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Cleveland Barons
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City: Cleveland, Ohio
League: American Hockey League
Operated: 1937 to Feb. 1973
Home Arena: Cleveland Arena
Colors: Royal Blue & White
Franchise history
1929 to 1934 IHL: Cleveland Indians
1934 to 1936 IHL:
1936 to 1937 AHL:
Cleveland Falcons
1937 to
February, 1973:
Cleveland Barons
February, 1973 to
1973–74 season:
Jacksonville Barons
Championships
Regular Season Titles: eight (1937–38, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53)
Division Championships: ten (1937–38, 1940–41,
1943–44, 1944–45, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1961–62)
Calder Cups: nine (1938–39, 1940–41,
1944–45, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1963–64)

The Cleveland Barons were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Cleveland, Ohio, USA at the Cleveland Arena. The most successful team in AHL history, the original incarnation of the Barons played in the AHL from 1937 to 1973. In that time they won ten division titles and nine Calder Cups, which although the team has been defunct for over three decades both remain unsurpassed AHL records.

HistoryEdit

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Barons alternate logo.

The team traces its roots back to the 1929–30 season of the International Hockey League, as the "Cleveland Indians." The Indians played for five seasons, until being renamed the Cleveland Falcons for the 1934–35 season. The Falcons played for three more years, when they became the Barons in 1937–38.

For many years, the team was owned by Al Sutphin, who was also an owner of the Braden-Sutphin Ink Company in Cleveland. Sutphin, a true sportsman, was known to often pay better salaries than NHL teams at the time ('30s and '40s), and some players preferred to remain in "minor league" Cleveland instead of playing in the "major" NHL. Sutphin built the Cleveland Arena, at the time one of the largest and most beautiful hockey facilities in North America. It was rumored that the dormant Montreal Maroons franchise would be transferred to Cleveland but nothing came of it.

Sutphin sold the team and arena in 1949. The Barons sought acceptance into the National Hockey League during the early 1950s, but purported financing irregularities caused the NHL to turn down the bid. The Barons then challenged the NHL for the right to play for the Stanley Cup, which was also rejected. During the '40s and '50s, the Barons played to standing-room-only audiences.

The preeminent star of the franchise was Fred Glover, the team's career leader in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and seasons, (and second in league history in all those categories). Also notable was Hall of Famer goaltender Johnny Bower, who before he starred in the NHL played brilliantly for the Barons for nine seasons and is the AHL's career shutout leader. The longtime general manager for the franchise was James C. Hendy, a Hall of Fame Builder and the first prominent statistician in the history of the sport. Other notable players included Les Cunningham, a five-time league All-Star for whom the AHL's MVP award is named, Jack Gordon, Norm Beaudin, Bill Needham (the team's career leader in games played), Cal Stearns, Fred Thurier, John Ferguson,Sr. and Les Binkley.

When the World Hockey Association's Cleveland Crusaders began play in 1972, the market for the minor-league product vanished almost overnight. The Barons could not compete with the WHA practice of hiring ex-NHL players whose contracts had expired, and consequently lost many fans. In addition, creation of the new "major league" drew much of the established talent away from the AHL. Owner Nick Mileti, who also owned the Crusaders, decided the teams could not co-exist, and moved the Barons mid-season in February, 1973 to Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Barons played to poor audiences and folded for good the next season, ending the franchise's long and illustrious history.

The team was replaced in this market by:

Team recordsEdit

Single season
Goals: Lou Trudel, 45, 1945
Assists: Fred Glover, 69, 1960
Points: Glover, 107, 1960
Career
Career goals: Glover, 410
Career assists: Glover, 695
Career points: Glover, 1105
Career penalty minutes: Glover, 2164
Career goaltending Wins: Johnny Bower, 284
Career shutouts: Bower, 38
Career games: Bill Needham, 981

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1929–30 4224 9 9 57125 781st, IHL
1930–31 482418 6 541311123rd, IHL
1931–32 481525 8 381101427th, IHL
1932–33 421027 5 251001476th, IHL
1933–34 441624 4 361041216th, IHL
1934–35 442023 1 401151324th, IHL
1935–36 482519 4 541491462nd, West
1936–37 481327 8 341131523rd, West
1937–38 48251211 611261141st, West
1938–39 542322 9 551451383rd, West
1939–40 562424 8 561271304th, West
1940–41 562621 9 611771621st, West
1941–42 563319 4 701741523rd, West
1942–43 562129 6 481901964th, West
1943–44 543314 7 732241761st, West
1944–45 60341016 782561991st, West
1945–46 622826 8 642692543rd, West
1946–47 643818 8 842722151st, West
1947–48 68431312 983321971st, West
1948–49 684121 6 882862513rd, West
1949–50 704515101003572301st, West
1950–51 714422 5 932812211st, West
1951–52 684419 5 932651662nd, West
1952–53 644220 2 862481641st, AHL
1953–54 703832 0 762692273rd, AHL
1954–55 643229 3 672542222nd, AHL
1955–56 642631 7 592252314th, AHL
1956–57 643526 3 732492102nd, AHL
1957–58 703928 3 812321632nd, AHL
1958–59 703730 3 772612522nd, AHL
1959–60 723430 8 762672294th, AHL
1960–61 723635 1 732312343rd, AHL
1961–62 703928 3 812552031st, West
1962–63 723134 7 692702532nd, West
1963–64 723730 5 792392073rd, West
1964–65 722443 5 532282854th, West
1965–66 723832 2 782432172nd, West
1966–67 723627 9 812842303rd, West
1967–68 72283014 702362554th, West
1968–69 74303212 722132452nd, West
1969–70 72233316 622222554th, West
1970–71 723926 7 852722082nd, West
1971–72 76323410 742692634th, West
1972–73 762344 9 552513295th, West
1973–74 762444 8 562443345th, South

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1929–30 W, 2–0, London W, 3–1, Buffalo
1930–31 3rd place in double round robin.
1931–32 Out of playoffs
1932–33 Out of playoffs
1933–34 Out of playoffs
1934–35 L, 0–2, London
1935–36 L, 1–3, Buffalo
1936–37 Data unavailable
1937–38 Data unavailable
1938–39 ????W, 3–1, Philadelphia
1939–40 Out of playoffs
1940–41 W, 3–1, Providence byeW, 3–2, Hershey
1941–42 W, 2–0, Washington L, 1–2, Hershey
1942–43 W, 2–0, Providence L, 0–2, Indianapolis
1943–44 W, 4–3, Hershey L, 0–4, Buffalo
1944–45 W, 4–2, Buffalo W, 4–2, Hershey
1945–46 W, 2–0, Providence W, 2–1, Pittsburgh L, 3–4, Buffalo
1946–47 L, 0–4, Hershey
1947–48 W, 4–1, Providence byeW, 4–0, Buffalo
1948–49 W, 2–1, Springfield L, 0–2, Hershey
1949–50 W, 4–1, Buffalo byeL, 0–4, Indianapolis
1950–51 W, 4–0, Buffalo byeW, 4–3, Pittsburgh
1951–52 L, 2–3, Providence
1952–53 W, 3–1, Syracuse W, 4–3, Pittsburgh
1953–54 W, 3–0, Buffalo W, 4–2, Hershey
1954–55 L, 1–3, Buffalo
1955–56 W, 3–1, Pittsburgh L, 0–4, Providence
1956–57 W, 4–3, Hershey W, 4–1, Rochester
1957–58 L, 3–4, Springfield
1958–59 L, 3–4, Hershey
1959–60 L, 3–4, Rochester
1960–61 L, 0–4, Springfield
1961–62 L, 2–4, Springfield
1962–63 W, 2–0, Rochester L, 2–3, Hershey
1963–64 W, 2–0, Rochester W, 3–0, Hershey W, 4–0, Quebec
1964–65 Out of playoffs
1965–66 W, 3–0, Pittsburgh W, 3–0, Springfield L, 2–4, Rochester
1966–67 L, 2–3 Rochester
1967–68 Out of playoffs
1968–69 L, 2–3, Quebec
1969–70 Out of playoffs
1970–71 W, 3–1, Hershey L, 1–3, Springfield
1971–72 L, 2–4, Baltimore
1972–73 Out of playoffs
1973–74 Out of playoffs


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