Des Moines Capitols

The Des Moines Capitols, were a minor league professional ice hockey team in Des Moines, Iowa, playing at the Des Moines Ice Arena. They were members of the International Hockey League from 1972 to 1975, and previously known as the Des Moines Oak Leafs. In 1973, Danny Gloor won the Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.

Des Moines Capitols
CityDes Moines, Iowa
LeagueInternational Hockey League
Home arenaDes Moines Ice Arena
ColorsRed, Gold, White
Owner(s)Crawford C. Hubbell
General managerKen Wilson
Head coachDan Belisle
Franchise history
1961–1972Des Moines Oak Leafs
1972–1975Des Moines Capitols
Turner Cups1 (1973–74)

In 1973–74, the Capitols won the Fred A. Huber Trophy as regular season champions, with a record of 45 wins, 25 losses, and 6 ties, totalling 96 points, despite having the most travelling of any team in the IHL. In the 1974 playoffs, the Capitols defeated the Saginaw Gears 4 games to 2, winning the Turner Cup. The same season, Peter Mara was awarded the Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy, as the league's leading scorer and the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy, as outstanding playing ability and sportsmanlike conduct; and Frank Demarco won the rookie of the year.

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