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Columbus Checkers
Columbus Checkers logo (IHL)
City: Columbus, Ohio
League: International Hockey League
Operated: 1966 to 1970
Home Arena: Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum
Franchise history
1966 to 1970: Columbus Checkers
1971 to 1973: Columbus Golden Seals
1973 to 1977: Columbus Owls
1977: Dayton Owls
1977 to 1980: Grand Rapids Owls

The Columbus Checkers were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the International Hockey League from 1966 to 1970, and the first professional hockey team in Columbus, Ohio.

Their first game was against the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League on October 12, 1966 at the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The team was originally coached by Moe Bartoli, however after the 1967–68 season, Bartoli was involved in a dispute with the teams owners, and left. Jack Turner took over as the team's Head Coach at the start of the 1968 season.

The Columbus Checkers became defunct in the spring of 1970 due to low attendance.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
1968–697236379 61286333


  1. Columbus Hockey History
  2. Columbus Checkers Statistics

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