A Commitment to Excellence: Hockey and Hydraulic Cylinders

Published: February 1, 2018 Last Updated: April 27, 2023 Partnership

checker hockey players lining up for a faceoffOn the surface, it may seem that hockey and hydraulic cylinders don’t have much in common. One thing we share with the Charlotte Checkers is a commitment to excellence in all we do.  The Charlotte Checkers, an American Hockey League (AHL) team, give 100% in every game, and we give 100% to every customer at Hydraulic Cylinders Inc.

Says Julie Turner, Sales Manager for Hydraulic Cylinders Inc., “The support the Checkers give the Charlotte community is outstanding, and we are excited about our partnership for the 2017-2018 season.”

It’s actually somewhat accidental that the Checkers ended up in Charlotte. In 1956 the Eastern Hockey League’s Baltimore Clippers lost their hockey rink to a fire in the middle of the season. Charlotte became the team’s temporary home. The response to hockey in Charlotte was overwhelming. The city embraced the team and the sport. It wasn’t long before the Baltimore Clippers became the Charlotte Clippers.

It was somewhat unprecedented for a professional hockey team to play that far South. Until then, the furthest south a team had formed was in Louisville, Kentucky. Renamed the Charlotte Checkers, they played in Charlotte until 1977, when their hockey league folded. After a fifteen-year absence, they returned to Charlotte in 1993 until the 2009-2010 season. The current Checkers team is the third hockey team in Charlotte to play by this name. Their first home game in October 2010, set an attendance record for a hockey game in Charlotte. That attendance record has been broken three times since, proving Charlotte’s dedication to their beloved hockey team.

Mary Grams, Vice President of Partnerships of the Charlotte Checkers commented, “We could not be happier having Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. on board this season. We take great pride in the companies that we partner with. We look forward to working with Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. for years to come as they continue to prosper in the Charlotte region.”

It’s been amazing for Hydraulic Cylinders Inc, to be a part of the Charlotte Checkers 2017-2018 season! We look forward to a continued partnership for many years to come! If you’re looking to demolish downtime, with 100% commitment to excellence, give our hydraulic cylinder experts a call at 888-771-1894.

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