Pacific Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1994
No. of teams 6
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Ceased 1995
Most championships Alaska Gold Kings (1)

The Pacific Hockey League (PHL) was a short lived semi-professional ice hockey league in the western United States in the 1990s. The league was formed by a merger of two previous semi-professional leagues, the Pacific Southwest Hockey League and Pacific Northwest Hockey League. Several PHL teams became charter members of the professional West Coast Hockey League in 1995.

The PHL played only one season, 1994–95. In addition to its league schedule the Anchorage Aces played several out-of-league games, while the Fresno Falcons also played opponents from the Florida-based Sunshine Hockey League. The Fairbanks-based Alaska Gold Kings were the league's sole champions.

After the season three PHL teams, the Aces, Falcons and Gold Kings, joined the WCHL. A fourth team, the Los Angeles Bandits, briefly joined the dubious North American League before folding.[1]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Northwest Division

Team name City Arena Seasons Fate
Alaska Gold Kings Fairbanks, Alaska Big Dipper Ice Arena 1994-1995 join West Coast Hockey League
Anchorage Aces Anchorage, Alaska Sullivan Arena 1994-1995 join West Coast Hockey League
Vancouver Thunderbirds Vancouver, Washington
(played in Seattle)[1]
(unknown; possibly Mercer Arena) 1994-1995 fold

Pacific Southwest Division

Team name City Arena Seasons Fate
California Hawks Anaheim, California [2] (unknown; possibly Glacial Garden) 1994-1995 folded
Fresno Falcons Fresno, California Selland Arena 1994-1995 join West Coast Hockey League
Los Angeles Bandits Los Angeles, California (unknown; possibly The Forum (Inglewood, California)) 1994-1995 join North American League

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pacific Hockey League (1994-1995) history and statistics, hockeyDB.com. (accessed 11 June 2015)
  2. Klein, Gary. "Background Helped Callahan Sharpen His Skills for Blades", Los Angeles Times, July 7, 1994. (accessed 11 June 2015)
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