Dukes of Hamilton (ice hockey)

The Dukes of Hamilton, also known as the Hamilton Dukes, were a junior ice hockey team that represented Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in the Ontario Hockey League for two seasons from 1989 to 1991.

Dukes of Hamilton
CityHamilton, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey League
Operated1989 (1989)–1991
Home arenaCopps Coliseum
ColoursRed, white and blue
Franchise history
1904–1989Toronto Marlboros
1989–1991Dukes of Hamilton
1991–presentGuelph Storm

History edit

In October 1988, with the Toronto Marlboros losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, Maple Leaf Gardens Limited reached an agreement to sell the team for a reported $500,000 to a group from Hamilton.[1][2][3][4][5] The OHL team moved to Hamilton for the 1989-90 season, becoming the Dukes of Hamilton.[6][4] The name "Dukes" originated as a nickname for the Toronto team coming from its namesake, the Duke of Marlborough.

The Dukes were chosen to host the Memorial Cup their first season in Hamilton. However when the team finished last overall in the standings, the Dukes declined the automatic invite given to the hosts of the Memorial Cup tournament. The OHL sent the league finalist Kitchener Rangers instead.

The second season for the Dukes was only marginally better even after switching from the Leyden Division to the Emms Division. The Dukes qualified for the last playoff spot, but lost in four games straight. Following the 1990–91 season, the team was relocated to Guelph where it became the Guelph Storm.

Players edit

Three Dukes alumni went on to play brief NHL careers. Alek Stojanov played 107 games, Chris Govedaris played 45 games, and Shawn McCosh played 9 games. Also of note are Jeff Bes (Captain), Dino Felicetti, Rob Leask and Kayle Short for their careers in other professional leagues.

Bill Armstrong started the 1989–90 season playing defence for the Dukes, but two mid-season trades later he wound up playing for the Oshawa Generals, and scored the winning goal in double overtime of the Memorial Cup final, played at the Dukes' home arena, Copps Coliseum.

Yearly results edit

Regular season edit

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % GF GA Standing
1989–90 66 11 49 6 28 0.212 211 371 7th Leyden
1990–91 66 17 43 6 40 0.303 270 379 6th Emms

Playoffs edit

Uniforms and logos edit

Hamilton Dukes road jersey

The Dukes colours were red, white & blue. The home jerseys had a white background with red & blue trim. The road jerseys were a red background with white and blue trim. Their uniforms were similar to those worn at the time by the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. The colour of the top of the crown on the logo was either red or white, opposite or the background of the home or away jersey.

Arena edit

The Dukes played their home games at Copps Coliseum, which hosted the Memorial Cup in 1990.

References edit

  1. ^ Houston, William (1988-10-20). "Hamilton lawyer, realtor purchase OHL Marlboros". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ Kalchman, Lois (1988-10-20). "Hamilton new home as Marlies are bought". Toronto Star.
  3. ^ Hunter, Paul (1989-03-18). "Death of the Marlies: The cold, hard facts Rising costs and dwindling attendance have sunk once-proud Toronto Marlies, seven- time winners of Memorial Cup". Toronto Star.
  4. ^ a b "Marlies fare well as end nears Club on a win streak before transformation to Dukes of Hamilton". The Globe and Mail. 1989-03-13.
  5. ^ Proudfoot, Jim (1989-02-08). "Toronto should miss Marlies, but it won't". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ "Marlies timeline". Toronto Marlies. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2014-02-17.

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