History of the Amerks Uniforms from 1956-57 through 1981-82; the first 26 years
by Terry Proctor
The Rochester Americans enter the American Hockey League for the 1956-57 season as the replacement team for the Pittsburgh Hornets. The Hornets, a charter member of the league were forced to withdraw because their arena the Duquesne Gardens was being demolished as part of an urban renewal project. Hornets’ owner John H. Harris, who also owned the popular Ice Capades skating show that toured the U.S. and Canada, decided to have the franchise suspended while he awaited the construction of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. The arena was supposed to be completed in time for the 1960-61 season but a steel strike in July of 1959 delayed the opening until 1961. The Hornets re-entered the A.H.L. for the 1961-62 season and were partially supplied with players from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were the lone parent team of the Amerks by the time the Hornets returned.
The Americans would not be Rochester’s first professional hockey team. In 1935-36 the Rochester Cardinals were members of the original International Hockey League and played their home games at the Edgerton Park Sports Arena. The Cardinals, ironically the farm team of the NHL’s New York Americans, struggled both on and off the ice and went into receivership at the end of the season.
During the summer of 1936 the International Hockey League and the mostly New England-based Canadian-American Hockey League voted to join each other to form one league. Rochester could have been a charter member of this new circuit but no one came forward to buy the team and it was folded.
After World War II ended in 1945 plans were made to construct a multi-purpose auditorium/sports arena in downtown Rochester. Unfortunately in typical Rochester fashion it would take ten years to complete. Ground was finally broken on February 1, 1953 and took two years to complete. The Rochester Community War Memorial opened on October 18, 1955 hosting a public trade show of Rochester’s leading companies. It’s first full-time tenant would be the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball Association.
With the building equipped with an ice plant it was felt that it would be a perfect location for an American Hockey League team. Thanks primarily to the efforts of Rochester residents Sam Toth and Ed House plans to acquire an A.H.L. franchise moved forward. On July 2, 1956 the American Hockey League granted Rochester a franchise with the National Hockey League’s oldest and bitterest rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens serving as co-parent teams.
At the suggestion of Montreal General Manager Sam Pollock the new Rochester team would be named the “Americans.” Pollock reasoned that the name indicated that this was a United States-based team with Canadian parents. The name also showed no favoritism toward either the English-Canadian Maple Leafs or the francophone Les Club de Hockey Canadien. Members of the Rochester media quickly shortened the sobriquet to “Amerks” so that it would fit better in newspaper headlines.
The team chose Red, White and Royal Blue as official team colors. The team logo would be a patriotic shield with a Blue field at the top with three White stars inside, the center star being larger. Nine alternating Red and White stripes make up the fly of the shield. The shield is slanted and bordered in Black giving it a “raised” look on the left side. The team name “Americans” with a tail-sweep runs horizontally through the shield and is White with a Black outline.
With a name and their identity established the Rochester Americans design the uniforms that they will wear into A.H.L. action.
Season 1- 1956-57
For their first set of uniforms the Rochester Americans choose Champion Athletic & Sportswear of St. Paul St. Champion Athletic had been the longtime supplier of the N.B.A. Rochester Royals. By the mid-1950s they were no longer affiliated with uniform maker Champion Products of Rochester.
The Amerks’ first sweaters were manufactured by Hardin Knitwear of New York City and lettered in Rochester. They were made from a Wool-Blend fabric that was still popular in hockey in the 1950s. The home sweater was patterned after the American flag. It had the shoulder and upper arms done in solid Royal Blue while the body and sleeves were done in alternating 2″ stripes of Red & White. A 5″ White band positioned below the shoulders ran horizontally across the chest and back. A 3″ Royal Blue hem stripe, 3″ Royal Blue cuffs and a White lace neck completed the sweater.
All lettering was done in sewn-on tackle twill. White 2″ stars adorned the shoulders front and back. A large rounded full-block “R” in Red-on-White was sewn on the front of the sweater touching part of the Royal Blue shoulders and the Red and White body stripes. The team name “AMERICANS” was sewn across the chest stripe in 2″ Royal Blue-on-Red plain-block letters. Numbers on the back were done in 10″ Red-on-Royal using Stahls Varsity Block font. Each sleeve had a V-shaped shield with a Royal Blue “R” in the same style as the front letter completed the sweater.
The Amerks’ initial White sweaters were also made by Hardin Knitwear from Wool-Blend fabric. The sweaters were Cream-White in color and had a 5″ Royal Blue stripe around the chest and back. A Red lace neck and a Royal Blue hem and cuffs completed the look. They were adorned with Red 2″ stars covering the shoulders front and back. A large “R” in solid Red in the same style as on the “flag” sweaters was placed on the front. The team name “AMERICANS” was sewn across the Royal Blue stripe in 3″ White plain-block letters. Numbers on the back were done in 10″ solid-Red using Stahls Varsity Block font.
Socks used in 1956-57 were primarily Montreal-style Red hose with the narrow-White-wide Royal Blue-narrow White striping. This style was worn with the “flag” sweaters. The Amerks did wear White socks for the home opener. These had a colored patch of Red on the knees and had two 1″ Royal Blue stripes around the lower legs. Photos of White socks that would have matched the White jersey have yet to be located so we are not sure if those socks ever existed.
The Amerks wore Montreal-style Royal Blue pants with 1″ White-Red-White braid stripes down the sides and around the bottom. Gloves were of natural leather color.
Season 2- 1957-58
For their second year the Amerks switched their supplier to Leo Ruby of Ruby’s Sporting Goods located at 853-857 Clinton Ave. S.
The Amerks’ Wool-Blend flag-style sweaters were still made by Hardin Knitwear in the same basic style but featured a few cosmetic changes to the lettering and numbers. The large “R” on the front was removed with the same style and color team name team name “AMERICANS” made 3″ tall. The sleeve shields were removed and replaced by 4″ Royal Blue numbers in Stahls Varsity Block font on the left sleeve only.
A Cream-White Wool-Blend sweater, also made by Hardin Knitwear appeared this season. It featured a Red lace-neck, a 5″ Royal Blue band around the chest and back, a solid Royal Blue hem stripe and solid Royal Blue knit cuffs.
All tackle twill lettering included 3″ White team name “AMERICANS” in stripe on front, 2″ Red stars covering the upper shoulders and back, 4″ Royal Blue numbers in Stahls Varsity Block font on the left sleeve only and 10″ Red numbers in Stahls Varsity Block font on back.
With the “flag sweaters” the Amerks wore Red socks with the Chicago pattern of equal 1″ White/Royal Blue/White/Royal Blue/White stripes.
White socks were in the Montreal pattern of narrow Red/wide Royal Blue/narrow Red stripes.
The same pants style as 1956-57 are worn.
Same glove style as 1956-57 are worn.
Season 3- 1958-59
Same uniforms as 1957-58 used.
These photos help to clear up part of the mystery surrounding
the Amerks’ White sweaters from the first three seasons. They show an early Rochester Institute of Technology Hockey team wearing re-lettered (and not so much) Amerks White sweaters from 1956-57 and 1957-59. At the time RIT’s colors were Blue & Grey. The lettering changes were done by the players’ girlfriends. The RIT hockey team only had “club” status in those days and wouldn’t receive full varsity status until 1961-62. The photos shown are most likely from 1959-60. We thank Vinnie DiNolfo and Paul Lukas for providing them
Season 4- 1959-60
The Amerks’ uniforms undergo a complete re-design for 1959-60. The Wool Blend material is replaced by a modern Nylon/Durene Cotton plaited fabric. Ruby’s continues to be the team’s official uniform supplier. The new uniforms are manufactured by the King-O’Shea Knitting Mills of Chicago, a subsidiary of Wilson Sporting Goods, also of Chicago.
The new White home sweaters featured a lace-neck and were plain except for Montreal-style sleeve stripes of narrow Royal Blue/Wide Red/narrow Royal Blue. The sweaters were decorated in all tackle twill. Four 2″ Royal Blue stars adorned the shoulders and upper body on the front. Four 2″ Royal Blue stars were placed in a straight line above the numbers. The Amerks team crest, minus the team name, appeared on the sweaters for the first time in history. It would remain on both the home and away sweaters through the 1968-69 season. Red with Royal Blue numbers in Wilson’s standard Full Block font were used on the sweaters. 3″ numbers were used on each sleeve with 10″ numbers on the back.
Red road sweaters were in the same pattern as the home version and had narrow White/wide Royal Blue/narrow White sleeve stripes. The stars were White in the same pattern and the numbers White with Royal Blue.
Red Montreal-style socks were worn both at home and away. New hockey pants were satin-finish Royal Blue with Montreal-style striping of 1″ White/Red/White braid down the sides and around the bottom.
Red gloves with Royal Blue padding across the back of the hands complete the uniform.
Season 5- 1960-61
Same uniforms as 1959-60 used excapt for the introduction of White home socks to match the sleeve stripes.
Season 6- 1961-62
New uniforms again purchased from Ruby’s and manufactured by King-O’Shea. Only change to the sweaters is that the lower portion of the sleeves on the White sweaters was made Royal Blue. Red sweaters and socks now worn at home. White sweaters and socks worn on the road. Pants again have satin finish and only have a 1 1/2″ White/Red/White stripe down the sides.
Solid Red gloves worn.
Season 7- 1962-63
Same uniforms as 1961-62 used. Gloves are now Light Tan w/Black
padding across the back of the hands.
Season 8- 1963-64
New uniforms again purchased from Ruby’s and manufactured by King-O’Shea. Sweater and socks remain the same style as used in 1962-63. Hockey pants are Royal Blue with a single 1″ stripe down the sides-Toronto style. Some players wear all-Red gloves. Others wear Light Tan w/Black gloves.
Season 9- 1964-65
Same uniforms as 1963-64 worn. Entire team wears all-Red gloves.
Season 10- 1965-66
New uniforms purchased from Ruby’s but now they are manufactured by General Athletic of Greenville, Ohio. An A.H.L. directive states that White sweaters will be worn at home. Colored sweaters worn on the road. The Amerks’ new General athletic sweaters are made from Nylon/Durene Cotton plaited fabric using the same striping pattern as before. The only changes to the appearance of the sweaters are to the Amerks’ crest which now has wider Red stripes on both the home and away versions. Numbers now use General athletic’s stock Full Block font.
New hockey pants have a 3″ stripe down the sides in White/Red/White. Solid Red gloves used.
Season 11- 1966-67
Same uniforms and gloves as 1965-66 used.
Season 12- 1967-68
New uniforms purchased from Ruby’s and manufactured by General Athletic. Sweaters use same striping pattern as previous years but their are some slight alterations to the graphics on both sweaters. All logos, stars and numbers are applied in tackle twill by Holley-Messmer Corp. at 165 N. Water St. Amerks’ crest stripes are made all equal width. Numbers on home White sweaters are done in Stahls Varsity Block font using Red w/White and Royal Blue outlines. The White outline effect is achieved by sewing the top Red number to the base Royal Blue number with a heavy layer of White Swiss embroidery.
The Red sweaters are lettered by General Athletic at the factory and do not have three-color treatment on the numbers.
Royal Blue pants worn at home have a 3″ Red/White/Red stripe down the sides. Red pants with a 3″ White/Royal Blue/White down sides.
Same sock styles as 1966-67.
Royal Blue gloves w/Red & White inserts worn at home. Red gloves
w/Royal Blue & White inserts worn on the road.
Season 13- 1968-69
Same uniforms as 1967-68 worn except for the Red road socks which were in the Chicago-style pattern of Red base with equal 1″ stripes of White/Royal Blue/White/Royal Blue/White. The team last wore this style in 1958-59 with the second iteration of the “flag sweaters.”
New materials and a new design for the new decade
For the first time since 1957-58 the Amerks used a different supplier for their sweaters and socks. The new sweaters, now purchased from Champion Products of Rochester and manufactured at Champion’s Geneseo plant. The sweaters were now made of a mesh material and included several design changes. From all that is known the Rochester Americans were the first professional hockey team to wear mesh jerseys. In 1969 mesh materials designed for use in athletic garments were just starting to appear. Being one of the first manufacturers to use such materials put Champion Products at the forefront of the coming mesh era. And like with any new product there were some problems with the first examples of the material. After only a few games of use the Amerks new mesh sweaters had many rips and tears from contact with hockey sticks and the “chicken wire” screens that still surrounded most A.H.L. arenas. Champion Products realized there was a problem with the strength of their first mesh cloth and eventually replaced it with their Number 53 Nylon Tricot Mesh that would in time become the standard for all levels of football jerseys and many hockey jerseys made by Champion Products. There was also a “bleeding” problem with the early mesh fabric that did not allow printed graphics and stripes to be opaque on dark colors. Therefore the Amerks’ first Red mesh sweaters featured all sewn-on stripes and graphics. With this overview of the situation we now can describe the Amerks’ 1969-70 uniforms in a more-accurate fashion.
Season 14- 1969-70
White home sweaters made from Champion Products’ first mesh material. Sweaters have a Red V-neck and solid Red knit cuffs. Players found the cuffs too tight and cut many of them off. All stripes, stars, team logo and numbers applied with Champion’s Lastone silkscreen process. A 5-star pattern in Red adorned each shoulder cowl. Sleeve stripes were in a narrowRed/White space/wide Royal/White space/narrow Red two-color Northwestern pattern. The “Americans” Red, White and Blue shield logo with the team name in Royal Blue adorned the front. The Champion-style numbers were done in Royal Blue w/Red outline with 4″ on the sleeves and 10″ on the back. Conventional knit White hockey socks with the same striping pattern as the sweaters were used.
Red road sweaters made from Champion’s first mesh material. Sweaters have Royal Blue V-neck and solid Royal Blue knit cuffs. All stripes and graphics sewn on. Four White stars on each shoulder. Sleeve stripes done in Montreal pattern of White/Royal Blue/White. “Americans” shield logo on front with team name in Royal Blue. The numbers done in Champion-style are White w/Royal Blue outline with 4″ on the sleeves and 10″ on the back. Conventional knit Red hockey socks with Montreal stripes are worn. For some unknown reason the dark colors of mesh held up better than the White. The Red sweaters worn throughout the season.
As a cost-saving move the frugal parent Vancouver Canucks had the Amerks wear the Red 1967-68 road pants both home and away. Red, White and Royal Blue Gloves in the New York Rangers pattern used both home and away.
Season 15- 1970-71
New White sweaters purchased from Champion Products. They are exactly the same style but now are made from the heavier Nylon Tricot Mesh. A solid Red stripe appears on the hem about 3″ from the bottom.The back numbers are now 12″ high. Same socks as last year.
The same Red sweaters from the previous season are worn. Same socks as last year.
New hockey pants are Royal Blue w/White/Royal Blue/White braid down sides. Ranger-style gloves again worn.
Season 16- 1971-72
Vancouver’s decision to replace the Amerks’ shield logo with a version of their own stick-in-a-rink logo was the most unpopular thing that the Canucks did to Rochester. The home White sweaters were basically the same as last year, except for the new crest. The Red road sweaters were in exactly the same style as the home Whites. All stripes, numbers and graphics are imprinted. The five-star pattern on the shoulders was White the sleeve stripes were narrow White/Red space/wide Royal Blue/Red space/narrow White. The hem stripe is White. Numbers are White w/Royal Blue outline. Team now uses Polyester Knit hockey socks with imprinted stripes matching the sleeve stripes. Sleeve and sock stripes on the Red road uniforms are now narrow White/Red space/wide Royal Blue/Red space/narrow White.
The same pants and gloves from 1970-71 are worn this season.
Season 17- 1972-73
In the summer of 1972 a group of eight Rochester businessmen purchased the franchise from Vancouver and appointed former Amerk defenseman Don Cherry as Coach and General Manager. The first action the new owners took was to restore the team’s iconic shield logo as the club’s identity.
Team sweaters and socks once again purchased through Champion
Products. Champion president Joe Fox was one of the team’s new owners. Both home and away sweaters made from Champion’s No. 53 Nylon Tricot Mesh. Hockey socks made from Champion’s Heavyweight Doubleknit Polyester fabric. All striping, graphics and numbers on the sweaters and socks done using Champion’s Lastone process.
White home sweaters have a Red V-neck and Red knit cuffs. Sleeve
striping is done in a two-color Northwestern pattern of narrow Red/White space/wide Royal Blue/White space/narrow Red. Because the stripes are imprinted a star pattern is cut into the wide Royal Blue stripe thereby showing the stars as White. A five-star pattern in Red appears on both shoulders. Three small Red stars are placed horizontally on the front of the sweater with the center star just below the “V” of the neck. The solid Red hem stripe is used again.
The Amerks’ traditional logo is back in its rightful place and now has the team name “Americans” in solid Royal Blue. 4″ numbers on the sleeves and 12″ on the back are Royal Blue w/Red outline.
Red road sweaters have a Royal Blue V-neck and Royal Blue knit cuffs. Sleeve striping in same pattern as home sweaters of narrow Royal Blue/Red space/wide White/Red space/narrow Royal Blue. Stars on the center stripe are Red. Shoulder and front stars are White. Amerks logo is imprinted on a piece of White material and then sewn onto the sweaters. Numbers are the same as on White sweaters but are White w/Royal Blue outline.
Polyester hockey socks use same striping pattern as sweaters. Pants are Royal Blue w/ a 3″ side stripe of White/Red/White. New York Ranger-style gloves of Royal Blue/White/Red are used.
Season 18- 1973-74
Same uniforms as 1972-73 worn with the only change being that the numbers on the back are made 10″ tall. Player names added to home White sweaters at mid-season. Names are 3″ Royal Blue Stahls Varsity Block letters. Names are sewn onto a White nameplate which is then affixed to the sweater. This is the first time the Amerks sweaters would have player names.
Same pants and sock as in 1972-73.
Season 19- 1974-75
New sweaters and socks purchased from Champion Products. Same uniform style as 1973-74 used with these exceptions. The small, front stars below the neck are removed. The bottom hem stripe on both sweaters now have the star pattern.
Season 20- 1975-76
New sweaters and socks purchased from Champion Products. Same uniform style as 1974-75 used.
Season 21- 1976-77
New sweaters and socks purchased from Champion Products. Same uniform style as 1975-76 used.
Season 22- 1977-78
The Amerks sweaters and socks are now manufactured by and purchased from Stall and Dean of Brockton, Mass. Both the home White and away Red sweaters have a few cosmetic changes. Both sweaters are made from 100% Nylon Warp-Knit Pro Mesh.
The White sweater now has a Royal Blue V-neck and the ends of the sleeves are Royal Blue. Sleeve and hem stripes are sewn-in using the Boston pattern of Red/White space/narrow Royal Blue/White space/Red. A single 3″ tackle twill Royal Blue w/Red outline star appears at the outward edge of each shoulder. The style was borrowed from the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. The Amerks logo is imprinted on the sweaters. Royal w/Red outline tackle twill numbers using Stall and Dean’s standard block font are used. Numbers are 4″ on the sleeves and 10″ on the back. Player names are done in Royal Blue w/Red outline 3″ plain block letters.
The Red road sweaters use the same pattern as the White ones. The V-neck is Royal Blue. Sleeve and hem stripes done in Boston pattern of White/Red space/narrow Royal Blue/Red space/White. Logo is imprinted onto a piece of White material and then sewn onto the sweater. Stars and numbers are same as on White sweaters but are White w/Royal outline.
Conventional knit hockey socks return. White socks have Boston pattern of narrow Red/wide Royal Blue/narrow Red. Red socks use same pattern with stripes being White/Royal Blue/White.
Pants are Royal Blue w 3″ side stripe of White/Red/White. Rangers-style gloves used.
Season 23- 1978-79
Same uniforms as 1977-78 used.
Season 24- 1979-80
New sweaters and socks purchased from Stall and Dean. Same uniform style as 1978-79 used except numbers are now done in Wilson’s Full Block font.
Season 25- 1980-81
Same uniforms as 1979-80 used.
Season 26- 1981-82
New sweaters and socks purchased from Stall and Dean through Good Sports. The sweaters are made from 100% Nylon Pro Mesh. The socks are conventional style with knitted-in stripes. The sleeve and sock striping pattern is now the two-color Northwestern pattern. On the home White garments the striping is narrow Royal Blue/White space/wide Red/White space/narrow Royal Blue. The sweater stripes are individually sewn in. The White sweaters have the “Americans” crest and the sleeve and back numbers imprinted on. The Pro-Style Full Block numbers are Royal Blue with Red outline.
The Americans change their dark sweater and socks to a Royal Blue base this season to emulate the parent Buffalo Sabres. This is the first time since the 1959-60 season that the dark sweater and socks are not Red in color. The two-color Northwestern striping pattern is narrow White/Royal Blue space/wide Red/Royal Blue space/narrow White. The “Americans” crest and the sleeve and back numbers are imprinted on. The Pro-Style Full Block numbers are Red with White outline.
A note to the readers of this section– As more information has come in regarding the history of the Rochester Americans hockey uniforms I have updated this entire section with the new data. This has been done in order to keep this section of the Amerks Booster Club website as accurate as possible and to keep the site the best in the American Hockey League.
-Terry Proctor August 13, 2012
Uniform Number List 1956-68
1956-57- Charlie Hodge, Bobby Perreault, Gil Boisvert
1957-58- Gerry McNeil
1958-59- Gerry McNamara, Gerry McNeil
1959-61- Ed Chadwick
1961-62- Don Simmons, Gerry Cheevers
1962-63- Gerry McNamara, Bobby Perreault, Gerry Cheevers
1963-65- Gerry Cheevers
1965-68- Bobby Perreault
1956-57- Mickey Keating, Benny Woit
1957-58- Benny Woit
1958-59- Al MacNeil, Reggie Fleming
1959-60- Howie Young
1960-62- Bill White
1962-63- Bob Armstrong
1963-68- Don Cherry
1956-59- Tommy Williams
1959-61- Hank Ciesla
1961-62- Larry Hillman
1962-63- Barry Trapp, Al Arbour
1963-67- Al Arbour
1967-68- Marc Reaume
1956-57- Joe Lund
1957-58- Noel Price
1958-59- Reggie Fleming
1959-61- Dick Mattiussi
1961-67- Darryl Sly
1967-68- Darryl Sly, Jim Dorey
1956-57- Bobby Baun
1957-58- Bob Duncan, Joe Lund
1958-60- Claude LaBrosse
1960-61- Roger Cote
1961-62- Roger Cote
1962-64- Arnie Brown
1964-65- Larry Hillman
1965-66- Larry Hillman, Claude Labrosse
1966-67- Larry Hillman, Darryl Edestrand
1967-68- Larry Hillman, Jim McKenny
1956-58- Ab McDonald
1958-59- Bo Elik, Steve Kraftcheck
1959-62- Steve Kraftcheck
1962-66- Norm “Red” Armstrong
1966-67- Norm “Red” Armstrong, Kent Douglas
1967-68- Norm “Red” Armstrong
1956-57- Mike Nykoluk, Paul Masnick
1957-58- Gary Collins
1958-59- Rudy Migay, Murray Balfour
1959-60- Rudy Migay
1960-61- Pat Hannigan, Gary Jarrett, Ron Howell
1961-62- Bruce Draper
1962-63- Bruce Draper, Bronco Horvath
1963-64- Arnie Brown, Mike Corbett, Duane Rupp
1964-67- Duane Rupp
1967-68- Milan Marcetta, Len Lunde, Don Johns
1956-57- Mike Nykoluk, Billy “Hinky” Harris, Glen Cressman
1957-58- Mike Nykoluk
1958-59- Billy Carter, Guy Rousseau
1959-60- Ted Hampson, Guy Rousseau
1960-62- Wally Boyer
1962-63- Gary Jarrett
1963-65- Wally Boyer
1965-66- Wally Boyer, Larry Jeffrey
1966-67- Don Blackburn
1967-68- Bob Barlow
1956-58- Earl Balfour
1958-59- Gary Collins, Billy Hicke
1959-61- Dave Creighton
1961-65- Dick Gamble
1965-66- Dick Gamble, Brent Imlach
1966-68- Dick Gamble
1956-57- Gary Collins, Paul Masnick
1957-58- Paul Masnick, Allen Topoll
1958-59- Pat Hannigan
1959-67- Stan Smrke
1967-68- Jean-Paul Parise, Garry Unger, Ted Taylor
1956-57- Hec Lalande, Eddie “Spider” Mazur
1957-58- Eddie “Spider” Mazur
1958-59- Murray Balfour, Gene “Max” Mekilok
1959-60- Billy Saunders
1960-61- Billy Saunders, Gene Ubriaco
1961-62- 1962-63- Gene Ubriaco
1963-68- Les Duff
1956-57- Gord Hannigan
1957-58- Pat Hannigan, Al MacNeil
1958-59- Bobby Nevin
1959-60- Pat Hannigan
1960-61- Jim Pappin, Ken Girard
1961-63- Jim Pappin
1963-66- Ed Litzenberger
1967-68- Bryan Hextall
1956-57- Ron Hurst, Gary Collins
1957-58- Ken Girard
1958-59- Norm Johnson, Guy Rousseau
1959-61- Guy Rousseau
1962-63- Larry Keenan, Norm “Red” Armstrong
1963-64- Mike Corbett
1964-65- Jim Pappin
1965-67- Mike “Shaky” Walton
1967-68- Andre Champagne
1956-58- Ron Hurst
1958-59- Billy Carter, Dick Bouchard
1959-60- Bobby Nevin
1960-61- John MacMillan
1961-62- Les Kozak
1962-63- John MacMillan, Rudy Migay
1963-64- Lou Angotti
1964-65- Billy “Hinky” Harris
1965-66- Eddie Shack, Jim Pappin
1966-67- Mike Corrigan
1967-68- Jim Pappin
1956-57- Bronco Horvath
1957-58- Fred “Skippy” Burchell
1958-59- Al MacNeil, Cecil Hoekstra
1959-60- Cecil Hoekstra
1960-62- Alex Faulkner
1963-63- Ed Lawson
1963-64- Pete Stemkowski, Ed Lawson
1964-65- Pete Stemkowski
1965-66- Pete Stemkowski, Darryl Edestrand, Eddie Joyal
1966-67- Darryl Edestrand
1967-68- Bob Cook
1956-57- Gary Aldcorn, Barry Cullen
1957-58- Ron Attwell
1958-59- Bo Elik, Jimmy Moore
1959-61- Dick VanImpe
1961-62- Bill Dineen
1962-63- Gary Jarrett
1963-64- Ed Lawson
1964-65- Don McKenney
1965-66- Brian Conacher
1966-67- John Brenneman
1967-68- Brian Conacher, Murray Hall
1956-57- Bronco Horvath, Brian Cullen
1957-58- Stan Smrke, Gary Aldcorn
1958-59- Willie Marshall, Murray Balfour
1959-60- Al MacNeil, Billy Hicke
1960-62- Mike Donaldson
1962-63- John MacMillan, Bronco Horvath
1963-67- Bronco Horvath
1967-68- Garry Unger, Bronco Horvath
1956-57- Gary Aldcorn
1957-58- Walter “Wally” Clune*
1958-59- Dick Bouchard, Gary Aldcorn
1959-60- Reggie Fleming, Joe Crozier
1960-67- Gerry “Tex” Ehman
1967-68- Mike Byers, Kent Douglas, Len Lunde
*- on roster but did not play
1956-57- Al “Junior” Langlois, Al MacNeil
1957-58- Al “Junior” Langlois
1960-61- Garry “Duke” Edmundson
1967-68- Lynn Zimmerman (G)
1956-57- Bob Turner, Bobby Baun, Gil Boisvert (G)
1957-58- Jerry Fluery (G)
1958-59- Ken Girard
1960-61- Joe Crozier, John MacMillan
1961-62- Larry Keenan
1967-68- George “Duke” Harris
1967-68- Ken Block
1967-68- Brian Conacher
1959-60- Ed Babiuk (G)
1961-62- Dave Dryden (G)
1963-64- Ed Babiuk (G)
1964-66- Gary Smith (G)
1966-67- Gary Smith (G), Bruce Gamble (G)
1967-68- Lynn Zimmerman (G), Carl Wetzel (G), Gary Bauman (G)
1968-69 AMERKS GAME LINEUP, 12/14/68
6-Norm “Red” Armstrong
General Manager-Joe Crozier
1969-70 AMERKS GAME LINEUP
1- Al Millar
2- Billy Orr
3- Tim Gould
4- Claude LaBrosse
5- Howie Young
6- Red Armstrong (Captain)
7- Kent Douglas
8- Barry Watson (Alt. Captain)
10- Wayne Clairmont
14- Andre Champagne
15- Rene Robert
16- Bob Cook
17- Ken Block (Alt. Captain)
18- Craig Beveridge
19- Wayne Mosdell
20- Bob Whidden
21- Gerry Sillers
22- John Gofton
24- Jack Stanfield
General Manager- Joe Crozier
Head Coach- Dick Gamble
Trainer- Angelo Nigro
Assistant Trainer- Jim Pizzutelli
1970-71 AMERKS GAME LINEUP
8-Don Blackburn (A)
9-Darryl “Slip” Sly (C)
12-George “Duke” Harris (A)
General Manager-Doug Adam (became coach at mid-season)
1971-72 AMERKS GAME LINEUP
12-George “Duke” Harris (C)
17-Ken Block (A)
18-Bob Blackburn (A)
General Manager-Doug Adam
Collector Dave Parlet’s AHL game-worn Amerks uniform collection!