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See also: North American Hockey League and Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey.

The North American Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. The NAHL was one of two leagues, along with the Southern Hockey League, that were formed after the Eastern Hockey League ceased operations in 1973. The Lockhart Cup was the league's championship trophy. The league served as the inspiration for the movie, Slap Shot.

A milestone in professional hockey occured in the NAHL in 1975-76 when Jocelyn Hardy of the Beauce Jaros scored 208 regular season points in one season, thus becoming the first player to ever achieve this mark, five years before Wayne Gretzky did pass the 200 points mark for the first time in the much more competitive National Hockey League.


Team name City Arena Years Comments
Broome Dusters Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 1973–1977 Join American Hockey League
Cape Cod Cubs/Cape Codders South Yarmouth, Massachusetts Cape Cod Coliseum 1973–1976 folded
Johnstown Jets Johnstown, Pennsylvania Cambria County War Memorial Arena 1973–1977 Fold when arena is damaged in severe flooding
Long Island Cougars Commack, New York Long Island Arena 1973–1975 Folded
Maine Nordiques Lewiston, Maine Lewiston Colisee 1973–1977 fold with league
Mohawk Valley Comets Utica, New York Utica Memorial Auditorium 1973–1977 fold with league
Syracuse Blazers Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial 1973–1977 Fold with league
Philadelphia Firebirds Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Civic Center 1974–1977 join American Hockey League
Beauce Jaros Saint-Georges, Quebec Centre Sportif Lacroix-Dutil 1975–1977 folded during 1976-77 season
Buffalo Norsemen North Tonawanda, New York Tonawanda Sports Center 1975-1976 folded
Erie Blades Erie, Pennsylvania Erie County Field House 1975–1977 Fold with league

Lockhart Cup

Season Champion Finalist
1973-74 Syracuse Blazers Long Island Cougars
1974-75 Johnstown Jets Broome Dusters
1975-76 Philadelphia Firebirds Beauce Jaros
1976-77 Syracuse Blazers Maine Nordiques