Broome Dusters

The Broome Dusters were an ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League. They played in Binghamton, New York, United States at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The team logo was designed by Johnny Hart, artist of the comic strip "B.C." and a Binghamton native.

Broome Dusters
Home iceBroome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Based inBinghamton, New York
ColorsGold and brown
LeagueNorth American Hockey League


The Dusters played in the NAHL, which served as the inspiration for the movie Slap Shot, which includes a "Broome County" team. One scene in the film was specifically drawn from events that occurred in Binghamton. In the movie, the Hanson brothers wear black-rimmed, Coke-bottle eyeglasses, and in one game, get into a fight immediately after the opening faceoff. In reality, both Jeff and Steve Carlson wore similar glasses, and did get into a long fight right after an opening faceoff. Coach Dick Roberge told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, "We got into Binghamton about two or three weeks before the playoffs. In the team warmup, we're out there and all the Binghamton players came out with the plastic glasses and big noses, every one of them, poking fun at the Carlson brothers. We went back in the dressing room and the boys said, 'Coach, as soon as that puck is dropped, we're pairing up.' We had one heckuva fight. They went about 30 minutes until everyone got tired. We met them again in the finals (1974–75) and beat them four straight."

When the NAHL folded in 1977, the team was replaced by the Binghamton Dusters of the American Hockey League who previously operated as the Providence Reds.

Season-by-season results

Regular Season
1973–747428415612743526th, NAHL
1974–757439323812932863rd, NAHL
1975–767427452562583375th, West
1976–777441312843633243rd, NAHL
Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1973–74Out of Playoffs
1974–75????L, 0–4, Johnstown
1975–76Out of Playoffs
1976–77W, UticaL, Maine--

Team records

Goals: 87 Dave Staffen (1976–77)
Assists: 124 Rod Bloomfield (1976–77)
Points: 173 Rod Bloomfield (1976–77)
Penalty Minutes: 273 Paul Stewart (1975–76)
GAA: 3.61 Rick Lemay (1974–75)
Career Goals: 187 Rod Bloomfield
Career Assists: 310 Rod Bloomfield
Career Points: 497 Rod Bloomfield
Career Penalty Minutes: 505 Paul Stewart
Career Goaltending Wins:
Career Shutouts:
Career Games: 288 Rod Bloomfield

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