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HERSHEY, Pa. –– The rope-a-dope helped Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman, but all it got the Providence Bruins on Sunday was a bloody nose. The Hershey Bears outplayed, outshot and, in the end, outscored the Bruins and earned a 2-1 victory before 7460...
Bears' Neuvirth deserves credit - Lebanon Daily News
By DAN SERNOFFSKY HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were, heading into their East Division final series, about as even as two teams could get. Although the Penguins won the regular-season series 7-3, eight of the 10...
Laing eyes return to Hershey Bears - PennLive.com
The Hershey Bears appear poised to drop a secret weapon on the Providence Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals: Quintin Laing. The gritty left winger, staging a quick recovery from a torn spleen suffered while playing for the Washington Capitals in...
Bears set to renew old rivalry with Providence - Lebanon Daily News
And, in five postseason showdows, the Bears were 15-8 against the Bruins. The last time the Hershey and Providence met in the playoffs, Hershey coach Bob Woods was eight, and Providence coach Rob Murray was nine. It was 1974, and the Hershey Bears and...
Bears starting to reawaken memories of 2006 Cup run - Lebanon Daily News
By DAN SERNOFFSKY HERSHEY — Other than one playoff series, the Hershey Bears really haven't won anything yet. To be sure, they did finish at the top of the standings in both the East Division and the Eastern Conference, but that was in the regular...
Round Three - Pick Your Finalists - The Queensberry Rules
The first stop there is in the Eastern Conference, where the Hershey Bears battle the Providence Bruins. A recent article in the Providence Journal had the P-Bruins winning in six, and although I would certainly enjoy seeing that happen, I'll be honest...
AHL Morning Skate - OurSports Central (press release)
E1-Hershey Bears vs. A2-Providence Bruins || Preview N1-Manitoba Moose vs. W3-Houston Aeros || Preview Providence and Hershey launch the Eastern Conference Finals tonight with Game 1 at Giant Center... The Bruins are trying for their first Calder Cup...
Carlson makes auspicious pro debut for Bears - Lancaster Newspapers
The Hershey Bears may not be the varsity and his junior team may not be the JV, but the comparison is close enough. Having finished his season with the London (Ont.) Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, Carlson reported to Hershey....
Close ties led to fierce rivalry between Bears, Phantoms - Lebanon Daily News
By DAN SERNOFFSKY It lasted just 13 years, but few, if any, rivalries in the long history of the Hershey Bears have been as intense. The Philadelphia Phantoms played their final game Friday night, a 1-0 loss to the Bears that gave Hershey a four-game...
HERSHEY 14, NORTHERN 5 - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
BY JOHN TUSCANO jtuscano@patriot-news.com Depth, experience and special teams gave Hershey another gear Saturday afternoon that Northern simply couldn't match. And while the Polar Bears' defensive grit allowed them to hang with the unbeaten top seed...

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The Hershey Bears are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League. The team is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Home games are played at the GIANT Center. Hershey is the longest-existing member club in the AHL, joining the league in 1938, and played their 5,000th game December 20, 2006.

The Hershey Bears hockey club is owned by the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company (HERCO), formerly known as Hershey Estates, an entity wholly owned and administered by the Hershey Trust Company.

The history of the Hershey Bears hockey club goes back to a series of amateur hockey matches played in Hershey between college teams beginning in early 1931. The first such formal hockey game ever played in Hershey took place on February 18, 1931, when Penn A.C. and Villanova University faced off in the 1,900-seat Hershey Ice Palace. Nine months after that successful inaugural contest, Swarthmore Athletic Club moved into the Ice Palace, where they played their first game on November 19, 1931 against Crescent A.C. of New York City. (In the lineup that night for Crescent was a 23 year-old center named Lloyd S. Blinco, a native of Grand Mere, Quebec. He came to Hershey the next season and would remain continuously associated with Hershey hockey for a half century as a player, coach, and manager).

On December 19, 1936, the newly renamed Bears also moved from the confines of the Ice Palace (where they had to play on a small, 60x170-foot rink) into the newly constructed 7,286-seat Hersheypark Arena (then known as the "Hershey Sports Arena") built immediately adjacent to the older venue. Over the next sixty-six seasons, the Bears played a remarkable total of 2,280 regular season and playoff games at the Hersheypark Arena, which served as their home from 1936 to 2002.

In 1938-1939, the Bears became the eighth member of the newly formed International-American Hockey League (renamed the American Hockey League in 1940) which was created on the June 28, 1938, by the formal merger of the International and the Canadian-American (Can-Am) Hockey Leagues, after those two smaller circuits had played interlocking schedules over the previous two seasons. Although four of the seven other IAHL charter-member cities (Springfield, Syracuse, Providence, and Philadelphia) are also represented in the AHL today (2006-2007), only the Bears have played in the league without interruption since that inaugural 1938-1939 IAHL season.

In the mid-1950s, the Hershey Bears signed Don Cherry, a young high-schooler playing in the Ontario Hockey Association. Cherry's first National Hockey League game was in the 1954-1955 season, when the Boston Bruins called him up for a playoff game. He went on playing for another 20 seasons before becoming a coach, and eventually, a comentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Hockey Night in Canada television broadcast. During the three seasons Cherry played for the Bears, from 1954 to 1957, he earned 424 penalty minutes, 15 goals, and 55 assists.

The Washington Capitals returned as the Bears NHL parent club in 2005 after a 21-year span with the Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Colorado Avalanche. (The club has also had earlier NHL affiliations with the Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres). The Bears are presently tied with the original Cleveland Barons for the most Calder Cup championships (9). Their most recent championship was in 2005-2006 versus the Milwaukee Admirals.

On December 20, 2006, the Bears played their 5,000th regular season game at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. The Bears scored seven times en route to a 7-4 win versus the Albany River Rats.

In 2008, the Bears set a club record of 11 straight wins, besting their previous record of 10, set in 2002. Over the stretch from November into December, the Bears outscored their opponents for an impressive 54-15 record.

On May 2, 2007, the Bears played their 500th Calder Cup playoff game in franchise history at the GIANT Center. The Bears played the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and won 4-3.

Hershey has tied an AHL mark for consecutive playoff series victories, with seven wins in a row. The record is shared with the 2005-2007 Bears and the 1990-1992 Springfield Indians.

In 2006 the Hershey Bears, with new head coach Bruce Boudreau, returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The team came off with a strong start by winning their first two series, against the Norfolk Admirals and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in four games each. In the Eastern Conference finals, the Bears played the Portland Pirates. The Bears quickly took a 2-0 series lead, but then lost the third game. The Bears then rebounded and won game four, to take a 3-1 series lead. However the Bears were unable to finish the job and were forced back to the GIANT Center for game seven. The Bears trailed throughout the game, but managed to tie it with a goal from Graham Mink just over two minutes remaining. In overtime, the Bears finished with a goal by Eric Fehr, to win the series 4-3. On June 15, 2006, The Bears won the Calder Cup by a series mark of 4-2, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals. This marked the ninth time the franchise had won the Calder Cup, which tied Hershey with the original Cleveland Barons for the highest number of AHL playoff titles.

Before their move to the GIANT Center in 2002, the Hershey Bears wore simpler uniforms with the colors of chocolate brown and white. The previous logo used a silhouette of a skating bear with a hockey stick in brown centered in a white, ovular shield outlined in brown.

In the advent of the 2007-2008 season, all of the teams of the American Hockey League unveiled newly designed Reebok EDGE uniforms, including the Hershey Bears. The home uniform includes a white jersey with black side panels, maroon trim around the collar, black piping outlining the shoulders, and striping around the cuffs in the colors burgundy, black, and gold. The word "Bears" is centered on the front of the jersey in a traditional, descending formation in black, capital letters outlined in gold. The shoulder logos include the Washington Capitals logo and the retro-styled, secondary logo. The away jersey is burgundy with black side panels, black piping outlining the shoulders, white trim around the collar, white sleeve stripes, and black cuffs. The chest includes the word "Hershey" in the traditional, descending formation in white, capital letters outlined in black. For the 2008-2009 season, the Bears introduced a third jersey that is white with black shoulders. The striping primarily features the colors of black and silver, with some minor touches of burgundy. The word "Bears" is centered across the jersey in a descending formation in black and silver.

The Hershey Bears' official mascot is an anthropomorphic, brown bear named Coco. He wears the team's home jersey with a white hockey helmet. Coco the Bear debuted on October 14, 1978 at the Hersheypark Arena. His name alludes to the cocoa bean, from which Hershey's chocolate is derived. Coco's favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and his favorite movie is the original 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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Hershey Bears seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Bears have completed in the AHL since their inception in 1932.

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Hamilton Bulldogs


The Hamilton Bulldogs are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at Copps Coliseum, nicknamed 'The Dog Pound'. They are the primary minor league affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. The team was the 2007 Calder Cup champions.

The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was established in 1996 after re-locating from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the team played several years as the Cape Breton Oilers.

On the ice the club has reached the Calder Cup Finals both in 1997, the club's first year, and in 2003 only to lose in both cases. In the 2003 final, game 7, the attendance at Copps Coliseum on June 12, 2003 vs the Houston Aeros was 17,428 marking it the largest playoff crowd in the history of the AHL (the record was since broken in 2005 in Philadelphia). Houston won the game 3–0 and the series 4–3. The Bulldogs won the Calder Cup Final in 2007 against the Hershey Bears. This series was a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup Final which Hershey won 4 games to 1. The Bulldogs did the exact opposite in 2007 - Hamilton 4 games, and Hershey 1.

Off the ice, the club faced turmoil in 2000 resulting, in a "Stay Dogs Stay" campaign spearheaded by Don Robertson, Ron Burnstein, Nick Javor and club President Cary Kaplan, aimed at keeping the franchise in Hamilton. The campaign was a financial success and resulted in the club remaining in the Steel City with a bolstered fan base and an improved lease with the City of Hamilton.

In spite of a franchise high in attendance in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers announced plans to move their AHL affiliation to Toronto. Local interests made a multi-million dollar investment to secure ownership of the Quebec Citadelles and relocate them to Hamilton thus keeping the Bulldogs in town. For the second time in as many years, the fate of the club was in jeopardy, but ultimately rescued by local interests. The achievement to preserve the franchise was a unique joint venture between the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, the American Hockey League, and a local consortium of Hamilton owners, which allowed for a joint affiliation in 2002–2003 between Montreal and Edmonton as ownership changed hands. Fans voted to keep the Bulldogs name which won over the Hamilton Canadiens and Hamilton Habs.

In the summer of 2004, Burlington businessman Michael Andlauer became majority owner, governor and chairman of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Andlauer was part of the initial group of local business people, who purchased the club from the Edmonton Oilers in 2002.

Currently in their 13th season The Bulldogs are the longest serving Canadian franchise in the American Hockey League. With having well surpassed the two million (2,000,000) mark in total attendance, the Bulldogs have for a number of years represented a model minor league hockey organization both on and off the ice.

In 2007, the Hamilton Bulldogs won their first Calder Cup by defeating the Hershey Bears in a 4–1 series. It is their first Calder Cup win in three attempts. In 2008, the Hamilton Bulldogs failed to reach the postseason.

Since 2002 Michael Andlauer has been the principal owner of the club since assuming controlling interest in 2004. He has provided a stabalizing force for the franchise.

List of timelines for the two separate franchises known as the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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Portland Pirates

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The Portland Pirates are a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Portland, Maine, USA, at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The franchise was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1982 to 1993.

The Pirates were founded in 1993–94 as an affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The team was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks, who relocated to Maine. The Pirates replaced the void made by the Maine Mariners who departed to become the Providence Bruins a year earlier. The Capitals affiliation ended after 12 seasons in 2005.

The Pirates first season proved to be their most successful one, as they won the Calder Cup with a 43–27–10 record. Their next season they had 104 points, but were upset in the 1st round of the playoffs. In the 1995–96 season they again reached the Calder Cup Finals despite a subpar record of 32–34–10, but lost to the Rochester Americans.

Since then, it has been a roller coaster ride for the Pirates. Despite an excellent 100 point season, they were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in 1999–2000.

For the first four seasons, they were coached by current Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz. They played host to the AHL All-Star Classic in 2003.

In the 2006 AHL playoffs, the Pirates went for a thrilling playoff run, only to be defeated by the eventual Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears in a dramatic seven-game series.

In 2005 the Pirates announced a five year lease extension at the Cumberland County Civic Center, ending speculation that the team might relocate. The Pirates also signed a three year affiliation agreement with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005, but the Ducks announced on June 3, 2008, that they were affiliating with the Iowa Stars instead of renewing the agreement.

On June 10, 2008, the Pirates and the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had reached a new affiliation agreement, ending several months of speculation.

On August 5, 2008, the team announced that Kevin Dineen has been retained as head coach.

Updated March 6, 2009.

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Pittsburgh Hornets

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The Pittsburgh Hornets were a minor-league professional men's ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Contrary to popular belief, the Pittsburgh Hornets did not evolve from the International Hockey League's Pittsburgh Shamrocks. The franchise started play in 1927, playing their first nine seasons as the Detroit Olympics. Then on October 4, 1936, after winning the IHL championship, the Olympics moved to Pittsburgh to become the Hornets. Bill Anderson and Bill Hudson were the only two players from the Shamrocks to be on the Hornets roster at the start of the 1936-37 season.

The Hornets wore wool jerseys that were likely recycled from the Olympics. The Hornets, which were still a minor-league team for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, made their debut in the International-American Hockey League in 1936-37. The league transformed into the American Hockey League in 1940.

The Hornets disbanded after the 1955-56 season. The franchise was suspended because the archaic Duquesne Gardens was torn down. The Hornets reappeared in the new Civic Arena in 1961 and, after a poor start, they became AHL contenders again, this time as a farm club for the Detroit Red Wings. They won a division title in 1964, won the Calder Cup in 1967, then vanished for good. The second Hornets ceased operations, when the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins played their first season in the National Hockey League. The Hornets were three-time winners of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup.

The team started as the Detroit Olympics in 1927 playing home games at the Detroit Olympia. The Olympics played nine seasons in the Canadian Professional Hockey Leaguewhich later became the International-American Hockey League.

In 1936 John Harris, a Pittsburgh theatre chain owner, purchased the Olympics in October 1936 and renamed the team the Pittsburgh Hornets. The Hornets were in originally in the Canadian Professional Hockey League which was renamed the International American Hockey League in 1929.

The Hornets were led by former Olympics coach Don Hughes. the Hornets won their first two franchise games against the Cleveland Falcons on November 7, 1936, at the Duquesne Gardens. During the 1938-39 season Larry Aurie replaced Don Hughes as the second coach in team history. That year Don Deacon led the IAHL with 41 assists and 65 points. In 1940, the Hornets won 25 and made the playoffs and advance to the Calder Cup finals. The Hornets were originally the minor-league affiliate of the Red Wings who won the Stanley Cup in 1936. Don Aurie a member of that that team, was a player/coach and led them to their first appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in 1940 where they were swept in three games by the Providence Reds.

At the start of the 1940-41 season, the International-American Hockey League (IAHL) became the American Hockey League (AHL). During the early 1940s the Hornets has mediocre finishes. However during this time frame, the team still continued to set league records. In 1942 Bob Heron set an AHL record by scoring six goals in one game or two hatricks. Also in 1944 Bob Gracie and Bob Walton were the AHL's top scorers with each recording 95 points in the season. Two AHL records were set on March 17, 1945: Pittsburgh the Cleveland Barons set the mark for most goals scored in one period by netting a combined 12 goals in the third period (Pittsburgh 7, Cleveland 5). The total goals scored in the game - 22 - is also a one-game record. However not all records set by the Hornets were positive. During the 1943-44 season the Hornets did not win one game away from the Duqesne Gardens. The winless record on the road was the first occurrence of such a feat in the history of the AHL. Following the season Larry Aurie ended his stint as coach to finish with a record of 129-162-39 in 330 games, a .450 winning percentage.

Following Aurie's departure, Max Kaminsky became the third coach of the Hornets in 1944. A year later, the Hornets became a minor-league club for the Toronto Maple Leafs ending their affiliation with the Red Wings. For the 1946-47 season the Hornets returned to the AHL Finals for the second time in team history, losing Game 7 to the mid-state Hershey Bears. The Maple Leafs success with four Stanley Cup championships between 1947 and 1951 helped solidified the minor league Hornets. The Hornets played the Maple Leafs' style of hockey that involved hard, close checking that produced low scoring games. In 1948, the Hornets lost only 18 games, for their best record since 1938. Max Kaminsky would end his coaching career in 1947 with the Hornets. He had a .562 winning percentage. Kaminsky won 91 games, lost 68 and tied 27 in his 186 games behind the bench.

In 1948 the Hornets set the team all-time best record for goals scored in one season with 301 goals. Sid Smith became the firstand only Hornets' player to score 50 goals in one season, finishing with 55 goals and 57 assists, the highest in the AHL, to earn the John B. Sollenberger Trophy for leading scorer. His 112-point total was also the highest in the league and the highest in Hornets' history.

However in 1949 tragedy struck the team when Hornets star goaltender Baz Bastien lost his right eye after being hit by a puck in preseason. He would later become the coach and general manager. The next year Bastien's replacement, Gil Mayer went on to win the Harry Homes Award. The Hornets made it again to the Calder Cup Finals in 1951 but lost in Game 7 to the Cleveland Barons. Despite the loss, forward Bob Solinger was named MVP of playoffs with ten goals and six assists.

During the 1951-52 season, Pittsburgh finished first overall in the AHL, finishing with 46 wins and 95 points. The Hornets then finally won their first Calder Cup on April 20, 1952, by beating the Providence Reds in six games on a goal by Ray Hannigan during the game's second overtime at the Providence Auditorium. The AHL president, Maurice Podoloff, nor the Calder Cup Trophy, were not present when the Hornets earned the championship. They were later presented with the Cup while traveling en route to Pittsburgh. It was also during the 1951-52 season that the Hornets wore black and gold jerseys for the first time.

The Hornets would return to the Calder Cup finals the next year only to lose again in Game 7 to the Cleveland Barons. However during the 1954-55 season Pittsburgh defeated the Buffalo Bisons in six games to capture the club's second Calder Cup Championship. The Hornets finish first overall in the regular season, the second time in team history, with 70 points. Willie Marshall won the MVP in the playoffs with an AHL-best 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists).

The first Hornets’ team ended after the 1955-56 season. On March 31, 1956, The Hornets played their final game at the Duquesne Gardens; a 6-4 win over the Barons. The Hornets franchise was suspended for five years because Pittsburgh’s urban renewal project, Renaissance I, called for The Gardens to be torn down. Demolition started on August 13, 1956, to make way for the Park Plaza apartments and a local fixture, Stouffer's Restaurant. Today Duranti's Restaurant features the only remaining evidence of the Gardens, with 2, 11-feet wide sections of exposed redbrick wall. The wall would have been the front wall of the Gardens' visiting team's dressing room.

The Gardens would be replaced as the home rink of the city's pro hockey team as construction of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena began in 1958, three miles to the west of the Gardens. At that time due to the disrepair of the arena, the team moved to Rochester, New York becoming the Rochester Americans.

In 1961 the franchise returned as a minor league team for the Red Wings, the Hornets emerged from five years of inactivity and played their first game at the Civic Arena, on October 14, 1961, in front of 9,317 fans. The Hornets were back but the records during the next two years gave little to cheer for.

The Hornets set many AHL records during the 1961-62 season: Most times shut out in a season (9); most games lost in a season (58) and most games lost at home (27). The team also finished in last place in AHL, finishing with the fewest number of wins in team history (10) and their lowest point total in team history (22). The next season the Hornets doubled their total of wins in their second season back from returning to the AHL.However the team established the AHL's record for the longest winless streak. The team went 0-22-1 before beating the Hershey Bears on March 26.

Things began to turn around during the 1963-64 seaon when goaltender Roger Crozier won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for being the AHL's Rookie of the Year. Crozier also won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Award for being the best goalkeeper in the AHL. It was the eighth time in the 23-year history of the team that a Hornets' goalie won the award.

On February 8, 1966, Pittsburgh was granted an NHL franchise, which would become the Pittsburgh Penguins. To make room for the NHL, Pittsburgh's AHL franchise had to go. However the Hornets went out with bang. On April 30, 1967, they finished the sweep of Rochester Americans in the Calder Cup Finals after Billy Harris scored :26 seconds into overtime in what would be the last goal in Pittsburgh Hornets’ history. 31 years after the Hornets first game, Coach Baz Bastien was presented with the Calder Cup. The Hornets were Calder Cup Champions one last time.

On February 3, 2001, the Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league affilaiate, The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, played a tribute game at the Mellon Arena against the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. The WBS Pens wore Hornets jerseys and a banner was raised inside the arena that celebrated the three Hornets’ Calder Cup Championships. The banner has since been removed from inside the Mellon Arena and arena officials aren't sure of its location.

During their first season, the Hornets wore wool jerseys that were likely recyclyed from the Detroit Olympics. The home jerseys worn by the Hornets during their first season in Pittsburgh were white with red trim. The front of the jersey featured a large circular crest with the Hornets' logo and team name. Their road jerseys were red with white trim around the shoulders and sleeves with the circular creast. From 1939 until 1943, the Hornets home jerseys were red wool with a white script "P" and the word "Hornets" sewn onto them. The Hornets were a minor league team of the NHL Detroit Red Wings and likely wore hand-me-downs jerseys from the parent club. This trend held into the 1946-47 AHL season, when the team wore red wool jerseys for home games with a simple, block number on front and back. Simple crew neck collar. The sleeves featured a Hornet wearing a steel worker's hard hat. The road versions of these sweaters were reversed; white body with red trim. The 1948 jersey took this style one step further by including seven stars on each sleeve including a star below the hornet near the cuffas. The road versions of these sweaters were reversed; white body with red trim.

The Hornets introduced a new black and gold color scheme that was familiar with the city's baseball team and football team. The color wasn't new for hockey in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Pirates wore those colors from 1925-29, before switching to black in orange in 1929-30. The home jerseys were wool. The colors scheme was black with gold trim. The jerseys featured tie-down collars and the familiar hornet in a hard hat on the sleeves. The road jerseys consisted of a gold body and black trim.

After five years of inactivity, The Hornets were sporting the red and white wool jerseys again. The jerseys featured tie-down collars. A full circular crest trimmed in gold replaced the familiar hornet in a hard hat on the sleeves. The Captain's "C" or alternate captain's "A's" were worn on the right side of the chest. The home jerseys were red with white trim and featured the stars on the sleeves again. The road jerseys were initially blue in color with gold trim - a design that didn't last long in that first season back.

To celebrate the return of the Hornets in 1961, owner John Harris wanted to have a unique jersey for the road. The result was a blue wool jersey trimmed in gold. The jersey only last more than two months. The problem was how the blue color translated on black-and- white television during an October game against Buffalo. Home teams wore darker colors in those days and, unfortunately, the blue jerseys looked like dark jerseys too. Rare television coverage was too confusing for viewers who couldn't see any contrast between the teams on the tube. The jerseys featured tie-down collars with a full circular crest trimmed in gold.

During the final years of the franchise, the Hornets wore the same jerseys used by their NHL affiliate, The Red Wings, with the exception of a circular Hornets crest.

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