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American Hockey League
Current season or competition:
2016-17 AHL season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1936
Commissioner David Andrews
No. of teams 30 (27 American; 3 Canadian)
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
Most recent champion(s) Lake Erie Monsters
TV partner(s) Canada (English): Sportsnet/Sportsnet One
Canada (French): TVA Sports
Europe: ESPN America
Official website

The American Hockey League or AHL, is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada. It is considered the farm league of the National Hockey League. The major championship in the AHL that the two winning teams of their conferences play for is the Calder Cup. The oldest current team in the AHL is the Hershey Bears which began play in 1938.



Current Teams
Division Team Arena Location NHL Affiliate Team(s) ECHL/CHL Affiliate Team(s)
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Bridgeport Sound Tigers Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport, Connecticut New York Islanders Missouri Mavericks
Hartford Wolf Pack XL Center Hartford, Connecticut New York Rangers Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Hershey Bears Giant Center Hershey, Pennsylvania Washington Capitals South Carolina Stingrays
Lehigh Valley Phantoms PPL Center Allentown, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Flyers Reading Royals
Providence Bruins Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence, Rhode Island Boston Bruins Atlanta Gladiators
Springfield Thunderbirds MassMutual Center Springfield, Massachusetts Florida Panthers None
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Penguins Wheeling Nailers
North Albany Devils Times Union Center Albany, New York New Jersey Devils None
Binghamton Senators Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Binghamton, New York Ottawa Senators Wichita Thunder
Rochester Americans Blue Cross Arena Rochester, New York Buffalo Sabres Elmira Jackals
St. John's IceCaps Mile One Centre St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Montreal Canadiens Brampton Beast
Syracuse Crunch Oncenter War Memorial Arena Syracuse, New York Tampa Bay Lightning Kalamazoo Wings
Toronto Marlies Ricoh Coliseum Toronto, Ontario Toronto Maple Leafs Orlando Solar Bears
Utica Comets Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, New York Vancouver Canucks Alaska Aces
Western Conference
Central Charlotte Checkers Bojangles' Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina Carolina Hurricanes Florida Everblades
Chicago Wolves Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois St. Louis Blues None
Cleveland Monsters Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio Columbus Blue Jackets None
Grand Rapids Griffins Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan Detroit Red Wings Toledo Walleye
Iowa Wild Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa Minnesota Wild Quad City Mallards
Manitoba Moose MTS Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Jets Tulsa Oilers
Milwaukee Admirals UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena Milwaukee, Wisconsin Nashville Predators Cincinnati Cyclones
Rockford IceHogs BMO Harris Bank Center Rockford, Illinois Chicago Blackhawks Indy Fuel
Pacific Bakersfield Condors Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, California Edmonton Oilers Norfolk Admirals
Ontario Reign Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario, California Los Angeles Kings Manchester Monarchs
San Antonio Rampage AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas Colorado Avalanche Colorado Eagles
San Diego Gulls Valley View Casino Center San Diego, California Anaheim Ducks Utah Grizzlies
San Jose Barracuda SAP Center San Jose, California San Jose Sharks Allen Americans
Stockton Heat Stockton Arena Stockton, California Calgary Flames Adirondack Thunder
Texas Stars H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Cedar Park, Texas Dallas Stars Idaho Steelheads
Tucson Roadrunners Tucson Convention Center Tucson, Arizona Arizona Coyotes Rapid City Rush


Cleveland MonstersUtah Grizzlies (1995–2005)Manitoba MooseSt. John's IceCapsManitoba MooseMilwaukee AdmiralsOntario Reign (AHL)Manchester Monarchs (AHL)Iowa WildHouston Aeros (1994–2013)Grand Rapids GriffinsChicago WolvesBridgeport Sound TigersSan Diego GullsNorfolk AdmiralsTexas StarsIowa StarsLouisville PanthersAlbany DevilsLowell DevilsSan Jose BarracudaWorcester SharksCleveland Barons (2001–06)Kentucky ThoroughbladesLehigh Valley PhantomsAdirondack PhantomsPhiladelphia PhantomsBeast of New HavenCarolina MonarchsRockford IceHogsCincinnati Mighty DucksBaltimore BanditsTucson RoadrunnersSpringfield FalconsSyracuse CrunchHamilton CanucksCharlotte Checkers (2010–)Albany River RatsCapital District IslandersProvidence BruinsMaine MarinersBakersfield Condors (AHL)Oklahoma City BaronsEdmonton Road RunnersToronto RoadrunnersHamilton Bulldogs (AHL)Cape Breton OilersNova Scotia OilersMoncton Golden FlamesSherbrooke JetsWilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsCornwall AcesHalifax CitadelsFredericton ExpressSpringfield ThunderbirdsPortland PiratesBaltimore SkipjacksErie BladesToronto MarliesSt. John's Maple LeafsNewmarket SaintsSt. Catharines SaintsNew Brunswick HawksSyracuse FirebirdsPhiladelphia Firebirds (ice hockey)Stockton HeatAdirondack FlamesAbbotsford HeatQuad City FlamesOmaha Ak-Sar-Ben KnightsSaint John FlamesUtica DevilsMaine MarinersHampton GullsBinghamton SenatorsPrince Edward Island SenatorsNew Haven NighthawksSan Antonio RampageAdirondack Red WingsVirginia WingsCincinnati SwordsMoncton HawksBoston Braves (AHL)Laval AHL teamSt. John's IceCapsHamilton Bulldogs (AHL)Quebec CitadellesFredericton CanadiensSherbrooke CanadiensNova Scotia VoyageursMontreal VoyageursBaltimore ClippersRichmond RobinsQuebec AcesRochester AmericansPhiladelphia RocketsSt. Louis FlyersCincinnati MohawksWashington LionsIndianapolis CapitalsHershey BearsBuffalo Bisons (AHL)Syracuse StarsUtica CometsPeoria Rivermen (AHL)Worcester IceCatsSpringfield IndiansSyracuse WarriorsSpringfield IndiansHartford Wolf PackBinghamton RangersProvidence RedsPittsburgh HornetsPhiladelphia RamblersNew Haven EaglesSyracuse EaglesJacksonville BaronsCleveland Barons (1937-73)Buffalo Bisons (IHL)

All-time teams

  • Buffalo Bisons (1936; folded)
  • Cleveland Falcons (1936–1937; renamed the Cleveland Barons)
  • New Haven Eagles (1936–1943; folded during World War II resurrected 1945)
  • Philadelphia Ramblers (1936–1941, renamed Philadelphia Rockets)
  • Pittsburgh Hornets (1936–1956; went on hiatus to wait for new arena, returned 1961)
  • Providence Reds (1936–1976; renamed Rhode Island Reds)
  • Springfield Indians (1936–1942; suspended during World War II; returned 1946)
  • Syracuse Stars (1936–1940; became Buffalo Bisons)
  • Cleveland Barons (1937–1973; became Jacksonville Barons)
  • Hershey Bears (1938–present)
  • Indianapolis Capitals (1939–1952; folded)
  • Buffalo Bisons (1940–1970; folded)
  • Philadelphia Rockets (1941–1942) folded
  • Washington Lions (1941–1943; folded)
  • St. Louis Flyers (1944–1953; folded)
  • New Haven Eagles (1945–1946, renamed New Haven Ramblers)
  • Springfield Indians (1946–1951; became Syracuse Warriors)
  • Philadelphia Rockets (1946–1949; folded)
  • New Haven Ramblers (1946–1950, renamed New Haven Eagles)
  • Washington Lions (1947–1949; became Cincinnati Mohawks)
  • Cincinnati Mohawks (1949–1952; transferred to IHL)
  • New Haven Eagles (1950–1951, folded)
  • Syracuse Warriors (1951–1954; became Springfield Indians)
  • Springfield Indians (1954–1967; renamed Springfield Kings)
  • Rochester Americans (1956–present)
  • Quebec Aces (1959–1971; became Richmond Robins)
  • Pittsburgh Hornets (1961–1967; folded)
  • Baltimore Clippers (1962–1976; folded)
  • Springfield Kings (1967–1974; renamed Springfield Indians)
  • Montreal Voyageurs (1969–1971; became Nova Scotia Voyageurs)
  • Nova Scotia Voyageurs (1971–1984; became Sherbrooke Canadiens)
  • Boston Braves (1971–1974; suspended, became Moncton Hawks)
  • Cincinnati Swords (1971–1974; folded)
  • Richmond Robins (1971–1976; folded)
  • Tidewater Wings (1971–1972; played in Norfolk; renamed Virginia Wings)
  • Virginia Wings (1972–1975; played in Norfolk; became Adirondack Red Wings)
  • Jacksonville Barons (1973–1974; folded)
  • New Haven Nighthawks (1972–1992; became New Haven Senators)
  • Springfield Indians (1974–1994; became Worcester Ice Cats)
  • Syracuse Eagles (1974–1975; folded)
  • Rhode Island Reds (1976–1977) became Binghamton Dusters)
  • Hampton Gulls (1977–1978; folded)
  • Binghamton Dusters (1977–1980; renamed Binghamton Whalers)
  • Maine Mariners (1977–1992; became Providence Bruins)
  • Philadelphia Firebirds (1977–1979; became Syracuse Firebirds)
  • New Brunswick Hawks (1978–1982; became St. Catharines Saints)
  • Adirondack Red Wings (1979–1999; folded)
  • Syracuse Firebirds (1979–1980; folded)
  • Binghamton Whalers (1980–1990; renamed Binghamton Rangers)
  • Erie Blades (1981–1982; merged into Baltimore Skipjacks)
  • Fredericton Express (1981–1988; became Halifax Citadels)
  • Baltimore Skipjacks (1982–1993; became Portland Pirates)
  • Moncton Alpines (1982–1984; renamed Moncton Golden Flames)
  • Sherbrooke Jets (1982–1984; folded)
  • St. Catharines Saints (1982–1986; became Newmarket Saints)
  • Nova Scotia Oilers (1984–1988; became Cape Breton Oilers)
  • Sherbrooke Canadiens (1984–1990; became Fredericton Canadiens)
  • Moncton Golden Flames (1984–1987; folded)
  • Newmarket Saints (1986–1991; became St. John's Maple Leafs)
  • Moncton Hawks (1987–1994; folded)
  • Utica Devils (1987–1993; became Saint John Flames)
  • Cape Breton Oilers (1988–1996; became Hamilton Bulldogs)
  • Halifax Citadels (1988–1993; became Cornwall Aces)
  • Binghamton Rangers (1990–1997; became Hartford Wolf Pack)
  • Capital District Islanders (1990–1993; became Albany River Rats)
  • Fredericton Canadiens (1990–1999; became Quebec Citadelles)
  • St. John's Maple Leafs (1991–2005; became Toronto Marlies)
  • Providence Bruins (1992–present)
  • Hamilton Canucks (1992–1994; became Syracuse Crunch)
  • New Haven Senators (1992–1993; became Prince Edward Island Senators)
  • Albany River Rats (1993–2010; became Charlotte Checkers)
  • Portland Pirates (1993–2016; became the Springfield Falcons)
  • Prince Edward Island Senators (1993–1996; became Binghamton Senators)
  • Saint John Flames (1993–2003; became Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights)
  • Cornwall Aces (1993–1996; became Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
  • Springfield Falcons (1994–2016; became the Tucson Roadrunners)
  • Syracuse Crunch (1994–present)
  • Worcester IceCats (1994–2005; became Peoria Rivermen)
  • Baltimore Bandits (1995–1997; became Cincinnati Mighty Ducks)
  • Carolina Monarchs (1995–1997; became Beast of New Haven)
  • Philadelphia Phantoms (1996–2009; became Adirondack Phantoms)
  • Hamilton Bulldogs (1996–present)
  • Kentucky Thoroughblades (1996–2001; became Cleveland Barons)
  • Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (1997–2005; became Rockford IceHogs)
  • Beast of New Haven (1997–1999; folded)
  • Hartford Wolf Pack (1997–2010, 2013–present; became Connecticut Whale from 2010–2013)
  • Lowell Lock Monsters (1998–2006; became Lowell Devils)
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1999–present)
  • Louisville Panthers (1999–2001; became Iowa Stars)
  • Quebec Citadelles (1999–2002; merged with Hamilton Bulldogs)
  • Norfolk Admirals (2000–2015; became the San Diego Gulls)
  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2001–present)
  • Chicago Wolves (2001–present)
  • Grand Rapids Griffins (2001–present)
  • Houston Aeros (2001–2013; became Iowa Wild)
  • Manchester Monarchs (2001–2015; became the Ontario Reign)
  • Milwaukee Admirals (2001–present)
  • Cleveland Barons (2001–2006; became Worcester Sharks)
  • Manitoba Moose (2001–2011, 2015–present; became St. John's IceCaps from 2011–2015)
  • Utah Grizzlies (2001–2005; became Lake Erie Monsters)
  • Binghamton Senators (2002–present; will become the Belleville Senators in 2017)
  • San Antonio Rampage (2002–present)
  • Toronto Roadrunners (2003–2004; became Edmonton Road Runners)
  • Edmonton Road Runners (2004–2005; dormant 2005–2010, became Oklahoma City Barons)
  • Iowa Stars (2005–2008; became Iowa Chops)
  • Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (2005–2007; became Quad City Flames)
  • Peoria Rivermen (2005–2013; became Utica Comets)
  • Toronto Marlies (2005–present)
  • Lowell Devils (2006–2010; became Albany Devils)
  • Worcester Sharks (2006–2015; became the San Jose Barracuda)
  • Lake Erie Monsters (2007–2016; renamed Cleveland Monsters)
  • Quad City Flames (2007–2009; became Abbotsford Heat)
  • Rockford IceHogs (2007–present)
  • Iowa Chops (2008–2009; suspended, then became Texas Stars)
  • Adirondack Phantoms (2009–2014); became Lehigh Valley Phantoms)
  • Texas Stars (2009–present, assumed suspended Iowa Chops franchise in 2010)
  • Abbotsford Heat (2009–2014; became Adirondack Flames)
  • Albany Devils (2010–present)
  • Charlotte Checkers (2010–present)
  • Oklahoma City Barons (2010–2015; became the Bakersfield Condors)
  • Connecticut Whale (2010–2013; reverted to Hartford Wolf Pack)
  • St. John's IceCaps (2011–present; original franchise became the Manitoba Moose in 2011, second franchise will become the Laval Rocket in 2017)
  • Iowa Wild (2013–present)
  • Utica Comets (2013–present)
  • Adirondack Flames (2014–2015; became the Stockton Heat)
  • Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2014–present)
  • Bakersfield Condors (2015–present)
  • Ontario Reign (2015–present)
  • San Diego Gulls (2015–present)
  • San Jose Barracuda (2015–present)
  • Stockton Heat (2015–present)
  • Cleveland Monsters (2016–present)
  • Springfield Thunderbirds (2016–present)
  • Tucson Roadrunners (2016–present)

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