Syracuse Eagles

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Syracuse Eagles
City Syracuse, New York
League American Hockey League
Operated 1974–75
Home arena Onondaga County War Memorial Coliseum

The Syracuse Eagles were a professional ice hockey team based in Syracuse, New York. The team played home games in the Onondaga County War Memorial Coliseum. The Eagles were a member of the American Hockey League for one season during 1974–75, finishing fourth with a record of 21 wins, 43 losses and 11 ties. Coaching duties were split by Art Stratton, Billy Orr (on an interim basis) and John Hanna. The team's leading scorer was Dick Sarrazin (33 goals and 37 assists in 75 games), with Jacques Caron registering a 3.70 goals against average during 50 games in goal.[1] The Eagles lost a one game playoff match to the New Haven Nighthawks.

The city of Syracuse struggled to support two minor league teams during the 1974–75 season. After the Syracuse Blazers won the 1973 Eastern Hockey League title, that league folded. The Syracuse Blazers moved to the newly formed North American Hockey League, and were league champions in 1973–74 and 1976–77. A splinter group from the Blazers ownership were awarded an AHL franchise (that of the former Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons), dividing the city's fan base. Between the two teams they played 75 home games during the 1974–75 regular season. The Eagles failed to garner sufficient spectator support to last a second season despite playing in a higher level league.


Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
Standing Playoffs
1974–75 75 21 43 11 53 254 332 4th, South Lost One Game Playoff Match