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
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

SeasonGamesWonLostTiedOTLPointsGoals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1980–818032426702963363rd, South
1981–828046286983292661st, South
1982–838036368803203334th, South
1983–848033434703593886th, South
1984–8580522081123882651st, South
1985–868041345873162902nd, South
1986–8780472671013092592nd, South
1987–8880383183873533004th, South
1988–898028466623073927th, South
1989–908011609312293667th, South

Playoffs

Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1980–81L, 2–4, Adirondack
1981–82W, 3–2, HersheyW, 4–1, RochesterL, 1–4, New Brunswick
1982–83L, 1–4, Rochester
1983–84Out of Playoffs
1984–85W, 4–0, SpringfieldL, 0–4, Baltimore
1985–86L, 2–4, St. Catharines
1986–87W, 4–3, New HavenL, 2–4, Rochester
1987–88L, 0–4, Hershey
1988–89Out of Playoffs
1989–90Out of Playoffs

Team records

Single season

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

Career

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


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