The Central Hockey League was an amateur hockey league located in the upper mid-western United States that played for the 1952-53 season. 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.

History[edit | edit source]

The American Amateur Hockey League was established in 1947 as the Minnesota-based American Amateur Hockey League 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).

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team name City Arena Seasons Fate
Eveleth-Virginia Rangers Eveleth, Minnesota & Virginia, Minnesota Eveleth Hippodrome 1952-1953 withdrew
Hibbing Flyers Hibbing, Minnesota Hibbing Memorial Building Arena 1952-1953 join MHL
Minneapolis Millers Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena 1952-1953 withdrew
Rochester Mustangs Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Civic Auditorium 1952-1953 join MHL
St. Paul Saints St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1952-1953 withdrew

Seasons[edit | edit source]

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