Syracuse Stars

This article is about the defunct professional hockey team. For other uses, see Syracuse Stars (disambiguation).
Syracuse Stars
City Syracuse, New York
League IHL (1930–36)
I-AHL (1936–40)
Operated 1930–1940
Home arena New York State Fair Coliseum
Colors Red, White and Blue
Affiliates Toronto Maple Leafs
Franchise history
1926–1930 Hamilton Tigers (CPHL)
1930–1940 Syracuse Stars
1940–1970 Buffalo Bisons
Division Championships 2: 1935–36, 1936–37
Calder Cups 1: 1936–37

The Syracuse Stars were a minor professional ice hockey team from Syracuse, New York, existing for 10 seasons from 1930–31 to 1939–40. The Stars name had previously been used by sports teams, including several Syracuse Stars baseball teams from the 19th century. The team played at the New York State Fair Coliseum on the New York State Fairgrounds.


In 1930, the Hamilton Tigers International Hockey League (IHL) franchise was purchased and transferred to Syracuse to become the Syracuse Stars.[1] The Stars hockey team played their first six seasons in the IHL from 1930 to 1936, and then in the International-American Hockey League from 1936 to 1940. From 1936 to 1939 the Stars were an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The first five seasons for the Stars did not produce any championships. However, they won the IHL's regular season East Division in 1935–36 during their sixth season.

During the 1936–37 season in the I-AHL, Syracuse won the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy as West Division champions, and became the first ever Calder Cup champions after beating the Philadelphia Ramblers in the finals. The Stars reached the Calder Cup finals the following season, losing to the Providence Reds.

After four seasons in the I-AHL, the team was acquired by Louis M. Jacobs, owner of Jacob's Concessions, and relocated to Buffalo, New York to play as the Buffalo Bisons until the creation of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

AHL in Syracuse

Other AHL teams such as the Syracuse Warriors, Syracuse Eagles and Syracuse Firebirds would call Syracuse home after the Stars. The city has been home to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch since 1994. A banner memorializing the Stars inaugural AHL Calder Cup championship currently hangs in the rafters of the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Syracuse Crunch wore replica Stars jerseys in 2011 to honor the AHL's 75th anniversary in a game versus the Lake Erie Monsters.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games WonLostTiedPoints Goals
1930–31 48 9345231141717th, IHL
1931–32 4816239411111186th, IHL
1932–33 4423156521361193rd, IHL
1933–34 4419214421141204th, IHL
1934–35 4420204401281183rd, IHL
1935–36 4826193551671301st, East
1936–37 4827165591731291st, West
1937–38 4821207491421223rd, West
1938–39 5426199611521172nd, West
1939–40 5620279491471695th, West


Season1st round2nd roundFinals
1930–31 Out of Playoffs
1931–32 Out of Playoffs
1932–33 2nd place tie in double round robin.
1933–34 3rd place tie in double round robin.
1934–35 L, 0-2, Detroit
1935–36 L, 0-3, Detroit
1936–37 preliminary rdW, 3-1, Philadelphia
1937–38 ????L, 1-3, Providence
1938–39 Data unavailable
1939–40 Data unavailable

See also

The name was most recently used by an AAA minor hockey organization based out of Syracuse, New York.


  1. Mancuso, Jim (2006). Hockey in Syracuse. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 0-7385-3898-1.
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