See also: North American Hockey League (1973–1977) and North American Hockey League (US Tier-II Junior league).
Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey
LNAH logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 8
Country(ies) Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Most recent champion(s) Sorel-Tracy Éperviers (2018)
Official website

The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey(North American Hockey League)[1][2] (LNAH) was founded in 2004 and is a low-level professional league based in the Canadian province of Quebec. It was called the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League from 1996 until it turned pro in 2004. It has no connection with the similarly named North American Hockey League (NAHL), an American junior league for players under twenty. Teams in the LNAH compete for the Futura Cup, which has been awarded annually since 1997.

Unlike higher-level professional leagues, such as the American Hockey League or the ECHL, the LNAH is not known for its skill level. Its teams employ many enforcers and has a rather infamous reputation for on-ice antics that mostly include fisticuffs. The LNAH has the unofficial reputation as the world's toughest hockey league; a New York Times article stated that the league averaged 3.2 fights a game during the 2010-2011 season, compared with 0.6 fights in the National Hockey League.[3]

Despite this reputation, many of the players are ex-NHL or ex-AHL players; Patrick Cote, Michel Picard, Stephane Richer, Bobby Dollas, Guillaume Lefebvre, Garrett Burnett, Daniel Shank, Francois Leroux, Jeremy Stevenson, Eric Fichaud, Mario Roberge, David Gosselin, Jesse Belanger, Donald Brashear and Yves Racine. During the 2004–2005 NHL lockout, some NHL players played the entire season in the league, such as Sylvain Blouin, Sebastien Caron, Mathieu Biron, Marc-André Bergeron and Sebastien Charpentier. The league has a rule that stipulates that all players must either have come from Quebec, or played junior hockey in Quebec.[3]

Another unique aspect, compared to other minor pro leagues of North America, is the absence of a veteran limit rule, which allows teams to stock up on experienced players. The league is slowly trying to clean itself up (for 2005–2006, the roster limit went from 20 to 19 players, which for most teams meant one less enforcer), but this is no easy task for a league that has always been popular with the fans for its reputation of being the toughest league in the world.

The LNAH Draft is held during the summer, including 15 rounds. Players too old for junior ice hockey may be drafted even if they were already drafted by an NHL team. Drafted players come from many leagues, including the Canadian Hockey League, American Hockey League, lower-level professional league, and the CIS.

Current teamsEdit

Team City Arena Joined
Les Pétroliers du Nord Saint-Jerome, Quebec Regional Arena Rivière-du-Nord 2018*
Jonquière Marquis Saguenay, Quebec Palais des Sports de Saguenay 1996*/2009
Rivière-du-Loup 3L Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec Centre Premier Tech 2008*/2010
Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 Saint-Georges, Quebec Centre Sportif Lacroix-Dutil 1996*/2010
Sorel-Tracy Éperviers Sorel-Tracy, Quebec Colisée Cardin 1996*/2013
Thetford Mines Assurancia Thetford Mines, Quebec Centre Mario Gosselin 1996*/2015
  1. An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move/rename. See the respective team articles for more information.  The second date is when the team took their present name.


Season Champion
1996-97 Saint-Gabriel Blizzard
1997-98 Lachute Rapides
1998-99 Joliette Blizzard
1999-00 LaSalle Rapides
2000-01 Joliette Mission
2001-02 Laval Chiefs
2002-03 Laval Chiefs
2003-04 Verdun Dragons
2004-05 Québec Radio X
2005-06 Sherbrooke Saint-François
2006-07 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Summum-Chiefs
2007-08 Trois-Rivières Caron & Guay
2008-09 Pont Rouge Lois Jeans
2009-10 Saint-Georges CRS Express
2010-11 Sherbrooke Saint-François
2011-12 Thetford Mines Isothermic
2012-13 Jonquiere Marquis
2013-14 Jonquiere Marquis
2014-15 Thetford Mines Isothermic
2015-16 Rivière-du-Loup 3L
2016-17 Jonquiere Marquis
2017-18 Sorel-Tracy Éperviers
2018-19 Sorel-Tracy Éperviers

Team TimelineEdit

Present teams in bold

Team Seasons Fate
Acton Vale Nova 1996–2000 renamed Acton Vale Beaulieu
Haut-Richelieu Dragons 1996–1997 renamed Iberville Dragons
Lachute Rapides 1996–1999 became LaSalle Rapides
Laurentides Gladiateurs 1996–1997 became Sainte-Thérèse Chiefs
Louiseville Jets 1996–1997 folded
Pont-Rouge Grand Portneuf 1996–2001 renamed Pont-Rouge Caron et Guay
Rive-Sud Chacals 1996–1998 became Saint-Georges Garaga
Saint-Gabriel Blizzard 1996–1998 became Joliette Blizzard
Sorel Dinosaures 1996–1999 renamed Sorel Royaux
Thetford Mines Coyotes 1996–2000 renamed Thetford Mines Prolab
Vanier Voyageurs 1996–1997 became Québec As and played at Val-Bélair
Waterloo 94 1996–1997 became Granby Blitz
Windsor Papetiers 1996–2001 renamed Windsor Lacroix
Asbestos Aztèques 1997–2000 renamed Asbestos Dubé
Granby Blitz 1997–2002 renamed Granby Prédateurs
Iberville Dragons 1997–1998 became Saint-Laurent Dragons
Jonquière Condors 1997–2002 renamed Saguenay Paramédic
Québec As 1997–1998 dormant in 1998–1999
became Côte-de-Beaupré Caron et Guay
Sainte-Thérèse Chiefs 1997–1998 became Laval Chiefs
Joliette Blizzard 1998–2000 renamed Joliette Mission
Laval Chiefs 1998–2005 renamed Laval Summum-Chiefs
Saint-Georges Garaga 1998–2005 renamed Saint-Georges CRS Express
Saint-Laurent Dragons 1998–2001 became Verdun Dragons
Côte-de-Beaupré Caron et Guay 1999–2000 became Côte-de-Beaupré As
LaSalle Rapides 1999–2003 folded
Sorel Royaux 1999–2004 folded
Acton Vale Beaulieu 2000–2001 became Saint-Hyacinthe Cousin
Asbestos Dubé 2000–2002 renamed Asbestos Aztèques
Côte-de-Beaupré As 2000–2001 became Québec As
Joliette Mission 2000–2002 became Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Mission
Thetford Mines Prolab 2000–2007 renamed Thetford Mines Isothermic
Pont-Rouge Caron et Guay 2001–2004 became Trois-Rivières Caron et Guay
Québec As 2001–2003 (played Charlesbourg in 2001–2002 and Beauport in 2002–2003
renamed Québec Radio X
Rivière-du-Loup Promutuel 2001–2004 folded
Saint-Hyacinthe Cousin 2001–2005 renamed Saint-Hyacinthe Cristal
Verdun Dragons 2001–2005 renamed Verdun-Montréal Dragons
Windsor Lacroix 2001–2003 became Sherbrooke Saint-François
Asbestos Aztèques 2002–2003 folded
Granby Prédateurs 2002–2004 folded
Saguenay Paramédic 2002–2004 renamed Saguenay Fjord
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Mission 2002–2004 became Sorel Mission
Quebec Radio X 2003-2008 renamed Pont Rouge Lois Jeans
Sherbrooke Saint-François 2003-2011 became Windsor Wild
Trois-Rivières Viking 2003–2004 folded
Saguenay Fjord 2004–2005 folded after 24 games
Sorel Mission 2004–2008 suspend operations; return 2010 as Sorel-Tracy GCI
Trois-Rivières Caron & Guay 2004-2013 renamed Trois-Rivières Viking
Laval Summum-Chiefs 2005–2006 became Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Summum-Chiefs
Saint-Georges CRS Express 2005-2010 became Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5
Saint-Hyacinthe Cristal 2005–2006 renamed Saint-Hyacinthe Top Design
Verdun-Montréal Dragons 2005–2006 folded
Saint-Hyacinthe Top Design 2006–2008 renamed Saint-Hyacinthe Chiefs
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Summum-Chiefs 2006–2008 became Saguenay 98,3
Thetford Mines Isothermic2007-2015 renamed Thetford Mines Assurancia
Pont Rouge Lois Jeans 2008-2010 Folded
Saguenay 98,3 2008-2009 renamed Saguenay Marquis
Rivière-du-Loup CIMT 2008-2010 renamed Rivière-du-Loup 3L
Ste-Marie Poutrelles Delta 2008 folded during the season
Saint-Hyacinthe Chiefs 2008-2009 folded
Saguenay Marquis 2009-2012 renamed Jonquiere Marquis
Rivière-du-Loup 3L 2010-Present Current Team
Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 2010-Present Current Team
Sorel-Tracy GCI 2010-2011 renamed Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena
Windsor Wild 2011-2012 become Cornwall River Kings
Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena 2011-2013 become Sorel-Tracy Éperviers
Cornwall River Kings 2012-2016 folded in August 2016
Jonquiere Marquis 2012-Present Current Team
Sorel-Tracy Éperviers 2013-Present Current Team
Valleyfield Braves 2013-2013 relocated to Laval in November 2013
Trois-Rivières Viking 2013-2014 renamed Trois-Rivières Blizzard
Laval Prédateurs 2013-2017 folded when unable to relocate or find new owner
Trois-Rivières Blizzard 2014-2017 Renamed Trois-Rivières Draveurs
Thetford Mines Assurancia 2015-Present Current Team
Trois-Rivières Draveurs 2017-2018 folded
Berlin, New Hampshire 2018-Present 2018 expansion team


  1. RDS (LNAH's broadcaster) article.
  2. Le procès de Éric Haley aura lieu en décembre, La Tribune.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jeff Z. Klein (2011-03-01). A Place for Pro Hockey Players Fighting to Stay in the Game. New York Times. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.

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