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BGH: Louisville Rebels (IHL)

(Updated April 5, 2004)

The Louisville Rebels played for three seasons in Louisville, Kentucky from 1957-1960. The team played in the Armory (later renamed Louisville Gardens) and later Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.   The move to Freedom Hall is reported to be due to the failure of ice equipment at the Armory.  Canadian businessman Leo Gasparini and other lesser partners started the team. 

 

In 1957-1958, the Rebels finished the regular season in third place.  They faced the Cincinnati Mohawks (a team dominating for the six prior seasons) in the first round of the playoffs.   The Rebels defeated the Mohawks 3 of 5 games and moved to the finals to face the Indianapolis Chiefs.  The Rebels were up 3 games to 2 in the best of seven series before injuries took their toll on the team.  The Chiefs won the next two games (by one goal in each game) and took the IHL’s Turner Cup for the 1957-58 season.  The team took a financial beating however and the rest of the stockholders sold their shares to Gasparini.  Gasparini vowed to come back the following season with a winning team.

 

During the off-season before the 1958-59 season, Gasparini searched Canada to form the core of the next season’s team.   The Rebels had a widely known, deadly line that consisted of Ed “Moe” Bartoli (RW), George Ranieri (LW), and Captain Ron Spong (C).  Bartoli and Ranieri nicknamed Spong “Spongelli”, and the line coined the “Pizza Line”.  Spong was known as one of the greatest playmakers in the IHL.  The Rebels won the regular season title as well as the Turner Cup in the 1958-1959 season.   The following is the breakdown of the IHL’s post-season play for the 1958-59 season. 

 

SERIES A (Best of seven games):  Louisville REBELS vs. Troy Bruins – Louisville wins series 4 games to 1, moves to finals (Series C)

 

Game 1: @ Louisville: Louisville 4, Troy 1 – REBELS WIN

Game 2: @ Louisville: Louisville 8, Troy 5 – REBELS WIN

Game 3: @ Louisville: Louisville 4, Troy 5 – Bruins win

Game 4: @ Louisville: Louisville 9, Troy 3 – REBELS WIN

Game 5: @ Troy: Louisville 4, Troy 3 – REBELS WIN

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SERIES B (Best of seven games):  Fort Wayne Komets vs. Indianapolis Chiefs – Ft. Wayne wins series 4 games to 1, Komets move to finals (Series C)

 

Game 1: @ Indianapolis: Ft. Wayne 6, Indianapolis 4 –  Komets win

Game 2: @ Fort Wayne: Ft. Wayne 5, Indianapolis 1 –  Komets win

Game 3: @ Fort Wayne: Ft. Wayne 6, Indianapolis 1 –  Komets win

Game 4: @ Fort Wayne: Ft. Wayne 2, Indianapolis 5 –  Chiefs win

Game 5: @ Fort Wayne: Ft. Wayne 6, Indianapolis 4 –  Komets win

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SERIES C IHL Finals (Best of seven games):  LOUISVILLE REBELS vs. Ft. Wayne Komets – Louisville wins 4 games to 1 and takes the Turner Cup:

 

Game 1: @ Louisville: Louisville 1, Fort Wayne 4 – Komets win

Game 2: @ Fort Wayne: Louisville 6, Fort Wayne 4 – REBELS WIN

Game 3: @ Fort Wayne: Louisville 4, Fort Wayne 3 – REBELS WIN

Game 4: @ Louisville: Louisville 5, Fort Wayne 4 – REBELS WIN

Game 5: @ Fort Wayne: Louisville 3, Fort Wayne 1 – REBELS WIN

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In their final season, they were knocked out of the playoffs due to a forfeit for using an ineligible player (rumor).

 

 

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REBELS PLAYER

NO.

GAMES PLAYED

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, NOTES, PICTURES, ETC

Warren Back (D, later C)

3

130

Alternate Captain 58-59.

Junior Barash ()

 

???

 

William "Red" Barrett (D)

 

44

 

Ed "Moe" Bartoli (RW)

8

111

The IHL’s most penalized player in the 1958-59 season (191 minutes).  Won the Louisville Rebels Booster Club’s Most Popular Player Award for 1958-59. 

Ron Brain (C)

 

34

 

William "Chick" Chalmers (C)

7

185

DECEASED (B: January 24, 1934 – D: December 7, 1994).

Rebels Leading Scorer 1957-58. 

Lou Crowdis (G)

1

109

3rd Leading Goalie in 1958-59 postseason with 6 GP, 23 GA, 0 SO, 3.83 GAA.

Don Davidson (C)

 

22

 

Eddie Dudych (RW)

16

165

58-59 Playoff Points Leader –26, 58-59 Playoff Goals Leader – 12.  Teammates nicknamed him the Flying Dutchman due to his skill creating breakaways.

Nick Foster ()

 

5

 

Jacques Gagne (W)

9

35? Not all in LOU

 

Viger Gendron (W)

 

16

 

George Gibson (RW)

 

 

 

Fiori Goegan (D)

 

51

 

Marcel Goyette (D)

 

124

 

Marius Groleau (C)

 

58

 

Garth Hayes (LW)

 

66? Not all in LOU

 

George Hayes (C)

 

1

 

Jim Hayward (D)

 

49? Not all in LOU

 

Pete Horeck (RW)

 

15

 

Guy James (D)

2

120

 

Graham Joyce (W)

 

33? Not all in LOU

 

Joe Kastelic (LW)

11

124

retired and living in Muskegon,

Ed Kikendall (G)

 

1

 

Bob LaLonde (G)

 

3

 

Roger Maisonneuve (LW)

 

2

deceased (February 26, 1933 - May 8, 2001), Indiana

Andre Martin (D)

3

51

 

Grant Morton (D)

4,5

189

Called “Little Tank” by the fans.  

Laurie Peterson (C)

 

61

 

Nick Polano (D)

 

35

 

Ron Quenville (W)

15

17

 

George Ranieri (LW)

12

119

Won the Col. Wilkerson Trophy for being the leading IHL scorer in the 1958-59 season (60 goals, 64 assists, 124 points).  His scoring was also an all-time IHL scoring record. 

Mike Ratchford ()

 

6

 

Don Rigazio (G)

1

20

Won the James Norris Trophy for the 1958-59 IHL season (3.28 GAA), Leading Goalie for the 58-59 postseason (5 GP, 17 GA, 0 SO, 3.40 GAA).  1956 US Olympic Team.  First goalie to score an assist in the IHL (1957-58). 

John Roe ()

 

20

 

Rheal “Rollie” Savard (RW)

 

?

 

Gary Sharp (LW)

 

61

 

John Sloane (G)

 

2

 

Barry Smith (G)

 

19

 

Ronnie Spong (C)

14

177

Assistant Coach and Player 58-59.  Team Captain 58-59.  Assitant Captain  Captain 57-58.

Johnny Ubriaco (C)

 

5

 

George Usitalo (RW)

 

29

 

Claude Vinet (LW)

 

34

 

George White (W)

 

2

 

Tom Wilson (LW)

10

48

 

Ted Wright (LW)

 

66

 

 

STAFF

SEASONS

NOTES, PICTURES, ETC

Bernard Barnett, Treasurer

1958-59 (all ???)

 

Marlow Cook, Secretary

1958-59 (all ???)

 

Phil Filon, Trainer

1958-

Took over mid-season when Eddie Zanetti went back to Canada.

Leo Gasparini, Vice President & General Manager, Coach

1958-59 (all ???)

 

A. R. Remmers, President

1958-59 (all ???)

 

Eddie Zanetti, Trainer

1957-58-9

Returned to Canada in the middle of the 1958-59 season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOSTER CLUB OFFICERS

SEASONS

NOTES, PICTURES, ETC

E. N. Dilger, 2nd Vice President

 

 

Norma Heitz, Vice President

 

 

Thelma Jensen, Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

George Sovey, Publicity Director

 

 

Bob Woods, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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