At wit’s end, Dutton changed the team’s name for the 1941 – 1942 NHL season to the Brooklyn Americans. He had every intention 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 ...
History of the Americans
The Brooklyn Americans were an ice hockey team that played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1925 to 1942. The team was founded by attorney and sports promoter Ned Hanlon, who had previously been involved with teams in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA). He wanted to bring a professional hockey team to New York City and chose Brooklyn as its home.
The Americans quickly established themselves as one of the top teams in the NHL, winning their first Stanley Cup championship during their inaugural season of 1925–26. They went on to win two more championships over their 17-year history, making them one of only five franchises at that time with multiple titles under their belt. During this period they also boasted some of the most talented players ever seen on ice including Hall-of-Famers such as Babe Siebert and goalie Roy Worters.
Unfortunately for fans though, financial difficulties caused by World War II led owners Mervyn "Red" Dutton and Bill Dwyer into selling off many key players resulting in a gradual decline for The Americans before eventually being forced out altogether when they merged with fellow New York-based franchise The New York Rangers after 1942's season finale game against Detroit Red Wings ending what is still considered today as one if not THE greatest eras within NHL history – thanks largely due to all those glorious years spent wearing red & white stripes down at Ebbets Field!
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 – The Brooklyn Americans were one of the original six teams that formed the National Hockey League in 1926. The team was based in Brooklyn, New York, and played home games at Madison Square Garden. Despite being a part of NHL history for only five years, they remain an essential part of hockey lore today due to their unique nickname: "the Amerks."
While there are many theories as to how this unusual name came about, it is generally agreed upon that it originated from a combination of two words: “America” and “Rangers” (another NHL team). This theory suggests that when the Rangers moved from Canada to New York City in 1925, some locals began referring to them as "America's Team" since they were now in America's largest city. It is believed this phrase eventually morphed into "Amerks," which became associated with the new franchise playing nearby - hence, they adopted it as their official nickname!
Though short-lived within the league, The Brooklyn Americans' legacy lives on through its unique moniker - something all sports fans should appreciate!
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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