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The Pacific Coast Hockey League was a minor league with teams in the western United States and Canada that existed in several incarnations: from 1928 to 1931, from 1936 to 1941, and from 1944 to 1952.

PCHL 1928-1931Edit

The first incarnation of the PCHL had four teams and lasted three seasons (The Victoria franchise was replaced by Tacoma in its final year after they finished season on the road after their arena burned down November 11, 1929).

TeamsEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Portland Buckaroos Portland, Oregon Portland Ice Arena 1928-1931 folded
Seattle Eskimos Seattle, Washington Seattle Civic Ice Arena 1928-1931 folded
Vancouver Lions Vancouver, British Columbia Denman Arena 1928-1931 folded
Victoria Cubs Victoria, British Columbia Patrick Arena 1928-1930 folded after finishing season on road as team's arena burned down November 11, 1929
Tacoma Tigers Tacoma, Washington State Armory
(not confirmed)
1930-1931 disbanded by league January 1, 1931 due to lack of progress on construction of an arena in Tacoma

ChampionsEdit

Season Regular Season Playoffs
1928-29 PCHL Season Vancouver Lions Vancouver Lions
1929-30 PCHL Season Vancouver Lions Vancouver Lions
1930-31 PCHL Season Seattle Eskimos Vancouver Lions

PCHL 1936-1941Edit

From 1931 to 1936, no league called the PCHL existed, although teams from the first PCHL joined the Western Canada Hockey League or the North West Hockey League. In 1936, the Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver franchises of the North West Hockey League joined with an Oakland team to re-form the Pacific Coast Hockey League. The Oakland team relocated to Spokane in its first year. The Spokane team disbanded for the 1939-40 season, but reappeared the next year as the Spokane Bombers.

The league disbanded after the 1941 season, primarily as a result of World War II.

TeamsEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Oakland Clippers Oakland, California Oakland Ice Arena 1936-1937 moved to Spokane, Washington February 8, 1937
Portland Buckaroos Portland, Oregon Portland Ice Arena 1936-1941 folded
Seattle Seahawks Seattle, Washington Seattle Civic Ice Arena 1936-1940 folded
Vancouver Lions Vancouver, British Columbia PNE Forum 1936-1941 folded
Spokane Clippers Spokane, Washington Spokane Ice Arena 1937-1938 folded
Spokane Bombers Spokane, Washington Spokane Ice Arena 1940-1941 folded
Seattle Olympics Seattle, Washington Seattle Civic Ice Arena 1940-1941 folded

ChampionsEdit

Season Regular Season Playoffs
1936-37 PCHL Season Portland Buckaroos Portland Buckaroos
1937-38 PCHL Season Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks
1938-39 PCHL Season Portland Buckaroos Portland Buckaroos
1939-40 PCHL Season Vancouver Lions Vancouver Lions
1940-41 PCHL Season Spokane Bombers Vancouver Lions


PCHL 1944-1952Edit

The final incarnation of the league was managed by Hockey Hall of Fame member Al Leader, and grew out of combining teams from the Southern California Hockey League and the Northwest International Hockey League. The PCHL was founded as an amateur loop, partly because the National Hockey League recognized Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) founder Lester Patrick as the territorial rights holder for professional hockey in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle. The league, while amateur, competed for the United States National Senior Hockey Championships.

In 1948, however, the ten team league voted to turn pro, and was recognized as such by the NHL.

In 1951, having dwindled to a six team league, the PCHL merged with the Western Canada Major Hockey League, adding three new franchises. One year later, the league became the Western Hockey League.

The PCHL championship trophy was the President's Cup.

TeamsEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Hollywood Wolves Los Angeles, California Pan Pacific Auditorium 1944-1947 folded
Los Angeles Monarchs Los Angeles, California Pan Pacific Auditorium 1944-1950 folded due to rest of California based teams folding
Oakland Oaks Oakland, California Oakland Ice Arena 1944-1950 folded
Pasadena Panthers Pasadena, California Pan Pacific Auditorium 1944-1945 folded
Portland Eagles Portland, Oregon Portland Ice Arena 1944-1949 renamed Portland Penguins
San Diego Skyhawks San Diego, California Glacier Gardens 1944-1950 folded
San Francisco Shamrocks San Francisco, California Winterland Arena 1944-1950 folded
Seattle Ironmen Seattle, Washington Seattle Civic Ice Arena 1944-1952 renamed Seattle Bombers; join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Seattle Stars Seattle, Washington Seattle Civic Ice Arena 1944-1945 folded
Vancouver Vanguards Vancouver, Washington PNE Forum 1944-1944

merged with Portland Eagles  franchise rights form Vancouver Canucks (WHL)

New Westminster Royals New Westminster, British Columbia Queen's Park Arena 1945-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Vancouver Canucks (WHL) Vancouver, British Columbia PNE Forum 1945-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Fresno Falcons Fresno, California Fresno Ice Arena 1946-1950 folded
Tacoma Rockets (WHL) Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Ice Palace 1946-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Portland Penguins Portland, Oregon Portland Ice Arena 1949-1950 revert to Portland Eagles name
Victoria Cougars (1949-1961) Victoria, British Columbia Victoria Memorial Arena 1949-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Portland Eagles Portland, Oregon Portland Ice Arena 1950-1951 folded
Calgary Stampeders Calgary, Alberta Stampede Corral 1951-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Edmonton Flyers Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Gardens 1951-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)
Saskatoon Quakers Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatoon Arena 1951-1952 join Western Hockey League (1951-1974)

ChampionsEdit

Season Regular Season Playoffs
1944-45 PCHL Season Oakland Oaks (Central)
Seattle Ironmen (North)
San Diego Skyhawks (South)
Seattle Ironmen
1945-46 PCHL Season Vancouver Canucks (WHL) (North)
Oakland Oaks (South)
Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
1946-47 PCHL Season Portland Eagles (North)
Hollywood Wolves (South)
Los Angeles Monarchs
1947-48 PCHL Season Seattle Ironmen (North)
Los Angeles Monarchs (South)
Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
1948-49 PCHL Season New Westminster Royals (North)
Fresno Falcons (South)
San Diego Skyhawks
1949-50 PCHL Season New Westminster Royals (North)
San Francisco Shamrocks (South)
New Westminster Royals
1950-51 PCHL Season Victoria Cougars (1949-1961) Victoria Cougars (1949-1961)
1951-52 PCHL Season New Westminster Royals Saskatoon Quakers


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