New stuff that's been added to this site!

1/30/2015 In the 1976-77 season "The night they won the cup!"
1/16/2015- In the Walt the Zamboni driver area, Confessions of a True Rink Rat
11/3/2014- Okay folks, Boot number 17 is in the can! Now I can do some more Gears stuff... keep tunin' in.
9/27/2013
FEAR NOT! This site has not been abandon nor has it gone stagnant- I am simply focused on writing that pays me. I'll get back to SGDC ASAP FYI OK?
6/26/2013
In the 1976-77 season section: An interview with Gears bedrock forward Dave Westner.
5/10/2013
In the 1980-01 season section: An Interview with Gears championship goaltender, Ted Tucker, "The Puck Stopper!"
4/22/2013
In the 1975-76 season section A Gear and a Komet, an interview with Terry Ewasiuk
3/16/2013
In the 1979-80 season, The Extra Player, by Greg Winters
3/10/2013
In the 1973-74 season area: Jim Armstrong- Old Time Hockey- Oh Yeah! by Jon McQuinn. THIS IS A MUST-READ FOR ANY HOCKEY FAN AND ESPECIALLY FOR GEARS FANS!
3/4/2013
In the 1978-79 season area Behind The Scenes by Greg Winters "The Gun and skeet shootin'..."
2/23/2013
In the 1977-78 season area: Behind The Scenes by Greg Winters- "Nub-fest"
1/20/2013
In the 1978-79 Season area: Jon McQuinn, "I would not trade those years for anything."
1/7/2013
Welcome columnist and sports writer Jon McQuinn to the site!
1/6/2013
New photos in the "Rock-N-Roll Part II section and also in the "Folding- the end of the Gears" section.
1/3/2013
Wren Blair, founder of the Gears has passed away.
9/28/2012
OMG! It's been 40 YEARS!
9/5/2012 In the 1978-79 Season area: READY... SET...GO...
Yes- I starting some work on the 78-79 season and this is the first little piece.
7/3/2012 Gears fans, DON'T worry... I have not abandoned this site! I just have a ton of work that actually pays and I'll be posting more stuff in the months ahead. Gotta pay the bills before doing the free stuff- such as this site.
3/23/2012
THE SAGINAW GEARS HAVE WON THE TURNER CUP!!"
In the 1976-77 Season area: A photo series starting at the moment the horn blew to end Game 7 of the 1977 finals
3/20/2012
Get commemorative Gears STUFF. See the Gears logo below!
2/26/2012
In the 1973-74 season; Program insert from the 1973-74 final game
1/2/2012
FOR ANYONE who didn't already know- I was sort of put out of action on Oct. 28, 2011 by having surgery on my left shoulder for a torn rotator cuff and a torn bicep. I'm just now regaining enough use of the arm that I can sit and type for any length of time. I've been using Dragon software for other writing, but, aside from the Holmes interview this site was put on hold for a while. MORE stuff is, however, on the way Gears fans- but for another few weeks, I'm still benched.
11/2/11
in the 1977-78 season: NOW THIS IS HOCKEY! An interview with Gears centerman Warren Holmes.
10/8/11
In the 1980-81 season: An interview with Ron-Jay Scott- Gears radio announcer. IMO- VERY cool stuff!9/15/11
ARTIFACTS: Ron-Jay Scott was nice enough to share some of his collection with us. I've started posting them. Check the first season and the 80-81 season and the 82-83 season and others.
6/11/11
In the 1975-76 season "There's a 76 Olds in the parking ramp..."
6/3/11
In the 1975-76 season "What's that in the driveway?"
5/27/11
In the 1972-73 season "KILLER... an interview with Dennis Desrosiers"
5/2/11
In the 1976-77 season "There Came a Goaltender"
4/29/11
In the 1973-74 season "A popcorn box full of confetti, a stolen uniform and Wren Blair's secret fear"
4/14/11
In the 1975-76 season area: "We no fight tonight"
3/25/11
In the 1976-77 season section: I donno' where the f#&kin' cup is.
2/12/11
Message for Cal Hammond
2/5/11
WALLY SHAVER- Oh how I remember the Gears.
1/20/11
In the 1974-75 season section- An interview with Gears enforcer and later Toronto Maple Leafs player KURT WALKER!
12/27/10
In the 1975-76 section... a short Gears game home movie
11/16/2010
An interview with PAT SHETLER, Special Assignment Director and Gears play-by-play broadcaster in the 1972-73 season

All materials on this site, copyright Wes Oleszewski.

12 comments:

Jason said...

Wes... I just happened to stumble upon this site and I couldn't be happier! I too grew up watching the Gears and will always hold them near and dear to my heart. I have so many great memories of those games. I was even blessed enough to have been at the game where they won their 2nd Turner Cup. In the many years since I have been an avid Gears memorabilia collector. However, my true pride and joy is my pet project of obtaining autographs from all the former Gears players. I've been fortunate enough to have found, contacted, and obtained a tremendous number of autographs through the years. And some great stories along with them. So I personally thank you for putting this site up and I hope it remains there for all to enjoy for many more years. Cheers!
J. White
Midland, MI.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jason! Any photos you may have of memorabilia, or examples of autographs, or "there I was" stories, I'll be happy to post on the site just e-mail them to saginawgears at ymail dot-com.
Wes

Jason said...

Will do!

Anonymous said...

HELLO, THERE. I HAVE A LOT OF FOND MEMORIES FROM MY YEAR IN SAGINAW. THE PLACES THAT WE LIVED AT AND THE PEOPLE WE MET AND THE FUN WE HAD. I REMEMBER GETTING A PHONE CALL FROM JOHN POZNELL SR. IN 1992. I WAS RAKING LEAVES AT MY COTTAGE IN FLIN FLON, MB - MY HOME TOWN - AND THE GUY AT THE OTHER END SAID "WHERE WERE YOU 20 YEARS AGO TONIGHT?" AND I SAID "WELL, PROBABLY SAGINAW, MI." AND HE SAID "NO, YOU WERE OPENING THE SEASON IN PORT HURON." WE HAD A NICE CHAT. I KNOW HE HAS PASSED ON BUT I ALWAYS WANTED TO COME BACK AND SEE THE ARENA AND HAVE A GAME OF GOLF WITH DENNIS DESROSIERS - MAYBE I WILL THIS SUMMER - AS LONG AS ROSY PAYS FOR MY GREEN FEES, I'LL BE THERE! SIGNED, NUMBER #1 (72-73)

Steve said...

Love the site,grew up a fan of the Flint Generals and watched many a game between the 2 rivals.

I do have the coasters pictured on the website as well,along with many pucks,programs,trading cards and such from the Gears.

When the Generals moved from Flint I was heartbroken,I just could not root for the enemy now. LOL

So I rooted for the Muskegon Lumberjacks,but now as a Saginaw resident I cherish the memories I had at the Civic Center back in the 70's and 80's



Great website !!!

Tod Richards (Averill) said...

I remember your dad shooing myself and the other Gears stick boys out of the concourse for shooting tennis balls at the walls. Ah boys will be boys. I have many fond memories of the Gears and the absolute treat it was to be associated with that team.
Thanks for the site, and the opportunity to post.
Sincerely,
Tod Richards (Averill)
Stick boy 1979-81 (ish)

Anonymous said...

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Wes Oleszewski said...

Tod- don't feel bad... my dad did the same thing to me several years earlier- except we were shooting a big ball of hockey tape.

Tony said...

This site is awesome! I happen to have an original Gears jersey. The fight strap is actually a penny tied into the jersey which I guess they put into the suspenders to keep it on. Very cool site. Brings back a bunch of memories.

Question.... Now that it's been 20+ years, who was the Gear-illa? I could never figure that out.

Wes Oleszewski said...

Tony- yes I know who the Gear-illa was, Ron Jay Scott told me. But I've not obtained the person in question's permission to publish his name. I'd love to interview him, however.

rickrocks65 said...

Hi Wes, thank you for starting this website! What I have been able to read has brought back some fantastic memories. The Gears were my introduction to hockey though my first game was not in Saginaw. My grandparents were season ticket holders from the start and came to visit us when we were living down by Port Huron and they took us to a game there. I was hooked from the moment I walked into the arena!!! Several years later as a teenager I spent every penny I had to become a season ticket holder myself!!!

Brian J Dawson said...

Thanks for creating this history of The Gears Wes. Some of my best childhood memories were rooting for my favorite hockey team. I grew up in Sheridan Park but I was much younger than you. We were neighbors. Greg Winters was/is friends with my uncle John Johnson. This is such a treasure trove of memories. Thanks again. Go Gears Go!