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The United States Hockey League was a minor professional ice hockey league that operated from 1945 to 1951. It was a post-World War II revival of the American Hockey Association, which shut down in the fall of 1942 . The league playoff champion was awarded the Paul W. Loudon Trophy while the regular season champions were awarded the Directors' Cup.

Going into the league meetings in June 1951, there were rumors that half of the teams in the league were ready to pull out of the USHL. League vice-president, Harry Fowler of the Omaha Knights, said that a group in Wichita, Kansas was expected to apply for membership, and Sioux City, Iowa had also been mentioned as a potential addition to the league. The league ended up folding.

After the three Texas-based teams left the league following the 1948-49 season due to two teams folding and one losing their lease, an amateur league, the Texas Amateur Hockey League was formed with three clubs playing games out of the former arenas in Dallas (Dallas Ice Arena) and Fort Worth (Will Rogers Memorial Center).


Team name City Arena Seasons Fate
Dallas Texans Dallas, Texas Dallas Ice Arena 1945-1949 folded
Fort Worth Rangers Fort Worth, Texas Will Rogers Memorial Center 1945-1949 folded
Kansas City Pla-mors Kansas City, Missouri Pla-Mor Ice Palace 1945-1950 renamed Mohawks
Minneapolis Millers Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Arena 1945-1950 become Denver Falcons
Omaha Knights Omaha, Nebraska Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum 1945-1951 fold with league
St. Paul Saints St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Auditorium 1945-1951 continues in local leagues
Tulsa Oilers Tulsa, Oklahoma Avey's Coliseum 1945-1951 fold with league
Houston Skippers Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum 1946-1947 renamed Huskies
Houston Huskies Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum 1947-1949 suspend operation when lose lease with arena
Kansas City Mohawks Kansas City, Missouri Pla-Mor Ice Palace 1949-1950 renamed Royals
Louisville Blades Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Gardens 1949-1950 folded
Denver Falcons Denver, Colorado University of Denver Arena 1950-1951 fold with league
Kansas City Royals Kansas City, Missouri Pla-Mor Ice Palace 1950-1951 also known as Kansas City Cowboys; fold with league
Milwaukee Sea Gulls Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Arena 1950-1951 fold with league


Season Regular season Playoffs
1950-51 Omaha Knights Omaha Knights
1949-50 Omaha Knights Minneapolis Millers
1948-49 St. Paul Saints St. Paul Saints
1947-48 Houston Huskies Houston Huskies
1946-47 Omaha Knights Kansas City Pla-mors
1945-46 Kansas City Pla-mors Kansas City Pla-mors