|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Copps Coliseum|
|Colours||Red, white and black|
|1953–60||Hamilton Tiger Cubs|
|1960–74||Hamilton Red Wings|
|1976–77||St. Catharines Fincups|
|1988–96||Niagara Falls Thunder|
The Brantford Alexanders were relocated in 1984 becoming the Hamilton Steelhawks. The franchise which started in Hamilton in 1953, twice left Hamilton for lack of an adequate arena but returned for the opening of Copps Coliseum. However the team was not well-supported, and played for only four seasons in Hamilton before moving to Niagara Falls, Ontario to play as the Thunder.
The Steelhawks name was chosen to reflect the steel industry in Hamilton. The modernized name and logo was designed to catch on with a young fan base as well. The team enjoyed three successful playoff runs, although they never made a trip to the league finals.
Notable alumni are NHL stars Shayne Corson, Keith Primeau and NHL tough guy Bob Probert. Wayne Gretzky's younger brother Keith Gretzky also played for the Steelhawks, and was the co-winner 1986–87 William Hanley Trophy as the OHA's Most Sportsmanlike Player.
The team was owned by Jack Robillard, Bob Willson and Al Martin, who also owned the London Knights.
- 1984–85 - Dave Draper, B. LaForge
- 1985–86 - Bill LaForge
- 1986–87 - Bill LaForge
- 1987–88 - Bill LaForge
- Roger Belanger
- Shayne Corson
- Troy Crowder
- Brad Dalgarno
- Stan Drulia
- John English
- Mike Hudson
- Jeff Jackson
- Jason Lafreniere
- Paul Laus
- Jamie Leach
- Shawn McCosh
- Ken McRae
- Mike Millar
- Keith Primeau
- Bob Probert
- John Purves
- Chris Pusey
- Mike Rosati
- Jason Simon
- Kirk Tomlinson
- Dennis Vial
- Michael Ware
- Darryl Williams
- Jason York
- 1984–85 Defeated North Bay Centennials 9 points to 7 in first round.
Defeated London Knights 6 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 9 points to 1 in semi-finals.
- 1985–86 Out of playoffs.
- 1986–87 Defeated Guelph Platers 4 gams to 1 in first round.
Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
- 1987–88 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 0 in first round.
Defeated London Knights 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
The Hamilton Steelhawks played home games at Mountain Arena for 1984–85 and then moved to Copps Coliseum from 1985 to 1988. The annual OHL / QMJHL All-Star game was played here in 1988. The Coliseum's upper bowl curtain was closed for home games.