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A history of professional hockey at the Glens Falls Civic Center:
  • 1979: The Adirondack Red Wings begin the first of 20 seasons in the American Hockey League. The team is owned and operated by the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 1981: The Red Wings win the Calder Cups under co-coaches Tom Webster and J.P. LeBlanc, the first of four AHL championships won by the franchise. The team is led by many veterans, including Peter Mahovlich.
  • 1983: Bill Dineen is hired as head coach, the first of six seasons for him. He’s named Coach of the Year twice.
  • 1985: Adirondack fails to make the playoffs. It’s the only time in 20 years the Wings missed the postseason.
  • 1986: The Red Wings win their second Calder Cup, beating Hershey in the finals. Eddie Johnstone’s triple-overtime goal decides Game 4. A Civic Center-record 6,401 are on hand for the clincher.
  • 1989: The Wings win a third Calder Cup in unlikely fashion. They come back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat Hershey in the semifinals, winning Game 7 on Adam Graves’ overtime goal. They finish off New Haven in five games to win the Cup.
  • 1989: The New York Rangers hold training camp at the Civic Center, the first of six straight seasons at the Civic Center.
  • 1989: Dineen steps aside and Barry Melrose, a former Adirondack player, becomes head coach.
  • 1992: The fourth and final Calder Cup is won. In the finals against St. John’s, the road team wins every game. The Wings win Game 7 in Newfoundland and bring the Cup back on Red Wing One, Detroit’s private jet, that night.
  • 1992: After Melrose leaves to become head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Newell Brown is named head coach.
  • 1993: At one point in the season, the Wings go 79 straight power plays without a goal. Though records are not kept, it’s believed to be the longest such streak in AHL history.
  • 1993: The Red Wings’ season ends in overtime of Game 7 of the Northern Divisions finals against Springfield. The Wings appear to have the game won on a Gord Kruppke goal late in the third period, but Springfield ties it in the final minute.
  • 1994: Adirondack beats Springfield in a first-round series. It’s the last playoff series won by any Adirondack team.
  • 1994: The Detroit Red Wings hold training camp at the Civic Center for one season.
  • 1996: Glenn Merkosky, a fan favorite as a player, is named head coach of the Red Wings. He remains through the final season.
  • 1997: The Detroit Red Wings bring the Stanley Cup to Glens Falls for a two-day visit. They also bring the Cup here in 1998.
  • 1998: The Red Wings lose in the first playoff round to the Albany River Rats for the third time in four years.
  • 1999: The Red Wings announce they will play one more season in Glens Falls before leaving the city. After the season, they announce they will cease operations immediately.
  • 1999: A dreadful regular season ends with a 21-51-3-8 record. Rochester beats Adirondack to sweep a first-round series in three straight. Only 1,732 show up at the Civic Center for what becomes the final Red Wings game ever.
  • 1999: The Adirondack IceHawks of the United Hockey League relocate to Glens Falls for the 1999-2000 season. The team had been playing in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • 2002: BC’s Jim Nagle scores the game-winner in the third overtime to beat the IceHawks in the fifth and deciding game over a quarterfinal series. At that time, it was the longest game in UHL history (106:15).
  • 2004: Art and Lori Shaver, in financial trouble, sell the IceHawks to a group that includes Melrose and Steve Levy. Melrose has maintained his residence in Glens Falls, and both work for ESPN. The team is later renamed the Frostbite.
  • 2005: The UHL All-Star Game is held at a standing-room-only Civic Center, along with an Adirondack Red Wings alumni game.
  • 2006: The Frostbite lose in the first round of the playoffs, drawing a Civic Center record low of 1,324 to one of their home games. The team ceases operations weeks later, having never won a playoff series.
  • 2006: The Albany River Rats play an exhibition game at the Civic Center. They later begin playing a limited number of regular-season games at the Civic Center, a practice that continues to this day.
  • 2007: The River Rats play a first-round playoff series at the Civic Center.


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