Professional Hockey Leagues

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Minor Pro Hockey

American Hockey League
Central Hockey League
East Coast Hockey League
International Hockey League (2007)
Southern Professional Hockey League

 

Professional Hockey Leagues - The Minors


Professional Hockey Leagues - The Minors

When you think of professional hockey, the first thought is the NHL. However hockey also exists at another level for the professional players. These are the leagues we cover here, including women's hockey leagues. Sometimes it is a confusing mix of leagues especially in the southern states markets with teams and leagues moving around.

There is no official rating system of professional hockey leagues such as is the case in baseball.

For more information on the leagues follow the links below.

The American Hockey League (AHL)


The American Hockey League (AHL)

AHL Logo American Hockey League Team Directory
American Hockey League Awards
American Hockey League by Season
Calder Cup (AHL Champions)


The AHL is based the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada and serves as the primary developmental league for the NHL. Clicks on the links above for more information.

The Central Hockey League (CHL)


The Central Hockey League (CHL)

Central Hockey League Logo Central Hockey League Team Directory
President's Cup Winners (Miron Cup)


The Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), merged with the CHL for the 2001-02 season.

ECHL (Formerly East Coast Hockey League)


The ECHL

ECHL Logo ECHL Team Directory
Kelly Cup Winners


The ECHL (previously the East Coast Hockey League) has positioned itself as one of the premier AA leagues with most of its teams having affiliations with either NHL or AAA leagues.

The Southern Professional Hockey League - SPHL


The Southern Professional Hockey League - SPHL

SPHL Logo Southern Professional Hockey League
Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Champions


A new league formed for the 2004-05 season.

 

The All American Hockey League (AAHL)


The All American Hockey League (2008)L

All American Hockey League
All American Hocley League (AAHL) Champions


The All American Hockey Association was formed on September 25th 2008 when two other leagues, the Midwest Hockey League and the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League, could not field teams for the 2008-09 season.

Women's Hockey Leagues

Canadian Womens Hockey League (2007)

Canadian Womens Hockey League

The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) ice hockey league was founded in 2007. The league currently has ice hockey teams in Ontario and Québec.

Website: Canadian Womens Hockey League

 

Western Womens Hockey League (2004)

Canadian Womens Hockey League

The Western Women's Hockey League (WWHL) is one of two women's hockey leagues in Canada. The league was established in 2004.

Website: Western Womens Hockey League

 

The WWHL champion and finalist play the Canadian Women's Hockey League champion and finalist for the Clarkson Cup at the end of the season.

Previous Professional Minor Hockey Leagues

Previous Professional Hockey Leagues

International Hockey League (2007)

SPHL Logo

International Hockey League Team Directory
International Hockey League (IHL) Champions

The International Hockey League (2007) is a different organization from the International Hockey League (IHL) that existed between 1945 and 2001. The United Hockey League was renamed to the International Hockey League for the 2007 season.

June 2010 - (from IHL website) In a joint announcement that marks a historic day for minor professional hockey, two of pro hockey’s most storied leagues, the Central Hockey League (CHL) and International Hockey League (IHL), have entered into a letter of intent to form a “AA” level super league beginning in the 2010-11 season. We plan to play under the Central Hockey League, CHL, moniker, with the identity of the IHL being maintained through various aspects that will be announced in the near future.


Colonial Hockey League (1991-1997)
United Hockey League (1997-2007)

Colonial Hockey League (1991-1997)

United Hockey League (1997-2007

The United Hockey League (1997-2007) was started in 1991 as the Colonial Hockey League (1991-1997). The original plan for the CoHL was to place teams in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. While a few franchises were placed in Canada, the core of the league eventually developed in Michigan, comprising markets abandoned by the IHL during the 1980's. The league changed its name in 1997. The United Hockey League was renamed to the International Hockey League for the 2007 season.

Western Professional Hockey League (1996-2001)

Western Professional Hockey League

The Western Professional Hockey League ( WPHL) was a mid-level professional ice hockey league.

The WPHL was founded in 1996 with six teams, merging in May 2001 with the Central Hockey League (CHL). Senior executives from both the Central (CHL) and Western Professional (WPHL) Hockey Leagues ratified a joint operating agreement where the two entities united under the Central Hockey League name.

West Coast Hockey League (1995-2003)

West Coast Hockey League

The West Coast Hockey League was a professional minor ice hockey league active in the western United States from 1995 to 2003. The number of teams ranged from six to nine. The teams were located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. The league was formed in part by a conversion of the Pacific Southwest Hockey League from semi-professional to professional status.

The surviving remnants of the West Coast Hockey League currently form part of the ECHL.

International Hockey League (1945-2001)

International Hockey League (1945-2001)

The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. The IHL served as the National Hockey League's alternate farm system to the American Hockey League (AHL). After 56 years of operation, financial instability led to the league's demise. Six surviving teams merged into the AHL in 2001.

Atlantic Coast Hockey League (2002-2003)
South East Hockey League ( 2003-2004)

Atlantic Coast Hockey League

South East Hockey League

The Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) would last only one season. The league split into two new leagues, the South East Hockey League and World Hockey Association 2. The franchhises would later rejoin each other for the 2004-05 season in a league that eventually became known as the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Orlando Seals won the ACHL's only regular season and playoff championships.

The South East Hockey League was formed in August 2003. It succeeded the short-lived Atlantic Coast Hockey League and had 4 teams for its first and only season.

For the 2004-2005 season, the SEHL suspended play when two of its teams folded while the other two joined with teams from the World Hockey Association 2 to form the Southern Professional Hockey League.

World Hockey Association 2 (2003-2004)

WHA2

The World Hockey Association 2 was an ice hockey league created at the instigation of the organizers of the proposed recreated World Hockey Association to serve as its development league. The WHA2 teams, some of which had played the 2002-03 season in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League were all in the southeastern United States.

The WHA2 operated in the 2003-2004 season only, after which (due to a falling out with the parent organization) it was served a cease-and-desist from the WHA and ceased operations. David Waronker was credited with both the founding and collapse of the league. In addition he owned or co-owned all of the teams in the league. Its surviving teams merged with survivors of the South East Hockey League to form the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2004-2005 season.

The Jacksonville Barracudas won the WHA2's first and only President's Cup. Jacksonville also hosted the first and only WHA2 All-Star Game.

National Womens Hockey League (1998-2007)

National Womens Hockey League (1998-2997) The National Women's Hockey League was a women's ice hockey league, established in 1998, as the Central Ontario Women's Hockey League. It later revised the name as it expanded into Quebec. After the 2006-07 season, the league ceased operations.

 

Midwest Hockey League
Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (2007-2008)

National Womens Hockey League (1998-2997)

Midwest Hockey League

The Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States. The league began play in November 2007 , suspending operations on February 12, 2008, declaring the Indiana Ice Miners league champions.

In August 2008, the league folded with some of the teams moving to the All American Association.

The Midwest Hockey League (MWHL) was a proposed minor pro hockey league that was scheduled to begin play in the 2009-2010 season. On August 10, 2009, the MWHL announced a merger with the All American Hockey League, operating under the AAHL name.

 

 

Pro Hockey Minor Leagues

Although there has been some merging and movement of teams over the years, a large base of teams and leagues still exist. Many of these teams are associated with a team in the NHL and are often referred to as the "farm" system. Professional hockey in North America is organized into three different skill levels. The top level is the National Hockey League, whose teams play in the top media markets in the United States and Canada.At the next level is the American Hockey League(AHL). The AHL is based the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada and serves as the primary developmental league for the NHL. The IHL, which ceased operations in June 2001 was often considered as the second league at this level..

At the next level are now: the ECHL, the new IHL (formerly UHL) , the Central Hockey League (CHL) and the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Joining the above group is the All American Hockey League (2008).