Spokane Comets

Spokane Comets
Founded 1958
League Western Hockey League
Based in Spokane, Washington
Head coach Roy McBride

The Spokane Comets are a defunct minor professional ice hockey team that was located in Spokane, Washington. They played in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1958 to 1963.

The 1962-63 team was coached by Roy McBride who piloted the team to a 30-38-2 record.[1]

In June 1963 the Spokane franchise was purchased by a group led by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League which relocated them to become the Denver Invaders and act as their farm team.[2][3][4][5] Spokane quickly generated the Spokane Jets, which commenced play in the Western International Hockey League in the 1963–64 WIHL season.

The previous hockey team to play in Spokane had been the Spokane Flyers, who played in the senior amateur WIHL until the pro Flyers joined the WHL as the Spokane Spokes. The pro team's nickname was changed to the Comets in 1959-60.

Season-by-season records[]

Western Hockey League
Season	Games	Won	Lost	Tied	Points	GoalsFor	GoalsAgainst	Standing	Playoffs	
1958-59        70      26      38      6       58      217     275     4th     Lost opening round
1959-60        70      19      48      3       41      201     324     7th     out of playoffs
1960-61	70	33	34	3	69	247	258	5th	Lost Quarter Final	
1961-62	70	37	28	5	79	272	242	2nd South	Lost Final	
1962-63	70	30	38	2	62	219	252	4th South	out of playoffs	

Comets who played in the NHL[]

References[]

  1. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_standings.php?tmi=8104
  2. ^ "Pilous Offered Job As Boss at Denver, Leafs New Farm Club". The Globe and Mail. 1963-06-06.
  3. ^ "Leafs buy coast club". Toronto Daily Star. 1963-06-05.
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (1963-06-05). "Spokane's Western Hockey Franchise Moves to Denver; Toronto Maple Leafs Purchase Mel Smith's Comet Stock". The Spokesman-Review.
  5. ^ Stott, Jon C (2008). "Ice Warriors: The Pacific Coast/Western Hockey League 1948-1974". Heritage House Publishing.


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