1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL)

1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL)


(43-17-4) Finished 2nd in the American Hockey League

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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.

• Willie Marshall scored eight points in one game – tying an AHL record held by two former Hornets Bob Gracie and Bob Walton in 1945.

• Jack Bionda led the AHL in penalty minutes with 190.

• For the first time in team history three players recorded over 100 penalty minutes.

•Gil Mayer won his fourth (fifth overall) Harry “Hap” Holmes Award for being the AHL leader in GAA.

• On March 25, 1956 Bob Solinger scored :08 into overtime to set an AHL record for the fastest end to an overtime game.

• The Hornets set an AHL record for overtime games won on the road (4).

• Frank Mathers, Willie Marshall, Gil Mayer & Parker MacDonald were selected as All-Stars.

• On March 31, 1956, The Hornets played their final game at the Duquesne Gardens; a 6-4 win over the Barons.

• The Cleveland Barons handed the Hornets their third straight overtime loss to eliminate Pittsburgh from the playoffs.

• The Hornets’ first chapter ended after the 1955-56 season. On March 31, 1956, The Hornets played their final game at the Duquesne Gardens; a 6-4 win over the Barons. The Hornets franchise was suspended for five years because Pittsburgh’s urban renewal project – Renaissance I – brought the wrecking ball to The Gardens.

Contrary to popular belief, the Hornets did not become the Rochester Americans. The Americans played their first season in 1956-57 and were a jointly owned farm club of the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Gord Hannigan was the only player from the Hornets 1955-56 roster to join the Amerks. Seven Hornets players joined the Hersey Bears, six players advanced to the NHL and six players joined other AHL teams and one player retired.

The Hornets franchise was suspended for five years because Pittsburgh’s urban renewal project – Renaissance I – brought the wrecking ball to The Gardens and construction of the Civic Arena.

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Front: Gil Mayer, Bob Hassard, Howie Meeker (Coach), Frank Mathers, Don Campbell

Middle: Baz Bastien, Tommy O’Toole, Jack Caffery, Joe Klukay, Jack Bionda, Larry Cahan, Bob Bailey, Bob Solinger, Jim Balmer (GM)

Back: Ray Gariepy, Bob Sabourin, Parker MacDonald, Les Duff, Willie Marshall, Jack Price, Gerry Foley

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1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets

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# Player GP G A PTS PIM . GP G A PTS PIM
29 Willie Marshall 58 45 52 97 47   4 2 1 3 0
12 Bob Solinger 63 27 46 73 74   4 0 3 3 0
12 & 20 Bob Hassard 64 22 48 70 47   4 1 3 4 4
11, 16 & 26 Parker MacDonald 58 35 32 67 60   3 0 3 3 2
3 Frank Mathers 64 12 51 63 61   4 1 2 3 2
14 Gerry Foley 59 29 29 58 109   3 2 0 2 2
8 Joe Klukay 47 24 26 50 40   4 4 1 5 8
23 Jack Caffery 58 18 22 40 62   4 1 0 1 0
21 Les Duff 61 8 32 40 117   3 0 0 0 4
17 & 26 Bob Bailey 48 6 30 36 98   4 2 1 3 4
18 Bob Sabourin 47 6 16 22 39   3 0 0 0 0
11 Gord Hannigan 17 10 10 20 20   - - - - -
4 Jack Price 61 6 12 18 65   4 0 0 0 10
2 & 6 Jack Bionda 46 7 9 16 190   4 0 2 2 12
26 Ron Hurst 13 7 8 15 44   - - - - -
2 Larry Cahan 36 6 9 15 160   4 0 1 1 12
5 Ray Gariepy 54 1 13 14 95   4 0 3 3 11
6 & 8 Marc Reaume 16 2 5 7 24   - - - - -
15 Ray Timgren 8 0 4 4 13   - - - - -

1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets Goaltending

# Goalie GP G A PTS PIM W L T MIN GA GAA SO SV PCT
0 Gil Mayer 56 0 0 0 - 40 12 4 3,360 151 2.7 5 - -
    4 0 0 0 - 1 3 - 312 14 2.69 0 - -
1 Gerry McNamara 5 0 0 0 - 1 4 0 300 19 3.8 - - -
  Ivan Walmsley 3 0 0 0 - 2 1 0 160 - - - - -
  George Dermksian 1 0 0 0 - - - - 20 - - - - -
  Don Campbell 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - - -  

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LEADERSHIP

Primary Owners:
John H. Harris

General Manager:
Jim Balmer

Head Coach:
Howie Meeker

Captain:
Frank Mathers

Scoring Leader:
Willie Marshall (97)

Penalty Leader:
Jack Bionda (190)

AWARDS
Frank Mathers, Willie Marshall, Gil Mayer & Parker MacDonald were selected as All-Stars.

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