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The Binghamton Dusters were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Binghamton, New York, USA at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The team logo was designed by Johnny Hart, artist of the comic strip "B.C." and a native of nearby Endicott N.Y. The team was known for using the Jim Croce song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" as their entrance theme.

Binghamton Dusters
CityBinghamton, New York
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Operated1977–1980
Home arenaBroome County Veterans Memorial Arena
ColorsGold and Black
Franchise history
1926–1976Providence Reds
1976–1977Rhode Island Reds
1977–1980Binghamton Dusters
1980–1990Binghamton Whalers
1990–1997Binghamton Rangers
1997–2010Hartford Wolf Pack
2010–2013Connecticut Whale
2013–presentHartford Wolf Pack

HistoryEdit

The Broome County Dusters originated as a North American Hockey League Team (NAHL) in its inaugural season in 1973-74. This coincided with the first season the fledgling NAHL was in existence. The NAHL was born out of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) which was formerly the Eastern Amateur Hockey League, and ran for 40 years from 1933 to 1973. 7 teams comprised the new NAHL, with four holdovers from the from the EHL including Cape Cod Cubs, Johnstown Jets, Syracuse Blazers, and the Long Island Cruisers (changed from the Ducks). New teams to join in 1973-'74 season included the Maine Nordiques and the Mohawk Valley Comets. In its first season, the Broome County Dusters hired Larry Kish who was the head coach of the Rhode Island Eagles of the EHL, the season previously. Kish eventually found his way to coaching the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League for 49 games during the 1982–83 NHL season.

The market was previously served by:

Broome Dusters of the NAHL (1973–1977)

The market was subsequently home to:

Binghamton Whalers of the AHL (1980–1990)
Binghamton Rangers of the AHL (1990–1997)
B.C. Icemen of the UHL (1997–2002)
Binghamton Senators of the AHL (2002–2017)
Binghamton Devils of the AHL (2017–Present)

Team recordsEdit

Single SeasonEdit

  • Goals: 46 Richard Grenier   (1977–78)
  • Assists: 63 Joe Hardy   (1977–78)
  • Points: 87 Joe Hardy   (1977–78)
  • Penalty Minutes: 267 Rick Dorman   (1979–80)
  • GAA:
  • SV%:

CareerEdit

  • Career Goals: 83 Richard Grenier  
  • Career Assists: 98 Randy MacGregor  
  • Career Points: 168 Randy MacGregor  
  • Career Penalty Minutes: 394 Randy MacGregor  
  • Career Goaltending Wins:
  • Career Shutouts:
  • Career Games: 213 Randy MacGregor  

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1973–74 74 28 41 5 61 274 352 6th, NAHL
1974–75 74 39 32 3 81 293 286 3rd, NAHL
1975–76 74 27 45 2 56 258 337 5th, West
1976–77 74 41 31 2 84 363 324 3rd, NAHL
1977–78 81 27 46 8 62 287 377 4th, North
1978–79 79 32 42 5 69 300 320 3rd, South
1979–80 80 24 49 7 55 268 334 5th, South

PlayoffsEdit

Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1973–74 Out of Playoffs
1974–75 ?? ?? L, 0–4, Johnstown
1975–76 Out of Playoffs
1976–77 W, Utica L, Maine
1977–78 Out of Playoffs
1978–79 W, 3–1, Hershey L, 2–4, New Haven
1979–80 Out of Playoffs

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