Cincinnati Tigers (ice hockey)

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Cincinnati Tigers
City Cincinnati, Ohio
League Central Hockey League
Operated 1981-82
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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[1][3] However, Harold Ballard, owner of the Leafs, decided that they needed a developmental team of their own,[5] with a spokesperson citing the limited number of roster spots as the rational for the move.[3][1]

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.[6][7][8] Shortly thereafter, with Chicago having pulled out of New Brunswick in favour of affiliating with the Springfield Indians on their own,[7][8] the Leafs relocated the New Brunswick Hawks to St. Catharines, Ontario to establish the St. Catharines Saints as their farm team.[9][10][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Leafs get new farm club in Central Hockey League". Globe and Mail. 1981-06-24. 
  2. ^ Houston, William (1982-03-31). "'Everything has price,' Ballard says; it's $50 million for Leafs. Gardens". Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ a b c Campbell, Neil (1981-06-17). "Cincinnati may get Leaf farm team". Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ a b "Leafs place AHL team in St. Kitts". Globe and Mail. 1982-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Ballard wants Leafs to have own farm club". Globe and Mail. 1980-03-21. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Neil (1982-06-11). "Salming wins Conacher award Niagara may get Leaf farm team". Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ a b Campbell, Neil (1982-05-28). "It's musical chairs on ice as CHL franchises switch". Globe and Mail. 
  8. ^ a b "Leaf team to leave Moncton". Toronto Star. 1982-06-02. 
  9. ^ Kane, Mike (1982-07-24). "Red Wings return to North as AHL swells to 13 teams". Schenectady Gazette. 
  10. ^ "AHL adds three teams in expansion". Globe and Mail. 1982-07-24. 

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