The city of Cincinnati, OH and the game of ice hockey are two things that are rarely said in the same breath. Although it isn’t an NHL town, the city of Cincinnati has a very under-appreciated and storied past in minor league hockey. Here are a few of the highlights:
-The Cincinnati Swords won the AHL’s Calder Cup for the 1973-74 season. They were led statistically that season by Bill Inglis who coached the Buffalo Sabres for the 1978-79 season. Also on that team was another former NHL coach, Rick Dudley. He coached the Buffalo Sabres for 3 seasons from 1989-1992. Dudley also coached the Florida Panthers for 30 games in the 2003-04 season.
-The Cincinnati Stingers housed the early careers of Mark Messier and Barry Melrose in the WHA of the late 1970s.
-The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks housed the early careers of many current stars in the NHL including: Sean Avery, J-S Giguerre, Cory Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Matt Cullen. Not to mention Stanley Cup winning coach Mike Babcock was the bench boss for 2 seasons.
-The Cincinnati Cyclones won the Kelly Cup for the 2007-08 season, and could win it again this year.
EVENT DETAILS: The first NHL tweetup in Cincinnati will take place on May 20 (non-Cincinnatians are welcome too!). It will take place at the Buffalo Wild Wings at Harper’s Station (11363 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati, OH 45249) from 7-11pm. Come and enjoy some Round 3 Stanley Cup Action!
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