Centered in smaller cities, WHL teams eventually resorted to selling players to their richer NHL rivals to stay afloat.
Oriented in western Canada and the western U.S., eventually merged with the Western Canada Hockey League (WHL)
Founded to replacement to the NHA. Expanded into the U.S. in 1924 to emerge as the sole North American hockey league.
NHA suspended operations in order to oust unwanted owner . Remaining league owners then started today's NHL.
Three teams from ECHA formed the new CHA, which only lasted a few weeks, as two of the teams quickly moved to NHA.
Shed its amateur status in 1908, leading to amateurs playing for the Allan Cup, and professionals playing for Stanley Cup.
Sometimes referred to as the Trolley League, rose in popularity followning collapse of the IHL.
Started as Mabitoba Hockey Association (MHA), an elite amateur league in 1892, turning professional as the WPHL in 1905.
Formed to provide a league for teams not accepted by the rival CAHL, but dissolved with the formation of the NHA.
The first fully professional league, instrumental in changing the nature of ice hockey from amateur to professional.
The pre-eminent ice hockey league in the U.S., it was the first organization to openly hire and trade players.
Early men's amateur hockey league, with a growing focus on revenues. Replaced the organization that was AHAC.
Organized to provide a longer season to determine the Canadian champion, the first winner of the newly introduced Stanley Cup.