|Fort Worth Texans|
|Team History||Fort Worth Wings |
(1967 - 1973)
Fort Worth Texans
(1973 - 1982)
|Arena||Will Rogers Coliseum|
|Team Colors||Red & White (1967-73) |
Blue, Orange & White (1974-79)
|Head Coaches||Fern Flaman, Doug Barkley, Bob Lemieux, Johnny Choyce, Ed Chadwick, Terry Gray, Johnny Choyce, Billy MacMillan, Ron Ullyot, Andy Laing|
The Fort Worth Texans were a professional ice hockey team based in Fort Worth, Texas. They started play in 1967 as the Fort Worth Wings, a minor league affiliate for the Detroit Red Wings. They were part of the Central Hockey League and played their home games at Will Rogers Coliseum. The team won their only Adams Cup Championship, in 1978 by defeating their arch rival Dallas Black Hawks 5-4 in overtime of game seven of the finals.
Beginning play in 1967, the Fort Worth Wings were a force to be reckoned with. The newest team in the Central Professional Hockey League was led by Rick McCann who scored 71 points and helped propel the Wings into the playoffs. They eventually lost in the finals. They continued to remain competitive in the following seasons, only missing the playoffs once between 1968 and 1974. In 1972, the Wings shared roster spots on the team with the St. Louis Blues due to money constraints and finally disbanded the team the following season. However a new club bought the rights to the team and from 1973 to 1978 they were a farm team of the New York Islanders (with some players held for Minnesota and Los Angeles). They won the Adams cup in 1978 with the help of Richie Hansen and future NHLer Gary Smith. The team was again sold and from 1979 to 1982, they were a farm team of the Colorado Rockies. After the 1981-82 season, the Texans, along with the Dallas Black Hawks and Oklahoma City Stars, left the Central Hockey League. Seeing as these were the most popular teams, the move greatly affected overall attendance and the league folded after the 1983-84 season.
One game featured, as part of their intermission entertainment, a short exhibition hockey game between girls from the Dallas playboy bunny club and Airmen stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. The Airmen shared the ice with the Texans for a practice in the week leading up to the game. A team of local college players helped the girls. They advertised in the local papers with the slogan "War on Ice".
The Fort Worth Wings/Texans and the Dallas Black Hawks maintained one of the most intense and storied rivalries in all sports history, featuring several bench clearing brawls and one famous near-riot during the 1978 season that occurred in the stands at the Will Rogers Coliseum during a 10 cent beer night promotion (the last that Fort Worth ever held, not coincidentally). Fort Worth, during the 1978 championship campaign, featured stickers and buttons that read "BEAT dallas". The rivalry between the Wings/Texans and the Blackhawks also made them two of the most popular teams in the CHL.
- Fort Worth Wings (1967-68) on Hockey Database.com
- Fort Worth Wings (1968-74) on Hockey Database.com
- Fort Worth Texans on Hockey Database.com
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