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For the other league of the same name, see the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (2002).

The Atlantic Coast Hockey League was a minor league hockey organization that operated between 1981 and 1987. Beginning in 1988 the league merged with the All-American Hockey League to create the East Coast Hockey League (today the ECHL). The Wheeling Nailers of the current ECHL is derived from this league, as are the Victoria Salmon Kings. Jim Riggs (Commissioner) was the commissioner.

1981-87 Teams

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Baltimore Skipjacks Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center 1981-1982 city gets American Hockey League team
Cape Cod Buccaneers South Yarmouth, Massachusetts Cape Cod Coliseum 1981-1982 folded February 1, 1982
Fitchburg Trappers Fitchburg, Massachusetts Wallace Civic Center 1981-1981 folded early November 1981
Mohawk Valley Stars Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 1981-1985 renamed Mohawk Valley Comets
Salem Raiders Salem, Virginia Salem Roanoke County Civic Center 1981-1982 renamed Virginia Raiders
Schenectady Chiefs Schenectady, New York Schenectady Civic Center 1981-1981 folded Noivember 11, 1981
Winston-Salem Thunderbirds Winston-Salem, North Carolina Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum 1981-1982 renamed Carolina Thunderbirds
Carolina Thunderbirds Winston-Salem, North Carolina Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum 1982-1987 join All-American Hockey League
Erie Golden Blades Erie, Pennsylvania Erie County Field House 1982-1987 folded
Hampton Roads Gulls Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum 1982-1983 Folded February 2, 1983
Nashville South Stars Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium 1982-1983 relocated to Vinton, Virginia as Virginia Lancers early in 1983-84 season
Virginia Raiders Salem, Virginia Salem Roanoke County Civic Center 1982-1983 folded after 1982-83 season
Hampton Jets Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum 1982 replacement team for Gulls, folded within 24 hours due to a lack of players willing to play for team
Birmingham Bulls (ACHL) Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center 1983-1983 Suspended operations October 29, 1983
Pinebridge Bucks Spruce Pine, North Carolina Pinebridge Coliseum 1983-1985 folded
Virginia Lancers Vinton, Virginia LancerLot 1984-1987 join All-American Hockey League
Mohawk Valley Comets Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 1985-1987 city gets American Hockey League team; Utica Devils
New York Slapshots Staten Island, New York Phil Esposito Sports Complex (never built, played season on road) 1985-1986 relocated to Troy, New York when arena fell through
Troy Slapshots Troy, New York Houston Field House 1986-1986 folded November 17, 1986

Regular Season Champions

Bob Paine Trophy winners


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