Spokane Comets

The Spokane Comets were a minor professional ice hockey team that was located in Spokane, Washington. They played in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1958 to 1963.

Spokane Comets
CitySpokane, Washington
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Operated1958-63
Home arenaSpokane Coliseum
ColoursBlue, red and white
Owner(s)Mel Smith
AffiliatesMontreal Canadiens

In April 1961, the franchise is about to move to San Francisco in view of the financial lost of the last three years but after several meetings, it finally stays in Chicago.[1][2]

The 1962-63 team was coached by Roy McBride who piloted the team to a 30-38-2 record.[3]

In June 1963 the Spokane franchise was purchased by a group led by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League which relocated them to become the Denver Invaders and act as their farm team.[4][5][6][7] Spokane quickly generated the Spokane Jets, which commenced play in the Western International Hockey League in the 1963–64 WIHL season.

The previous hockey team to play in Spokane had been the Spokane Flyers, who played in the senior amateur WIHL until the pro Flyers joined the WHL as the Spokane Spokes. The pro team's nickname was changed to the Comets in 1959-60.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1958-59 70 26 38 6 58 217 275 4th Lost opening round
1959-60 70 19 48 3 41 201 324 7th out of playoffs
1960-61 70 33 34 3 69 247 258 5th Lost Quarter Final
1961-62 70 37 28 5 79 272 242 2nd South Lost Final
1962-63 70 30 38 2 62 219 252 4th South out of playoffs

Comets who played in the NHLEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dillman, Dick (April 11, 1961). "Comets Move Hangs Heavy". The Spokesman Review (332). Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pro Hockey Remains in Spokane". The Spokesman Review (344). April 23, 1961. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  3. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_standings.php?tmi=8104
  4. ^ "Pilous Offered Job As Boss at Denver, Leafs New Farm Club". The Globe and Mail. 1963-06-06.
  5. ^ "Leafs buy coast club". Toronto Daily Star. 1963-06-05.
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (1963-06-05). "Spokane's Western Hockey Franchise Moves to Denver; Toronto Maple Leafs Purchase Mel Smith's Comet Stock". The Spokesman-Review.
  7. ^ Stott, Jon C (2008). "Ice Warriors: The Pacific Coast/Western Hockey League 1948-1974". Heritage House Publishing.


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