Saginaw Gears (IHL)

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This article refers to the Saginaw Gears of the IHL. For the Saginaw Gears of the UHL, see Saginaw Gears (UHL).

The Saginaw Gears were a minor-league ice hockey franchise that played in the defunct International Hockey League (IHL). The Gears existed from 1972 to 1983. The Gears played their home games at Wendler Arena in the Saginaw Civic Center (now known as The Dow Event Center).

IHL hockey would later return to the Tri-Cities when the Flint Generals were moved to Saginaw to become the Saginaw Generals for the 1985–86 season.


The Gears made the playoffs for nine straight seasons, from 1973–82. The Gears reached the Turner Cup Finals five times in that stretch, and won the following championships:

Season League Trophy
1976–77 IHL Fred A. Huber Trophy
1976–77 IHL Turner Cup
1980–81 IHL Turner Cup


The Turner Cup replica at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto has Saginaw misspelled as "Sagimaw" for the 1976-77 Championship

Notable players[edit]

The Gears sent several players to the National Hockey League in their 11-year existence. The biggest names include:

  • In 1974–75, longtime NHL forward/defenceman Reg Fleming joined the Gears in time for the 1975 playoffs.
  • Head Coach Don Perry also made it to the NHL, coaching the Los Angeles Kings from 1981–84.

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