Early Hockey Leagues History

In 1888, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston (whose sons and daughter were hockey enthusiasts), first attended the Montreal Winter Carnival tournament and was impressed with the game. In 1892, realizing that there was no recognition for the best team in Canada (although a number of leagues had championship trophies), he purchased a silver bowl for use ... read more

Western Canada Hockey League Logo
WCHL: 1921-1926 (6 seasons)

In 1921, the WCHL was organized under the presidency of E. L. Richardson of Calgary,...

Pacific Coast Hockey Association Logo
PCHA: 1912-1924 (13 seasons)

Founded by Frank and Lester Patrick, The Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) was a professional...

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NHA: 1910-1918 (9 seasons)

The National Hockey Association (NHA), was a professional ice hockey organization with teams in Ontario...

Canadian Hockey Association Logo
CHA: 1910-1910 (1 season)

The Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) was an early men's professional ice hockey league. It was...

Ontario Professional Hockey League Logo
OPHL: 1908-1911 (4 seasons)

The Ontario Professional Hockey League (OPHL), sometimes referred to as the Trolley League, and also...

Eastern Canada Hockey Association Logo
ECHA: 1908-1909 (2 seasons)

The Eastern Canada Hockey Association (ECHA) was founded in 1905 as a men's amateur ice...

International Professional Hockey League Logo
IPHL: 1904-1907 (4 seasons)

The International Professional Hockey League (IPHL) was the first fully professional Ice hockey league, operating...

Federal Hockey League Logo
FHL: 1904-1909 (6 seasons)

The Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) was a Canadian men's senior-level ice hockey league that...

Canadian Amateur Hockey League Logo
CAHL: 1899-1905 (7 seasons)

The Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) was an early men's amateur hockey league founded in...

Western Pennsylvania Hockey League Logo
WPHL: 1896-1910 (15 seasons)

Despite the fact that the league could be traced back to 1895, the WPHL wasn't...

Manitoba Professional Hockey League Logo
MPHL: 1905-1908 (4 seasons)

The Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA) was an early men's senior ice hockey league playing around...

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AHAC: 1886-1898 (13 seasons)

The Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) was an amateur men's ice hockey league founded...