Buffalo Bisons
Buffalo bisons 1933-34
City: Fort Erie, Ontario
League: International Hockey League
Operated: 1928 to 1936
Home Arena: Peace Bridge Arena
Regular Season Titles: two:(1930–31, 1931–32)
Playoff Championships: two: (1931–32, 1932–33)

The Buffalo Bisons were a professional team representing Buffalo, New York, although they played home games in nearby Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada at the 5,000-seat Peace Bridge Arena.


The Bisons were founded in the Canadian Professional Hockey League for the 1928–29 season. The Bisons transferred to the International Hockey League for the next season. Buffalo were IHL league champions in 1931–32 and 1932–33, winning the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy.

On March 17, 1936, the Bisons lost their home arena due to damage caused by thirteen inches of wet snow deposited by an early Spring storm. The arena which was only eight years old at the time, was designed with a "Lamella Trussless" roof to improve indoor sightlines, and reduce support frames obstructing the view. The structure proved to be too weak and collapsed under the weight of the snow. The Bisons played the remainder of the 1935–36 season on the road.

The Bisons joined the International-American Hockey League for the 1936–37 season. The team started the season playing out of an arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It soon became clear that they wouldn't be able to make a profit and pay players' salaries from ticket sales in the smaller facility. The club permanently ceased operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just eleven games with a record of 3-8-0.

The original Bisons were replaced in 1940 when the Syracuse Stars relocated to Buffalo, becoming the new Bisons team. The new Bisons would play from 1940 and 1970.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
1928–29421718 741 89 725th, CPHL
1929–30422612 456102 672nd, IHL
1930–31483013 565115 761st, IHL
1931–32482514 959106 801st, IHL
1932–33442612 658128 702nd, IHL
1933–344420131151 90 662nd, IHL
1934–35442018 6401131003rd, IHL
1935–36482220 6501091012nd, IHL

Points not awarded for tied games during 1934–35 International Hockey League season.


Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1928–29 Out of playoffs
1929–30 W, 2-1, Detroit L, 1-3, Cleveland
1930–31 2nd place in double round robin.
1931–32 1st place in double round robin. Champions
1932–33 1st place in double round robin. Champions
1933–34 3rd place in double round robin.
1934–35 Out of playoffs
1935–36 W, 3-1, Cleveland L, 1-2, Windsor
1936–37 Did not complete season.

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