The team took part in the WHA drafts while they waited for the arena to be ready, drafting Dean Talafous of Wisconsin with their first pick, and loaning out Dennis Sobchuk and John Hughes to the Phoenix Roadrunners to keep them active.
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Stoughton and Leduc each had 52 goals to finish fourth in the league, with Leduc's 107 points 7th overall and Stoughton's 104 good for 9th, while Dudley reached 88. Sobchuk was right behind the lead pair with 96 points to place 10th in WHA scoring right behind Stoughton.
Also notable on the Stingers roster in 1978-79 was eventual six-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, who failed to impress with a lone goal in 47 games. Three seasons later he would score 50 for the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL.
The Stingers finished the season in fifth place out of the surviving six teams, as the Indianapolis Racers folded after 25 games. Rather than have the top four teams play for the championship, Cincinnati was paired with the fourth place New England Whalers in a best of three series to determine who would join the top three clubs in Round 2.
The Whalers won Game 1 by a score of 5-3 in Hartford. Game 2 in Cincinnati saw the club win their one and only playoff game in team history 6-3 in front of their home fans. In the decisive Game 3, the Whalers prevailed by a score of 2-1 to eliminate the Stingers in what would prove to be the final game in franchise history on this date in 1979.
Dudley's name on a contrasting nameplate was unique to the era until recently revived as a throwback element by the Philadelphia Flyers.
In a story that could only come from the wacky WHA, LaRose was the Stingers leading scorer at the time they acquired the league MVP Ftorek, formerly of Phoenix - and both wore the #8. The Stingers appealed to the league and were granted permission to have both players wear #8 - at the same time!
Since the nameplate was removed from this jersey, there's no way to be certain short of photomatching, which one of Ftorek or Larose wore this particular #8 jersey. Larose was traded to the Racers after 51 games of that season, leaving Ftorek's to wear #8 all by himself for the remainder of his time in Cincinnati.
Extra extra bonus jersey: Today's extra extra bonus jersey is a 1976-77 Cincinnati Stingers Blaine Stoughton jersey. This jersey is from the Stingers first two seasons when two color names were used.
Our first video is a profile of former Stinger Stoughton.