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St. Catharines Saints
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City: St. Catharines, Ontario
League: American Hockey League
Operated: 1982–1986
Home Arena: Jack Gatecliff Arena
Colours: Blue and White
Affiliates: Toronto Maple Leafs
Franchise history
1982–1986: St. Catharines Saints
1986–1991: Newmarket Saints
1991–2005: St. John's Maple Leafs
2005–present: Toronto Marlies

The St. Catharines Saints was a minor league ice hockey team in St. Catharines, Ontario. It played in the American Hockey League from 1982–1986 as the farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 1982, the Maple Leafs terminated their working agreements with both the New Brunswick Hawks of the American Hockey League, and the Cincinnati Tigers of the Central Hockey League, electing to establish a new minor-league franchise under their sole control. After lobbying by local officials, St. Catharines, Ontario was chosen as the new home for the team. Initially, the placement of the team in St. Catharines was protested by the Buffalo Sabres, who feared that the team would harm their strong fan base in the Niagara Region.

Following the 1985–1986 season, the team moved to Newmarket, Ontario and became the Newmarket Saints.

An earlier team under this name played in the OHA Senior League in the 1940s and '50s.

AlumniEdit

Former players include:

  • Steve Thomas
  • Allan Bester
  • Ken Wregget

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1982–83 803341 6 723353686th, South
1983–84 804331 6 923643463rd, South
1984–85 802450 6 542723917th, South
1985–86 803837 5 813043083rd, South
1986–87 802848 4 602263377th, South
1987–88 803333 8 6 802823286th, South
1988–89 803836 6 823393344th, South
1989–90 80313316 783053185th, South
1990–91 802645 9 612783178th, South

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1982–83 Out of Playoffs
1983–84 L, 3–4, Rochester
1984–85 Out of Playoffs
1985–86 W, 4–2, Binghamton L, 3–4, Hershey
1986–87 Out of Playoffs
1987–88 Out of Playoffs
1988–89 L, 1–4, Adirondack
1989–90 Out of Playoffs
1990–91 Out of Playoffs

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