In the fall of 1995, Spider fever hit San Francisco!
Well, not really.
But there were a bunch of billboards alongside major freeways with the Spiders’ logo, which was basically the Kool-Aid guy after he went homeless, got skinny and became addicted to crack.
The Spiders were an expansion team in the International Hockey League, a league that existed from 1945 to 2001. With teams such as the Sarnia Sailors, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Minnesota Moose, Indianapolis Ice and our personal favorite, the Toledo Goaldiggers, it’s hard to figure out how the IHL lasted almost 60 years.
Unfortunately, the San Francisco Spiders lasted about 1/56th as long. At the end of their only season (which they obviously finished in last place), they had to disband the team due to poor attendance at Daly City’s Cow Palace.
Yes, shockingly, people did not want to go to Daly City to see pretend hockey.
San Francisco Spiders [Wikipedia]