- Cincinnati Stingers
Cincinnati Stingers City Cincinnati, Ohio League World Hockey Association Operated 1975–1979 Home arena Riverfront Coliseum Colors Black, Yellow
The Cincinnati Stingers was an ice hockey team based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that played in the World Hockey Association from 1975 to 1979. Its home arena was Riverfront Coliseum and it was the only major-league hockey team ever to play in Cincinnati.
The Stingers franchise was awarded in 1974 as part of the WHA's ill-conceived attempt at expansion. Most of the league's existing teams were not financially stable, and franchise relocations were commonplace. The Stingers played through the league's final season in 1978–79, but with attendance being average at best, the club was not included in the merger with the National Hockey League that took place in the summer of 1979. The Stingers, along with the Birmingham Bulls, were paid to disband when the WHA ceased operations.
The Stingers were the first professional team of long-time NHL star Mike Gartner. Mark Messier and Mike Liut also played for the Stingers. After playing five games with the Indianapolis Racers, Messier moved to Cincinnati. Messier was placed on a line with Robbie Ftorek. Ftorek was one of the top scorers in the league but Messier managed to get only one goal.
After the WHA shut down, a minor professional version of the Cincinnati Stingers began the 1979–80 season in the Central Hockey League. The CHL team included only three players from the 1978–79 WHA Stingers; Dave Debol, Byron Shutt and Paul Stewart. The CHL team disbanded 33 games into the season.
The largest crowd in Cincinnati Stingers history was on March 11, 1978 when 13,901 persons attended a game at Riverfront Coliseum between the Stingers and the Edmonton Oilers.
Hockey Hall of Famers
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
- World Hockey Association
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs 1975–76 80 35 44 1 71 285 340 1344 4th, Eastern Did not qualify 1976–77 81 39 37 5 83 354 303 970 2nd, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (Indianapolis) 1977–78 80 35 42 3 73 298 332 1701 7th, WHA Did not qualify 1978–79 80 33 41 6 72 274 284 1651 5th, WHA Lost Quarterfinals (New England) Totals 321 142 164 15 299 1211 1259 5666
- Central Hockey League
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs 1979–80 33 11 21 1 23 108 151 591 n/a Incomplete season
World Hockey Association TeamsAlberta Oilers · Baltimore Blades · Birmingham Bulls · Calgary Broncos · Calgary Cowboys · Chicago Cougars · Cincinnati Stingers · Cleveland Crusaders · Dayton Arrows · Denver Spurs · Edmonton Oilers · Houston Aeros · Indianapolis Racers · Los Angeles Sharks · Miami Screaming Eagles · Michigan Stags · Minnesota Fighting Saints · New England Whalers · New Jersey Knights · New York Golden Blades · New York Raiders · Ottawa Civics · Ottawa Nationals · Philadelphia Blazers · Phoenix Roadrunners · Quebec Nordiques · San Diego Mariners · San Francisco Sharks · Toronto Toros · Vancouver Blazers · Winnipeg Jets Trophies
Related articles: List of WHA seasons · WHA Amateur Draft · NHL–WHA merger
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.