St. Catharines Saints

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St. Catharines Saints
City St. Catharines, Ontario
League American Hockey League
Operated 1982–1986
Home arena Garden City Arena
Colours Blue and White
Owner(s) Maple Leaf Gardens Limited
Affiliates Toronto Maple Leafs
Franchise history
1978–1982 New Brunswick Hawks
1982–1986 St. Catharines Saints
1986–1991 Newmarket Saints
1991–2005 St. John's Maple Leafs
2005–present Toronto Marlies

The St. Catharines Saints was a minor league ice hockey team in St. Catharines, Ontario. It played in the American Hockey League from 1982–1986 as the farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

History

The Moncton based New Brunswick Hawks had been established in 1978 as members of the American Hockey League (AHL),[1] and were jointly operated by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs as their farm team.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (MLGL) and the Black Hawks each owned half of the franchise.[8][9][10][11]

By 1980, Harold Ballard, owner of the Leafs, had decided that they needed a developmental team of their own,[9] with a spokesperson citing the limited number of roster spots as the rational for the move.[2][3] MLGL launhed the Cincinnati Tigers in the old Central Hockey League in 1981 to serve as their own affiliate, while retaining their share of the New Brunswick Hawks.[2][3][8][12][13][14] However, after the Tigers averaged only 1,500 fans and lost $750,000 in their first season, the Leafs to fold the Tigers in the spring of 1982.[4][12][13][15][16] That same summer, with Chicago having already pulled out of New Brunswick in favour of affiliating with the Springfield Indians on their own,[4][13][16][17] the Maple Leafs announced that they would not operate the team in Moncton the following year after they couldn't come to terms with the city on a new arena lease,[4][13][17] even though the team had the fifth highest attendance in the league.[18]

The Maple Leafs wanted to relocate the team closer to Toronto, with both St. Catharines and Niagara Falls in Ontario potential destinations for the franchise.[12][15][19] When MLGL applied to the AHL to relocate the New Brunswick Hawks to St. Catharines, the nearby Buffalo Sabres initially blocked the move due to objections to a team moving into their territory without prior discussions with them.[13][20][21][22][23][24] However, following protests by fans in St. Catharines[25] and threats by Ballard to suspend the Moncton franchise to prevent another AHL team from playing in the city[13] and to sue the Sabres and NHL for $20 million,[22][23] the relocation was approved unanimously and the franchise became the St. Catharines Saints, serving as the Maple Leafs' primary affiliate.[12][20][23][26][27] At the same AHL Board of Governors meeting, the Edmonton Oilers received approval to purchase a new AHL franchise to replace the departed Hawks in Moncton,[20][23][26][27] leading to establishment of the Moncton Alpines as their affiliate that fall.[27][28]

Following the 1985–1986 season, the team moved to Newmarket, Ontario and became the Newmarket Saints.

An earlier team under this name played in the OHA Senior League in the 1940s and '50s.

Alumni

Former players include:

Season-by-season results

Regular Season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1982–83 80 33 41 6 72 335 368 6th, South
1983–84 80 43 31 6 92 364 346 3rd, South
1984–85 80 24 50 6 54 272 391 7th, South
1985–86 80 38 37 5 81 304 308 3rd, South
1986–87 80 28 48 4 60 226 337 7th, South
1987–88 80 33 33 8 6 80 282 328 6th, South
1988–89 80 38 36 6 82 339 334 4th, South
1989–90 80 31 33 16 78 305 318 5th, South
1990–91 80 26 45 9 61 278 317 8th, South

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1982–83 Out of Playoffs
1983–84 L, 3–4, Rochester
1984–85 Out of Playoffs
1985–86 W, 4–2, Binghamton L, 3–4, Hershey
1986–87 Out of Playoffs
1987–88 Out of Playoffs
1988–89 L, 1–4, Adirondack
1989–90 Out of Playoffs
1990–91 Out of Playoffs

Team records

Goals:
Assists:
Points:
Penalty Minutes:
GAA:
SV%:
Career Goals:
Career Assists:
Career Points:
Career Penalty Minutes:
Career Goaltending Wins:
Career Shutouts:
Career Games:

See also

References

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