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The Quebec Hockey League was a minor professional league from 1953-54 through 1958-59.

The Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major) has turned pro in 1953, partly as the result of a dispute between the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The other part was due to the Montreal Canadiens wanting to get Jean Beliveau signed. As long as the Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major) was amateur, Beliveau could play in that league. But when the league turned pro it gave up the rights to Beliveau.

The professional league was not a financial success, unlike the amateur league. But the introduction of television to Canada in 1952 would have killed the league, pro or amateur.

The league also competed for the Edinburgh Trophy from 1954 to 1957. The league champion played against the league champion from the Western Hockey League.

There were only three teams left in the summer of 1959 - Quebec Aces, Montreal Royals, and the Trois Rivieres Lions. The Aces and Royals both tried to get into the American Hockey League (AHL) but the AHL would not accept a team in a city which had a NHL team. This meant only the Aces got in.

The Montreal Canadiens, parent team of the Royals, then helped set up the Eastern Professional Hockey League which took in the Royals and Lions.


Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Shawinigan Falls Cataractes Shawinigan Falls, Quebec Shawinigan Municipal Auditorium 1953 Withdrew prior to start of season due to feeling team wasn't competitive
Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QHL) Chicoutimi, Quebec Colisee de Chicoutimi 1953-1959 folded
Montreal Royals Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum 1953-1959 joined Eastern Professional Hockey League (1959-1963)
Ottawa Senators (senior) Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Auditorium 1953-1955 folded
Quebec Aces Quebec City, Quebec Colisee de Quebec 1953-1959 joined American Hockey League
Sherbrooke Saints Sherbrooke, Quebec Sherbrooke Arena 1953-1954 folded
Springfield Indians West Springfield, Massachusetts Eastern States Coliseum 1953-1544 rejoin American Hockey League
Valleyfield Braves Valleyfield, Quebec Arena Salaberry 1953-1955 folded
Shawinigan Falls Cataractes Shawinigan Falls, Quebec Shawinigan Municipal Auditorium 1954-1958 folded
Trois Rivieres Lions Trois Rivieres, Quebec Colisée de Trois-Rivières 1955-1959 joined Eastern Professional Hockey League (1959-1963)
Ottawa Jr Canadiens Ottawa, Ontario games played in Verdun, Quebec Verdun Auditorium 1956-1957 junior team played limited schedule

Regular Season Champions

Playoff Champions


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