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The 1945-46 IHL season was the inaugural season of the International Hockey League.

First GamesEdit

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The league was unofficially known as the Michigan-Ontario League (M-O League) because of the league of the same name that played before the war.

The first games were played on Friday, December 21, 1945 in a doubleheader at Windsor. The Detroit Auto Club beat Detroit Bright's Goodyears 12-9 while the two Windsor teams tied 4-4.

Jim Baudino of the Auto Club scored the first goal of the league.


Final standingEdit

Regular Season GP W L T GF GA Pts
Detroit Bright's Goodyears 15 9 3 3 90 70 21
Windsor Gotfredsons 15 8 4 3 90 72 19
Detroit Auto Club 15 8 7 0 82 81 16
Windsor Spitfires 15 1 12 2 50 89 4

Note: Windsor Spitfires joined the Ontario Junior B Playoffs.


PlayoffsEdit

Semi FinalEdit

2 games total goals

Date Winner Loser Location
February 20 Detroit 4 Windsor 3 Detroit
February 22 Detroit 5 Windsor 5 Windsor

Detroit Auto Club defeated Windsor Gotfredsons 9 goals to 8.

FinalEdit

Best of 3

Date Winner Loser Location
March 23 Auto Club 6 Bright's 5 Detroit
March 25 Bright's 9 Auto Club 1 Windsor
March 27 Auto Club 7 Bright's 4 Windsor

Detroit Auto Club defeated Detroit Bright's Goodyears 2 wins to 1.


League leadersEdit

Top ten scorersEdit

Name             Team         GP   G   A  PTS  PIM
Lyle Dowell      Bright's     15  20  15   35    8
Bob McDonald     Gotfredsons  15  10  25   35   10
Al Chadwick      Bright's     15  17  16   33   22
Joe Levine       Auto Club    15  19  13   32    6
Jim Baudino      Auto Club    14  15  17   32   21
Keith Crossman   Gotfredsons  15  17  14   31    2
Len Loree        Gotfredsons  13  15  13   28    2
George Adams     WGT/DAC      14  13   8   21    2
Paul Sironen     Bright's     15   9  12   21    4
Herb Jones       Auto Club    14   9  11   20   20

Best goaltendersEdit

Name            Team        GP  W  L  T  GA  SO  AVG.
Bob Coulson     Bright's    14           62   0  4.42
Lloyd Storie    Auto Club   13           59   0  4.54
Ken Freebairn   Gotfredsons 15           72   0  4.80
Monty Reynolds  Spitfires   14           80   0  5.71

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See AlsoEdit

International Hockey League (1945-2001)

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