The all-time leader in games, goals and points by an American Hockey League player in the city of Springfield, Jimmy Anderson made an immediate impact with the Indians, scoring 39 goals and claiming the “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie in 1954-55.
Harvey Bennett played 13 seasons in the American Hockey League and was one of the league’s most successful goaltenders of his era, winning 260 games and becoming synonymous with hockey in Rhode Island both during and after his playing career.
Bruce Boudreau was a dynamic scorer during his playing days in the AHL and a championship-winning coach behind an American Hockey League bench before seeing his years of hard work and dedication turn to success in the National Hockey League.
Johnny Bower became the poster boy for perseverance during his storied professional career, reaching legendary status as a three-time MVP and the winningest goaltender in the AHL before finally getting a chance to star in the National Hockey League.
Anyone associated with the present-day AHL owes a debt of gratitude to Jack Butterfield. His passion, innovative talent and fiscal know-how solidified the league when faced with the twin threat of NHL expansion and the emergence of the WHA in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
A two-time Calder Cup winner and MVP of the 2006 Playoffs with the Hershey Bears, Frederic Cassivi spent most of his 15 professional seasons in the American Hockey League, becoming one of the most successful goaltenders of the league’s modern era.
Four-time Calder Cup winner Bruce Cline spent 13 seasons in the American Hockey League, making his name as one of the AHL’s all-time great scorers and a key member of the greatest dynasty in league history -- the Springfield Indians of the early 1960's.
Following a storied playing career in the National Hockey League that earned him an honored place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Fred “Bun” Cook carved a legacy in the American Hockey League as the most prolific coach ever to work an AHL bench.
One of the most identifiable figures in the annals of the Rochester Americans, Joe Crozier helped lay the foundation for what would become a flagship franchise through a dominating run of achievements, including four consecutive trips to the Calder Cup Finals and three championships.
Considered the first superstar in the American Hockey League, Les Cunningham played 10 seasons in Cleveland and retired as the fledgling league’s career scoring leader. In 1947, the Les Cunningham Plaque was established to be presented each year to the AHL's MVP.
Bill Dineen’s long and successful hockey career included two turns in the American Hockey League – first as a player and later as a decorated head coach, as he became one of the most beloved figures in the history of AHL hockey in Glens Falls, N.Y.
Jody Gage gained legendary status as was one of the top performers in the history of the American Hockey League, where he set numerous offensive and longevity records over the span of a magnificent 17-year career with the Adirondack Red Wings and Rochester Americans.
Discovered playing amateur hockey in his native Moncton, New Brunswick, Dick Gamble became one of the most prolific scorers in American Hockey League history. He got his AHL start with the Buffalo Bisons, but it was in nearby Rochester, N.Y., that he gained his greatest fame.
Ken Gernander has been a highly respected leader on and off the ice for more than two decades in the American Hockey League, including 10 seasons serving as captain of the New York Rangers' top affiliate in Binghamton and Hartford.
Fred Glover retired in 1968 as the league’s career leader in games played (1,201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1,334) and penalty minutes (2,402), and although each of those marks has since been eclipsed, he remains one of the AHL’s all-time greats.
Jack Gordon was a mainstay in the American Hockey League as a player, coach and general manager, achieving his greatest success with the Cleveland Barons where he won four Calder Cup championships. Gordon averaged better than a point per game over his 14 AHL seasons.
Growing up around rinks in Vancouver and New York, James C. Hendy was one of the most respected executives the sport ever knew, an executive and writer who found fame both as a general manager and as a hockey historian.
An anchor for one of the AHL's most impressive dynasties with the Rochester Americans, Bronco Horvath was a gifted offensive player over his 20-year professional career, starring in both the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.
Saskatchewan native Ralph Keller was a stalwart defenseman who played parts of 13 seasons in the American Hockey League, becoming a popular and legendary figure thanks to his time with the Hershey Bears, where he spent the final 11 years of his career.
Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience, Macgregor Kilpatrick will long be remembered as one of the American Hockey League’s most respected and influential executives and an invaluable resource throughout his 27-year association with the AHL.
Steve Kraftcheck was known as one of the smartest and steadiest defensemen in American Hockey League history. He retired in 1964 as the AHL's all-time leading scorer among blueliners with 453 points, a standard that would hold up for more than four decades.
Undrafted goaltender Jean-Francois Labbe starred in the American Hockey League over 10 seasons from 1993 to 2003, becoming one of the league's all-time top playoff performers while backstopping two teams to Calder Cup championships.
As dynamic as he was scrappy, Mitch Lamoureux feasted on American Hockey League goaltenders during a 17-year professional career that saw him become one of the most prolific AHL scorers of his era, including a record-setting rookie season in 1982-83.
A mainstay in the American Hockey League for nearly half a century, Bruce Landon is considered by many to be synonymous with hockey in Springfield, Massachusetts, thanks to his tenure as goaltender, marketing executive, general manager and owner.
A sturdy defenseman who played more than 500 games in the National Hockey League, Al MacNeil owns a place in AHL history thanks to his successes behind the bench, including three Calder Cup championships in the 1970's with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs.
A talented playmaker, Willie Marshall was known as a dangerous sniper during his 20 seasons in the American Hockey League, in which time he became the league's all-time leader in goals, assists and points while playing in more games than anyone in AHL history.
The embodiment of its most storied franchise, Frank Mathers was one of the American Hockey League’s greatest players, coaches, executives and ambassadors during a 57-year association with the AHL, mostly with his beloved Hershey Bears.
Nicknamed “The Needle”, Gil Mayer was one of the smallest players in the league during his day. But he made up for his diminutive stature with quickness and agility, and would become one of only three goalies in AHL history to win more than 300 games.
After moving from forward to the blue line in his early days as a professional, Jim Morrison was consistently one of the top defensemen in the AHL during a playing career that spanned 22 seasons, earning a record eight postseason AHL All-Star team selections.
Known as a talented playmaker, Mike Nykoluk was one of the most productive point-getters in the history of the American Hockey League. He spent 14 seasons in Hershey and became the greatest scorer in Bears franchise history.
John Paddock was a hard-nosed forward who won two Calder Cups with the Maine Mariners, but his skills as a hockey educator and his penchant for teaching paved the way to one of the most successful coaching careers in American Hockey League history.
No goaltender in American Hockey League annals has seen more action between the pipes than Marcel Paille, whose 765-game career began with a Calder Cup championship between the pipes as a member of the 1956 Cleveland Barons.
Bob Perreault starred in the American Hockey League during a professional career that spanned more than two decades, winning 229 games and four Calder Cup championships with the Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans.
A durable and reliable centerman whose numbers were as good as any player of his time, five-time AHL All-Star Harry Pidhirny played 1,071 games over 17 seasons in the American Hockey League, the third-highest total in league history.
A long-time contributor to the American Hockey League as general manager and owner of the Providence Reds and the Rhode Island Auditorium, Louis A.R. Pieri had a prolific career at the helm of one of the league’s most fabled franchises.
One of the founding fathers of the American Hockey League and its first President, Maurice Podoloff was known as a pioneer whose vision and dedication helped build the foundation for a league that continues to thrive nearly 75 years later.
During an AHL career that saw him play for five teams over a 20-year span, Noel Price was a reliable presence on the blue line for four Calder Cup champions, as well as a veteran leader and teacher that saw him claim the AHL’s top honor for a defenseman three times.
An imposing blend of raw talent and intimidation, defenseman Eddie Shore finished his illustrious playing career in the American Hockey League, then became a team owner and manager and continued to be a demanding and successful hockey figure.
A first-round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in 1990, John Slaney was one of the AHL’s premier offensive defensemen over his career, winning two Eddie Shore Awards and becoming the first AHL blueliner ever to record 500 career points.
A tough defensive defenseman, John Stevens was regarded as one of the top blueliners and leaders in the AHL during his playing days with Hershey, Springfield and Philadelphia, and when injury forced him off the ice he found success as a coach as well.
Winnipeg native Art Stratton played for seven teams in the American Hockey League and five more in the National Hockey League over his 20 professional seasons, but he will likely always have a home in the AHL record books.
In parts of 12 seasons in the American Hockey League, Bill Sweeney was one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the sport, primarily as the offensive catalyst of the three-time Calder Cup champion Springfield Indians in the early 1960's.
Drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1979, Tim Tookey was a gifted scorer and one of the top point producers in the history of the American Hockey League, ranking fourth on the league's all-time scoring list and registering three 100-point seasons with the Hershey Bears.
Considered by most to be the greatest player in the long history of professional hockey in Rhode Island, Zellio Toppazzini was a prolific offensive talent over 15 American Hockey League seasons, recording 786 points in 785 career games.
A 1989 draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Peter White was one of the AHL’s most dangerous offensive weapons in the 90’s, winning three league scoring titles, topping 100 points on three occasions and capturing two Calder Cup championships in his career.
Arguably the most recognizable figure in Buffalo Bisons history, Larry Wilson enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the American Hockey League, spanning 15 seasons as a player and six more as a head coach.