Huntington Hornets

The Huntington Hornets were a professional ice hockey team that played in Huntington, West Virginia as a member of the International Hockey League during the 1956–57 season. The team was relocated to Huntington from Grand Rapids, Michigan where they played as the Grand Rapids Rockets. The Huntington Hornets played their home games at the 4,100 seat Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse. They finished third overall in the International Hockey League's 1956–57 season. The team suffered from low attendance, prompting owner Ernie Berg to begin seeking for a new home as early as December, 1956. Local promoter Dick Deutsch attempted to keep the team in Huntington twice by seeking local investments. Ultimately, the attempts fell short, and the team was slated for suspension of operations or relocation. The IHL eventually approved relocation of the franchise to Louisville, Kentucky, where the team was rebranded as the Rebels.[1]

Huntington Hornets
CityHuntington, West Virginia
LeagueInternational Hockey League
Founded1956 (1956)
Folded1957 (1957)
Home arenaVeterans Memorial Fieldhouse
Colorsred, white, black
Owner(s)Ernie Berg, et al
Head coachEddie Olson
Franchise history
1950–1956Grand Rapids Rockets
1957–1960Louisville Rebels


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Player Pos Birthplace
Jim CampbellCTimmins, Ontario
Roger ChristianLWWarroad, Minnesota
Lou CrowdisGSainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec
Don DavidsonCOttawa, Ontario
Doug FalbyD 
Bill FillmanD 
Gerry FrenetteDHancock, Michigan
Steve GaberRWCupar, Saskatchewan
George HayesCToronto, Ontario
Joe IngoldsbyRW 
Ron JohnsonRWMarquette, Michigan
Morris LalloDMontreal, Quebec
Rod McElroyCSt. Thomas, Ontario
Mike NarduzziLWFort William, Ontario
Eddie OlsonLW/HCHancock, Michigan
Ray Parker  
Eric PogueRWScarborough, Ontario
Len RonsonLWBrantford, Ontario
Garnet SchaiDWilkie, Saskatchewan
Ronnie SpongCToronto, Ontario
Len ThornsonCWinnipeg, Manitoba
John TicaloDTimmins, Ontario
Bob WilsonDSudbury, Ontario


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