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1969-1985 Flint Generals

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Flint Generals ProgramInternational Hockey League (1969-1985)

Born: 1969 – IHL expansion franchise.
July 9, 1985 (Saginaw Generals)

Arena: IMA Sports Arena (4,021)

Team Colors: Royal Blue, Gold and White


IHL Turner Cup Champions: 1984


The Flint Generals were the long-time minor league hockey franchise for the auto-making city of Flint, Michigan.  The club derived its name from the city’s once close association with General Motors.  The Generals competed in the International Hockey League against a slate of Rust Belt opponents from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Generals finest hour came in the spring of 1984.  Flint swept the Toledo Goaldiggers in a best-of-7 series to win their first and only Turner Cup championship.

A little over a year later, the Generals left town after a dispute with IMA Sports Arena over weekend playing dates.  The Generals moved the Saginaw, Michigan in July 1985.  The franchise eventually folded in 1989 after four years in Saginaw.


Flint Generals Shop

Generals Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max


Flint Generals Memorabilia


Flint Generals Video

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation feature on the Flint Generals from the 1981-82 season



International Hockey League Media Guides

International Hockey League Programs


December 25, 1969 – Dayton Gems vs. Flint Generals

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Duncan Rousseau Dayton GemsDayton Gems vs. Flint Generals
December 25, 1969
Hara Arena

International  Hockey League Programs
38 pages


This is a beautiful old program from the Dayton Gems (1964-1977) of the International Hockey League (1945-2001).  From a game on Christmas Day, 1969 against the visiting Flint Generals at Hara Arena in Dayton.

I picked this one out for the blog because I love the cover artwork by long-time Cincinnati Enquirer cartoonist Jerry Dowling.  Dowling’s art graced the pages of the Enquirer and various Cincinnati and Dayton teams for nearly forty years, including the baseball glory days of the Big Red Machine in the 1970’s.  Dowling also did some great hockey artwork for the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association during the 1970’s (at right).

His player of choice on this night was Dunc Rousseau, the Gems’ 24-year old left winger.  Rousseau played three seasons for the Gems from 1967 to 1970, and helping the team to Turner Cup titles in 1969 and again in 1970.  He never made it to the NHL, but he was a regular skater for two seasons with the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets from 1972 to 1974.



The Dayton Area Sports History site gives a nice over view of the Gems era here.

Dunc Rousseau’s career stats at

Jerry Dowling’s website


Written by AC

June 3rd, 2012 at 3:20 pm


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