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History[edit | edit source]

1963 Memorial Cup Runner-up team.

The first Flyers team relocated to Niagara Falls from Barrie in 1960. The team was affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. The Flyers appeared in three Memorial Cups in the 1960s, winning in 1965 and 1968.

1963 Memorial Cup[edit | edit source]

Niagara Falls won the right to play for the Cup by defeating the Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons for the OHA championship, and the Espanola Eagles to win the George Richardson Memorial Trophy as eastern Canadian representatives.

The Flyers were runners up in the 1962-63 Memorial Cup Final played at Edmonton's Arena Gardens. They lost in six games to the Edmonton Oil Kings in a best-of-seven series. Flyers players Gary Dornhoefer and Gary Harmer both suffered broken legs while on the ice.

1965 Memorial Cup[edit | edit source]

1965 Memorial Cup Championship team.

Niagara Falls won the right to play for the Cup by defeating the defending champions Toronto Marlboros for the OHA championship. The 1964-65 Memorial Cup Final was again played at Edmonton's Arena Gardens. They defeated the Oil Kings 4 games to 1 in a best-of-seven rematch series from two years previous. The series was filled with brawls and suspensions, as well as a heavy police presence throughout.

1968 Memorial Cup[edit | edit source]

1968 Memorial Cup Championship team.

Niagara Falls won the right to play for the Cup by defeating the Kitchener Rangers for the OHA championship, and the Verdun Maple Leafs for the eastern championship.

The 1967-68 Memorial Cup Final featured two Boston Bruins farm teams playing one another. The Flyers would play the Estevan Bruins on home ice, except for game two at the Montreal Forum. Game 4 was the longest in Memorial Cup history, lasting into five periods. Niagara Falls defeated Estevan in a best-of-seven series in five games.

Second Flyers[edit | edit source]

The Emms Family sold the Flyers in 1972 after it played for 12 seasons. The new owners then relocated the team to Sudbury to become the Sudbury Wolves.

Later the same year, after selling the Flyers, the Emms family bought the St. Catharines Black Hawks team who were the OHA champions the previous year. Four years after buying the Black Hawks, the Emms family relocated them to Niagara Falls in 1976, taking the same name as the previous team. The Emms family later sold this version of the Flyers in 1978.[1][2]

The second Flyers team played for 4 seasons in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1976 to 1980, and 2 years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1980 to 1982. The Flyers appeared in the OHA finals in 1979, losing to Peterborough. Niagara Falls lost its Flyers team a second time in 1982 when they moved to North Bay to become the Centennials, who have subsequently moved to Saginaw in 2002 to become the Saginaw Spirit.

Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]

Ontario Hockey Association (1960-72)[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing Playoffs
1960-61 48 22 21 5 49 165 166 4th Lost Quarter Final
1961-62 50 16 23 11 43 193 193 4th Lost Semi Final
1962-63 50 31 12 7 69 212 146 1st Won Final, Won East. Lost Memorial Cup
1963-64 56 26 22 8 60 207 178 4th Lost Quarter Final
1964-65 56 36 11 9 81 236 168 1st Won Final.East, Memorial Cup
1965-66 48 23 15 10 56 210 162 3rd Lost Quarter Final
1966-67 48 23 15 10 56 238 195 2nd Lost Semi Final
1967-68 54 32 15 7 71 255 169 4th Won Final, East, Memorial Cup
1968-69 54 28 24 2 58 223 229 4th Lost Semi Final
1969-70 54 10 41 3 23 151 313 10th out of playoffs
1970-71 62 11 44 7 29 193 350 10th out of playoffs
1971-72 63 27 27 9 63 280 293 6th Lost Quarter Final

Players[edit | edit source]

A combined total of 82 players from the Niagara Falls Flyers franchises went on to play in the National Hockey League, and two of those are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Award Winners[edit | edit source]

Hall of Famers[edit | edit source]

NHL Alumni[edit | edit source]

1960 to 1972
1976 to 1982

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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