Syracuse Stars

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Syracuse Stars
City Syracuse, New York
League IHL (1930–36)
I-AHL (1936–40)
Operated 1930–1940
Home arena New York State Fair Coliseum
Colors Red, White and Blue
Affiliates Toronto Maple Leafs
Franchise history
1926–1930 Hamilton Tigers (CPHL)
1930–1940 Syracuse Stars
1940–1970 Buffalo Bisons
Championships
Division Championships 2: 1935–36, 1936–37
Calder Cups 1: 1936–37

The Syracuse Stars were a minor professional ice hockey team from Syracuse, New York, existing for 10 seasons from 1930–31 to 1939–40. The Stars name had previously been used by sports teams, including several Syracuse Stars baseball teams from the 19th century. The team played at the New York State Fair Coliseum on the New York State Fairgrounds.

History[edit]

In 1930, the Hamilton Tigers International Hockey League (IHL) franchise was purchased and transferred to Syracuse to become the Syracuse Stars.[1] The Stars hockey team played their first six seasons in the IHL from 1930 to 1936, and then in the International-American Hockey League from 1936 to 1940. From 1936 to 1939 the Stars were an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The first five seasons for the Stars did not produce any championships, however the Stars won the IHL's regular season East Division in 1935–36 during their sixth season.

During the 1936–37 season in the I-AHL, Syracuse won the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy as West Division champions, and became the first ever Calder Cup champions after beating the Philadelphia Ramblers in the finals. The Stars reached the Calder Cup finals the following season, losing to the Providence Reds.

After four seasons in the I-AHL, the team was acquired by Louis M. Jacobs, owner of Jacob's Concessions, and relocated to Buffalo, New York to play as the Buffalo Bisons until the creation of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

AHL in Syracuse[edit]

Other AHL teams such as the Syracuse Warriors, Syracuse Eagles and Syracuse Firebirds would call Syracuse home after the Stars. The city has been home to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch since 1994. A Banner memorializing the Stars inaugural AHL Calder Cup championship currently hangs in the rafters of the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Syracuse Crunch wore replica Stars jerseys in 2011 to honor the AHL's 75th anniversary in a game verses the Lake Erie Monsters.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1930–31 48 9 3 45 23 114 171 7th, IHL
1931–32 48 16 23 9 41 111 118 6th, IHL
1932–33 44 23 15 6 52 136 119 3rd, IHL
1933–34 44 19 21 4 42 114 120 4th, IHL
1934–35 44 20 20 4 40 128 118 3rd, IHL
1935–36 48 26 19 3 55 167 130 1st, East
1936–37 48 27 16 5 59 173 129 1st, West
1937–38 48 21 20 7 49 142 122 3rd, West
1938–39 54 26 19 9 61 152 117 2nd, West
1939–40 56 20 27 9 49 147 169 5th, West

Playoffs[edit]

Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1930–31 Out of Playoffs
1931–32 Out of Playoffs
1932–33 2nd place tie in double round robin.
1933–34 3rd place tie in double round robin.
1934–35 L, 0-2, Detroit
1935–36 L, 0-3, Detroit
1936–37 preliminary rd W, 3-1, Philadelphia
1937–38 ?? ?? L, 1-3, Providence
1938–39 Data unavailable
1939–40 Data unavailable

See also[edit]

The name was most recently used by an AAA minor hockey organization based out of Syracuse, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mancuso, Jim (2006). Hockey in Syracuse. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 0-7385-3898-1. 

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