Columbus Checkers

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Columbus Checkers
Columbus Checkers logo (IHL).png
City Columbus, Ohio
League International Hockey League
Operated 1966–1970
Home arena Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum
Franchise history
1966–1970 Columbus Checkers
1971–1973 Columbus Golden Seals
1973–1977 Columbus Owls
1977 Dayton Owls
1977–1980 Grand Rapids Owls

The Columbus Checkers were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the International Hockey League from 1966 to 1970, and the first professional hockey team in Columbus, Ohio.

Their first game was against the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League on October 12, 1966 at the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The team was originally coached by Moe Bartoli, however after the 1967–68 season, Bartoli was involved in a dispute with the teams owners, and left. Jack Turner took over as the team's Head Coach at the start of the 1968 season.

The Columbus Checkers became defunct in the spring of 1970 due to low attendance.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
1966–67 72 23 48 1 47 294 373
1967–68 72 32 30 10 74 312 300
1968–69 72 36 37 9 61 286 333
1969–70 72 24 36 12 60 287 307

References[edit]

  1. Columbus Hockey History
  2. Hockeydb.com Columbus Checkers Statistics