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Cincinnati Gardens (P9112)

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CINCINNATI GARDENS

P9112

Cincinnati Commandos (CIFL) (2010-future) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) (1997-2005) Cincinnati Mohawks (AHL) / IHL) (1949-1958) Cincinnati Wings (CPHL) (1963-1964) Cincinnati Swords (AHL) (1971-1974) Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL / IHL) (1990-1997) Cincinnati Royals (NBA) (1957-1972) Xavier University basketball (NCAA) (occasional 1949-1979, permanent 1983-2000) University of Cincinnati basketball (NCAA) (1949-1954, 1987-1989) Cincinnati Slammers (CBA) (1984-1987) Cincinnati Silverbacks (NPSL) (1995-1998)

The Gardens' first event was an exhibition hockey game on February 22, 1949, between the Dallas Texans of the United States Hockey League and their parent National Hockey League team, the Montreal Canadiens. Several of the Texans' players would soon seed the first professional hockey team in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Mohawks, who played at the Gardens from 1949 through 1958--three seasons in the AHL and six in the International Hockey League. The Cincinnati Swords played in the AHL as an affiliate of the NHL Buffalo Sabres from 1971 through 1974 and won the Calder Cup as AHL champions in 1973. The Cincinnati Cyclones played in the East Coast Hockey League for two seasons and the IHL for five seasons at the Cincinnati Gardens. When the Cyclones moved to U.S. Bank Arena in 1997, the AHL returned to the building for the third time with the creation of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, an affiliate of the NHL Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who played in the building until 2005. The Cincinnati Gardens turned 60 on February 22, 2009.

The Gardens was home to the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association (now the Sacramento Kings) from 1957 through 1972. Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson played for the Royals from 1960 through 1970. The arena hosted the NBA All-Star Game in January 1966, and Royals' guard Adrian Smith was named the game's Most Valuable Player. College basketball, including 42 "Crosstown Shootout" games between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, has been played at the Gardens since its first week in 1949. The arena has served as the home court for both schools at various times, lastly for Xavier from 1983 until their move to the on-campus Cintas Center in 2000. From 1984 through 1987, the Cincinnati Slammers of the Continental Basketball Association played their home games at the Gardens.

Used (1956) 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size chrome

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