached the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL from 1977 to 1980.  Long-time minor league coach John Muckler was behind the bench when the Black Hawks won their fourth and final championship in 1979.  Muckler would later coach the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup in 1990.

Another notable coach for the ‘Hawks was Roger Neilson.  Neilson coached the team for one season only (1976-77) before moving on to the NHL, where he coached 1,000 games between 1977 and 2002.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

Throughout their history, the Black Hawks engaged in a heated rivalry with the Central League’s nearby Fort Worth franchise, which was known as the Wings from 1967-1974 and the Texans from 1974 to 1982.  The Dallas and Fort Worth clubs both folded in the spring of 1982, ending the CHL’s greatest geographic rivalry and boding ill for the overall health of the league.  The CHL itself folded two years later in May 1984.




==Dallas Black Hawks Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other


1969-70 3/7/1970 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1971-72 11/24/1971 vs. Tulsa Oilers ?? Program
1971-72 11/27/1971 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1972-73 11/4/1972 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1973-74 11/23/1973 vs. Omaha Knights ?? Program
1973-74 11/30/1973 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program
1973-74 12/8/1973 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers ?? Program


1974-75 10/26/1974 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers ?? Program
1974-75 12/27/1974 vs. Denver Spurs ?? Program
1974-75 1/27/1975 @ Salt Lake Golden Eagles ?? Program


1977-78 12/9/1977 vs. Tulsa Oilers ?? Program
1977-78 12/23/1977 vs. Fort Worth Texans ?? Program


1978-79 4/28/1979 vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles W 6-2 Program


1979-80 10/24/1979 @ Cincinnati Stingers ?? Program
1979-80 1/18/1980 vs. United States Olympic Team L 4-3 (OT) Program


1980-81 4/4/1981 vs. Fort Worth Texans ??  Program
1980-81 4/25/1981 @ Wichita Wind ?? Program


1981-82 11/24/1981 @ Cincinnati Tigers L 5-4 (OT) Program


==In Memoriam== 

Roger Neilson, coach of the Black Hawks for the 1976-77 campaign, died of cancer on June 21, 2003.  He was 69 years old.

Former Black Hawks center Jim Stanfield passed away passed away on November 19, 2009 at age 62.

Bobby Kromm, Black Hawks head coach from 1967-1975, died of cancer on

Gord Fashoway coached the Black Hawks during the 1975-76 season.  He passed on May 1, 2012, age 85.



Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs


Written by andycrossley

July 5th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

October 24, 1979 – Cincinnati Stingers vs. Dallas Black Hawks

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Cincinnati Stingers vs. Dallas Black Hawks
October 24, 1979
Riverfront Coliseum

Central Hockey League Programs


The Cincinnati Stingers hockey team began life in the upstart World Hockey Association in the winter of 1975-76.  Owners Bill DeWitt Jr. and Brian Heekin originally set out to get an NHL expansion club for the Queen City, failed, and then accepted the first expansion franchise awarded by the fledgling WHA as a fallback option in May 1973.  The hockey team was mothballed for two years as Dewitt Jr. and Heekin worked to finance and build Riverfront Coliseum.  The arena finally opened in September 1975 with the Stingers as its primary tenant.

Meanwhile, the WHA and the NHL were embroiled in a costly arms race for talent.  Serious merger talks began in 1976.  In the summer of 1977, a merger agreement was hammered out that would see the Stingers join the NHL in the winter of 1977-78, but the measure failed by a single vote when put to the NHL owners, many of whom still harbored enormous ill will towards the WHA owners for putting an end to their monopoly and driving up salaries.

It took two years to get the parties back to agreement, during which time the WHA contracted to only six teams.  The Stingers were always a somewhat weak entry in the league, losing in excess of $1 million in each of their four WHA seasons from 1975 to 1979.  The club nearly folded in the summer of 1978 before issuing a ticket sales ultimatum to the public through the Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Mayor Jerry Springer (yes, that Jerry Springer).  When the 1979 NHL-WHA merger finally went through, the Stingers were left out.  The WHA’s four eldest clubs – the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets – were accepted into the NHL but forced to pay $6 million expansion fees.  The WHA’s weaker sisters – the Stingers and the Birmingham Bulls – were paid to go away.  DeWitt and Heekin accepted a reported buyout of $3.15 million.

Both Cincinnati and Birmingham then re-formed as minor league franchises in the Central Hockey League for the 1979-80 season.  The Stingers would serve as a shared farm club for the Jets, Nordiques, Oilers and Whalers, receiving prospects and backstop for any financial deficits from the four former WHA clubs that made the leap to the NHL.

But after four years of top flight WHA competition, Cincinnati hockey fans had little use for the CHL, or for the Stingers’ humiliating new status as a lowly farm club for their own former rivals.  Fewer than 20,000 fans turned out for the Stingers first 16 home dates at the Riverfront Coliseum.  Saddled with an unpopular minor league club paying big city rent at the Riverfront Coliseum, the Stingers’ NHL paymasters quickly grew unhappy with the arrangement:

“I’m not in business to support hockey for the citizens of Cincinnati, and I don’t think they would expect it of me,” Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington told The Associated Press.  “When you are drawing 800 or 900 people to the games, it’s obvious you are losing a lot of money.  My patience is wearing pretty thin.”

By December, it was clear the team could not go on.  The end came in ignominious fashion on December 18th, 1979, with the Stingers getting blasted 10-1 by the visiting Oklahoma City Stars on a dreary Tuesday night at the Coliseum.  Only 949 fans bothered to show.  Stingers officials announced the team was out of business effective immediately as soon as the final siren sounded.

CHL Commissioner Bud Poile blamed “the highest hockey rent in the world” at Riverfront (a reported $7,300 per game per The Associated Press) for the Stinger’s untimely demise, adding: “I hope it hasn’t killed hockey in the area.”

It didn’t.  Strangely, the CHL took another crack at Cincinnati less than two years later.  But the Cincinnati Tigers lasted only a single season at Riverfront Coliseum in the winter of 1981-82 before they too folded.  The Central Hockey League itself followed not long afterwards, closing up shop in May 1984.

A few pieces of late-era Stingers trivia:

  • The Stingers folded on December 18, 1979  with a  11-21-1 record after playing 33 games of an intended 80 game schedule.
  • Stingers leading scorer Bernie Saunders (13 goals, 11 assists) is the brother of ESPN anchor John Saunders.  He appeared in four games with the Quebec Nordiques during the 1979-80 season, becoming only the 5th black player to skate in the NHL.



10-24-79 Stingers vs. Black Hawks Sources


Written by andycrossley

August 4th, 2012 at 12:59 pm