- This article refers to the Saginaw Gears of the IHL. For the Saginaw Gears of the UHL, see Saginaw Gears (UHL).
The Saginaw Gears were a minor-league ice hockey franchise that played in the defunct International Hockey League (IHL). The Gears existed from 1972 to 1983. The Gears played their home games at Wendler Arena in the Saginaw Civic Center (now known as the Dow Event Center).
IHL hockey would later return when the Flint Generals were moved to Saginaw to become the Saginaw Generals for the 1985–86 season.
Championships[edit | edit source]
The Gears made the playoffs for nine straight seasons, from 1973–82. The Gears reached the Turner Cup Finals five times in that stretch, and won the following championships:
|1976–77||IHL||Fred A. Huber Trophy|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
Notable players[edit | edit source]
The Gears sent several players to the National Hockey League in their 11-year existence. The biggest names include:
- Mario Lessard
- Mike Palmateer
- Greg Hotham, whose sons Scott and Andrew played for the Saginaw Spirit
- Lou Franceschetti
- Bob Froese
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