Baltimore Clippers (1945–1949)

The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league professional ice hockey team from in Baltimore, Maryland, playing in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League at Carlin's Iceland. The team began play in the 1944–45 season known as the Baltimore Blades, and were renamed the Clippers from 1946 to 1949. The team name paid homage to local history in the Baltimore Clipper, and the Port of Baltimore. The Clippers ceased operations during the 1949–50 season.

Baltimore Clippers
CityBaltimore, Maryland
LeagueEastern Amateur Hockey League
Home arenaCarlin's Iceland
Owner(s)Jacobs brothers
AffiliateBuffalo Bisons (1944–45)
Franchise history
1944–1945Baltimore Blades
1945–1949Baltimore Clippers
Regular season titles1 (1947–48)

History edit

The Baltimore Blades were founded in 1944 by the Jacobs brothers, who owned a military uniform supply company.[1][2] The Blades replaced the void in the EAHL when the United States Coast Guard Cutters hockey team disbanded. Baltimore was affiliated with the Buffalo Bisons in the American Hockey League.[3] Eddie Shore coached the parent team, and was also the Blades' general manager.[1] Former Bison player Leroy Goldsworthy coached the Blades to a second-place finish in the EAHL.[1]

In the 1945–46 season, the team changed names to the Clippers, and the affiliation with Buffalo ended. Baltimore finished the season fourth in the EAHL, and went through three head coaches, including Jim Foley, Herb Mitchell, and player-coach Jack Riley.[4] In the 1946–47 season, Hank Roy was named head coach, but was replaced with the returning Goldsworthy as Baltimore again finished fourth in the EAHL.[4]

Frank Beisler was named the new head coach and manager for the 1947–48 season.[5] Beisler led the team to 31 wins and finished first place in the league, winning the Walker Cup.[4] Right winger Charlie Knox led the league with 54 goals, and 86 points; center Dave Maguire led the league with 53 assists, and defender Jack Nixon led the league with 182 penalty minutes in 37 games.[6]

The EAHL did not operate for the 1948–49 season, but resumed play for the 1949–50 season.[7] Kilby MacDonald was named the head coach and team manager.[8] After twelve games, the Clippers had four wins, and withdrew from league play on December 4, 1949.[9][10]

Players edit

Notable league executive Jack Riley played for the Clippers from 1945 to 1946. Two Blades players, and seven Clippers players also played in the National Hockey League.[11][12][13] Notable players include:

Results edit

Season-by-season results.[1][4][7]

Season Team GP W L T Pts Pct GF GA Standing
1944–45 Blades 48 28 19 1 57 0.594 228 177 2nd, EAHL
1945–46 Clippers 52 19 25 8 46 0.442 164 205 4th, EAHL
1946–47 Clippers 56 18 30 8 44 0.393 203 253 4th, EAHL
1947–48 Clippers 48 31 16 1 63 0.656 246 154 1st, EAHL
1948–49 Clippers EAHL did not operate
1949–50 Clippers 12 4 8 0 8 0.333 29 42 withdrew

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Baltimore Blades hockey team statistics and history". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ Friedlander, Robert. "F & F and A. Jacobs & Sons, Inc - HISTORY". R.J. Uniform Co. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  3. ^ "Baltimore Blades Parent Team affiliate history". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ a b c d "Baltimore Clippers hockey team [1945-1948 EHL] statistics and history". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ "Beisler Clippers Coach". Bridgeport Telegram. Bridgeport, Connecticut. October 9, 1947. p. 38. 
  6. ^ "EHL 1947-48 League Leaders". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ a b "Baltimore Clippers hockey team [1949-1950 EHL] statistics and history". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  8. ^ "Clippers Get Coach". Morning Herald. Hagerstown, Maryland. September 30, 1949. p. 23. 
  9. ^ "1949-50 Eastern Hockey League [EHL] standings". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  10. ^ "Two Teams Quit Eastern Hockey". Racine Journal Times. Racine, Wisconsin. December 5, 1949. p. 15. 
  11. ^ "Baltimore Blades all-time player list". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  12. ^ "Baltimore Clippers [EHL, 1945-1948] all-time player list". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  13. ^ "Baltimore Clippers [EHL, 1949-1950] all-time player list". Retrieved 2018-02-24.