Dayton Gems (2009–2012)

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Dayton Gems
City Dayton, Ohio
League Central Hockey League
Conference Turner
Founded 2009
Home arena Hara Arena
Colors Blue, Red, White
Owner(s) GDHP, LLC (Rob Garfield, Kathy Rupp & Dr. Paul Nitz)
General manager Brian Gratz
Head coach Brian Gratz
Media Dayton Gems
Franchise history
2009–2012 Dayton Gems
Regular season titles None
Division Championships None
Conference Championships None
Ray Miron President's Cup None

The Dayton Gems were a professional ice hockey team based in Dayton, Ohio, in the CHL. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the CHL. The team played their home games at the Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood.


The team was established in 2009 and joined the IHL for the 2009-10 season. The team was named after the original Dayton Gems of the original International Hockey League. Their acceptance into the IHL was officially announced on June 9, 2009.[1] On June 15, 2009 the Gems named John Marks head coach.[2]

On December 2, 2009 the IHL Board of Governors announced that the Board had terminated the ownership group of the Dayton Gems and that the board has taken ownership of the team and a new local ownership group is being pursued.[3]

The Dayton Gems was taken over by a local ownership group GDHP, LLC which is led by Rob Garfield in January 2010. The other two owners are Kathy Rupp and Dr. Paul Nitz. On April 1, 2010 the IHL came into town to check on how the team has been doing.[4]

On April 23 the Gems owners announced that John Marks was fired as head coach after one season.[5]

On June 1 the International Hockey League announced that they are joining the Central Hockey League.[6]

The CHL on June 10 announced the teams for the 2010-2011 season.[7]

On July 7, 2010 the Dayton Gems announced that Brian Gratz would become the new Head Coach/GM.[8]

On July 19, 2010, the 2010-2011 Dayton Gems jerseys were announced and they were voted by the fans [9] Also, the Gems announced the first ten players signed for the upcoming season [10][11]

On May 17, 2012, the Dayton Gems ceased operations.[12] The Gems will be replaced by the Dayton Demonz of the Federal Hockey League for the 2012-13 season.[13][14]

Season-by-season record[edit]

International Hockey League

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2009-10 76 25 46 5 55 200 267 1,106 7th in the Conference

Central Hockey League

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2010-11 66 32 29 5 69 201 200 1,102 8th in the Turner Conference

Playoff record[edit]

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2009-10 DNQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNQ
2010-11 3 0 3 0 8 12 28 Lost in 1st Round (16th)


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