At wit’s end, Dutton changed the team’s name for the 1941 – 1942 NHL season to the Brooklyn Americans. He had every intent to move the team to Brooklyn, but there was no arena in that borough suitable enough even for temporary use. As result, they continued to play their home games in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden while practicing in Brooklyn. They barely survived the season, finishing with a record of 16–29–3. After the season, the Amerks suspended operations for the war’s duration. In 1945, a group emerged willing to build a new arena in Brooklyn. However, in 1946, the NHL reneged on previous promises to reinstate the Amerks and canceled the franchise. Although Dutton had every intention of returning the Amerks to the ice after World War II, NHL records list the Amerks as having “retired” from the league in 1942.
Brooklyn Americans were a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, during the 1941 – 1942 season before suspending operations in 1942 due to the World War II and long-standing financial difficulties.
Quebec – Hamilton – New York – Brooklyn
1919 – 1942 / National Hockey League
1941 – 1942 / Brooklyn Americans
1925 – 1941 / New York Americans
1920 – 1925 / Hamilton Tigers
1919 – 1920 / Quebec Bulldogs
Americans – Colloquially known as the Amerks, as owner Bill Dwyer announced his team would be named the New York Americans. Their original jerseys were covered with stars and stripes, patterned after the American flag.
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1925 – 1942 / Madison Square Garden
1920 – 1925 / Barton Street Arena
1919 – 1920 / Quebec Arena
1936 – 1942 / Mervyn “Red” Dutton
1925 – 1936 / Bill Dwyer
1920 – 1925 / Abso Pure Ice Company
1919 – 1920 / Quebec Athletic Club
*Blue is this team’s history