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The American Amateur Hockey League was an amateur hockey league located in the upper mid-western United States that played from the 1947-48 to 1951-52 seasons. It was ancestor league of the United States Hockey League (1961-1979) which was a semi-pro/senior league in the mid-western United States and central Canada from 1961 to 1979. When the Midwest Junior Hockey League collapsed prior to the 1977-78 season three junior teams were absorbed into the league. The junior and professional teams were divided into their own divisions but played against each other in regular season games. Starting in 1979-80, the United States Hockey League has been strictly a junior league when the three remaining professional teams became junior teams.

HistoryEdit

The league was established in 1947 as the Minnesota-based American Amateur Hockey League (1947-1952) with teams in Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Paul. Since its debut, the league had progressed and changed its name several times: In 1952, it became the Central Hockey League (1952-1953); then the next season it became the Minnesota Hockey League (1953-1955) ; and in 1956 the name was changed again to the United States Central Hockey League. In 1961, it adopted the name United States Hockey League (USHL).

TeamsEdit

Team name City Arena Seasons Fate
Minneapolis Bermans Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena 1947-1950 consolidated into Twin City Fords
Minneapolis Jerseys Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena 1947-1951 replaced by Minneapolis Millers
Rochester Mustangs Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Civic Auditorium 1947-1952 join CHL
St. Paul 7-Up St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1947-1950 consolidated into St. Paul 7-Up Koppys
St. Paul Koppys St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1947-1950 consolidated into St. Paul 7-Up Koppys
St. Paul Tallys St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1947-1948 withdrew
St. Paul 7-Up Koppys St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1950-1951 replaced by St. Paul Saints
Twin City Fords Minneapolis, Minnesota/St. Paul, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena/St. Paul Auditorium 1950-1951 replaced by Minneapolis Millers
Eveleth Rangers Eveleth, Minnesota Eveleth Hippodrome 1951-1952 join CHL as Eveleth-Virginia Rangers
Hibbing Flyers Hibbing, Minnesota Hibbing Memorial Building Arena 1951-1952 join CHL
Minneapolis Millers Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena 1951-1952 join CHL
St. Paul Saints St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1951-1952 join CHL
Sioux City Sunhawks Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City Municipal Auditorium 1951-1952 folded

SeasonsEdit

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