F i l t e r   &   S o r t 
Logo for Western Canada Hockey League
WHL: 1921-1926 (6 seasons)
Centered in smaller cities, WHL teams eventually resorted to selling players to their richer NHL rivals to stay afloat.
Logo for Pacific Coast Hockey Association
PCHA: 1912-1924 (13 seasons)
Oriented in western Canada and the western U.S., eventually merged with the Western Canada Hockey League (WHL)
Logo for National Hockey League
NHL: 1918- (104 seasons)
Founded to replace the NHA. Expanded into the U.S. in 1924 to emerge as the sole North American hockey league.
Logo for National Hockey Association
NHA: 1910-1918 (9 seasons)
NHA suspended operations in order to oust unwanted owner . Remaining league owners then started today's NHL.
Emmett Quinn, League secretary of the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA)
CHA: 1910-1910 (1 season)
Three teams from ECHA formed the new CHA, which only lasted a few weeks, as two of the teams quickly moved to NHA.
Logo for Ontario Professional Hockey League
OPHL: 1908-1911 (4 seasons)
Sometimes referred to as the Trolley League, rose in popularity followning collapse of the IHL.
Ambrose O'Brien, founder of the TPHL and WHA, and original owner of the Montreal Canadiens.
TPHL: 1906-1911 (6 seasons)
Minor professional league that dissolved when Ambrose O'Brien, owner of two of its teams, formed the National Hockey Association.
William Northey, co-founder of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association (ECHA)
ECHA: 1906-1909 (4 seasons)
Shed its amateur status in 1908, leading to amateurs playing for the Allan Cup, and professionals playing for Stanley Cup.
Jack Armytage, president of 10-time champ  Winnipeg in the Manitoba Professional Hockey League (MPHL)
MPHL: 1905-1908 (4 seasons)
Started as Mabitoba Hockey Association (MHA), an elite amateur league in 1892, turning professional as the WPHL in 1905.
William Foran, founded the Federal Hockey League
FHL: 1904-1909 (6 seasons)
Formed to provide a league for teams not accepted by the rival CAHL, but dissolved with the formation of the NHA.
Jack 'Doc' Gibson, founded the International Professional Hockey League (IHL)
IHL: 1904-1907 (4 seasons)
The first fully professional league, instrumental in changing the nature of ice hockey from amateur to professional.
Albert Edward Swift, Vice President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL)
CAHL: 1899-1905 (7 seasons)
Early men's amateur hockey league, with a growing focus on revenues. Replaced the organization that was AHAC.
Arthur Sixsmith, founded creation of the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL)
WPHL: 1896-1910 (15 seasons)
The pre-eminent ice hockey league in the U.S., it was the first organization to openly hire and trade players.
Mr. Thomas D. Green, President of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC)
AHAC: 1887-1898 (12 seasons)
Organized to provide a longer season to determine the Canadian champion, the first winner of the newly introduced Stanley Cup.

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