Saginaw Gears (IHL)
- 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:
|1976–77||IHL||Fred A. Huber Trophy|
The Gears sent several players to the National Hockey League in their 11-year existence. The biggest names include:
- Lou Franceschetti
- Bob Froese
- Greg Hotham, whose sons Scott and Andrew played for the Saginaw Spirit
- Mario Lessard
- Mike Palmateer
- 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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