: Spectators watch the Columbus Checkers take on the Dayton Gems at the State Fairgounds. Columbus Checkers minor league hockey game at the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum in March, 1970. The Columbus Checkers hockey team was the first professional hockey team in Columbus, Ohio, and they formed in 1966 as a part of the International Hockey League (IHL). This photograph shows the team playing in their home stadium, the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum. The team competed for four seasons, but attendance dropped in the second two seasons after head coach Ed "Moe" Bartoli left after a dispute with owners Jerry, Ray, and Larry Schmeltzer. The brothers tried to sell the team, but negotiations fell through and the team folded because of low attendance. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL07639 Subjects
: Cultural Ohio--Ohio Sports; Ice hockey; Sports--Ohio--History Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)