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Indianapolis Checkers, International Hockey League

Indianapolis Checkers hockey was very short-lived in the Circle City. Beginning in 1979 in the Central Hockey League, the team formed and played at the Pepsi Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 1984 this minor league professional hockey team joined the International Hockey League, where they played until 1987.

Indianapolis Checkers colors are blue and red, featuring a checkered flag on the logo. The team’s name was a natural fit with Indiana’s rich racing tradition, and the checkered flag used at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a lot of Indiana culture that is determined by auto racing and the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Indy 500). Even the Indiana Pacers were named to coincide with this popular tradition.

The Indianapolis Checkers were the Adams Cup Champions in the 1981/1982 and 1982/1983 seasons. During those seasons, Coach Fred Creighton was awarded the Jake Milford Coach of the Year Trophy. In 1987 the team moved to Denver, Colorado and changed their name to the Colorado Rangers. In 1989, the team left Colorado to become the Phoenix Roadrunners.

Hockey teams of today and the Indianapolis Checkers inspired countless Indianapolis children to start ice skating or playing hockey. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available in the Indy area at the Pepsi Coliseum and downtown at the Pan American Plaza. The team was a contributor to the overal Indianapolis society, culture and community.

Although the team does not exist today, they helped form the history of Indianapolis sports, especially for the Indy’s current team the Indiana Ice. For years, Indianapolis Checkers hockey games were Indianapolis events that the entire family can enjoy. If you’re looking for things to do in the Hoosier State, catching a hockey game is a unique and exciting experience.