American Hockey League (1978-1982)
Born: 1978 – AHL expansion franchise.
Died: 1982 – Replaced by the Moncton Alpines after affiliation shift
Arena: Moncton Coliseum (6,904)
Team Colors: Blue & White
Owner: George Urquhart, et al.
The New Brunswick Hawks were an American Hockey League farm club that was shared between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs for four seasons between 1978 and 1982. The club’s name was modeled on Chicago (and also harkened back to the Moncton Hawks hockey teams of the 1940′s – 1960′s) but wore the colors (white & blue) of Toronto.
The Hawks were a terrific team for all four of their seasons, reaching the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals in both 1980 and 1982. In 1980, the Hawks lost to the Hershey Bears, but in 1982 they won the Calder Cup by defeating the Binghamton Whalers 4 games to 1 in a best-of-seven series. The Hawks also produced two AHL Most Valuable Players during their short run with Rocky Saganiuk (1979) and NHL veteran Mike Kaszycki (1982).
Following the 1982 Calder Cup victory, the Black Hawks and Maple Leafs went their separate ways, with Toronto establishing a new farm club – the Saints – in St. Catharines, Ontario. That marked the end of the Hawks, but not for AHL hockey at the Moncton Coliseum. The Edmonton Oilers promptly swooped in and established a new farm club for the 1982-83 season named the Moncton Alpines.
==Hawks Games on Fun While It Lasted==
|1979-80||1/23/1980||@ Maine Mariners||??||Program|
|1979-80||3/22/1980||@ Adirondack Red Wings||??||Program|
|1979-80||3/26/1980||@ Maine Mariners||L 8-2||Program|
|1979-80||3/30/1980||@ Maine Mariners||??||Program|
|1980-81||10/25/1980||@ Maine Mariners||??||Program|
|1980-81||3/7/1981||vs. Adirondack Red Wings||??||Program|
|1980-81||4/4/1981||@ Maine Mariners||??||Program|
- Mike Kaszycki
- Jack O’Callahan
- Rocky Saganiuk
- Darryl Sutter
Former Hawks General Manager John McLellan died of a heart attack at age 50 on October 27, 1979.