Dayton Gems (2009–12)

The Dayton Gems were a professional ice hockey team based in Dayton, Ohio, in the Central Hockey League. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the CHL. The team played their home games at the Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood.

Dayton Gems
CityDayton, Ohio
LeagueCentral Hockey League
Home arenaHara Arena
ColorsBlue, Red, White
Owner(s)GDHP, LLC (Rob Garfield, Kathy Rupp & Dr. Paul Nitz)
General managerBrian Gratz
Head coachBrian Gratz
MediaDayton Gems
Franchise history
2009–2010Dayton Gems (IHL)
2010–2012Dayton Gems (CHL)
Regular season titlesNone
Division ChampionshipsNone
Conference ChampionshipsNone
Ray Miron President's CupNone


The team was established in 2009 and joined the IHL for the 2009–10 season. The team was named after the original Dayton Gems of the original International Hockey League. Their acceptance into the IHL was officially announced on June 9, 2009.[1] On June 15, 2009 the Gems named John Marks head coach.[2]

On December 2, 2009 the IHL Board of Governors announced that the Board had terminated the ownership group of the Dayton Gems and that the board has taken ownership of the team and a new local ownership group is being pursued.[3] The Dayton Gems were taken over by a local ownership group GDHP, LLC, led by Rob Garfield, in January 2010. The other two owners were Kathy Rupp and Dr. Paul Nitz.

On April 23, the Gems owners announced that John Marks was fired as head coach after one season.[4]

On June 1, 2010, the International Hockey League announced that they are joining the Central Hockey League.[5]

On July 7, 2010 the Dayton Gems announced that Brian Gratz would become the new Head Coach/GM.[6]

On July 19, 2010, the 2010–11 Dayton Gems jerseys were announced after they were voted by the fans.[7] Also, the Gems announced the first ten players signed for the upcoming season.[8][9]

On May 17, 2012, the Dayton Gems ceased operations.[10] The Gems were replaced by the Dayton Demonz of the Federal Hockey League for the 2012–13 season.[11][12]

Season records

International Hockey League
2009–1076254655520026711067th of 7 in the IHL
Central Hockey League
2010–1166322956920120011028th of 9, Turner Conference
2011–1266232914601852289586th of 7, Turner Conference

Playoff record

International Hockey League
2009–100000000Did not qualify
Central Hockey League
2010–11303081228Lost in 1st Round
2011–120000000Did not qualify


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