Dayton Gems (2009–12)

For other uses, see Dayton Gems (disambiguation).

Dayton Gems

City
Dayton, Ohio

League
Central Hockey League

Conference
Turner

Founded
2009

Home arena
Hara Arena

Colors
Blue, Red, White

Owner(s)
GDHP, LLC (Rob Garfield, Kathy Rupp & Dr. Paul Nitz)

General manager
Brian Gratz

Head coach
Brian Gratz

Media
Dayton Gems

Franchise history

2009–2010
Dayton Gems (IHL)

2010–2012
Dayton Gems (CHL)

Championships

Regular season titles
None

Division Championships
None

Conference Championships
None

Ray Miron President’s Cup
None

The Dayton Gems were a professional ice hockey team based in Dayton, Ohio, in the Central Hockey League. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the CHL. The team played their home games at the Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood.

History[edit]
The team was established in 2009 and joined the IHL for the 2009–10 season. The team was named after the original Dayton Gems of the original International Hockey League. Their acceptance into the IHL was officially announced on June 9, 2009.[1] On June 15, 2009 the Gems named John Marks head coach.[2]
On December 2, 2009 the IHL Board of Governors announced that the Board had terminated the ownership group of the Dayton Gems and that the board has taken ownership of the team and a new local ownership group is being pursued.[3] The Dayton Gems were taken over by a local ownership group GDHP, LLC, led by Rob Garfield, in January 2010. The other two owners were Kathy Rupp and Dr. Paul Nitz.
On April 23, the Gems owners announced that John Marks was fired as head coach after one season.[4]
On June 1, 2010, the International Hockey League announced that they are joining the Central Hockey League.[5]
On July 7, 2010 the Dayton Gems announced that Brian Gratz would become the new Head Coach/GM.[6]
On July 19, 2010, the 2010–11 Dayton Gems jerseys were announced after they were voted by the fans.[7] Also, the Gems announced the first ten players signed for the upcoming season.[8][9]
On May 17, 2012, the Dayton Gems ceased operations.[10] The Gems were replaced by the Dayton Demonz of the Federal Hockey League for the 2012–13 season.[11][12]
Season records[edit]

Season
GP
W
L
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
PIM
Finish

International Hockey League

2009–10
76
25
46
5
55
200
267
1106
7th of 7 in the IHL

Central Hockey League

2010–11
66
32
29
5
69
201
200
1102
8th of 9, Turner Conference

2011–12
66
23
29
14
60
185
228
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