Toledo Mercurys

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Toledo Mercurys
City Toledo, Ohio
League International Hockey League
Home arena Toledo Sports Arena
ColorsGreen & Gold
Franchise history
1947–1949Toledo Mercurys
1949–1950Toledo Buckeyes (EAHL)
1950–1955Toledo Mercurys
1955–1956Toledo-Marion Mercurys
1956–1959Toledo Mercurys
1959–1960Toledo-St. Louis Mercurys
1960–1962Toledo Mercurys
Regular season titles1 (1948–49)
Division titles2 (1948–49, 1960–61)
Turner Cups3 (1947–48, 1950–51, 1951–52)

The Toledo Mercurys is a discontinued International Hockey League franchise from Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Franchise was the first IHL franchise to be granted outside of the Windsor-Detroit area, for the cost of $1000 to Virgil Gladeaux of Toledo. The Mercurys existed 15 seasons in total from 1947 to 1962 with some minor naming variations. Toledo was successful on the ice, being the first IHL team to win multiple Turner Cup championships, and the first to do so consecutively.



For the 1949-50 season, the franchise was known as the Toledo Buckeyes. ToledoBuckeyesLogo.jpg
For the 1949–50 season, the franchise was known as the Toledo Buckeyes.

The Mercurys won the Turner during their first year of operation in the 1947–48 season. Toledo defeated the Windsor Hettche Spitfires four games to one in the IHL championship series. Team coach and manager Andy Mulligan had signed nine players from his native Manitoba to build the team, including team captain and right-winger Max Labovitch, center Barney O'Connell and left wing Jake Kernahan . The Mercurys later won the United States Amateur hockey title, defeating the Elveth Rangers in two games, and the New York Rovers in three games.

In the 1948–49 season, the team played in both the north and south division of the IHL, because the team owners wanted to play more games. The Mercurys of the north division won the J. P. McGuire Trophy that year by capturing the IHL North title. In a rematch of the previous season's IHL championship, Windsor defeated Toledo four games to three.

For the 1949–50 season, the team was known as the Toledo Buckeyes while playing in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League. They were sponsored by the former Buckeye Brewing Company in Toledo. The team returned to the IHL in 1950 known again as the Mercurys. Toledo won consecutive Turner Cups in 1950–51 and 1951–52 defeating the Grand Rapids Rockets in the finals both seasons.

In the 1955–56 season, the Mercurys played some home games in Marion, Ohio at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, hence being known as the Toledo-Marion Mercurys. The Mercurys split home games between arenas again for the 1959–60 season. The Toledo-St. Louis Mercurys played some home games in St. Louis, Missouri at the St. Louis Arena.

The Mercurys franchise folded after the 1961–62 season. The International Hockey League returned to Toledo in 1963, with the Toledo Blades franchise.

Season-by-season record

Turner Cup Champions League Leader in points *Division Champions ¤
SeasonLeagueTeamDivisionRegular SeasonPost Season
1947-48 IHL Toledo Mercurys2nd301510535113987614124Won in semifinals, 2-0 (Detroit Bright's Goodyears)
Won Turner Cup Finals, 4-1 (Winsdor Hettche Spitfires)
1948-49 IHL Toledo Mercurys SouthSouthern2nd322174461739312756051Won in quarterfinals, 3-0 (Munice)
Won in semifinals, 1-1 (Won Goal Total 9–7) (Milwaukee)
Lost Turner Cup Finals, 3-4 (Winsdor Hettche Spitfires)
1948-49 IHL Toledo Mercurys NorthNorthern ¤1st35207848*185140Did Not Participate
1949-50 EAHL Toledo BuckeyesWest2nd5126131264188142N/A
1950-51 IHL Toledo Mercurys2nd5635156762901748713517Won in semifinals, 3-0 (Sarnia)
Won Turner Cup Finals, 4-1 (Grand Rapids)
1951-52 IHL Toledo Mercurys2nd48241865421019210825035Won in semifinals, 4-0 (Chatham)
Won Turner Cup Finals, 4-2 (Grand Rapids)
1952-53 IHL Toledo Mercurys3rd603225367210207514822Lost in semifinals, 1-4 (Cincinnati)
1953-54 IHL Toledo Mercurys4th6433265712211575231115Won in quarterfinals, 2-1 (Troy)
Lost in semifinals, 0-2 (Johnstown)
1954-55 IHL Toledo Mercurys3rd603129062183196303613Lost in semifinals, 1-4 (Cincinnati)
1955-56 IHL Toledo - Marion Mercurys3rd6025305551782299361523Won in semifinals, 3-2 (Troy)
Lost Turner Cup Finals, 0-4 (Cincinnati)
1956-57 IHL Toledo Mercurys5th6026304561661865231111Lost in semifinals, 2-3 (Indianapolis)
1957-58 IHL Toledo Mercurys5th642632658214248Did not qualify
1958-59 IHL Toledo Mercurys5th602236246196248Did not qualify
1959-60 IHL Toledo - St. Louis MercurysEastern3rd682836460266298Did not qualify
1960-61 IHL Toledo MercurysEastern ¤1st7036331732742608353032Lost in round Robin, 3-5 (Fort Wayne Eliminated, Muskegon Advances)
1961-62 IHL Toledo Mercurys7th681750135222352Did not qualify
15 IHL Seasons [1] 2 Division Titles
1 McGuire Trophy
3,1013,07872393326724310 Playoff Appearances
3 Turner Cup Championships

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  1. "Toledo Mercurys Statistics and History". HockeyDB.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Toledo Mercurys all-time player roster
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