For the current junior hockey league please see Eastern Hockey League (2013)

The Eastern Hockey League was a minor professional league.

Eastern Amateur Hockey League (1933-1953)Edit

The league was founded in 1933 as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). The league was founded by Thomas Lockhart, who served as its commissioner from 1933 to 1972. Lockhart, who operated a small intramural hockey league at New York City's Madison Square Garden, offered his teams - and the use of the MSG ice - in exchange for joining the league.

The EAHL operated between 1933-1948 and 1949-1953. The league has a somewhat tenuous existence. It began with seven teams, and had various numbers of teams, going as low as four. There was no 1948-49 season, due to the New York Rovers and Boston Olympics withdrawing; thus leaving the league with two teams, the Atlantic City Sea Gulls and the Baltimore Clippers.

The league returned for the 1949-50 season with eight teams including the return of Rovers and Olympics to the league and the addition of two former IHL teams; the Milwaukee Clarks and the Toledo Buckeyes as well as two new teams (the Grand Rapids Rockets and the Cleveland Knights.  An eight team league was short lived as the Baltimore and Cleveland franchises both folded on December 4, 1949.

The 1951-52 season also saw two teams fold mid-season as the Philadelphia Falcons and the Washington Lions had been suffering from poor attenance.

Between the 1951-52 and 1952-53 seasons the league had several changes as the Boston Olympics transferred to Washington, DC asuming the Washington Lions name.  The New York Rovers moved to Troy, NY becoming the Troy Uncle Sam Trojans due to losing home dates at Madison Square Garden to the NBA's New York Knickerbockers.  The Atlantic City Sea Gulls were left without enough home dates at their home arena when the Atlantic City Convention Center was too booked with conventions for them to operate out of the facility

The league again did not operate during the 1953-54 season after the Springfield Indians applied for entry into the Quebec Hockey League and the Johnstown Jets applied for entry into the International Hockey League.  This left the league with three teams and causing the league to cease operations.

League founder and president Tom Lockhart worked on getting the league back together for the following season.  The league returned for the 1954-55 season with a line up of the following; Baltimore Clippers, Washington Lions, New Haven Blades,and associate members playing a partial schedule the Clinton Comets and the Worcester Warriors. The Worcester team was made up entirely of American players mostly from the US collegiate ranks. The league changed its' name to the Eastern Hockey League.

The league playoff championship was named the Boardwalk Cup.


EAHL ChampionsEdit

Eastern Hockey League (1954-1973)Edit

The league started up again for the 1954-55 season and changed its name to the Eastern Hockey League.

This league operated between 1954 and 1973. It began with five teams and grew into two divisions for the 1959-60 season. The league reached its peak in 1967-68 when it had twelve teams in two divisions. In its final season the league had twelve teams split into three divisions.

The EHL ceased operations after the 1972-73 season, after which it was succeeded by the North American Hockey League and the Southern Hockey League, both of which consisted mostly of previous EHL teams.


Playoff ChampionsEdit

Boardwalk Cup

Charlotte Clippers captain Bibber O'Hearn with Boardwalk Cup after winning 1957 championship

Regular Season ChampionsEdit

One Division Format

Two Division Format

Season Northern Division Southern Division Overall Winner
1959-60 Clinton Comets Johnstown Jets Johnstown Jets
1960-61 New Haven Blades Johnstown Jets Johnstown Jets
1961-62 Clinton Comets Greensboro Generals Clinton Comets
1962-63 Clinton Comets Greensboro Generals Greensboro Generals
1963-64 Johnstown Jets Greensboro Generals Johnstown Jets
1964-65 Clinton Comets Nashville Dixie Flyers Nashville Dixie Flyers
1965-66 Long Island Ducks Nashville Dixie Flyers Long Island Ducks
1966-67 Clinton Comets Nashville Dixie Flyers Nashville Dixie Flyers
1967-68 Clinton Comets Greensboro Generals Clinton Comets
1968-69 Clinton Comets Greensboro Generals Clinton Comets
1969-70 Clinton Comets Greensboro Generals Clinton Comets
1970-71 New Haven Blades Charlotte Checkers Charlotte Checkers
1971-72 Syracuse Blazers Charlotte Checkers Charlotte Checkers

Three Division Format


Northern Division: Syracuse Blazers
Central Division: Cape Cod Cubs
Southern Division: Roanoke Valley Rebels

Eastern Hockey League (1978-1981)Edit

The Northeastern Hockey League was founded in 1978. A year later the Eastern Hockey League name was revived. This league was not successful and folded after only three seasons.


  • Baltimore Clippers (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Erie Blades (1978-79 to 1980-81)
  • Hampton Aces (1978-79 to 1980-81)
  • Johnstown Red Wings (1978-79 to 1979-80)
  • New Hampshire/Cape Cod Freedoms (1978-79)
  • Richmond Rifles (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Salem Raiders (1980-81)
  • Syracuse Hornets (1980-81)
  • Utica Mohawks (1978-79 to 1979-80)

Playoff ChampionsEdit

Regular Season ChampionsEdit

See AlsoEdit

List of Eastern Hockey League seasons


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