Toledo Goaldiggers

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Toledo Goaldiggers
City Toledo, Ohio
League IHL (1945 to 2001)
Operated 1974-1986
Home arena Toledo Sport Arena (1947-2007)
Colors Kelly Green, Gold, & White
Franchise history
1974-1986 Toledo Goaldiggers
1990-2001 Kansas City Blades
Regular season titles 2 1981-82, 1982-83
Division Championships 2 1976-77, 1982-83
Turner Cups 4 1975, 1978, 1982, 1983

The Toledo Goaldiggers were a minor professional ice hockey club based in Toledo, OH from 1974-1986. They played in the International Hockey League (IHL) and held their home games at the Toledo Sports Arena (One Main Street) on the East side of Toledo. Prior to the Goaldiggers, Toledo had four minor league franchises: The Toledo Mercurys (1947-49 & 1950-1962), Toledo Buckeyes (1949–50), Toledo Blades (1963-70) and Toledo Hornets (1970–74).


During their 12-year history, the Goaldiggers qualified for the post season 10 times, reaching the playoff finals six times (1975, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, & 1984) winning four Turner Cup playoff championships (1975, 1978, 1982, & 1983). Also, the "Diggers" won two regular season championships (Fred A. Huber, Jr. Memorial Trophy) finishing with the most points in the IHL two consecutive seasons (1981-82 & 1982-83).

After the 1985-86 season the franchise was forced to suspend operations due to financial difficulties and poor attendance. The dormant franchise was eventually sold to Russ and Diane Parker and moved to Kansas City, Missouri where they became the Kansas City Blades in 1990.

Franchise Records[edit]

Toledo Goaldiggers Franchise Records
 Games Played   Wins   Losses   Ties   Points   Winning % 
964 425 432 107 976 .510
Toledo Goaldiggers Playoff Records
 Games Played   Wins   Losses   Winning % 
112 63 49 .569
  • Note
Regular season winning percentage & point totals were skewed by the introduction of the "bonus point" for overtime losses which began at the start of the 1981-82 season.


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