Hamilton Tiger Cubs

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Hamilton Tiger Cubs
Hamilton tigers.png
City Hamilton, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey Association
Operated 1953 (1953)-60
Home arena Barton Street Arena
Franchise history
1946-53 Windsor Spitfires
1953-60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs
1960-74 Hamilton Red Wings
1974-76 Hamilton Fincups
1976-77 St. Catharines Fincups
1977-78 Hamilton Fincups
1978-84 Brantford Alexanders
1984-88 Hamilton Steelhawks
1988-96 Niagara Falls Thunder
1996-Present Erie Otters

The Hamilton Tiger Cubs were a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1953 to 1960. The team was based in Hamilton, Ontario.

History[edit]

The Hamilton Tiger Cubs were named after the Hamilton Tigers NHL team that played in the 1920s. The Tiger Cubs played from 1953 to 1960, after which the team was renamed the Red Wings when affiliated with the NHL Detroit Red Wings.

The best season for the Tiger Cubs was 1958. The team reached the OHA finals for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. They were defeated by the Toronto Marlboros 4 wins to 1, with 1 tie game.

There were also previous OHA Jr. teams in Hamilton. The Hamilton Szabos played from the early 1940s to 1947. In the 1930s Hamilton had an OHA Jr. team known as the Bengal Cubs. In the 1920s there was a Junior Tigers team at the same time as the NHL Tigers team. Prior to that, an OHA Senior team named the Tigers played in the 1910s.

The Tiger Cubs played home games at the Barton Street Arena, also known as the Hamilton Forum.

Players[edit]

Award winners[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Alumnus Brian Kilrea became one of the most notable names ever in Canadian junior hockey, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a coach. Fellow alumnus Pat Quinn coached in the NHL, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Canadian national men's hockey team.

Yearly results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1953-54 58 31 24 3 65 0.560 222 208 3rd OHA
1954-55 49 21 23 5 47 0.480 181 173 5th OHA
1955-56 48 13 30 5 31 0.323 171 250 7th OHA
1956-57 52 24 26 2 50 0.481 170 191 5th OHA
1957-58 52 27 18 7 61 0.587 200 176 2nd OHA
1958-59 54 11 35 8 30 0.278 167 229 7th OHA
1959-60 48 10 34 4 24 0.250 158 251 7th OHA