Baltimore Clippers

Baltimore Clippers
City Baltimore, Maryland
League American Hockey League
Southern Hockey League
Operated 1962–1977
Home arena Baltimore Civic Center
Colors Black, orange and white
Affiliates New York Rangers (1962–67)
Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–70)
Detroit Red Wings (1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74)
Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69)
California Seals (1971–72)
Kansas City Scouts (1974–75)
Washington Capitals (1975-76)
Edmonton Oilers (1976–77)
Regular season titles one
Division Championships three
(1970–71, 1971–72,

The Baltimore Clippers were an American professional ice hockey team. They were the first of three Baltimore franchise team entries into the American Hockey League which played on a minor league level beneath the older, larger, and more widespread National Hockey League which extended from the United States into Canada. There they played from 19621976. The Clippers won their division three times: 1970–1971, 1971–1972, and 1973–1974.

The Clippers withdrew from the AHL at mid-season during 1974–1975 when the short-lived competing World Hockey Association's Michigan Stags were relocated to Baltimore as the "Baltimore Blades", playing on a major league level versus the NHL. The Blades used the Clippers old uniforms, the only difference being a Blades logo replacing the Clippers logo on the home white jerseys.

The team returned to the AHL for 1975–1976, then transferred to the Southern Hockey League, where it was one of only three remaining teams when the league folded at mid-season in January 1977. The team was revived in 1979, playing two seasons in the Eastern Hockey League before that league disbanded.

An earlier Baltimore Clippers minor league ice hockey team, in the old Eastern Hockey League, existed prior to moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1956 and becoming the first Charlotte Checkers team.

This franchise was replaced in this market by:

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
Standing Head coaches
1962–63 723530 7772262443rd, EastRed Sullivan/Aldo Guidolin
1963–64 723237 3672002204th, EastAldo Guidolin
1964–65 723532 5752752493rd, EastJohn Crawford
1965–66 722743 2562122544th, EastJohn Crawford, Terry Reardon
1966–67 72352710802522472nd, EastTerry Reardon
1967–68 72283410662362554th, EastTerry Reardon
1968–69 743334 7732662572nd, EastAldo Guidolin
1969–70 72253017672302523rd, WestRudy Migay
1970–71 724023 9892632241st, WestTerry Reardon
1971–72 76343111792402491st, WestTerry Reardon/Jim Morrison
1972–73 76174811452103156th, WestTerry Reardon/Jim Morrison
1973–74 76422410943102321st, SouthTerry Reardon/Jim Morrison
1974–75 46142210381361805th, SouthTerry Reardon/Kent Douglas
1975–76 762148 7492383164th, SouthTerry Reardon/Kent Douglas
1976–77472124 244182169Southern Hockey League folded


Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1962–63 L, 1-2, Hershey
1963–64 Out of playoffs
1964–65 L, 2-3, Hershey
1965–66 Out of playoffs
1966–67 W, 3-2, Quebec L, 1-3, Rochester
1967–68 Out of playoffs
1968–69 L, 1-3, Providence
1969–70 L, 1-4, Montreal
1970–71 L, 2-4, Providence
1971–72 W, 4-2, Cleveland W, 4-2, Cincinnati L, 2-4, Nova Scotia
1972–73 Out of playoffs
1973–74 W, 4-1, Richmond L, 0-4, Hershey
1974–75 Did not complete season.
1975–76 Out of playoffs
1976–77 Southern Hockey League folded mid-season.


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