Cincinnati Tigers (ice hockey)
|League||Central Hockey League|
|Home arena||Riverfront Coliseum|
|Colors||Blue and orange|
|Owner(s)||Maple Leaf Gardens Limited|
|Affiliates||Toronto Maple Leafs|
The Cincinnati Tigers were a minor league ice hockey team in the old Central Hockey League during the 1981-82 season. They played in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Riverfront Coliseum. The team was owned and operated by Maple Leaf Gardens Limited, and served as a farm team for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to launching the Tigers, the Leafs were affiliated with the New Brunswick Hawks of the American Hockey League (AHL), which they shared with the Chicago Black Hawks. However, Harold Ballard, owner of the Leafs, decided that they needed a developmental team of their own, with a spokesperson citing the limited number of roster spots as the rational for the move.
The team averaged only 1,500 fans and lost $750,000 in their first season, leading the Leafs to fold the Tigers in the spring of 1982. Shortly thereafter, with Chicago having pulled out of New Brunswick in favour of affiliating with the Springfield Indians on their own, the Leafs relocated the New Brunswick Hawks to St. Catharines, Ontario to establish the St. Catharines Saints as their farm team.
The market was previously served by:
- Cincinnati Mohawks (1949–52 AHL, 1952–58 IHL)
- Cincinnati Wings (1963-64 CHL)
- Cincinnati Swords (1971–74 AHL)
- Cincinnati Stingers (1975–79 WHA, 1979-80 CHL)
- "Leafs get new farm club in Central Hockey League". Globe and Mail. 1981-06-24.
- Houston, William (1982-03-31). "'Everything has price,' Ballard says; it's $50 million for Leafs. Gardens". Globe and Mail.
- Campbell, Neil (1981-06-17). "Cincinnati may get Leaf farm team". Globe and Mail.
- "Leafs place AHL team in St. Kitts". Globe and Mail. 1982-06-22.
- "Ballard wants Leafs to have own farm club". Globe and Mail. 1980-03-21.
- Campbell, Neil (1982-06-11). "Salming wins Conacher award Niagara may get Leaf farm team". Globe and Mail.
- Campbell, Neil (1982-05-28). "It's musical chairs on ice as CHL franchises switch". Globe and Mail.
- "Leaf team to leave Moncton". Toronto Star. 1982-06-02.
- Kane, Mike (1982-07-24). "Red Wings return to North as AHL swells to 13 teams". Schenectady Gazette.
- "AHL adds three teams in expansion". Globe and Mail. 1982-07-24.