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Cleveland Fans Are Ready For Another NHL Team To Grace This Town

There’s no question that Cleveland has some of the most devoted sports fans, rooting on the Cavaliers, Browns and Indians through thick and thin, including the Browns’ incredible 19-game losing streak, which thankfully came to an end last season.

But what about those poor hockey fans out there, who haven’t had an NHL team to root for in over 40 years since the Cleveland Barons had their short-lived run from 1976 to 1978? Sure, we can get our hockey fix with the Columbus Blue Jackets, following their NHL betting lines at 888 sportsbook and getting in on the action, but it’s not really the same thing. We need our own team in Northeast Ohio.

For those of you too young to remember the Barons, the team moved to Cleveland from California (where they were known as the California Golden Seals), and they lasted for all of two short seasons. The team was honestly doomed from the start, located out in the middle of nowhere in Richfield Coliseum, which offered minimal public transportation, and was located between Akron and Cleveland. With little promotion ahead of the start of the season, attendance was terrible at their home opener against the Los Angeles Kings, with just 8,889 people showing up to watch.

Many thoughts things would get better as word spread about the Barons, but that never happened. as the team honestly wasn’t very good. By the time February rolled around, the Barons had suffered through multiple winless streaks, leading to less and less people attending. Given that tickets made up a vital portion of team revenues at the time, they were losing millions of dollars and needed a way out. A $1.3 million bailout helped keep the Barons skating for a bit longer, but even with a few pivotal wins, the team couldn’t draw a crowd, leading to the disbanding of the Barons in 1978.

But that was in a different time, in a bad venue. Given how successful the Vegas Golden Knights have been, selling out virtually all of their games (in Las Vegas of all places) and making it to the Stanley Cup Final, many hockey fans I talked to think the NHL should consider expanding the league even further (or moving franchises), with Cleveland getting a well-deserved seat at the table.. err, rink. I couldn’t agree more, it’s time that Cleveland got another chance.

And hey, it doesn’t hurt that Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly known as Quicken Loans Arena), the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is already NHL ready, they wouldn’t need to do anything else.

So what do you say? Let’s make some noise on social media and get the attention of the National Hockey League in hopes of helping to bring back NHL hockey to this great city of Cleveland. Hockey fans, who else is with me on this?



  1. Frank

    August 7, 2019 at 9:35 am

    The Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse is not NHL-ready. The lower tier of seating is not pitched sharply enough to enable fans to see over the sideboards like they can in most big rinks.
    Those are the seats with the highest pricing potential at the same time they have the worst view.
    Are the news media ready for an NHL team in Cleveland? They weren’t in 1976 and that contributed to the quick demise of the franchise.

    • Jackface

      July 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      But… a hockey team DOES play in the arena just fine, and has since it opened.

      If the Barclay Center can support NHL, the Rock certainly can.

  2. Emerick

    January 12, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    A Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Would be happy if NHL hockey team returned to Cleveland. Would’ be great to see them play at PNC Arena in Pittsburgh. They would make great rivals. Lots of Luck.

  3. Matthew Bratton

    March 5, 2020 at 12:42 am

    If a big owner or corporation with big, big bucks and getting some all star caliber players. Maybe some day, hopefully. Love to see the Barons in the red, black and white reborn in Cleveland.

  4. Michael LeRoy

    March 19, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    In 1976 they played in an arena that was half way in Cincinnati that didn’t help matters and they moved in July 1976 2 or so months to market a new team same thing that year with KC Scouts becoming Colorado Rockies

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