- This article refers to the Saginaw Gears of the 'IHL. For the Saginaw Gears of the UHL, see Saginaw Gears .
The Saginaw Gears' were a minor-league ice hockey
franchise that played in the defunct International Hockey League
(IHL). The Gears existed from 1972 to 1983. The Gears played their home games at Wendler Arena
in the Saginaw Civic Center
(now known as The Dow Event Center).
IHL hockey would later return to the Tri-Cities when the Flint Generals
were moved to Saginaw to become the Saginaw Generals for the 1985–86 season.
The Gears made the playoffs for nine straight seasons, from 1973–82. The Gears reached the Turner Cup Finals five times in that stretch, and won the following championships:
The Turner Cup
replica at the Hockey Hall of Fame
misspelled as "Sagimaw" for the 1976-77 Championship
The Gears sent several players to the National Hockey League
in their 11-year existence. The biggest names include:
Head Coach Don Perry
also made it to the NHL, coaching the Los Angeles Kings
from 1981–84. In 1974–75, longtime NHL forward/defenceman Reg Fleming
joined the Gears in time for the 1975 playoffs.