Hamilton Canucks

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Hamilton Canucks
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City Hamilton, Ontario
League American Hockey League
Operated 1992–1994
Home arena Copps Coliseum
Affiliates Vancouver Canucks
Franchise history
1992–1994 Hamilton Canucks
1994–present Syracuse Crunch

Huge fanfare brought the AHL to Hamilton Ontario, as the Vancouver Canucks decided to leave the IHL and Milwaukee behind. It was initially owned by local hockey guy and former NHLer Pat Hickey and CFL legend Bernie Faloney and the third Dieter Beer.

The franchise of the Hamilton Canucks was the top minor league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks for two seasons (1992–1994) in the American Hockey League. Just as the first season concluded the three sold their interest to a group of approx. 4 that called themselves " Double Hitch Enterprises" both Bernie and Dieter left and Pat stayed on as the president.

The second season started off strange as for some reason the team decided to dump the Hamilton Canucks jersey in favour of wearing exactly the same jersey as their parent team wore in Vancouver at the time ( no where on the jersey was their anything re AHL and or Hamilton). They also introduced at the first home game a caveman theme and had a mascot dressed as a caveman and waved around a sponge club and chants.

Then after the first home game, Pat Hickey who stayed on after the ownership change bailed as he saw the writing on the wall for the franchise. Then a few days later the "new owners" bailed on the city as they did not like the lease at Copps and pulled the plug on "Double Hitch Enterprises"

The AHL was angered by the ownership group pulling the plug after a single home game and thus had to run the franchise going forward or fold it .

It took about 3 weeks of back and fourth negotiations with the AHL and Vancouver. The final result was that hockey would stay for the season in Hamilton and the team given to Vancouver to operate . Ironically one of the suitors for the team at the time was Syracuse, NY (which later proved true as the team moved their for October 1994)

In spite of all the off the ice drama the team did dramatically better than the first season and actually made the playoffs. But a hot Cornwall goalie Garth Snow and sniper Rene Corbet made the canucks vanish after 4 games Then finally at season end with no local interest Vancouver moved their AHL franchise and became the Syracuse Crunch.

Then two years later Edmonton Oilers moved into Copps Coliseum and created the Hamilton Bulldogs .

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
1992–93 80 29 45 6 64 284 327 6th, South
1993–94 80 36 37 7 79 302 305 2nd, South


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1992–93 Did Not Qualify.
1993–94 L, 0–4, Cornwall

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