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Hamilton Steelhawks
City: Hamilton, Ontario
League: Ontario Hockey League
Operated: 1984–88
Home Arena: Copps Coliseum
Colours: Red, white and black
Franchise history
1946–53: Windsor Spitfires
1953–60: Hamilton Tiger Cubs
1960–74: Hamilton Red Wings
1974–76: Hamilton Fincups
1976–77: St. Catharines Fincups
1977–78: Hamilton Fincups
1978–84: Brantford Alexanders
1984–88: Hamilton Steelhawks
1988–96: Niagara Falls Thunder
1996–present: Erie Otters

The Hamilton Steelhawks were a junior team in the Ontario Hockey League from 1984 to 1988. The team was based in Hamilton, Ontario, and played at Copps Coliseum.



The Brantford Alexanders were relocated in 1984 to become the Hamilton Steelhawks. The franchise which started in Hamilton in 1953, twice left Hamilton for lack of an adequate arena but returned for the opening of Copps Coliseum. However the team was not well-supported, and played for only four seasons in Hamilton before moving to Niagara Falls, Ontario to play as the Thunder.

The Steelhawks name was chosen to reflect the steel industry in Hamilton. The modernized name and logo was designed to catch on with a young fan base as well. The team enjoyed three successful playoff runs, although they never made a trip to the league finals.

Notable alumni are NHL stars Shayne Corson, Keith Primeau and NHL tough guy Bob Probert. Wayne Gretzky's younger brother Keith Gretzky also played for the Steelhawks, and was the co-winner 1986–87 William Hanley Trophy as the OHA's Most Sportsmanlike Player.

The team was owned by Jack Robillard, Bob Willson and Al Martin, who also owned the London Knights.


  • 1984–85 - Dave Draper, B. LaForge
  • 1985–86 - Bill LaForge
  • 1986–87 - Bill LaForge
  • 1987–88 - Bill LaForge

NHL alumni

Yearly results


Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
1984–85 66 29 35 2 60 0.455 313 296 4th Emms
1985–86 66 26 36 4 56 0.424 268 306 7th Emms
1986–87 66 39 24 3 81 0.614 321 258 2nd Emms
1987–88 66 35 28 3 73 0.553 327 291 3rd Emms


  • 1984–85 Defeated North Bay Centennials 9 points to 7 in first round.
    Defeated London Knights 6 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 9 points to 1 in semi-finals.
  • 1985–86 Out of playoffs.
  • 1986–87 Defeated Guelph Platers 4 gams to 1 in first round.
    Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1987–88 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 0 in first round.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.


The Hamilton Steelhawks played home games at Mountain Arena for 1984–85 and then moved to Copps Coliseum from 1985 to 1988. The annual OHL / QMJHL All-Star game was played here in 1988. The Coliseum's upper bowl curtain was closed for home games.

  • Mountain Arena - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
  • Copps Coliseum - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
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