St. Catharines Teepees

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St. Catharines Teepees
TeepeesLogo.jpg
City St. Catharines, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey Association
Operated 1947 (1947)-62
Home arena Garden City Arena
Championships 1954 & 1960 Memorial Cup Champions
Franchise history
1943-47 St. Catharines Falcons
1947-62 St. Catharines Teepees
1962-76 St. Catharines Black Hawks
1976-82 Niagara Falls Flyers
1982-02 North Bay Centennials
2002-present Saginaw Spirit

The St. Catharines Teepees were a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1947 to 1962. The team was based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

History[edit]

The St. Catharines Teepees were born in 1947 when local businessman George Stauffer, president and GM of Thompson Products Ltd., purchased the St. Catharines Falcons team for $2500 from Rudy Pilous and named the team after the company's initials.

During the fifteen years the Teepees played, they developed into a powerhouse in the OHA. St. Catharines finished in first place 5 years in a 6-year span, and won the league championship twice. The team also produced 5 league leading scorers and 3 MVPs in the same period. The Teepees won the Memorial Cup in 1954 and 1960.

In 1961-62 the Teepees, no longer owned by Thompson Products, were in financial trouble and the Chicago Black Hawks came to their rescue. In 1962-63, the Teepees became the St. Catharines Black Hawks and would remain so until the team moved to Niagara Falls in 1976.

1954 Memorial Cup[edit]

St. Catharines, still coached by Rudy Pilous, won the right to play for the Cup by defeating the Toronto Marlboros in seven games for the OHA championship, and the Quebec Frontenacs to win the Richardson Trophy as eastern Canadian representatives. The Teepees won the Memorial Cup in 1954 played at Maple Leaf Gardens. They defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4 games to 0 with one tie game, in a best-of-seven series.

Game 1 St. Catharines 8 vs. Edmonton 2
Game 2 St. Catharines 5 vs. Edmonton 3
Game 3 St. Catharines 4 vs. Edmonton 1
Game 4 St. Catharines 3 vs. Edmonton 3
Game 5 St. Catharines 6 vs. Edmonton 2

1960 Memorial Cup[edit]

St. Catharines was now coached by Max Kaminsky and Rudy Pilous was the team manager for the 1960 Memorial Cup rematch versus the Edmonton Oil Kings. On the road to the Cup, the Teepees defeated the Toronto St. Michael's Majors for the OHA championship, and the Brockville Canadiens to win the Richardson Trophy as eastern Canadian representatives. The series against Brockville was decided in the 8th game after each team had won three games each with a tie game.

The 1960 Memorial Cup opened up at the Garden City Arena with remaining games played at Maple Leaf Gardens. The Teepees defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings for the second time in the Memorial Cup, 4 games to 2 in a best-of-seven series.

Game 1 St. Catharines 3 vs. Edmonton 5
Game 2 St. Catharines 6 vs. Edmonton 2
Game 3 St. Catharines 9 vs. Edmonton 1
Game 4 St. Catharines 3 vs. Edmonton 9
Game 5 St. Catharines 9 vs. Edmonton 6
Game 6 St. Catharines 7 vs. Edmonton 3

Championships[edit]

The St. Catharines Teepees are one of a few clubs to win multiple Memorial Cup championships. In total the Teepees won the Memorial Cup, the George Richardson Memorial Trophy, the J. Ross Robertson Cup and the Hamilton Spectator Trophy twice each.

Players[edit]

There have been 54 Teepees alumni play in the NHL. Four of those would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. St. Catharines also had three MVPs and five scoring champions with a six-year span.

Award winners[edit]

Hall of Famers[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Yearly results[edit]

Regular Season
Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1947-48 36 19 17 0 38 0.528 137 155 6th OHA
1948-49 48 25 20 3 53 0.552 191 198 4th OHA
1949-50 48 27 17 4 58 0.604 269 211 3rd OHA
1950-51 54 23 24 7 53 0.491 200 192 6th OHA
1951-52 54 30 23 1 61 0.565 249 229 5th OHA
1952-53 56 31 20 5 67 0.598 219 234 4th OHA
1953-54 59 42 15 2 86 0.729 308 211 1st OHA
1954-55 49 32 15 2 66 0.673 260 176 1st OHA
1955-56 48 28 17 3 59 0.615 219 197 1st OHA
1956-57 52 25 25 2 52 0.500 184 193 3rd OHA
1957-58 52 32 14 6 70 0.673 246 174 1st OHA
1958-59 54 40 11 3 84 0.769 257 175 1st OHA
1959-60 48 25 19 4 54 0.562 209 191 2nd OHA
1960-61 48 18 24 6 42 0.438 167 204 5th OHA
1961-62 50 19 23 8 46 0.460 194 206 3rd OHA
Playoffs
Complete results prior to 1960 are currently unavailable.
  • 1960-61 Lost to St. Michael's Majors 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
  • 1961-62 Lost to Hamilton Red Wings 9 points to 3 in OHA semi-finals.

Arena[edit]

The St. Catharines Teepees played in the Garden City Arena in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario from 1947-1962, as did their predecessors the Falcons.