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1972-1983 Saginaw Gears

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Saginaw Gears ProgramInternational Hockey League (1972-1983)

Born: 1972 – IHL expansion franchise.
Folded: June 1983

Arena: Saginaw Civic Center (5,466)

Team Colors: Tangerine, White & Blue


Turner Cup Champions: 1977 and 1981


This mid-Michigan-based minor league hockey outfit enjoyed a solid run from the mid-1970’s to the early 1980’s in the scrappy International Hockey League. The Saginaw Gears reached the IHL’s Turner Cup finals five times between 1974 and 1982, winning twice.

Saginaw goaltenders Mike Palmateer (Gears ’74-’75), Mario Lessard (Gears ’74-’77), Bob Froese (Gears ’78-’81) all went on to lengthy NHL careers.

Wes Oleszewski, whose father Walt was the Gears’ Zamboni driver from 1972 to 1983, has a terrific tribute site to the team at


Saginaw Gears Memorabilia


Saginaw Gears Video

A 2010 Saginaw Gears tribute produced by the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League



Wes Oleszewski’s Saginaw Gears Tribute Site

International Hockey League Media Guides

International Hockey League Programs


Written by AC

September 27th, 2015 at 7:13 pm


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