Flint Spirits

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Flint Spirits
Flint Spirits (IHL) 89-90 logo.png
City Flint
League International Hockey League
Operated 1985–1990
Home arena IMA Sports Arena
The Flint Spirits logo used for the 1988-89 season.

The Flint Spirits were a professional hockey team in Flint, Michigan from 1985–1990, and played their home games at the IMA Sports Arena. They were a part of the International Hockey League, and replaced the recently departed Flint Generals team. They compiled an overall record of 162–220–28. During the 1990 season, the original Fort Wayne Komets were moved to Albany, and a group from Fort Wayne, Indiana purchased the Flint Spirits and relocated them to Fort Wayne in time to begin the season.

As seen in the logo to the right, the Spirits were once an affiliate of the New York Rangers.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Year GP W L T PTS GF GA Pct Standings Playoffs
1985–1986 82 16 66 0 38 271 497 .232 10 of 10 Did Not Qualify
1986–1987 82 42 33 7 91 343 361 .550 4 of 9 Lost Quarterfinals Saginaw Generals 4-2
1987–1988 82 42 31 9 93 395 389 .567 4 of 9 Won Quarterfinals Muskegon Lumderjacks 4-2, Won Semifinals Saginaw Hawks 4-0, Lost Turner Cup Finals Salt Lake Golden Eagles 4-2
1988–1989 82 22 54 6 50 287 428 .305 10 of 10 Did Not Qualify
1989–1990 82 40 36 6 86 326 345 .518 4 of 9 Lost Quarterfinals Kalamazoo Wings 4-0
Totals 410 162 220 28 358 1622 2020 .437

Notable NHL alumni[edit]

The Flint Spirits sent numerous players to the NHL in their five years of existence. The biggest names include:

John Cullen, co-winner of the 1987–88 Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy with Saginaw's Ed Belfour.
Ronnie Stern
Darcy Wakaluk
Rob Zamuner
Mike Richter
Paul Broten
Peter Laviolette
Jayson More
Kevin Miller

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