April 15, 1946 -- Championships aren't that common in Western New York. When one comes, it should be remembered.
The Buffalo Bisons figured to be the favorites for the championship of the American Hockey League in 1946. They were coming off a regular season in which they went 38-16-8, the best record in the AHL. Buffalo's 84 points led the East by 22 points.
The AHL had a rather unusual playoff system back then. The Bisons beat Indianapolis Capitals in five games, and then had a bye in the second round. Buffalo sat and watched while Cleveland beat Pittsburgh, two games to one.
All of that winning in the regular season didn't help the Bisons in the Calder Cup Finals. Cleveland won three of the first four games and looked poised to take the Cup. But Buffalo rebounded to take Games Five and Six.
Then, on this date, the Bisons won the Calder Cup with a 3-2 victory before 9,445 in Memorial Auditorium. Fred Hunt, a name associated with Buffalo hockey for decades, led the team in scoring that regular season with 70 points. Murdo McKay had 63 points, while defenseman Roger Leger had 57 points.
-- Budd Bailey