Hamilton Tigers (CPHL)

The Hamilton Tigers were a professional ice hockey team based in Hamilton, Ontario. They competed in the Canadian Professional Hockey League (CPHL) from 1926 to 1929 then in the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1929 to 1930.[1]

Hamilton Tigers
CityHamilton, Ontario
LeagueCanadian Professional Hockey League (1926-1929)
International Hockey League (1929-1930)
Home arenaBarton Street Arena
ColorsBlack, gold, white
Owner(s)Percy Thompson
Head coach
Franchise history
1926–1930Hamilton Tigers (CPHL, IHL)
1930–1940Syracuse Stars (IHL)
1940–1970Buffalo Bisons (AHL)



After the Hamilton Tigers of the National Hockey League (NHL) was disbanded, the Tigers owners decided to revive the name as a minor league professional team in the new CPHL. The team served as a farm club for several teams in the NHL, including the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs and participated in the NHL intra-waiver draft. The team's rosters included several players who played in the NHL, such as Francis Cain, Billy Cameron, Earl Campbell, Milt Halliday, Vic Hoffinger, Marty Lauder, Jack Markle, Bernie Morris, Mike Neville and Russell Oatman. Percy Thompson, who was also part owner and had coached the NHL team, was coach from 1926 to 1928.

The team struggled financially, reportedly losing CA$34,000 over its two first seasons. The fans were described as "being sore on the owners for selling the NHL team".[2] The Abso-Pure Company attempted to sell the team in October 1928 to Buffalo, then Hamilton businessmen.[3][4] These fell through and the team was nearly closed up when Toronto businessmen expressed their interest in the team.[5] The new owners installed Morris as coach and Hap Watson as general manager. Morris took on the role of manager for the 1929-30 season.

In October 1930, the team was sold to Percy LeSueur and partners and moved to Syracuse, New York to become the Syracuse Stars.[6] The sale included the transfer of both the franchise and the players, but not the contract of manager Bernie Morris.[7] The Stars would eventually be sold and moved to Buffalo, New York to become the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League.



The team had a winning record in its first season and made the league playoffs. The Tigers lost the semi-final to the eventual champion London Panthers in a two-game series.[8] In its second season, the Tigers had a winning record, but finished fifth and missed the playoffs. The team was sold and put under new management. Despite this, the team would have losing records in the next two seasons and miss the playoffs.

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L T GF GA P GP W L T GF GA Result
1926-27 32 16 15 1 80 78 33 2 0 2 7 9 Finished 2nd in regular season, lost in semi-final
1927-28 42 19 17 6 100 90 42 - Finished 5th, out of playoffs
1928-29 42 14 24 4 83 115 32 - Finished 7th, out of playoffs
1929-30 42 9 25 8 95 128 26 - Finished 6th, out of playoffs

Source: Society for International Hockey Research[9][10]

Notable players


These players all played in the NHL.

NHL alumni


These players graduated to the NHL.


  1. ^ "Hamilton Tigers hockey team [1926-1928 IHL] statistics and history at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com.
  2. ^ "Soccer Shots by The Linesman". Brantford Expositor. October 16, 1928. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Hamiltonians Sell Their Hockey Team". Brantford Expositor. October 16, 1928. p. 12.
  4. ^ "The Week In Sport: Hamilton Hockey Outlook Not Bright". Brantford Expositor. October 27, 1928. p. 24.
  5. ^ "Hamilton CanPro Still in Doubt". Brantford Expositor. October 30, 1928. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Buffalo Entry in New League". The Bridgeburg Review. October 9, 1930. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Hamilton Club is Sold to Syracuse". The Gazette. Montreal. 6 October 1930. p. 21. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  8. ^ Marsh, Lou (March 19, 1927). "With Pick and Shovel". Toronto Star. p. 11.
  9. ^ "SIHR login". sihrhockey.org.
  10. ^ "SIHR login". sihrhockey.org.