American Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1936
No. of teams 31
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Canada Canada
Most recent champion(s) Charlotte Checkers (1st title)
Official website

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a 30-team professional ice hockey league based primarily in the United States that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). During the 2019-20 season, all of the 31 NHL teams have primary affiliation agreements with one of the AHL's active member clubs of which 27 are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

The annual playoff champion is awarded the Calder Cup, named for Frank Calder, the first President (1917–1943) of the NHL. The current champions are the Charlotte Checkers.

Formation and Growth of the AHL[edit | edit source]

Predecessor Leagues (1926–1936)[edit | edit source]

The AHL traces its origins directly to two predecessor professional leagues: the Canadian-American Hockey League (aka "Can-Am" League) founded in 1926, and the first International Hockey League established in 1929. Although the Can-Am League never operated with more than six teams, for the first time in its history it dropped after the 1935–36 season to just four member cities: Springfield, Philadelphia, Providence and New Haven. At the same time the then rival International Hockey League lost half of its eight members after the 1935–36 season leaving it as well with just four clubs located in Buffalo, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

A "Circuit of Mutual Convenience" (1936–38)[edit | edit source]

With both leagues down to the barest minimum in membership needed to operate, the governors of each recognized the necessity to take proactive steps to assure the long-term survival of their member clubs. To that end they all decided the logical solution to their common problem was for the two leagues to play an interlocking schedule with each other. Styled as the International-American Hockey League, the two older leagues' eight surviving clubs thus began joint play in November 1936, as a new two division "circuit of mutual convenience" with the four Can-Am teams constituting the I-AHL East Division and the IHL's quartet playing as the West Division. In addition, the IHL also contributed its former championship silver, the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy, which would go to the regular season winners of the West Division in the new I-AHL until 1952. (The Oke Trophy is now awarded to the regular season winners of the AHL's current seven-team East Division.)

A little more than a month into that first season, however, the balance and symmetry of the new combined circuit suffered an early setback when its membership unexpectedly fell to seven as the West's Buffalo Bisons were forced to cease operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just eleven games because of what proved to be insurmountable financial problems and lack of access to a suitable arena. The makeshift new I-AHL thus played out the rest of its first season (as well as all of the next) with just seven teams.

A modified three-round playoff format was devised and a new championship trophy, the Calder Cup, was established which was awarded for the first time at the end of the 1936–37 season play-offs to the Syracuse Stars who defeated the Philadelphia Ramblers in the finals, three-games-to-one. Now second only to the Stanley Cup in both age and prestige among North American hockey's championship awards, the Calder Cup continues on today as the AHL's play-off trophy.

Formal Consolidation of the I-AHL (June 28, 1938)[edit | edit source]

After two seasons of interlocking play, the governors of the two leagues' seven active teams met in New York City on June 28, 1938, and agreed that it was time to formally consolidate. Maurice Podoloff of New Haven, the former head of the C-AHL which had also been operating as the combined league's Eastern Division, was elected the I-AHL's first president. Former IHL president John Chick of Windsor, Ontario, and head of the I-AHL's Western Division, became vice-president in charge of officials.

The new I-AHL also added an eighth franchise at the 1938 meeting to fill the void in its membership left by the loss of Buffalo two years earlier with the admission of the then two-time defending EAHL champion Hershey Bears. (Almost seven decades later, Hershey remains the only one of these eight original I-AHL/AHL cities to have been represented in the league without interruption since the 1938–39 season.) Beginning with the 1938–39 season, the newly merged circuit also increased its regular season schedule for each team by six games from 48 to 54.

Contraction, Resurrection, and Expansion (1967–2001)[edit | edit source]

The AHL (as it was renamed after the 1939–40 season) generally enjoyed both consistent success on the ice and relative financial stability over its first three decades of operation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, however, the cost of doing business in pro hockey began to rise precipitously with the frequent expansions of the NHL in 1967, 1970, 1972, and 1974, and especially the advent in 1972 of the twelve-team World Hockey Association (WHA), increased the number of major league teams competing for players from six to thirty in just seven years. Player salaries at all levels shot up dramatically with the increased demand and competition for their services. To help compensate for this increased expense many NHL clubs cut way back on the number of players they kept under contract for development, and players under AHL contracts could now also demand much higher paychecks to remain with their clubs. As a result within a period of just three years from 1974 to 1977 half of the AHL's teams folded dropping the league from twelve clubs to just six. Making the AHL's situation even bleaker as the 1977–78 season approached was the news that the Providence Reds—the last surviving uninterrupted franchise from 1936–37—had decided to cease operations.

The AHL appeared in serious danger of folding altogether in another year or two if this dangerous downward trend were not reversed. As these clouds appeared their darkest, however, two events in the Fall of 1977 helped reverse the trend and began the league back to the great health it enjoys today. The first of these was the decision of the Philadelphia Flyers to return to the league as a team owner. The second was the unexpected collapse of the North American Hockey League just weeks before the start of the 1977–78 season.

The Flyers' new AHL franchise became the immediately successful Maine Mariners which brought the new AHL city of Portland, Maine both the regular season and Calder Cup play-off titles in each of that club's first two seasons of operation. The folding of the NAHL meanwhile left two of its member cities which wanted to continue to operate teams—Philadelphia and Binghamton—suddenly without a league to play in. Binghamton solved its problem by acquiring and moving the Reds' franchise from Providence and joined the league as the Binghamton Dusters (aka Broome Dusters). The Philadelphia Firebirds acquired an expansion franchise as did the new Hampton (VA) Gulls, to boost the AHL to nine member clubs as the 1977–78 season opened. (Hampton folded on February 10, 1978, but was replaced the next year by the New Brunswick Hawks.) The league continued to grow steadily over the years reaching 20 clubs by the 2000–01 season.

Absorption IHL teams (2001–02)[edit | edit source]

In 2001–02 its membership jumped dramatically to 27 in 2001–02 mostly by absorbing six cities—Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, Salt Lake City (as Utah), Winnipeg (as Manitoba), and Grand Rapids—from the International Hockey League when that long time rival circuit folded after fifty-six seasons of operation (1945–2001). The Utah Grizzlies suspended operations after the 2004–05 season (the franchise was sold in 2006 and returned to the ice in Cleveland in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters). The Chicago Wolves (2002, 2008), Houston Aeros (2003), and Milwaukee Admirals (2004) have each already won a Calder Cup playoff title since joining the AHL from the IHL. Chicago and Milwaukee have made multiple trips to the playoff finals since their inception into the league. One oddity caused by this expansion is that the league now has two teams with the same nickname: the Milwaukee Admirals and the Norfolk Admirals.

Major Realignment of franchises 2015-[edit | edit source]

The league will be realigned with a major western shift as the western teams in the NHL have wanted to have their affiliates closer to their city as some players could take upwards of a day to a day and a half of travel to join the NHL teams on an emergency basis.  Some of the western NHL teams have kept up to two extra players with the NHL team in case of an emergency; causing the team a disadvantage of having to count extra players against the salary cap and not keeping two top line AHL level players from getting valuable game play conditioning and experience.

The Oklahoma City Barons announced in December, 2014 that they would be ceasing operations at the end of the 2014-15 AHL Season, as the Edmonton Oilers purchased the Bakersfield Condors franchise of the ECHL and would be creating an AHL team.

On January 29, 2015, the league held a press conference in San Jose, California announcing the formation of the Pacific Division with teams being located in Bakersfield (Edmonton), Ontario (Los Angeles), San Diego (Anaheim), San Jose (San Jose), and Stockton (Calgary).

The teams on the move were the Norfolk Admirals (affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks), Manchester Monarchs (affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings), Worcester Sharks (affiliate of the San Jose Sharks),  Adirondack Flames (affiliate of the Calgary Flames) plus the previously mentioned Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers).  Norfolk, Manchester, and Adirondack  became the ECHL affiliates of their NHL organization. Oklahoma City and Worcester may end up as either AHL or ECHL affiliates to some other organization.  Oklahoma City had also been mentioned as a candidate for an NHL team (either by relocation or expansion).  Worcester best possibility for a team could end up with them being the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins as the Bruins have been part of a split affiliation (along with the Washington Capitals) with the South Carolina Stingrays.

On March 12,2015, the league's Board of Governors approved the purchase of the Hamilton Bulldogs franchise by the ownership of the Montreal Canadiens and 2 more franchise moves for the 2015-16 season.  The Winnipeg Jets have been involved with the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario in talks since early 2014 on the construction of a new arena to replace the city's aging Fort William Gardens.  The Jets were planning on moving their affiliation to Thunder Bay from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador when the arena opens (originally planned to be in either 2016 or 2017 however, the construction has not started and the Jets announced the move of their AHL affiliation to Winnipeg to share their home rink, the MTS Centre (where the team played as the Manitoba Moose (and will play again under that name) prior to the Jets relocation to Winnipeg from Atlanta.  The sale of the the Bulldogs opened up the possibility of the Jets move to Winnipeg as they could not break their lease at the Mile One Centre without having a replacement affiliation lined up and the lease in St. John's would be expiring about the same time that a new facility; (Place Bell) was scheduled to open in Laval, Quebec sometime in 2017 or 2018.  The new facility is to be run by the same people that run the Molson Centre in Montreal.  The former owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs purchased the Belleville Bulls franchise in the OHL and announced they would be moving to Hamilton to fill the void in the city taken the name Hamilton Bulldogs. 

The Portland Pirates, (affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes), Lake Erie Monsters (affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche),  and the Utica Comets (affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) have also been mentioned as possibly being on the move over the next few years. The Colorado Avalanche are reported to be looking at relocating the team to the Denver Coliseum, which was home to the inactive Denver Cutthroats of the former Central Hockey League as well as possible some other locations in Colorado and possibly Salt Lake City, Utah. The Arizona Coyotes were reported to be looking at Prescott Valley, Arizona,  home of the inactive Arizona Sundogs also of the former Central Hockey League.  The Vancouver Canucks are also reported to be looking at nearby Abbotsford, British Columbia (the former home of the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL) Anchorage, Alaska (the current home of the ECHL's Alaska Aces) and Allen, Texas (the current home of the ECHL's Allen Americans) for their affiliate.

Four of the AHL teams had their affilations change for the 2015-16 season. The affilation of the Lake Erie Monsters changed from the Colorado Avalanche to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Portland Pirates are changing from the Arizona Coyotes to the Florida Panthers. The San Antonio Rampage are changing from Florda Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche. The Springfield Falcons are changing from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Arizona Coyotes.

The ECHL is presently at 28 teams with affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams (all but the New Jersey Devils for 2014-15) with many ECHL teams splitting affiliations with multiple NHL teams and some NHL teams affiliated with multiple ECHL teams  This practice has gradually been worked on being phased out.  This has lead to an expansion of the ECHL to 30 teams, which has stated it wanted to cap its membership at 30 teams. The ECHL has announced the addition of a team in Worcester, Massachusetts for 2017-18 to replace the departed AHL team to bring membership in that league up to 29 teams and an appllication has been filed to another expansion team (with 2017-18 start up dated planned) for Portland, Maine to replace their recently departed team.

The New York Islanders relocation to Brooklyn after their lease is up at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the end of the 2014-15 NHL season may also trigger another set of future moves.  The ownership of the coliseum chose the management group of the Barclays Center to conduct a study on the redevelopment of the arena and the surrounding area.  The plan is to have a minor league hockey team play out of the new facility when it is expect to open in 2018; most likely candidate would be the relocated Bridgeport Sound Tigers. However, the team has a lease with the of Bridgeport through 2021 to play at the Webster Bank Arena.  The lease could be sold to the New York Rangers who have their AHL franchise, the Hartford Wolf Pack, playing in the former home of the Hartford Whalers. The city of Hartford has had discussions on replacing the aging XL Center with a new state of the art arena in the hopes of landing another NHL franchise.  The XL Center location has been mentioned as the site for the new arena leaving the team without a home.

On April 19, 2016 the owner of the Springfield Falcons and the NHL's Arizona Coyotes announced an agreement in principle for the Coyotes ownership to acquire the Falcons franchise and to relocate the team to the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona for the 2016-17 season and join the Pacific Division.  The move was pending league Board of Governors approval. Shortly (on May 4, 2016) after the Springfield Falcons were sold to the Arizona Coyotes and the Falcons were announced as moving to Tucson, Arizona, the Pirates organization was reported to be moving to Springfield, Massachusetts to replace the Falcons in the MassMutual Center.  Both moved were approved in April of 2016 by the AHL's Board of Governors.  The Springfield franchise would choose the name Springfield Thunderbirds as the team name on June 16th and the Tucson team would chose the name Tucson Roadrunners on June 18th.

When the NHL announced they would be adding the Las Vegas team for 2017-18, the AHL was put on notice that they will probably need to expand in short order.  The noted cities included Fresno, California, Reno, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah and even Las Vegas.  The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL would end up jumping up to the AHL to serve as the Golden Knights AHL affiliate

In the fall of 2016 the Ottawa Senators announced that they would be relocating their AHL affilate, the Binghamton Senators to Belleville, Ontario which lost its Ontario Hockey League team prior to the 2015-16 season.  As a result of that move the Albany Devils put in an application to relocate to Binghamton as the team was last in the league in attendance.

The St. Louis Blues were planning on moving their AHL affiliate to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri for the 2017-18 season. This move may lead the Vegas Golden Knights to set up an affiliation with the Chicago Wolves for the 2017-18 season.

On June 26, 2019 th  Seattle NHL team would announce that it chose Palm Springs, California as the location for its' AHL affiliate starting with the 2021-22 season.  The team will be based out of a new arena to be built in the city.  The arena is to be built in a partnership between the Oak View Group (who are working on the renovation of the Key Arena in Seattle) and the Seattle team ownership.  Palm Springs was chosen over Boise, Idaho as the location for the team.[1]

Teams (Alignment for 2019-20 season)[edit | edit source]

Future Teams[edit | edit source]

Timeline (List)[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Buffalo Bisons (IHL) Fort Erie, Ontario Peace Bridge Arena 1936-1936 fold when arena roof collapses and lack of an adequate substitute arena
Cleveland Falcons Cleveland, Ohio Elysium Arena 1936-1937 renamed Cleveland Barons (1937-73)
New Haven Eagles New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Arena 1936-1943 fold; return in 1945
Philadelphia Ramblers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena 1936-1941 renamed Philadelphia Rockets
Pittsburgh Hornets Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Duquesne Gardens 1936-1956 went on hiatus waiting on new arena; return in 1961
Providence Reds Providence, Rhode Island Rhode Island Auditorium (1936-1972); Providence Civic Center (1972-1976) 1936-1976 renamed Rhode Island Reds
Springfield Indians West Springfield, Massachusetts Eastern States Coliseum 1936-1942 suspend operations due to arena being commandeered for war effort; return in 1946
Syracuse Stars Syracuse, New York State Fair Coliseum 1936-1940 relocated to Buffalo; renamed Buffalo Bisons (AHL)
Cleveland Barons (1937-73) Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Arena 1936-1973 relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in February 1973; renamed Jacksonville Barons
Hershey Bears Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena (1938-2002); GIANT Center (2002-present) 1938-present
Indianapolis Capitals Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana State Fairground Coliseum 1939-1952 folded
Buffalo Bisons (AHL) Buffalo, New York The Aud 1940-1970 fold when city gets National Hockey League team
Philadelphia Rockets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena 1941-1942 folded
Washington Lions Washington, D.C. Uline Arena 1941-1943 folded
St. Louis Flyers St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena 1944-1953 folded
Springfield Indians West Springfield, Massachusetts Eastern States Coliseum 1946-1951 relocated to Syracuse, New York; renamed Syracuse Warriors
Philadelphia Rockets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena 1946-1949 folded
New Haven Ramblers New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Arena 1946-1950 renamed New Haven Eagles
Washington Lions Washington, D.C. Uline Arena 1947-1950 moved to Cincinnati, Ohio rename Cincinnati Mohawks
Cincinnati Mohawks Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens 1949-1952 join International Hockey League (1945-2001)
New Haven Eagles New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Arena 1950-1951 folded
Syracuse Warriors Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial 1951-1954 moved back to West Springfield, Massachusetts; revert to Springfield Indians name
Springfield Indians West Springfield, Massachusetts Eastern States Coliseum 1954-1967 renamed Springfield Kings
Rochester Americans Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial (known as Rochester Community War Memorial prior to 1998) 1956-present
Quebec Aces Quebec City, Quebec Colisee de Quebec 1959-1971 moved to Richmond, Virginia; renamed Richmond Robins
Pittsburgh Hornets Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1961-1967 fold when city gets National Hockey League team
Baltimore Clippers Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center 1962-1976 folded
Springfield Kings West Springfield, Massachusetts (1967-1972); Springfield, Massachusetts (1972-1974) Eastern States Coliseum (1967-1972); Springfield Civic Center (1972-1974) 1967-1974 renamed Springfield Indians
Montreal Voyageurs Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum 1969-1971 relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia; renamed Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Forum (1971-1978); Halifax Metro Centre (1978-1984) 1971-1984 relocated to Sherbrooke, Quebec; renamed Sherbrooke Canadiens
Boston Braves Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden 1971-1974 suspend operations; become New Brunswick Hawks in 1982
Cincinnati Swords Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens 1971-1974 folded
Richmond Robins Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum 1971-1976 folded
Tidewater Wings Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope 1971-1972 renamed Virginia Wings
Virginia Wings Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope 1972-1975 relocated to Glens Falls, New York; renamed Adirondack Red Wings
Jacksonville Barons Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum 1973-1974 folded
New Haven Nighthawks New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum 1972-1992 renamed New Haven Senators
Springfield Indians Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center 1974-1994 relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts; renamed Worcester Ice Cats
Syracuse Eagles Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial 1974-1975 folded
Rhode Island Reds Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center 1976-1977 relocated to Binghamton, New York; renamed Binghamton Dusters
Hampton Gulls Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum 1977-1978 folded
Binghamton Dusters Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 1977-1980 renamed Binghamton Whalers
Maine Mariners Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center 1977-1992 relocated to Providence, Rhode Island; renamed Providence Bruins
Philadelphia Firebirds Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Civic Center 1977-1979 relocated to Syracuse, New York; renamed Syracuse Firebirds
New Brunswick Hawks Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum 1978-1982 renamed Moncton Alpines
Adirondack Red Wings Glens Falls, New York Glens Falls Civic Center 1979-1999 folded
Syracuse Firebirds Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial 1979-1980 folded
Binghamton Whalers Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 1980-1990 renamed Binghamton Rangers
Erie Blades Erie, Pennsylvania Erie County Field House 1981-1982 merged into Baltimore Skipjacks
Fredericton Express Fredericton, New Brunswick Aitken Centre 1981-1988 relcoated to Halifax, Nova Scotia; renamed Halifax Citadels
Baltimore Skipjacks Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena 1982-1993 relocated to Portland, Maine; renamed Portland Pirates
Moncton Alpines Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum 1982-1984 renamed Moncton Golden Flames
Sherbrooke Jets Sherbrooke, Quebec Palais des Sports (Sherbrooke) 1982-1984 folded
St. Catharines Saints St. Catharines, Ontario Garden City Arena 1982-1986 relocated to Newmarket, Ontario; renamed Newmarket Saints
Nova Scotia Oilers Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre 1984-1988 relocated to Sydney, Nova Scotia; renamed Cape Breton Oilers
Sherbrooke Canadiens Sherbrooke, Quebec Palais des Sports (Sherbrooke) 1984-1990 relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick; renamed Fredericton Canadiens
Moncton Golden Flames Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum 1984-1987 folded
Newmarket Saints Newmarket, Ontario Ray Twinney Complex 1986-1991 relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland; renamed St. John's Maple Leafs
Moncton Hawks Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum 1987-1994 folded
Utica Devils Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 1987-1993 relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick; renamed Saint John Flames
Cape Breton Oilers Sydney, Nova Scotia Centre 200 1988-1996 relocated to Hamilton, Ontario; renamed Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Halifax Citadels Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre 1988-1993

relocated to Cornwall, Ontario; renamed Cornwall Aces

Binghamton Rangers Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 1990-1997 relocated to Hartford, Connecticut; renamed Hartford Wolfpack
Capital District Islanders Troy, New York Houston Field House 1990-1993 relocated to Albany, New York; renamed Albany River Rats
Fredericton Canadiens Fredericton, New Brunswick Aitken Centre 1990-1999 relocated to Quebec City, Quebec; renamed Quebec Citadelles
St. John's Maple Leafs St. John's, Newfoundland Memorial Stadium (St. John's) (1991-2001); Mile One Stadium (2001-2005) 1991-2005 relocated to Toronto, Ontario; renamed Toronto Marlies
Providence Bruins Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center (known as Providence Civic Center 1992-2001) 1992-present
Hamilton Canucks Hamilton, Ohio Copps Coliseum 1992-1994 relocated to Syracuse, New York; renamed Syracuse Crunch
New Haven Senators New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum 1992-1993 relocated to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; renamed Prince Edward Island Senators
Albany River Rats Albany, New York Times Union Center (known as Knickerbocker Arena (1993-1997) and Pepsi Arena (1997-2007)) 1993-2010 relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina; renamed Charlotte Checkers (2010-)
Portland Pirates Portland, Maine (1993-2012, 2014-2016) Lewiston, Maine (2012-2014) Cumberland County Civic Center (1993-2012) Androscoggin Bank Colisee (2012-2014) Cross Insurance Arena (2014-2016) 1993-2016 relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts; renamed Springfield Thunderbirds
Prince Edward Island Senators Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Civic Centre 1993-1996 relocated to Binghamton, New York; renamed Binghamton Senators
Saint John Flames Saint John, New Brunswick Harbour Station 1993-2003 relocated to Omaha, Nebraska; renamed Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
Cornwall Aces Cornwall, Ontario Ed Lumley Arena 1993-1996 relocated to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; renamed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Springfield Falcons Springfield, Massachusetts MassMutual Center (known as Springfield Civic Center 1994-2005) 1994-2016 relocated to Tucson, Arizona; renamed Tucson Roadrunners
Worcester IceCats Worcester, Massachusetts DCU Center (known as Centrum, 1994-2004) 1994-2015 relocated to Peoria, Illinois; renamed Peoria Rivermen (AHL)
Syracuse Crunch Syracuse, New York War Memorial at Oncenter 1994-present
Baltimore Bandits Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena 1995-1997 relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio; renamed Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
Carolina Monarchs Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum 1995-1997 relocated to New Haven, Connecticut; renamed Beast of New Haven
Philadelphia Phantoms Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Spectrum (primary) and Wachovia Center 3-6 games per season 1996-2009 relocated to Glens Falls, New York; renamed Adirondack Phantoms
Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) Hamilton, Ontario First Ontario Centre 1996-2015 relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador; renamed St. John's IceCaps
Kentucky Thoroughblades Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena 1996-2001 relocated to Cleveland, Ohio; renamed Cleveland Barons (2001-2006)
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens 1997-2005 renamed Cincinnati RailRaiders; but suspend operations before playing under this name. franchise revived in 2007 in Rockford, Illinois as Rockford IceHogs
Beast of New Haven New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum 1997-1999 folded
Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford, Connecticut XL Center (known as Harford Civic Center unitl 2007) 1997-2010 renamed Connecticut Whale (AHL) during season
Lowell Lock Monsters Lowell, Massachusetts Tsongas Arena 1998-2006 renamed Lowell Devils
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (originally Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center (1998–2000), First Union Arena at Casey Plaza (2000–2003), and Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza (2003–2010)) 1999-present
Louisville Panthers Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall 1999-2001 suspend operations; revived as Des Moines, Iowa based Iowa Stars
Quebec Citadelles Quebec City, Quebec Colisee de Quebec 1999-2002 merged into Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Norfolk Admirals Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope 2000-2015 relocated to San Diego, California; renamed San Diego Gulls (AHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Bridgeport, Connecticut Webster Bank Arena (known as Arena at Harbor Yard (2001-2011)) 2001-present
Chicago Wolves Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 2001-present
Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena 2001-present
Houston Aeros (1994–2013) Houston, Texas Compaq Center (2001-2003); Toyota Center (Houston) (2003-2013) 2001-2013 relocated to Des Moines, Iowa; renamed Iowa Wild
Manchester Monarchs (AHL) Manchester, New Hampshire Verizon Wireless Arena 2001-2015 relocated to Ontario, California; renamed Ontario Reign (AHL)
Manitoba Moose Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena (2001-2004) MTS Centre (2004-2011) 2001-2011 relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador when city gets National Hockey League team; renamed St. John's IceCaps
Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee, Wisconsin BMO Harris Bank Center (known as Bradley Center (2001-2012) (2001-2016); UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (2016-present) 2001-present
Cleveland Barons (2001-2006) Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena 2001-2006 relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts; renamed Worcester Sharks
Utah Grizzlies (1995-2005) Salt Lake City, Utah E Center 2001-2005 suspended operations; return as Cleveland, Ohio based Lake Erie Monsters for 2007-08 season
Binghamton Senators Binghamton, New York Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena (known as Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 2002-2014) 2002-2017 relocated to Belleville, Ontario; renamed Belleville Senators
San Antonio Rampage San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center 2002-present
Toronto Roadrunners Toronto, Ontario Ricoh Coliseum 2003-2004 relocated to Edmonton, Alberta; renamed Edmonton Road Runners
Edmonton Road Runners Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place 2004-2005 suspended operations; revived in 2010 as Oklahoma City Barons
Iowa Stars Des Moines, Iowa| Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines) 2005-2008 renamed Iowa Chops
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium 2005-2007 relocated to Moline, Illinois; renamed Quad City Flames
Peoria Rivermen (AHL) Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center 2005-present
Toronto Marlies Toronto, Ontario Coca-Cola Coliseum (known as Ricoh Colisuem 2005-2018) 2005-present
Lowell Devils Lowell, Massachusetts Tsongas Arena 2006-2010 relocated to Albany, New York; renamed Albany Devils
Worcester Sharks Worcester, Massachusetts DCU Center 2006-2015 relocated to San Jose, California; renamed San Jose Barracuda
Lake Erie Monsters Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena 2007-2016 renamed Cleveland Monsters
Quad City Flames Moline, Illinois I wireless Center 2007-2009 relocated to Abbotsford, British Columbia; renamed Abbotsford Heat
Rockford IceHogs Rockford, Illinois BMO Harris Bank Center 2007-present
Iowa Chops Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines) 2008-2009 suspend operations; then relocated to Cedar Park, Texas and renamed Texas Stars
Adirondack Phantoms Glens Falls, New York Glens Falls Civic Center 2009-2014 relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania; renamed Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Texas Stars Cedar Park, Texas H-E-B Center at Cedar Park (formerly Cedar Park Center 2009-2016) 2009-present
Abbotsford Heat Abbotsford, British Columbia Abbotsford Centre 2009-2014 relocated to Glens Falls, New York; renamed Adirondack Flames
Albany Devils Albany, New York Times Union Center 2010-2017 relocated to Binghamton, New York; renamed Binghamton Devils
Charlotte Checkers Charlotte, North Carolina Time Warner Cable Arena (2010-2014); Bojangles' Coliseum (2014-Present) 2010-present
Oklahoma City Barons Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cox Convention Center 2010-2015 relocated to Bakersfield, California; renamed Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Connecticut Whale Hartford, Connecticut XL Center 2010-2013 revert to Hartford Wolf Pack name
St. John's IceCaps St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador Mile One Centre 2011-2017 relocated to Laval, Quebec; renamed Laval Rocket
Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford, Connecticut XL Center 2013-present
Utica Comets Utica, New York Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium (known as Utica Memorial Auditorium (2013-2017) 2013-present
Iowa Wild Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines) 2013-present
Lehigh Valley Phantoms Allentown, Pennsylvania PPL Center 2014-present
Adirondack Flames Glens Falls, New York Glens Falls Civic Center 2014-2015 relocated to Stockton, California; renamed Stockton Heat
Stockton Heat Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2015-present
Ontario Reign (AHL) Ontario, California Toyota Arena (known as Citizens Business Bank Arena 2015-2019) 2015-present
San Diego Gulls (AHL) San Diego, California Pechanga Arena (known as Valley View Casino Center 2015-2018) 2015-present
Bakersfield Condors (AHL) Bakersfield, California Rabobank Arena 2015-present
San Jose Barracuda San Jose, California SAP Center 2015-present
Manitoba Moose Winnipeg, Manitoba Bell MTS Place (known as MTS Center 2015-2017) 2015-present
Springfield Thunderbirds Springfield, Massachusetts MassMutual Center 2016-present
Tucson Roadrunners Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 2016-present
Cleveland Monsters Cleveland, Ohio Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (known as Quicken Loans Arena 2016-2019) 2016-present
Laval Rocket Laval, Quebec Place Bell 2017-present
Belleville Senators Belleville, Ontario CAA Arena (known as Yardman Arena 2017-2018) 2017-present
Binghamton Devils Binghamton, New York Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena 2017-present
Colorado Eagles Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2018-present
Palm Springs AHL team Palm Springs, California New Arena at Agua Caliente 2021-expansion

All-Star Game[edit | edit source]

The American Hockey League first held an All-Star Game in the 1941–42 season. The event was not played again until the 1954–55 season, and was then held annually until the 1959–60 season. In the 1994–95 season, the AHL revived the events again, and has been played every season since. The skills competition was first introduced for the 1995–96 season. From 1996 to 2010, the game took place between a team of players born outside of Canada and a team of players born within Canada. The All-Star Game was replaced by an all-star challenge between the league's divisions from the 2015-16 season onward. The challenge consists of six round-robin games between the league's divisions; the top two divisions in the challenge's round-robin phase advance to a six-minute championship game. The winning division of the championship game is declared the winner of the all-star challenge.

Date Arena City Winner Score Runner-up
January 29, 2018 Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, New York Round robin results:
Central 2-5 Atlantic
Pacific 5-3 North
Central 2-4 North
Pacific 4-3 Atlantic
Pacific 4-3 Central
North 4-3 Atlantic
North Division 1-0 Pacific Division
Date Arena City Winner Score Runner-up
January 30, 2017 PPL Center Allentown, Pennsylvania Round robin results:
Central 1–2 Atlantic
Pacific 3–6 North
Central 2–1 North (SO)
Pacific 1–6 Atlantic
Pacific 3–5 Central
North 0–2 Atlantic
Central Division 1–0 (SO) Atlantic Division
February 1, 2016 Onondaga County War Memorial Syracuse, New York Round robin results:
Pacific 0–1 North
Central 2–1 Atlantic (SO)
Central 4–2 North
Pacific 1–2 Atlantic
Central 4–6 Pacific
Atlantic 4–1 North
Central Division 4–0 Atlantic Division
January 26, 2015 Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, New York West All-Stars 14–12 East All-Stars
February 12, 2014 Mile One Centre St. John's, NL AHL All-Stars 7–2 Färjestad BK
January 28, 2013 Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence, Rhode Island West All-Stars 7–6 East All-Stars
January 30, 2012 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, New Jersey West All-Stars 8–7 (SO) East All-Stars
January 31, 2011 Giant Center Hershey, Pennsylvania East All-Stars 11–8 West All-Stars
January 19, 2010 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, Maine Canada 10–9 (SO) PlanetUSA
January 26, 2009 DCU Center Worcester, Massachusetts PlanetUSA 14–11 Canada
January 28, 2008 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Binghamton, New York Canada 9–8 (SO) PlanetUSA
January 29, 2007 Ricoh Coliseum Toronto PlanetUSA 7–6 Canada
February 1, 2006 MTS Centre Winnipeg Canada 9–4 PlanetUSA
February 14, 2005 Verizon Wireless Arena Manchester, New Hampshire PlanetUSA 5–4 Canada
February 9, 2004 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan Canada 9–5 PlanetUSA
February 3, 2003 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, Maine Canada 10–7 PlanetUSA
February 14, 2002 Mile One Stadium St. John's, NF Canada 13–11 PlanetUSA
January 15, 2001 First Union Arena at Casey Plaza Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Canada 11–10 PlanetUSA
January 17, 2000 Blue Cross Arena Rochester, New York Canada 8–3 PlanetUSA
January 25, 1999 First Union Center Philadelphia PlanetUSA 5–4 (SO) Canada
February 11, 1998 Onondaga War Memorial Arena Syracuse, New York Canada 11–10 PlanetUSA
January 16, 1997 Harbour Station Saint John, NB World 3–2 (SO) Canada
January 16, 1996 Hersheypark Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania USA 6–5 Canada
January 17, 1995 Providence Civic Center Providence, Rhode Island Canada 6–4 USA
December 10, 1959 Eastern States Coliseum West Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Indians 8–3 AHL All-Stars
January 15, 1959 Hershey Sports Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania Hershey Bears 5–2 AHL All-Stars
October 6, 1957 Rochester Community War Memorial Rochester, New York AHL All-Stars 5–2 Cleveland Barons
October 23, 1956 Rhode Island Auditorium Providence, Rhode Island Providence Reds 4–0 AHL All-Stars
January 10, 1956 Duquesne Gardens Pittsburgh AHL All-Stars 4–4 Pittsburgh Hornets
October 27, 1954 Hershey Sports Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania AHL All-Stars 7–3 Cleveland Barons
February 3, 1942 Cleveland Arena Cleveland, Ohio East All-Stars 5–4 West All-Stars

AHL Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]

On January 6, 2006, the league announced the first inductees into the AHL's new Hall of Fame: Johnny Bower, Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers, & Eddie Shore. The founding members were formally inducted, on February 1, 2006.

Year Name Position
2006 Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower G
2006 Butterfield, JackJack Butterfield Executive
2006 Gage, JodyJody Gage RW
2006 Glover, FredFred Glover C
2006 Marshall, WillieWillie Marshall C
2006 Mathers, FrankFrank Mathers D
2006 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D / Owner
2007 Cook, BunBun Cook Coach
2007 Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW
2007 Mayer, GillesGilles Mayer G
2007 Nykoluk, MikeMike Nykoluk C
2008 Kraftcheck, SteveSteve Kraftcheck D
2008 Price, NoelNoel Price D
2008 Tookey, TimTim Tookey C
2009 Anderson, JimJim Anderson F
2009 Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau F / Coach
2009 Cunningham, LesLes Cunningham F
2009 Pieri, LouisLouis Pieri Owner
2010 Kilpatrick, MacgregorMacgregor Kilpatrick Owner
2010 Paddock, JohnJohn Paddock Coach
2010 Paille, MarcelMarcel Paille G
2010 Sweeney, BillBill Sweeney C
2011 Lamoureux, MitchMitch Lamoureux F
2011 Pidhirny, HarryHarry Pidhirny F
2011 Podoloff, MauriceMaurice Podoloff Executive
2011 Wilson, LarryLarry Wilson Coach
2012 Gordon, JackJack Gordon Coach/GM
2012 Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens D
2012 Toppazzini, ZellioZellio Toppazzini F
2013 Bennett Sr., HarveyHarvey Bennett Sr. G
2013 Gernander, KenKen Gernander F
2013 White, PeterPeter White F
2014 Dineen, BillBill Dineen Coach
2014 MacNeil, AlAl MacNeil D
2014 Slaney, JohnJohn Slaney D
2014 Perreault, BobBob Perreault G
2015 Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi G
2015 Hendy, JimJim Hendy executive
2015 Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath F
2015 Stratton, ArtArt Stratton F
2016 Cline, BruceBruce Cline F
2016 Keller, RalphRalph Keller D
2016 Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe G
2016 Landon, BruceBruce Landon G
2017 Dea, BillyBilly Dea F
2017 Helmer, BryanBryan Helmer D
2017 Murray, RobRob Murray F
2017 Yingst, DougDoug Yingst executive
2018 Bartlett, JimJim Bartlett F
2018 Biggs, DonDon Biggs F
2018 Kilrea, BrianBrian Kilrea F/Coach
2018 Merkosky, GlennGlenn Merkosky F

Trophies and Awards[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of awards of the American Hockey League.

Individual Awards[edit | edit source]

Team Awards[edit | edit source]

Trophy predates American Hockey League, established 1926–27 in the Canadian Professional Hockey League.

Other Awards[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Current arenas in the American Hockey League (as of 2016-17 season)
Eastern Conference Blue Cross Arena  · Dunkin' Donuts Center · Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena  · GIANT Center  · MassMutual Center  · Mile One Centre  · Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza  · Oncenter War Memorial Arena  · PPL Center  · Ricoh Coliseum  · Times Union Center  · Utica Memorial Auditorium  · Webster Bank Arena  · XL Center
Western Conference AT&T Center  · Allstate Arena  · BMO Harris Bank Center  · BMO Harris Bradley Center  · Cedar Park Center  · Citizens Business Bank Arena  · MTS Centre  · Quicken Loans Arena  · Rabobank Arena  · Time Warner Cable Arena  · Valley View Casino Center  · SAP Center at San Jose  · Stockton Arena  · Tucson Convention Center  · Van Andel Arena  · Wells Fargo Arena

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