Special collaboration with the New England Hockey Journal
It is often the case that entrepreneurs are constantly looking for the next ‘thing.’ Such was the case in 1979 when an ambitious young man talked his way into leasing the abandoned Cape Cod Coliseum, made friends with the Boston Bruins front office and started clamoring for a permanent team on the Cape. That man was Vince McMahon of WWE fame.
Of course McMahon’s original intent of leasing the Coliseum was to bring in one of his famous wrestling shows, but he needed to fill the place with other events. The successful promoter was able to book big-time music gigs like KISS, Van Halen and The Grateful Dead, but by far his biggest achievement in the small community was convincing the Boston Bruins to schedule a preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres before the 1979 season.
At this point, the numerous past failures of semi-pro hockey on the Cape was fresh on the mind. The Coliseum was built to house the Cape Cod Cubs of the Eastern Hockey League in 1972. When they folded, the Cape Codders were brought in, followed closely by the Cape Cod Freedom. Going into 1980, all three had failed, none seeing past two full seasons.
But in the summer of 1981 when the new Atlantic Coast Hockey League was formed, the Bruins were approached about fielding a team and they remembered how well McMahon did to keep the spirit of pro hockey alive on the Cape. Thus they agreed to support McMahon and the Buccaneers were born in the fall of 1981.
But a seemingly promising future fell victim to the curse on Cape Cod as the Bucs struggled on the ice and on the balance sheet. McMahon asked for a loan from the league to keep their hopes alive, but when that was denied, he folded the franchise on February 1, 1982. The Buccaneers final record in their only season was 17-21-1.
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