Dayton Gems (2009–2012)
|League||Central Hockey League|
|Home arena||Hara Arena|
|Colors||Blue, Red, White|
|Owner(s)||GDHP, LLC (Rob Garfield, Kathy Rupp & Dr. Paul Nitz)|
|General manager||Brian Gratz|
|Head coach||Brian Gratz|
|Regular season titles||None|
|Ray Miron President's Cup||None|
The Dayton Gems were a professional ice hockey team based in Dayton, Ohio, in the CHL. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the CHL. The team played their home games at the Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood.
The team was established in 2009 and joined the IHL for the 2009-10 season. The team was named after the original Dayton Gems of the original International Hockey League. Their acceptance into the IHL was officially announced on June 9, 2009. On June 15, 2009 the Gems named John Marks head coach.
On December 2, 2009 the IHL Board of Governors announced that the Board had terminated the ownership group of the Dayton Gems and that the board has taken ownership of the team and a new local ownership group is being pursued.
The Dayton Gems was taken over by a local ownership group GDHP, LLC which is led by Rob Garfield in January 2010. The other two owners are Kathy Rupp and Dr. Paul Nitz. On April 1, 2010 the IHL came into town to check on how the team has been doing.
On April 23 the Gems owners announced that John Marks was fired as head coach after one season.
On June 1 the International Hockey League announced that they are joining the Central Hockey League.
The CHL on June 10 announced the teams for the 2010-2011 season.
On July 7, 2010 the Dayton Gems announced that Brian Gratz would become the new Head Coach/GM.
International Hockey League
|2009-10||76||25||46||5||55||200||267||1,106||7th in the Conference|
Central Hockey League
|2010-11||66||32||29||5||69||201||200||1,102||8th in the Turner Conference|
|2010-11||3||0||3||0||8||12||28||Lost in 1st Round (16th)|
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- Infinity Pro Sports: Home
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- Gems fire head coach after last-place finish
- Central Hockey League And International Hockey League Make Major Announcement - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
- Central Hockey League (CHL) Minor League Hockey on OurSports Central
- Brian Gratz hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
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- Cogliano, Joe (17 May 2012). "Dayton Gems hockey team ceases operations". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Dayton Pro Hockey Press Conference Recap
- Federal Hockey League: Dayton