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|Most championships||Fort Wayne Komets & Muskegon Fury (4)|
The International Hockey League was a AA level professional league with teams in the United States. The league was headquartered in Rochester, Michigan prior to the merger, and as of its' last year, consisted of seven teams.
The IHL was originally formed in 1991 as the Colonial Hockey League, intended to fill the Great Lakes region niche abandoned by the original International Hockey League as it went upmarket. It had teams in Brantford, Ontario; Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; St. Thomas, Ontario; and Thunder Bay, Ontario. As the ECHL moved westward (into Toledo, Dayton, and Peoria), the CoHL moved eastward, into places like the Adirondacks, Danbury, CT, Binghamton, NY, and Richmond, VA. During that expansion, the league was renamed the United Hockey League in 1997, before renaming itself the International Hockey League in 2007.
The name change was intended to evoke the original IHL (1945–2001), which had long-standing franchises in the Great Lakes region. The Fort Wayne Komets were longstanding members of the original league. In addition, the Kalamazoo Wings and Flint Generals revived the names of the original Kalamazoo and Flint IHL teams. Many of the current IHL players have American Hockey League as well as European pro league experience.
On June 27, 2007, a dispersal draft was held among the six IHL teams, selecting players from the four 2006-2007 UHL franchises that were no longer part of the newly named league. Currently, Paul Pickard serves as President and CEO of the IHL; he is also president of Stadium Management Corporation.
On July 13, 2010 the Central Hockey League merged with the IHL. The five remaining IHL teams, Bloomington PrairieThunder, Dayton Gems, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets and Quad City Mallards franchises officially merged.
Colonial/Turner Cup champions
The Turner Cup is awarded to annual playoff championship. The name Turner Cup has been restored as of September 24, 2007 as a tribute to the original IHL. Before this, the trophy given to the league playoff champions was known as the Colonial Cup. The past winners are:
United Hockey League 1997-2007
International Hockey league (2007-2010)
|Bloomington PrairieThunder||Bloomington, Illinois||U.S. Cellular Center||2007-2010||join Central Hockey League|
|Flint Generals (1993–2010)||Flint, Michigan||IMA Sports Arena||2007-2010||fold pro team; join North American Hockey League as Michigan Warriors|
|Fort Wayne Komets||Fort Wayne, Indiana||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||2007-2010||join Central Hockey League|
|Kalamazoo Wings||Kalamazoo, Michigan||Wings Stadium||2007-2009||join ECHL|
|Muskegon Fury||Muskegon, Michigan||L.C. Walker Arena||2007-2008||renamed Muskegon Lumberjacks (1992-2010)|
|Port Huron Icehawks||Port Huron, Michigan||McMorran Arena||2007-2010||fold pro team;|
|Muskegon Lumberjacks (1992-2010)||Muskegon, Michigan||L.C. Walker Arena||2008-2010||fold pro team; join United States Hockey League as Muskegon Lumberjacks (2010–)|
|Dayton Gems (2009-)||Dayton, Ohio||Hara Arena||2009-2010||join Central Hockey League|
|Quad City Mallards (2009–2018)||Moline, Illinois||The MARK of the Quad Cities||2009-2010||join Central Hockey League|
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