Binghamton Whalers

The Binghamton Whalers were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, playing in Binghamton, New York, USA, at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Binghamton Whalers
Binghamton Whalers
CityBinghamton, New York
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Operated1980–1990
Home arenaBroome County Veterans Memorial Arena
ColorsGreen and blue
AffiliatesWashington Capitals
Hartford Whalers
Franchise history
1926–1976Providence Reds
1976–1977Rhode Island Reds
1977–1980Binghamton Dusters
1980–1990Binghamton Whalers
1990–1997Binghamton Rangers
1997–2010, 2013-presentHartford Wolf Pack
2010–2013Connecticut Whale
Championships
Regular season titlesone
(1984–85)
Division Championshipstwo
(1981–82, 1984–85)

History

The Whalers were generally a successful team, making the playoffs seven times and advancing all the way to the Calder Cup Finals in 1982. However, in 1989-90, they turned in a ghastly 11-60-9 record, dead last in the league. The .194 winning percentage was the worst in AHL history at the time. After that season, the franchise was sold to the New York Rangers and their parent, Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western). The Whalers moved their affiliation to Springfield the next season, where the seven remaining players from the disastrous 1990 Binghamton season helped the Indians to their seventh and final Calder Cup championship. When the Whalers left Hartford, the Binghamton Rangers moved in to fill the void.

The market was previously served by:

Broome Dusters of the NAHL (1973–1977)

The market was subsequently home to:

Binghamton Rangers of the AHL (1990–1997)
B.C. Icemen of the UHL (1997–2002)
Binghamton Senators of the AHL (2002–2017)
Binghamton Devils of the AHL (2017–present)

Trivia

  • Like the parent Hartford Whalers, the Binghamton Whalers played "Brass Bonanza" after the team scored a goal.
  • The Whalers logo was a Hartford Whalers logo turned onto its side, forming a convenient "B" to signify the team's home. A subtle change—the curvature of the insides of the W--was made to make the logo look more B-like.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1980–81 80 32 42 6 70 296 336 3rd, South
1981–82 80 46 28 6 98 329 266 1st, South
1982–83 80 36 36 8 80 320 333 4th, South
1983–84 80 33 43 4 70 359 388 6th, South
1984–85 80 52 20 8 112 388 265 1st, South
1985–86 80 41 34 5 87 316 290 2nd, South
1986–87 80 47 26 7 101 309 259 2nd, South
1987–88 80 38 31 8 3 87 353 300 4th, South
1988–89 80 28 46 6 62 307 392 7th, South
1989–90 80 11 60 9 31 229 366 7th, South

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1980–81 L, 2–4, Adirondack
1981–82 W, 3–2, Hershey W, 4–1, Rochester L, 1–4, New Brunswick
1982–83 L, 1–4, Rochester
1983–84 Out of Playoffs
1984–85 W, 4–0, Springfield L, 0–4, Baltimore
1985–86 L, 2–4, St. Catharines
1986–87 W, 4–3, New Haven L, 2–4, Rochester
1987–88 L, 0–4, Hershey
1988–89 Out of Playoffs
1989–90 Out of Playoffs

Team records

Single season

Goals: 53 Paul Fenton United States (1985–86)
Assists: 84 Ross Yates Canada (1982–83)
Points: 130 Paul Gardner Canada (1984–85)
Penalty minutes: 360 Jim Thomson Canada (1986–87)
GAA: 2.92 Peter Sidorkiewicz Poland (1986–87)
SV%: .901 Peter Sidorkiewicz Poland (1984–85)

Career

Career goals: 120 Paul Fenton United States
Career assists: 181 Ross Yates Canada
Career points: 283 Ross Yates Canada
Career penalty minutes: 723 Shane Churla Canada
Career goaltending wins: 94 Peter Sidorkiewicz Poland
Career shutouts: 9 Peter Sidorkiewicz Poland
Career games: 273 Dallas Gaume Canada

External links

1981–82 AHL season

The 1981–82 AHL season was the 46th season of the American Hockey League. Eleven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The New Brunswick Hawks finished first overall in the regular season, and won their first Calder Cup championship.

1982 Calder Cup playoffs

The 1982 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 7, 1982. The eight teams that qualified played best-of-five series for Division Semifinals and best-of-seven series for Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 10, 1982, with the New Brunswick Hawks defeating the Binghamton Whalers four games to one to win the Calder Cup for the only time in team history.

1982–83 AHL season

The 1982–83 AHL season was the 47th season of the American Hockey League. Thirteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season, and won their fourth Calder Cup championship.

1984–85 AHL season

The 1984–85 AHL season was the 49th season of the American Hockey League. Thirteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Binghamton Whalers finished first overall in the regular season. The Sherbrooke Canadiens won their first Calder Cup championship.

1986 Calder Cup playoffs

The 1986 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 9, 1986. The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-seven series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 21, 1986, with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the Hershey Bears four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the second time in team history. Hershey's Tim Tookey won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP, becoming the first player from the losing finalist to win the award.

1987 Calder Cup playoffs

The 1987 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 8, 1987. The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-seven series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 23, 1987, with the Rochester Americans defeating the Sherbrooke Canadiens four games to three to win the Calder Cup for the fifth time in team history. Rochester's Dave Fenyves won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.Sherbrooke set an AHL record for goals scored in one playoff with 85. The Cape Breton Oilers tied this record in 1993.

Doug Jarvis

Douglas McArthur Jarvis (born March 24, 1955) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers in the National Hockey League, who holds the current record for most consecutive games played in the NHL (964). Jarvis never missed a regular season game in his NHL career, which began on October 8, 1975 and ran until 1987. He previously served as an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He is currently the assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks.

Ed Kastelic

Edward P. Kastelic (born January 29, 1964) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. Kastelic played for the Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kastelic was drafted in 1982 by the Washington Capitals. He would play in Europe for several years before retiring from active professional play. Kastelic was featured as one of the 30 profiles in "Hockey's Toughest Talk " by Brian D'Ambrosio.

Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena (nicknamed "The Floyd"; originally known as Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena) is a 6,925-seat multi-purpose arena located in Binghamton, New York. The Arena was completed in 1973, providing an entertainment venue for residents of the Greater Binghamton area. The arena contains eight luxury suites, each holding 25 fans (200 total). A longtime home to minor league hockey, the arena is currently home to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League.

Gilles Lupien

Joseph Leonard Gilles Lupien (born April 20, 1954) is a sports agent and Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman. Lupien is a former owner of the Longueuil Chevaliers, and the Victoriaville Tigres.

Grant Jennings

Grant Curtis Jennings (born May 5, 1965 in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, and raised in Melfort, Saskatchewan) is a former National Hockey League defenceman.

Ken Holland

Kenneth Mark Holland (born November 10, 1955) is the current senior vice president of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League, previously serving as executive vice president and general manager from 1997 to 2019. Holland was drafted in the 12th round, 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He played a total of four games in the NHL: one with Hartford, and three with Detroit. In 2009 Holland was listed at No. 2 on Sports Illustrated's Top GMs/Executives of the Decade. In 2017 hockey-graphs.com ranked him 29th out of 31 GMs in their NHL GM Report Card.

Marty Howe

Marty Gordon Howe (born February 18, 1954) is a Canadian-American former professional ice hockey defenseman. Howe was drafted in the third round, 51st overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. From 2001 to 2006, he was an assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. He is the son of Colleen and Gordie Howe, older brother of Mark Howe, and nephew of the Vic Howe.

Michel Plasse

Michel Pierre Plasse (June 1, 1948 – December 30, 2006) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender.

Mike Veisor

Michael David "Worm" Veisor, Sr. (born August 25, 1952) is a Canadian retired NHL ice hockey goaltender. He played 139 games in the NHL. He was described as: "One of the most agile goaltenders around; plays goal like a trapeze artist."

Pat Boutette

Patrick Michael Boutette (born March 1, 1952) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre.

Ray Ferraro

Raymond Vincent Ferraro (born August 23, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current broadcaster for TSN Radio, TSN, and NBCSN. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers (1984–1990), New York Islanders (1990–1995), New York Rangers (1995–1996), Los Angeles Kings (1996–1999), Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2002) and St. Louis Blues (2002).

Shane Churla

Shane Churla (born June 24, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He was drafted in the sixth round, 110th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently a scout for the Montreal Canadiens.

Sylvain Côté

Sylvain Côté (born January 19, 1966) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who spent 19 seasons in the NHL, the majority of them with the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars.

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