Toledo Blades

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Not to be confused with Toledo Blade.
Toledo Blades/Hornets
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City Toledo, Ohio
League IHL (1963 to 1974)
Operated 1963-1974
Home arena Toledo Sports Arena
Colors Gold & Black
Owner(s) Ken Wilson (1963-1964)
General manager Ken Wilson (1963-1966)
Head coach Ken Wilson (1966)
Franchise history
1963–1970 Toledo Blades
1970-1974 Toledo Hornets
1974-1975 Lansing Lancers
Turner Cups 2 1963-1964, 1966–67

The Toledo Blades were the International Hockey League franchise of Toledo, Ohio from 1963 to 1970. The team name was changed to Hornets in 1970. The storied franchise left Toledo after the 1974–75 season for Lansing, Michigan, where they became the Lansing Lancers. The Blades were the Regular Season Champions in 1963–1964, with 86 points and were awarded the Fred A. Huber Trophy.

The Blades won the Turner Cup Championships in 1964 and 1967.

The Rookie of the Year Trophy was awarded to Blades players Don Westbrook in 1964 and Bob Thomas in 1965, respectively.

Blades goaltender, Glenn Ramsay, won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the least goals against during the 1963–1964 regular season, his third Norris Trophy in a row. Glenn also won his sixth and final James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1967.

In 1965, team captain, William "Chick" Chalmers, was awarded the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy, for the player voted most valuable through his display of outstanding playing ability and sportsmanlike conduct over the course of the regular season by the league coaches.

After the Hornets left in 1974, the IHL awarded a new franchise to Toledo called the Toledo Goaldiggers.


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