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In 1970, the Jets won the Allan Cup, becoming the first U.S.-based team to win the Canadian senior amateur hockey championship. They went on to win three more Allan Cups: in 1972 as the Jets, then again in 1976 and 1980 as the Flyers. Only one other U.S.-based club has claimed the Cup since.
Brian Strimbiski, a key member Spokane’s first two Allan Cup senior amateur hockey championship teams in the early 1970s, has died after a battle with cancer in Renton, Washington. He was 75.
He had played hockey his whole life, including the previous 19 years at the professional level. But when he arrived in Spokane in the fall of 1971 at the age of 39, Norm Johnson was a rookie.
Seth Martin, who was the Spokane Jets’ goaltender when they became the first team from the United States to win senior amateur hockey’s Allan Cup, died Saturday at the age of 81 in Trail, British Coumbia. Martin was also on the Canadian team that placed fourth in the 1964 Winter Olympics and a member of the International Hockey Hall of Fame.
For seven seasons during the 1970s, Bob Trembecky was one of the scoring stars during the midst of the heyday of senior amateur hockey in Spokane. Five times from 1970-71 through an injury-plagued 1977-78 season, Trembecky finished in the top 10 in scoring in the Western International Hockey League. During the 1973-74 season he tied for the scoring title with teammate Ken Gustafson with a career-high 78 points.