1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL)

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(46-19-3) Finished 1st in Western Division, Calder Cup Champions

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• The Hornets were a minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and played home games at Duquesne Garden.

• An overview of the 26-year history of the franchise.

• Pittsburgh Hornets: Season by season at a glance.

• Pittsburgh Hornets: All-time Alphabetical roster.

• Individual player records and milestones.

• All-time uniform numbers of the Pittsburgh Hornets.

• Pittsburgh Hornets: Uniform history.

• Visit the Hornets gallery.

• Francis “King” Clancy took over as the sixth coach of the Hornets.

• The Hornets wore black and gold jerseys for the first time.

• Gil Mayer’s 4,120 minutes played and 46 wins was the highest among AHL goalkeepers. Mayer won his second Harry “Hap” Holmes Award for being the AHL’s best goaltender.

• For the first time in team history, Pittsburgh finished first overall in the AHL, finishing with 46 wins and 95 points (both are all-time best in club’s history).

• Frank Mathers and Tim Horton were the team’s All-Star representatives.

For the first time in team history, Pittsburgh finished first overall in the AHL, finishing with 46 wins and 95 points (both are all-time best in club’s history).

On April 20, 1952, the Hornets won their first AHL Championship by beating the Providence Reds in six games on a Ray Hannigan goal at the 6:08 mark of he second overtime.

Hanningan fired a 15-foot wrist shot past Harvey Bennett in front of 6,154 fans inside the Providence Auditorium giving the Hornets their first championship in their 16-year existence.

The AHL president, Maurice Podoloff, nor the Calder Cup Trophy, were not present when the Hornets earned the championship. They were later presented with the Cup while en route to Pittsburgh.

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Front: Bob Solinger, Rudy Migay, King Clancy (Coach) Peter Backor, Baz Bastien (GM), Andy Barbe, Ray Hannigan

Middle:  Socko McCarey, Phil Maloney, Gord Hannigan, Gil Mayer, Bill Ezinicki, Chuck Blair, Leo Boivin, Jim Balmer (GM)

Back: George Armstong, ?, John McLellan, Bob Hassard, Frank Mathers, Tim Horton, John Ashley

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1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets

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# Player GP G A PTS PIM . GP G A PTS PIM
11 & 20 Bob Hassard 67 18 46 64 36   11 5 5 10 10
16 Andy Barbe 68 22 40 62 16   11 3 6 9 2
8 George Armstrong 50 30 29 59 62   - - - - -
9 Phil Maloney 66 19 37 56 25   5 0 1 1 0
14 Gord Hannigan 67 24 26 50 80   11 2 5 7 15
2 Frank Mathers 66 5 43 48 59   8 1 0 1 8
10 Rudy Migay 32 20 26 46 10   11 7 4 11 8
12 Bob Solinger 44 23 20 43 24   11 3 6 9 4
15 John McLellan 60 21 22 43 43   11 1 1 2 12
6 Chuck Blair 57 13 25 38 22   11 1 2 3 6
7 Ray Hannigan 49 17 18 35 56   10 4 1 5 11
3 Tim Horton 64 12 19 31 146   11 1 3 4 16
18 Frank Sullivan 61 10 16 26 76   11 0 9 9 4
5 Peter Backor 57 3 18 21 49   11 0 0 0 10
12 & 15 Ray Timgren 19 13 5 18 11   - - - - -
15 & 19 Bill Ezinicki 16 4 9 13 53   11 3 1 4 67
10 Jim Morrison 15 5 7 12 2   - - - - -
19 Eldred Kobussen 23 2 9 11 2   - - - - -
23 Danny Lewicki 6 3 4 7 6   - - - - -
17 Leo Boivin 30 2 3 5 32   10 0 1 1 16
4 John Ashley 24 1 2 3 36   - - - - -
3 Howie Lee 2 0 0 0 2   - - - - -
7 George Blair 4 0 0 0 0   - - - - -
17 Kenny Smith 3 0 0 0 6   - - - - -

1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets Goaltending

# Goalie GP G A PTS PIM W L T MIN GA GAA SO SV PCT
1 Gil Mayer 68 0 0 0 4 46 19 3 4,120 175 2.55 5 - -
    11 0 0 0 - 8 3 - 753 24 1.91 1 - -

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LEADERSHIP

Primary Owners:
John H. Harris

General Manager:
Jim Balmer

Head Coach:
King Clancy

Captain:
Pete Backor
Frank Mathers 

Scoring Leader:
Bob Hassard (64)

Penalty Leader:
Tim Horton (146)

AWARDS
Frank Mathers & Tim Horton were All-Stars

Gil Mayer won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award for being AHL’s best goalie.

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