Buffalo Bisons (IHL)

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Buffalo Bisons
Buffalo bisons 1933-34.png
City Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
League International Hockey League
Operated 1928–1936
Home arena Peace Bridge Arena
Regular season titles two:(1930–31, 1931–32)
Playoff championships two: (1931–32, 1932–33)

The Buffalo Bisons were a professional ice hockey team representing Buffalo, New York, although they played home games in nearby Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, at the 5,000-seat Peace Bridge Arena.


The Bisons were founded in the Canadian Professional Hockey League for the 1928–29 season. The Bisons transferred to the International Hockey League for the next season. Buffalo were IHL league champions in 1931–32 and 1932–33, winning the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy.

On March 17, 1936, the Bisons lost their home arena due to damage caused by thirteen inches of wet snow deposited by an early Spring storm. The arena (only eight years old at the time) was designed with a "Lamella Trussless" roof to improve indoor sightlines, and reduce support frames obstructing the view. The structure proved to be too weak and collapsed under the weight of the snow. The Bisons played the remainder of the 1935–36 season on the road.

The Bisons joined the International-American Hockey League for the 1936–37 season. The team started the season playing in an arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It soon became clear that they wouldn't be able to make a profit and pay players' salaries from ticket sales in the smaller facility. The club permanently ceased operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just eleven games with a record of 3–8–0.

The original Bisons were replaced in 1940 when the Syracuse Stars relocated to Buffalo, becoming the new Bisons team, after the construction of Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on the American side of the border. The new Bisons played from 1940 to 1970, when the current Buffalo Sabres were founded.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
1928–29 42 17 18 7 41 89 72 5th, CPHL
1929–30 42 26 12 4 56 102 67 2nd, IHL
1930–31 48 30 13 5 65 115 76 1st, IHL
1931–32 48 25 14 9 59 106 80 1st, IHL
1932–33 44 26 12 6 58 128 70 2nd, IHL
1933–34 44 20 13 11 51 90 66 2nd, IHL
1934–35 44 20 18 6 40 113 100 3rd, IHL
1935–36 48 22 20 6 50 109 101 2nd, IHL
1936–37 11 3 8 0 6 23 30 disbanded

Points not awarded for tied games during 1934–35 International Hockey League season.


Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1928–29 Out of playoffs
1929–30 W, 2-1, Detroit L, 1-3, Cleveland
1930–31 2nd place in double round robin.
1931–32 1st place in double round robin. Champions
1932–33 1st place in double round robin. Champions
1933–34 3rd place in double round robin.
1934–35 Out of playoffs
1935–36 W, 3-1, Cleveland L, 1-2, Windsor
1936–37 Did not complete season.

External links

  • History of the Buffalo (Ft. Erie) Bisons
  • Canadian Professional Hockey League (1928-29)International Hockey League (1929-36)
  • International-American Hockey League, 1936

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