Toledo Hockey History Timeline

 

Toledo Mercurys

  • 1947: Virgil Gladieux and Emery Gilbert build and open the Toledo Sports Arena, at a cost of $1.5 million. Gladieux pays $1,000 for a team to join the expanding International Hockey League. The team is called the Toledo Mercurys.
  • 1947-48: The Toledo Mercurys finish 15-10-5 in its first season and go on to beat Windsor in 5 games to win the Turner Cup.   
  • 1948-49: The Mercurys play in both the IHL’s Northern and Southern Divisions, and go onto the Turner Cup finals, losing to Windsor in 7 games.
  • 1949-50: The team gets a new sponsor and play as the Toledo Buckeyes in the Eastern Hockey League, finishing with a record of 26-13-12.
  • 1950-51: The team gets its old name back, and the Toledo Mercurys finish 35-15-6 in the regular season and win the Turner Cup, beating Grand Rapids in the finals, 4-1.
  • 1951-52: After a 24-18-6 regular season, the Toledo Mercurys win its second straight Turner Cup, beating Grand Rapids in the finals, 4-2.
  • 1952-53: The Toledo Mercurys go 32-25-3 and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1953-54: It’s a second round playoff exit for the Toledo Mercurys following a 33-26-5 regular season.
  • 1954-55: The Toledo Mercurys compile a 31-29 record and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1955-56: Toledo merges with a defunct team from Marion, and the Toledo-Marion Mercurys play half of its home games in Toledo, the other half in Marion. The team finishes 25-30-5 and lost in the finals to Cincinnati.
  • 1956-57: Back to being the Toledo Mercurys, the team finishes 26-30-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1957-58: The Toledo Mercurys fail to make the playoffs after a 26-32-6 regular season.
  • 1958-59: For a second straight year, the Toledo Mercurys miss out on the playoffs with a 22-36-4 record.
  • 1959-60: The team plays a portion of its home schedule in St. Louis, and the Toledo-St. Louis Mercurys miss the playoffs after a 28-36-4 season.
  • 1960-61: The Toledo Mercurys finish 36-33-1 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1961-62: The final season of the Toledo Mercurys, the team finishes 17-50-1 and miss out on the playoffs. Team folds.
  • 1963: Canadian businessman Ken Wilson relocates his IHL team from Omaha to Toledo, team is renamed the Toledo Blades.

  • 1963-64: In its first season in Toledo, the Blades finish with a 41-25-4 record and go on to win the Turner Cup, beating Ft. Wayne in the finals, 4-2.
  • 1964-65: The Toledo Blades finish 32-36-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1965-66: No postseason action for the Toledo Blades following a 20-48-2 record.
  • 1966-67: The Toledo Blades win the Turner Cup after a 39-31-2 record and beat Ft. Wayne in the finals, 4-2.
  • 1967-68: The Toledo Blades fail to reach the playoffs following a 29-29-14 regular season.
  • 1968-69: The Toledo Blades compile a 41-23-8 record and lost in the second round of the playoffs.
  • 1969-70: The Toledo Blades team finish 32-33-7, lose in the first round of the playoffs, and under the new ownership of Paul Bright, the team is renamed the Toledo Hornets.
  • 1970-71: In its first season as the Toledo Hornets, the team fails to reach the playoffs with a 17-44-11 record,
  • 1971-72: The Toledo Hornets finish 26-46-0 and misses out on the playoffs.
  • 1972-73: The Toledo Hornets lose in the first round of the playoffs after a 36-33-5 season.
  • 1973-74: The fourth and final season of the Toledo Hornets, the team finishes 33-42-1 and loses in the first round of the playoffs. Team relocates to Lansing.
  • 1974: An ownership group led by Virgil Gladieux and Andy Mulligan is awarded an expansion franchise by the IHL, and the team is named the Toledo Goaldiggers.

  • 1974-75: In its first season, the Toledo Goaldiggers finish 34-38-4, and become known as the “Miracle on Main Street”, going on to win the Turner Cup by beating Saginaw in the finals, 4-3.
  • 1975-76: The Toledo Goaldiggers lost in the first round of the playoffs after a 27-37-14 regular season.
  • 1976-77: The Toledo Goaldiggers finish 40-31-7 and reach the finals, losing to Saginaw 4-3.
  • 1977-78: It’s a 34-28-18 regular season for the Toledo Goaldiggers, and the team goes on to win its second Turner Cup, beating Port Huron in the finals, 4-3.
  • 1978-79: The Toledo Goaldiggers finish 35-32-13 and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 1979-80: It’s another first round playoff exit for the Toledo Goaldiggers following a 28-34-18 regular season.
  • 1980-81: The Toledo Goaldiggers fail to reach the playoffs with a 26-47-9 record.
  • 1981-82: The Toledo Goaldiggers finish with an impressive 53-25-4 record, and capture its third Turner Cup, beating Saginaw in the finals, 4-1.
  • 1982-83: After a 51-21-10 regular season, the Toledo Goaldiggers make it back-to-back Turner Cup titles, beating Milwaukee in the finals, 4-2.
  • 1983-84: The Toledo Goaldiggers finish 41-32-5, but fall short of three straight championships, losing to Flint in the finals, 4-0.
  • 1984-85: The Toledo Goaldiggers lose in the first round of the playoffs following a 32-42-5 regular season.
  • 1985-86: The final season of the Toledo Goaldiggers, the team fails to reach the playoffs with a 24-48-0 record. The team folds, ending Toledo’s long affiliation with the IHL.
  • 1991: An ownership group led by Barry Soskin is awarded an expansion franchise in the East Coast Hockey League, and the team is named the Toledo Storm.
  • 1991-92: In its first season, the Toledo Storm win the Brabham Cup for the best regular season record, 46-15-3, and lose in the first round of the playoffs.

  • 1992-93: The Toledo Storm finish 36-17-1-10, and capture its first Riley Cup, beating Wheeling in the finals, 4-2.
  • 1993-94: The Toledo Storm finish 44-20-1-3 and capture its second straight Riley Cup, beating Raleigh in the finals, 4-1.
  • 1994-95: The Toledo Storm lose in the first round of the playoffs following a 41-22-5 regular season.
  • 1995-96: The Toledo Storm compile a 48-14-8 record and lose in the third round of the playoffs.
  • 1996-97: The Toledo Storm exit in the first round of the playoffs after a 32-28-10 regular season.
  • 1997-98: The Toledo Storm bow out in the second round of the playoffs following a 41-21-8 regular season.
  • 1998-99: The Toledo Storm finishes 39-26-5 and lose in the third round of the playoffs.
  • 1999-2000: The Toledo Storm fail to reach the playoffs with a 22-41-7 record.
  • 2000-01: The Toledo Storm finish 37-27-8 and lost in the third round of the playoffs.
  • 2001-02: The Toledo Storm miss out on the playoffs after a 28-34-10 regular season.
  • 2002-03: It’s a second Brabham Cup for the Toledo Storm, finishing with the best regular season record at 47-15-10. The team loses in the second round of the playoffs.
  • 2003-04: The Toledo Storm fail to reach the playoffs with a 23-38-11 record.
  • 2004-05: The Toledo Storm finish 41-26-2-3 and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 2005-06: After a 46-21-3-2 finish, the Toledo Storm lose in the fourth round of the playoffs.
  • 2006-07: The final season for the Toledo Storm. The team finishes 39-30-1-2 and lose in the second round of the playoffs.
  • 2007: The Toledo Storm franchise is transferred to Toledo Arena Sports Inc. and suspends operations. The Toledo Sports Arena is demolished.
  • 2009: Lucas County opens a new arena in downtown Toledo at a cost of $105 million. The Toledo Storm franchise is renamed the Toledo Walleye.

  • 2009-10: In its first season as the Toledo Walleye, the team finishes 35-30-2-5 and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 2010-11: The Toledo Walleye finish with a 33-33-4-2 record and miss the playoffs.
  • 2011-12: The Toledo Walleye fail to reach the playoffs with a 28-38-2-4 record.
  • 2012-13: The Toledo Walleye lose in the first round of the playoffs following a 37-26-5-4 regular season.
  • 2013-14: The Toledo Walleye finish 21-44-4-3 and miss out on the playoffs.
  • 2014-15: The Toledo Walleye capture the Brabham Cup with the best regular season record at 50-15-5-2, and lost in the third round of the playoffs.
  • 2015-16: The Toledo Walleye lose in the first round of the playoffs following a 47-20-2-3 regular season.

 

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