|City:||Fort Erie, Ontario|
|League:||International Hockey League|
|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.
History[edit | edit source]
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 which was 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 to 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 out of 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.
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
- Buffalo Bisons 1928–1929 (Canadian Professional Hockey League)
- Buffalo Bisons 1929–1936 (International Hockey League)
- Buffalo Bisons 1936 (International-American Hockey League)
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
† Points not awarded for tied games during 1934–35 International Hockey League season.
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|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.|