Columbus Owls

From Ohio History Central

The Columbus Owls was a professional hockey team in Columbus, Ohio. It played for four seasons (1973 to 1977) in the International Hockey League. The Owls were originally known as the Columbus Golden Seals, but the name changed in 1973 when a new owner acquired the team.

The Columbus Owls quickly became known for their rough play. During the 1973-1974 season, the team led the IHL in penalty minutes, accumulating 2,437 penalty minutes in seventy-six games. On the positive side for the Columbus Owls, this same year the team became an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues.

The next season, the Owls finished second in their division and made the playoffs. The team played its home games at the Coliseum at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, but due to a schedule conflict, the Owls had to play its home playoff games in Troy, Ohio. The team lost in the first round. The Owls experienced a setback the following year, failing to qualify for the playoffs or attaining a winning record, but the team rebounded in the 1976-1977 season. This season, the Owls made the playoffs, but once again, the team had to play its home playoff games at another site due to a schedule conflict at the Coliseum. Because of this lack of support, the Owls’ owner, Al Savill, moved the team to Dayton, Ohio, the next season.

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