Galt Red Wings

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Galt Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings logo.svg
City Galt, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey Association
Operated 1944 (1944)-47
Home arena Galt Arena Gardens
Parent club(s) Detroit Red Wings
Franchise history
1943-44 Galt Canadians
1944-47 Galt Red Wings
1947-49 Galt Rockets
1949-55 Galt Black Hawks

The Galt Jr. A Red Wings were a junior ice hockey team based in Galt, Ontario, now a part of the city of Cambridge. They played in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1944 to 1947 and were operated as an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Their home arena was the Galt Arena Gardens.

The team was previously the Galt Kist Canadians during the 1943-44 season. The team gained NHL sponsorship, becoming the Galt Jr. A Red Wings. The sponsorship lasted for three seasons, with Galt finishing near the top of the league each year. New ownership renamed the team the Galt Rockets in 1947. Much of the team's success was due to its coach, Al Murray, who guided the team during its first three years. Murray had played in the NHL with the New York Americans.

During the 1944-45 season, future Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe suited up for the team, but only played in one regular-season game due to league rules.[1] That game occurred in Galt, before 1,848 fans on Saturday, Nov. 18, 1944 against Hamilton; Howe scored three points. This has become somewhat of a historical footnote as Howe was deemed ineligible to play for the team following that game. Howe's only points in Galt were thrown out when Hamilton withdrew from the league. A day after that Hamilton game it was reported that both Howe and teammate Terry Cavanagh (later mayor of Edmonton) would he ineligible to play until further notice after their transfers were held up. Howe explained what happened next. "Terry got his (transfer) and I never did. Hamilton got thrown out of the league, and I did too."

The Galt Red Wings reached the league finals for the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1945, but lost to Toronto St. Michael's Majors in four games.

Under coach Normie Himes, another former NHLer with the New York Americans, the Red Wings returned to the finals again in 1946-47, led by future Hall of Fame goaltender, Terry Sawchuk, but lost the finals again in four games to the Majors.

NHL Alumni[edit]

From the Galt Red Wings, fourteen players graduated to play in the National Hockey League.

Yearly Results[edit]

Season Team Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1943-44 Canadians 26 15 11 0 30 0.577 125 97 2nd Group 2
1944-45 Red Wings 20 12 8 0 24 0.600 83 91 2nd OHA (tie)
1945-46 Red Wings 28 22 6 0 44 0.786 187 96 2nd OHA
1946-47 Red Wings 36 27 9 0 54 0.750 232 99 3rd OHA

References[edit]

  • Rutherford, Kristina (2012). "Ice Aged". Sportsnet Magazine 2 (6): 61–64. 
Notes
  1. ^ Rutherford 2012, p. 64.

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