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The American Hockey League
American Hockey League
(AHL) is a 30-team professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL).[2] Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-six AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews. In general, a player must be at least 20 years of age to play in the AHL or not currently be beholden to a junior ice hockey team. The league limits the number of experienced professional players on a team's active roster during any given game; only five skaters can have accumulated four full seasons of play or more at the professional level (goaltenders are exempt from this rule and can stay in the AHL indefinitely without being subject to this cap).[3] The AHL allows for practice squad contracts.[4] The annual playoff champion is awarded the Calder Cup, named for Frank Calder, the first President (1917–1943) of the NHL. The reigning champions are the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Predecessor leagues 1.2 1936–38 1.3 Formal consolidation of the I-AHL 1.4 Contraction, resurrection, and expansion 1.5 Absorption of the IHL 1.6 Relocations and western shift

2 Teams

2.1 Future teams 2.2 Timeline

3 AHL teams of the past and present 4 All-Star Game 5 Outdoor games 6 AHL Hall of Fame 7 Trophies and awards

7.1 Individual awards 7.2 Team awards 7.3 Other awards

8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Predecessor leagues[edit] The AHL traces its origins directly to two predecessor professional leagues: the Canadian-American Hockey League (the "Can-Am" League), founded in 1926, and the first International Hockey League, established in 1929. Although the Can-Am League never operated with more than six teams, the departure of the Boston Bruin Cubs after the 1935–36 season reduced it down to just four member clubs – Springfield Indians, Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Ramblers, Providence Reds, and New Haven Eagles – for the first time in its history. At the same time, the then-rival IHL lost half of its eight members after the 1935–36 season, also leaving it with just four member teams: Buffalo Bisons, Syracuse Stars, Pittsburgh Hornets and Cleveland
Cleveland
Falcons. 1936–38[edit] With both leagues down to the bare minimum in membership, the governors of each recognized the need for action to assure their member clubs' long-term survival. Their solution was to play an interlocking schedule. While the Can-Am was based in the Northeast and the IHL in the Great Lakes and Midwest, their footprints were close enough for this to be a viable option. The two older leagues' eight surviving clubs began joint play in November 1936 as a new two-division "circuit of mutual convenience" known as the International-American Hockey League. The four Can-Am teams became the I-AHL East Division, with the IHL quartet playing as the West Division. The IHL also contributed its former championship trophy, the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy, which would go to the regular-season winners of the merged league's West Division until 1952. The Oke Trophy is now awarded to the regular-season winners of the AHL's Northeast Division. A little more than a month into that first season, the balance and symmetry of the new combined circuit suffered a setback when its membership unexpectedly fell to seven teams. The West's Buffalo Bisons were forced to cease operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just 11 games, because of what proved to be insurmountable financial problems and lack of access to a suitable arena; the Bisons' original arena, Peace Bridge Arena, had collapsed the previous season. (A new Buffalo Bisons would return in 1940 after a new arena was constructed for them.) The makeshift new I-AHL played out the rest of its first season (as well as all of the next) with just seven teams. At the end of the 1936–37 season, a modified three-round playoff format was devised and a new championship trophy, the Calder Cup, was established. The Syracuse Stars
Syracuse Stars
defeated the Philadelphia Ramblers
Philadelphia Ramblers
in the final, three-games-to-one, to win the first-ever Calder Cup championship. The Calder Cup
Calder Cup
continues on today as the AHL's playoff championship trophy. Formal consolidation of the I-AHL[edit]

After two seasons of interlocking play, the governors of the two leagues' seven active teams met in New York City on June 28, 1938, and agreed that it was time to formally consolidate. Maurice Podoloff of New Haven, the former head of the Can-Am League, was elected the I-AHL's first president. The former IHL president, John Chick of Windsor, Ontario, became vice-president in charge of officials. The new I-AHL also added an eighth franchise at the 1938 meeting to fill the void in its membership left by the loss of Buffalo two years earlier with the admission of the then two-time defending Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL) champion Hershey Bears.[5] The Bears remain the only one of these eight original I-AHL/AHL franchises to have been represented in the league without interruption since the 1938–39 season. The newly merged circuit also increased its regular-season schedule for each team by six games from 48 to 54. Contraction, resurrection, and expansion[edit] After the 1939–40 season the I-AHL renamed itself the American Hockey League. It generally enjoyed both consistent success on the ice and relative financial stability over its first three decades of operation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, however, the cost of doing business in professional ice hockey began to rise sharply with NHL expansion and relocation (a process which involved the placing of teams in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
and Buffalo, forcing two long-time AHL clubs, the Pittsburgh Hornets and Buffalo Bisons, to fold) and especially the 1972 formation of the World Hockey Association
World Hockey Association
(WHA), which forced the relocation and subsequent folding of the Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons, Baltimore Clippers and Quebec Aces. The number of major-league teams competing for players rose from six to thirty in just seven years. Player salaries at all levels shot up dramatically with the increased demand and competition for their services. This did not seem to affect the AHL at first, as it expanded to 12 teams by 1970. However, to help compensate for the rise in player salaries, many NHL clubs cut back on the number of players they kept under contract for development, and players under AHL contracts could now also demand much higher paychecks to remain with their clubs. As a result, half of the AHL's teams folded from 1974 to 1977. The league bottomed out in the summer of 1977 with news that the Rhode Island (formerly Providence) Reds – the last remaining uninterrupted franchise from the 1936–37 season, and the oldest continuously operating minor league franchise in North America – had decided to cease operations after 51 years in Rhode Island. The AHL appeared in serious danger of folding altogether if this downward trend was not reversed. However, two events in the fall of 1977 helped reverse the trend. The first of these was the decision of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
to return to the league as a team owner, and the second was the unexpected collapse of the North American Hockey League just weeks before the start of the 1977–78 season. The Flyers' new AHL franchise became the immediately successful Maine Mariners, which brought the new AHL city of Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
both the regular-season and Calder Cup
Calder Cup
playoff titles in each of that club's first two seasons of operation. The folding of the NAHL, meanwhile, suddenly left two of its stronger teams, the Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Firebirds and Binghamton, New York-based Broome Dusters, without a league to play in. The owners of the Dusters solved their problem by buying the Reds franchise and moving it to Binghamton as the Binghamton Dusters, while the Firebirds crossed over to the AHL from the NAHL. The Dusters and Firebirds, together with the Hampton Gulls
Hampton Gulls
(who had joined the league from the Southern Hockey League), boosted the AHL to nine member clubs as the 1977–78 season opened. Hampton folded on February 10, 1978, but was replaced the next year by the New Brunswick Hawks. With franchise stability improving after the demise of the WHA in 1979, the league continued to grow steadily over the years, reaching 20 clubs by the 2000–01 season. Absorption of the IHL[edit] In 2001–02, the AHL's membership jumped dramatically to 27 teams, mostly by the absorption of six teams – Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, Utah, Manitoba, and Grand Rapids – from the International Hockey League. The IHL had established itself as the second top-level minor league circuit in North America, but folded in 2001 due to financial problems. One oddity caused by the AHL's 2001 expansion was that the league had two teams with the same nickname: the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals and the Norfolk Admirals. The latter team transferred to the league from the mid-level ECHL
ECHL
in 2000. This situation lasted until the end of the 2014–15 season when the Norfolk team moved to San Diego
San Diego
and was replaced by another ECHL
ECHL
team with the same name. The Utah Grizzlies suspended operations after the 2004–05 season (the franchise was sold in 2006 and returned to the ice in Cleveland in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters). The Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves
(2002, 2008), Houston Aeros (2003), Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Admirals
(2004), and Grand Rapids Griffins (2013, 2017) have all won Calder Cup
Calder Cup
titles since joining the AHL from the IHL. Chicago and Milwaukee
Milwaukee
have also made multiple trips to the Calder Cup
Calder Cup
Finals, and Houston made their second Finals appearance in 2011. The Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose
moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
in 2011 and were renamed the St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps
after the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg
Winnipeg
as the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets. In 2013, Houston moved to Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
to become the Iowa Wild. This left Chicago, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee
Milwaukee
as the only ex-IHL teams still in their original cities until the 2015 relocations when the IceCaps moved back to Winnipeg
Winnipeg
as the Manitoba Moose. Relocations and western shift[edit]

Team locations and divisional alignment in the 2014–15 season prior to the franchise relocations

Team locations and divisions after the 2015–16 relocation and realignment

Beginning with the 2015–16 season, eleven franchises have since relocated due to NHL parent clubs' influence on their development teams and players. Of the eleven relocated franchises, eight were relocated because they were directly owned by NHL teams and the NHL parent club wished to make call-ups from the AHL more practical by having closer affiliates. In January 2015, the AHL announced the relocation of five existing AHL franchises – Adirondack, Manchester, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, and Worcester – to California as the basis for a new "Pacific Division" becoming Stockton, Ontario, San Diego, Bakersfield, and San Jose respectively.[6] The relocated teams were all affiliated and owned or purchased by teams in the NHL's Pacific Division. The franchise movements continued with two more relocations involving Canadian teams[7] with the St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps
going back to Winnipeg
Winnipeg
as the Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose
and the Hamilton Bulldogs becoming another iteration of the IceCaps to fulfill the arena contract in St. John's. In the following seasons, more NHL organizations influenced league membership. In 2016, the Springfield Falcons
Springfield Falcons
franchise was purchased by the Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes
and relocated to become the Tucson Roadrunners and join the one-year-old Pacific Division. The Falcons were subsequently replaced by the Springfield Thunderbirds, the relocated Portland Pirates
Portland Pirates
franchise under a new ownership group. The Montreal Canadiens-owned IceCaps relocated to the Montreal suburb of Laval, Quebec, and became the Laval Rocket
Laval Rocket
in 2017.[8] The Binghamton Senators were also purchased by the Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
and were relocated to Belleville, Ontario, to become the Belleville Senators[9] while the New Jersey Devils' owned Albany Devils
Albany Devils
were relocated to become the Binghamton Devils.[10] For the 2018–19 season, a 31st team will join the league with the Colorado Eagles
Colorado Eagles
as the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
affiliate and the first AHL expansion since 2010.[11] Teams[edit]

Current teams

Division Team City Arena Founded Joined Head Coach NHL Affiliate

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Bridgeport Sound Tigers Bridgeport, Connecticut Webster Bank Arena 2001 Brent Thompson New York Islanders

Charlotte Checkers Charlotte, North Carolina Bojangles' Coliseum 1990[c 1] Mike Vellucci Carolina Hurricanes

Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford, Connecticut XL Center 1926[c 1] 1936 Keith McCambridge New York Rangers

Hershey Bears Hershey, Pennsylvania Giant Center 1938 Troy Mann Washington Capitals

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Allentown, Pennsylvania PPL Center 1996[c 1] Scott Gordon Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Flyers

Providence Bruins Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center 1987[c 1] Jay Leach Boston Bruins

Springfield Thunderbirds Springfield, Massachusetts MassMutual Center 1975[c 1] 1981 Geordie Kinnear Florida Panthers

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 1981[c 1] Clark Donatelli Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Penguins

North Belleville Senators Belleville, Ontario Yardmen Arena 1972[c 1] Kurt Kleinendorst Ottawa Senators

Binghamton Devils Binghamton, New York Veterans Memorial Arena 1998[c 1] Rick Kowalsky New Jersey Devils

Laval Rocket Laval, Quebec Place Bell 1969[c 1] Sylvain Lefebvre Montreal Canadiens

Rochester Americans Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 1956 Chris Taylor Buffalo Sabres

Syracuse Crunch Syracuse, New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena 1992[c 1] Benoit Groulx Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto
Toronto
Marlies Toronto, Ontario Ricoh Coliseum 1978[c 1] Sheldon Keefe Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs

Utica Comets Utica, New York Adirondack Bank Center 1932[c 1] 1936 Trent Cull Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference

Central Chicago Wolves Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 1994 2001 Rocky Thompson Vegas Golden Knights

Cleveland
Cleveland
Monsters Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena 1994[c 1] 2001 John Madden Columbus Blue Jackets

Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena 1996 2001 Todd Nelson Detroit Red Wings

Iowa Wild Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 1994[c 1] 2001 Derek Lalonde Minnesota Wild

Manitoba Moose Winnipeg, Manitoba Bell MTS Place 1994[c 1] 2001 Pascal Vincent Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Jets

Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals Milwaukee, Wisconsin UW– Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Panther Arena 1970 2001 Dean Evason Nashville Predators

Rockford IceHogs Rockford, Illinois BMO Harris Bank Center 1995[c 1] Jeremy Colliton Chicago Blackhawks

Pacific Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield, California Rabobank Arena 1984[c 1] Gerry Fleming Edmonton Oilers

Ontario Reign Ontario, California Citizens Business Bank Arena 2001[c 1] Mike Stothers Los Angeles Kings

San Antonio
San Antonio
Rampage San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center 1971[c 1] Eric Veilleux Colorado Avalanche

San Diego
San Diego
Gulls San Diego, California Valley View Casino Center 2000[c 1] Dallas Eakins Anaheim Ducks

San Jose Barracuda San Jose, California SAP Center
SAP Center
at San Jose 1996[c 1] Roy Sommer San Jose Sharks

Stockton Heat Stockton, California Stockton Arena 1977[c 1] Ryan Huska Calgary Flames

Texas Stars Cedar Park, Texas H-E-B Center
H-E-B Center
at Cedar Park 1999[c 1] Derek Laxdal Dallas Stars

Tucson Roadrunners Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 1994[c 1] Mike Van Ryn Arizona Coyotes

Future teams[edit]

Team City Arena Founded Joining Head Coach NHL Affiliate

Colorado Eagles[12] Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2003 2018 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado Avalanche

Notes

^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Franchise has moved in the past; see AHL membership timeline below or the team's main article for further information.

Timeline[edit]

AHL teams of the past and present[edit]

Buffalo Bisons (1) (1936; folded) Cleveland Falcons (1936–37; renamed the Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons) New Haven Eagles (1936–43; folded during World War II resurrected 1945) Philadelphia Ramblers
Philadelphia Ramblers
(1936–41, renamed Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Rockets) Pittsburgh Hornets (1936–56; went on hiatus to wait for new arena, returned 1961) Providence Reds
Providence Reds
(1936–76; renamed Rhode Island Reds) Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
(1936–42; suspended during World War II; returned 1946) Syracuse Stars
Syracuse Stars
(1936–40; became Buffalo Bisons) Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons (1937–1973; became Jacksonville Barons) Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
(1938–present) Indianapolis Capitals
Indianapolis Capitals
(1939–52; folded) Buffalo Bisons (2) (1940–70; folded) Philadelphia Rockets
Philadelphia Rockets
(1941–42; folded) Washington Lions
Washington Lions
(1941–43; folded) St. Louis Flyers
St. Louis Flyers
(1944–53; folded) New Haven Eagles (1945–46, renamed New Haven Ramblers) Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
(1946–51; became Syracuse Warriors) Philadelphia Rockets
Philadelphia Rockets
(1946–49; folded) New Haven Ramblers (1946–50, renamed New Haven Eagles) Washington Lions
Washington Lions
(1947–49; became Cincinnati Mohawks) Cincinnati Mohawks (1949–52; transferred to IHL) New Haven Eagles (1950–51, folded) Syracuse Warriors
Syracuse Warriors
(1951–54; became Springfield Indians) Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
(1954–67; renamed Springfield Kings) Rochester Americans
Rochester Americans
(1956–present) Quebec Aces
Quebec Aces
(1959–71; became Richmond Robins) Pittsburgh Hornets (1961–67; folded) Baltimore Clippers
Baltimore Clippers
(1962–76; folded) Springfield Kings
Springfield Kings
(1967–74; renamed Springfield Indians) Montreal Voyageurs (1969–71; became Nova Scotia Voyageurs) Nova Scotia Voyageurs (1971–84; became Sherbrooke Canadiens) Boston Braves (1971–74; suspended, became Moncton Hawks) Cincinnati Swords
Cincinnati Swords
(1971–74; folded) Richmond Robins
Richmond Robins
(1971–76; folded) Tidewater Wings (1971–72; played in Norfolk; renamed Virginia Wings) Virginia Wings (1972–75; played in Norfolk; became Adirondack Red Wings) Jacksonville Barons (1973–74; folded, franchise purchased and became Syracuse Eagles) New Haven Nighthawks (1972–92; became New Haven Senators) Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
(1974–94; became Worcester IceCats) Syracuse Eagles
Syracuse Eagles
(1974–75; folded) Rhode Island Reds (1976–77; became Binghamton Dusters) Hampton Gulls
Hampton Gulls
(1977–78; folded midseason) Binghamton Dusters (1977–80; renamed Binghamton Whalers) Maine Mariners (1977–92; original franchise became Utica Devils; expansion franchise became Providence Bruins) Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Firebirds (1977–79; became Syracuse Firebirds) New Brunswick Hawks
New Brunswick Hawks
(1978–82; became St. Catharines Saints) Adirondack Red Wings (1979–99; became San Antonio
San Antonio
Rampage) Syracuse Firebirds
Syracuse Firebirds
(1979–80; folded) Binghamton Whalers
Binghamton Whalers
(1980–90; renamed Binghamton Rangers) Erie Blades
Erie Blades
(1981–82; merged into Baltimore Skipjacks) Fredericton Express
Fredericton Express
(1981–88; became Halifax Citadels) Baltimore Skipjacks
Baltimore Skipjacks
(1982–93; became Portland Pirates) Moncton Alpines (1982–84; renamed Moncton Golden Flames) Sherbrooke Jets
Sherbrooke Jets
(1982–84; folded) St. Catharines Saints
St. Catharines Saints
(1982–86; became Newmarket Saints) Nova Scotia Oilers
Nova Scotia Oilers
(1984–88; became Cape Breton Oilers) Sherbrooke Canadiens
Sherbrooke Canadiens
(1984–90; became Fredericton Canadiens) Moncton Golden Flames
Moncton Golden Flames
(1984–87; folded) Newmarket Saints
Newmarket Saints
(1986–91; became St. John's Maple Leafs) Moncton Hawks
Moncton Hawks
(1987–94; folded) Utica Devils (1987–93; became Saint John Flames) Cape Breton Oilers (1988–96; became Hamilton Bulldogs) Halifax Citadels
Halifax Citadels
(1988–93; became Cornwall Aces) Binghamton Rangers
Binghamton Rangers
(1990–97; became Hartford Wolf Pack) Capital District Islanders
Capital District Islanders
(1990–93; became Albany River Rats) Fredericton Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
(1990–99; became Quebec Citadelles) St. John's Maple Leafs
St. John's Maple Leafs
(1991–2005; became Toronto
Toronto
Marlies) Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins
(1992–present) Hamilton Canucks
Hamilton Canucks
(1992–94; became Syracuse Crunch) New Haven Senators (1992–93; became Prince Edward Island Senators) Albany River Rats
Albany River Rats
(1993–2010; became Charlotte Checkers) Portland Pirates
Portland Pirates
(1993–2016, became Springfield Thunderbirds) Prince Edward Island Senators
Prince Edward Island Senators
(1993–96; became Binghamton Senators) Saint John Flames
Saint John Flames
(1993–2003; became Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights) Cornwall Aces
Cornwall Aces
(1993–96; became Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) Springfield Falcons
Springfield Falcons
(1994–2016; became Tucson Roadrunners) Syracuse Crunch
Syracuse Crunch
(1994–present) Worcester IceCats
Worcester IceCats
(1994–2005; became Peoria Rivermen) Baltimore Bandits (1995–97; became Cincinnati Mighty Ducks) Carolina Monarchs
Carolina Monarchs
(1995–97; became Beast of New Haven) Philadelphia Phantoms
Philadelphia Phantoms
(1996–2009; became Adirondack Phantoms) Hamilton Bulldogs (1996–2015; became second version of the St. John's IceCaps) Kentucky Thoroughblades
Kentucky Thoroughblades
(1996–2001; became Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
(1997–2005; became Rockford IceHogs) Beast of New Haven
Beast of New Haven
(1997–99; folded) Hartford Wolf Pack
Hartford Wolf Pack
(1997–2010, 2013–present; became Connecticut Whale from 2010–13) Lowell Lock Monsters (1998–2006; became Lowell Devils) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
(1999–present) Louisville Panthers (1999–2001; became Iowa Stars) Quebec Citadelles
Quebec Citadelles
(1999–2002; merged with Hamilton Bulldogs) Norfolk Admirals (2000–15; became the San Diego
San Diego
Gulls) Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
(2001–present) Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves
(2001–present) Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Rapids Griffins
(2001–present) Houston Aeros (2001–13; became Iowa Wild) Manchester Monarchs (2001–15; became the Ontario Reign) Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Admirals
(2001–present) Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons (2001–06; became Worcester Sharks) Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose
(2001–11, 2015–present; were the St. John's IceCaps from 2011–2015) Utah Grizzlies (2001–05; became Lake Erie Monsters) Binghamton Senators
Binghamton Senators
(2002–17; became the Belleville Senators
Belleville Senators
in 2017) San Antonio Rampage
San Antonio Rampage
(2002–present) Toronto
Toronto
Roadrunners (2003–04; split from Hamilton Bulldogs, became Edmonton Road Runners) Edmonton Road Runners (2004–05; dormant 2005–2010, became Oklahoma City Barons) Iowa Stars
Iowa Stars
(2005–08; became Iowa Chops) Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (2005–07; became Quad City Flames) Peoria Rivermen (2005–13; became Utica Comets) Toronto Marlies
Toronto Marlies
(2005–present) Lowell Devils
Lowell Devils
(2006–10; became Albany Devils) Worcester Sharks
Worcester Sharks
(2006–15; became the San Jose Barracuda) Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie Monsters
(2007–16; became Cleveland
Cleveland
Monsters) Quad City Flames
Quad City Flames
(2007–09; became Abbotsford Heat) Rockford IceHogs
Rockford IceHogs
(2007–present) Iowa Chops
Iowa Chops
(2008–09; became Texas Stars) Adirondack Phantoms
Adirondack Phantoms
(2009–14; became Lehigh Valley Phantoms) Texas Stars
Texas Stars
(2009–present) Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford Heat
(2009–14; became Adirondack Flames) Albany Devils
Albany Devils
(2010–17; became the Binghamton Devils
Binghamton Devils
in 2017) Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Checkers
(2010–present) Oklahoma City Barons
Oklahoma City Barons
(2010–15; became the Bakersfield Condors) Connecticut Whale (2010–13; reverted to Hartford Wolf Pack) St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps
(2011–17; original franchise became the Manitoba Moose in 2015, second franchise became the Laval Rocket
Laval Rocket
in 2017) Iowa Wild
Iowa Wild
(2013–present) Utica Comets
Utica Comets
(2013–present) Adirondack Flames
Adirondack Flames
(2014–15; became the Stockton Heat) Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
(2014–present) Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
(2015–present) Ontario Reign
Ontario Reign
(2015–present) San Diego Gulls
San Diego Gulls
(2015–present) San Jose Barracuda
San Jose Barracuda
(2015–present) Stockton Heat
Stockton Heat
(2015–present) Cleveland Monsters
Cleveland Monsters
(2016–present) Springfield Thunderbirds
Springfield Thunderbirds
(2016–present) Tucson Roadrunners
Tucson Roadrunners
(2016–present) Belleville Senators
Belleville Senators
(2017–present) Binghamton Devils
Binghamton Devils
(2017–present) Laval Rocket
Laval Rocket
(2017–present)

All-Star Game[edit] The American Hockey League
American Hockey League
first held an All-Star Game in the 1941–42 season. The event was not played again until the 1954–55 season, and was then held annually until the 1959–60 season. In the 1994–95 season, the AHL revived the events again, and has been played every season since. The skills competition was first introduced for the 1995–96 season. From 1996 to 2010, the game took place between a team of players born outside of Canada and a team of players born within Canada. The All-Star Game was replaced by an all-star challenge between the league's divisions from the 2015-16 season onward. The challenge consists of six round-robin games between the league's divisions; the top two divisions in the challenge's round-robin phase advance to a six-minute championship game. The winning division of the championship game is declared the winner of the all-star challenge.

Date Arena City Winner Score Runner-up

January 29, 2018[13] Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, New York Round robin results: Pacific 5 – 3 North Central 2 – 5 Atlantic Central 2 – 4 North Pacific 4 – 3 Atlantic Central 3 – 4 Pacific Atlantic 3 – 4 North

North Division 1–0 Pacific Division

January 30, 2017 PPL Center Allentown, Pennsylvania Round robin results: Central 1–2 Atlantic Pacific 3–6 North Central 2–1 North (SO) Pacific 1–6 Atlantic Pacific 3–5 Central North 0–2 Atlantic

Central Division 1–0 (SO) Atlantic Division

February 1, 2016 Onondaga War Memorial Arena Syracuse, New York Round robin results: Pacific 0–1 North Central 2–1 Atlantic (SO) Central 4–2 North Pacific 1–2 Atlantic Central 4–6 Pacific Atlantic 4–1 North

Central Division 4–0 Atlantic Division

January 26, 2015 Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, New York West All-Stars 14–12 East All-Stars

February 12, 2014 Mile One Centre St. John's, NL AHL All-Stars 7–2 Färjestad BK

January 28, 2013 Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence, Rhode Island West All-Stars 7–6 East All-Stars

January 30, 2012 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, New Jersey West All-Stars 8–7 (SO) East All-Stars

January 31, 2011 Giant Center Hershey, Pennsylvania East All-Stars 11–8 West All-Stars

January 19, 2010 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, Maine Canada 10–9 (SO) PlanetUSA

January 26, 2009 DCU Center Worcester, Massachusetts PlanetUSA 14–11 Canada

January 28, 2008 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Binghamton, New York Canada 9–8 (SO) PlanetUSA

January 29, 2007 Ricoh Coliseum Toronto PlanetUSA 7–6 Canada

February 1, 2006 MTS Centre Winnipeg Canada 9–4 PlanetUSA

February 14, 2005 Verizon Wireless Arena Manchester, New Hampshire PlanetUSA 5–4 Canada

February 9, 2004 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan Canada 9–5 PlanetUSA

February 3, 2003 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, Maine Canada 10–7 PlanetUSA

February 14, 2002 Mile One Stadium St. John's, NL Canada 13–11 PlanetUSA

January 15, 2001 First Union Arena at Casey Plaza Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Canada 11–10 PlanetUSA

January 17, 2000 Blue Cross Arena Rochester, New York Canada 8–3 PlanetUSA

January 25, 1999 First Union Center Philadelphia PlanetUSA 5–4 (SO) Canada

February 11, 1998 Onondaga War Memorial Arena Syracuse, New York Canada 11–10 PlanetUSA

January 16, 1997 Harbour Station Saint John, New Brunswick World 3–2 (SO) Canada

January 16, 1996 Hersheypark Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania USA 6–5 Canada

January 17, 1995 Providence Civic Center Providence, Rhode Island Canada 6–4 USA

December 10, 1959 Eastern States Coliseum West Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Indians 8–3 AHL All-Stars

January 15, 1959 Hershey Sports Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania Hershey Bears 5–2 AHL All-Stars

October 6, 1957 Rochester Community War Memorial Rochester, New York AHL All-Stars 5–2 Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons

October 23, 1956 Rhode Island Auditorium Providence, Rhode Island Providence Reds 4–0 AHL All-Stars

January 10, 1956 Duquesne Gardens Pittsburgh AHL All-Stars 4–4 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Hornets

October 27, 1954 Hershey Sports Arena Hershey, Pennsylvania AHL All-Stars 7–3 Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons

February 3, 1942 Cleveland
Cleveland
Arena Cleveland, Ohio East All-Stars 5–4 West All-Stars

Outdoor games[edit]

An AHL record crowd of 45,653 watched the Adirondack Phantoms
Adirondack Phantoms
defeat the Hershey Bears, 4–3 in OT, at the 2012 AHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park
Citizens Bank Park
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Main article: AHL Outdoor Classic Since the 2009–10 season, at least one team in the AHL has hosted an outdoor ice hockey game each year. The Syracuse Crunch
Syracuse Crunch
was the first organization to put on an outdoor game in the AHL on February 20, 2010, building a rink at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, and packing a record 21,508 fans in for the Mirabito Outdoor Classic against the Binghamton Senators. The contest, which was also televised to an international audience on NHL Network, was won by the Crunch, 2–1. The Connecticut Whale hosted the Whale Bowl—the AHL's second outdoor game—on February 19, 2011, as part of a 10-day Whalers Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Attendance for Connecticut's game against the Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins
was announced at 21,673, the largest in AHL history to that point. Providence won, 5–4, in a shootout. On January 6, 2012, the largest crowd in AHL history saw the Adirondack Phantoms
Adirondack Phantoms
defeat the Hershey Bears, 4–3, in overtime before 45,653 fans at Citizens Bank Park
Citizens Bank Park
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the final event of the week-long activities associated with the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, which also included a game between the Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
and the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
on Jan 2 and an alumni game between retired players (including eight honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame) of those two clubs on December 31, 2011. The contest was the third outdoor game in AHL history and it more than doubled the league's previous single-game attendance mark. On January 21, 2012, the Steeltown Showdown between Ontario rivals the Toronto Marlies
Toronto Marlies
and Hamilton Bulldogs was held at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ont., with the Marlies winning 7–2 in front of 20,565 fans, the largest crowd ever for an AHL game in Canada. The AHL game was preceded the previous night by a game between Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
alumni. Two outdoor games were announced for the 2012–13 AHL season, but a meeting between the Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Rapids Griffins
and Toronto Marlies
Toronto Marlies
at Comerica Park
Comerica Park
in Detroit as part of the festivities surrounding the NHL Winter Classic was not held because of the cancellation of the NHL Winter Classic. On January 20, 2013, the Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
met outdoors at Hersheypark Stadium
Hersheypark Stadium
in Hershey, Pa. The Penguins earned a 2–1 overtime victory in front of 17,311 fans. The Rochester Americans
Rochester Americans
hosted an outdoor game in 2013–14, the Frozen Frontier, which was held at Frontier Field
Frontier Field
in Rochester on December 13, 2013. The Americans took a 5–4 decision in a shootout against the Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie Monsters
before a standing-room crowd of 11,015 fans. A year after their originally scheduled date, the Griffins and Marlies played at Comerica Park
Comerica Park
on December 30, 2013, and Toronto prevailed in a shootout, 4–3, becoming the first AHL team ever with two outdoor wins. Attendance in Detroit was 20,337. As part of the recent addition of the Pacific Division the AHL played its first outdoor hockey game in California during the 2015–16 season called the Golden State Hockey Rush. On December 18, 2015, the Stockton Heat
Stockton Heat
hosted the Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
at Raley Field
Raley Field
in West Sacramento, California. Stockton defeated Bakersfield 3–2 in front of 9,357 fans.[14] For the second consecutive season the AHL played an outdoor game in California. The Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
were named as hosts for their second outdoor game against the Ontario Reign
Ontario Reign
to be held on January 7, 2017, at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium and was called the Condorstown Outdoor Classic.[15] Despite sometimes heavy rain during the first period, the game went on as scheduled and the Condors defeated the Reign 3–2 in overtime. Although technically not an outdoor game, the Syracuse Crunch
Syracuse Crunch
defeated the Utica Comets
Utica Comets
2-1 on November 22, 2014 at the Carrier Dome, normally a college football stadium. AHL Hall of Fame[edit] Main article: AHL Hall of Fame The formation of an American Hockey League
American Hockey League
Hall of Fame was announced by the league on December 15, 2005, created to recognize, honor and celebrate individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions specifically in the AHL.[16] Trophies and awards[edit] The following is a list of awards of the American Hockey League. The year the award was first handed out is listed in parentheses. Individual awards[edit]

Les Cunningham Award – Most valuable player (1947–48) John B. Sollenberger Trophy – Top point scorer (1947–48) Willie Marshall Award – Top goal scorer (2003–04) Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award – Rookie of the year (1947–48) Eddie Shore Award – Defenceman of the year (1958–59) Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award – Best Goaltender (1983–84) Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award – Lowest Goals against average (1947–48) Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
– Coach of the year (1967–68) Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award – Sportsmanship / Perseverance (1977–78) Yanick Dupre Memorial Award – Community Service Award (1997–98) Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
– MVP of the playoffs (1983–84)

Team awards[edit]

Calder Cup
Calder Cup
– Playoffs champions (1936–37) Richard F. Canning Trophy – Eastern Conference playoff champions (1989–90) Robert W. Clarke Trophy – Western Conference playoff champions (1989–90) Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy – Regular season champions, League (1997–98) Frank Mathers Trophy – Regular Season champions, Eastern Conference (1995–96) Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy – Regular Season champions, Western Conference (2001–02) Emile Francis Trophy – Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division (2001–02) F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy – Regular Season champions, North Division (1936–37)† Sam Pollock Trophy – Regular Season champions, Central Division (1995–96) John D. Chick Trophy – Regular Season champions, Pacific Division (1961–62)

† Trophy predates American Hockey League, established 1926–27 in the Canadian Professional
Professional
Hockey League. Other awards[edit]

James C. Hendy Memorial Award – Executive of the Year (1961–62) Thomas Ebright Memorial Award – Outstanding career contributions (1997–98) James H. Ellery Memorial Awards – Outstanding media coverage (1964–65) Ken McKenzie Award – Marketing Executive of the Year (1978–79) Michael Condon Memorial Award – Outstanding service, On-ice official (2001–02) President's Awards – two annual awards given out by the AHL. The first award is presented to an AHL organization and recognizes "excellence in all areas off the ice." The second is given to a player as recognition of outstanding accomplishments in that year (2008–09)

Sources:

AHL Hall of Fame hockeydb.com

See also[edit]

American Hockey Association (1926–1942) List of AHL seasons Minor league Professional
Professional
Hockey Players' Association, the collective bargaining union for AHL players Sports league attendances

References[edit]

^ " Calder Cup
Calder Cup
Record Book", theahl.com ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. xvii. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.  ^ "FAQ". Theahl.com. Retrieved December 11, 2017.  ^ Filipowski, Nick (October 9, 2017). "Gionta to skate with Amerks, prepare for international competition". WIVB-TV. Retrieved October 9, 2017.  ^ "Hershey In Hockey League: Admitted to Circuit as American-International Loops Unite" The Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Record, June 29, 1938 ^ "AHL approves formation of Pacific Division". AHL. January 29, 2015.  ^ "AHL announces franchise transactions". AHL. March 12, 2015.  ^ "Montreal Canadiens' farm team relocating to St. John's next season". The Compass. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015.  ^ "Sens Owner Purchases AHL Team Partners W/ Belleville". Ottawa Senators. September 26, 2016.  ^ "NEW JERSEY DEVILS TO RELOCATE AHL AFFILIATE TO BINGHAMTON N.Y. FOR 2017-18 SEASON". Binghamtonsenators.com. Retrieved December 11, 2017.  ^ "AHL awards expansion membership to Colorado Eagles". AHL. October 10, 2017.  ^ " Colorado Eagles
Colorado Eagles
moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017.  ^ "North rallies for thrilling All-Star Challenge title". theahl.com. AHL. January 29, 2018.  ^ "Grant, Kylington and Shore Lead Heat to 3-2 Win at Raley Field". Stockton Heat. December 19, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  ^ "Condors bringing outdoor hockey to Memorial Stadium". Bakersfield.com. August 23, 2016.  ^ " AHL Hall of Fame
AHL Hall of Fame
announces Class of '15". Theahl.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 

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Western Conference Eastern Conference

Central

Chicago Wolves

Cleveland
Cleveland
Monsters

Grand Rapids Griffins

Iowa Wild

Manitoba Moose

Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals

Rockford IceHogs

 

Pacific

Bakersfield Condors

Ontario Reign

San Antonio
San Antonio
Rampage

San Diego
San Diego
Gulls

San Jose Barracuda

Stockton Heat

Texas Stars

Tucson Roadrunners

Atlantic

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Charlotte Checkers

Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey Bears

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Providence Bruins

Springfield Thunderbirds

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

North

Belleville Senators

Binghamton Devils

Laval Rocket

Rochester Americans

Syracuse Crunch

Toronto
Toronto
Marlies

Utica Comets

 

Joining in 2018–19: Colorado Eagles

Seasons Calder Cup

Champions

Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy All-Star Classic Draft Players

Hall of Fame Association

Outdoor Classic Captains

Les Cunningham Award John B. Sollenberger Trophy Willie Marshall Award Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award Eddie Shore Award Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award Yanick Dupre Memorial Award Jack A. Butterfield Trophy Richard F. Canning Trophy Robert W. Clarke Trophy Frank Mathers Trophy Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy Emile Francis Trophy F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy Sam Pollock Trophy John D. Chick Trophy James C. Hendy Memorial Award Thomas Ebright Memorial Award James H. Ellery Memorial Awards Ken McKenzie Award Michael Condon Memorial Award President's Awards

Category Portal 2017–18 season

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Current arenas in the American Hockey League

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Dunkin' Donuts Center Giant Center MassMutual Center Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza PPL Center Webster Bank Arena XL Center

North

Adirondack Bank Center Blue Cross Arena Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Oncenter War Memorial Arena Place Bell Ricoh Coliseum Yardmen Arena

Western Conference

Central

Allstate Arena Bell MTS Place BMO Harris Bank Center Bojangles' Coliseum Quicken Loans Arena UW– Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Panther Arena Van Andel Arena Wells Fargo Arena

Pacific

AT&T Center Citizens Business Bank Arena H-E-B Center Rabobank Arena SAP Center
SAP Center
at San Jose Stockton Arena Valley View Casino Center Tucson Convention Center

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Defunct American Hockey League
American Hockey League
teams

Abbotsford Heat Adirondack Flames Adirondack Red Wings Adirondack Phantoms Albany Devils Albany River Rats Baltimore Bandits Baltimore Clippers Baltimore Skipjacks Binghamton Dusters Binghamton Rangers Binghamton Senators Binghamton Whalers Boston Braves Buffalo Bisons (1936) Buffalo Bisons (1940–70) Cape Breton Oilers Capital District Islanders Carolina Monarchs Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Cincinnati Mohawks Cincinnati Swords Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons (1937–73) Cleveland
Cleveland
Barons (2001–06) Cleveland
Cleveland
Falcons Cornwall Aces Edmonton Road Runners Erie Blades Fredericton Canadiens Fredericton Express Halifax Citadels Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton Canucks Hampton Gulls Houston Aeros Indianapolis Capitals Iowa Stars Jacksonville Barons Kentucky Thoroughblades Louisville Panthers Lowell Devils Lowell Lock Monsters Maine Mariners Manchester Monarchs Moncton Alpines Moncton Golden Flames Moncton Hawks Montreal Voyageurs New Brunswick Hawks New Haven, Beast of New Haven Eagles New Haven Nighthawks New Haven Ramblers New Haven Senators Newmarket Saints Norfolk Admirals Nova Scotia Oilers Nova Scotia Voyageurs Oklahoma City Barons Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights Peoria Rivermen Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Firebirds Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Phantoms Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Ramblers Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Rockets Pittsburgh Hornets (1936–56) Pittsburgh Hornets (1961–67) Portland Pirates Prince Edward Island Senators Providence Reds Rhode Island Reds Quad City Flames Quebec Aces Quebec Citadelles Richmond Robins St. Catharines Saints Saint John Flames St. John's IceCaps St. John's Maple Leafs St. Louis Flyers Sherbrooke Canadiens Sherbrooke Jets Springfield Falcons Springfield Indians Springfield Kings Syracuse Eagles Syracuse Firebirds Syracuse Stars Syracuse Warriors Tidewater Wings Toronto
Toronto
Roadrunners Utah Grizzlies Utica Devils Virginia Wings Washington Lions Worcester IceCats Worcester Sharks

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Professional
Professional
ice hockey leagues in North America

National Hockey League

Minor leagues

High level

American Hockey League

Mid level

ECHL

Low level

Federal Hockey League Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey Southern Professional
Professional
Hockey League

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