American Hockey League

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American Hockey League
Logo of the AHL

Current season AHL 2019/20
sport ice Hockey
abbreviation AHL
League foundation 1936
Teams 31
Country countries CanadaCanada Canada United States
United StatesUnited States 
Title holder Charlotte Checkers
Record champions Hershey Bears (11)
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The American Hockey League ( AHL ) was founded in 1936 and is one of the oldest professional ice hockey leagues in North America. It is the second highest North American league after the NHL . In the course of the merger with the International Hockey League in 2001, it was affiliated with the National Hockey League . It belongs to the so-called minor leagues and has an AAA classification, which corresponds to the highest possible standard. There are 31 ice hockey franchises in the league, most of them from eastern Canada and the USA and all of them cooperate with an NHL franchise . Mostly, players who will probably not be used for a long time due to the squad restrictions or young talents who were signed in the NHL Entry Draft are sent to the respective AHL club for a certain period of time in order to get match practice. For this reason, the AHL teams are also known as farm teams (in the figurative sense: talent factory).

Due to the complete failure of the 2004/05 NHL season , the AHL benefited from the many NHL stars who played for the respective AHL club all season, as well as from increased public interest and television presence.

It is played in the Eastern and Western Conference, each conference has been divided into two divisions since the restructuring for the 2015/16 season.

Franchises for the 2019/20 season

The distribution of the franchises in the 2019/20 season .
The same colors symbolize belonging to a division.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Surname Location Stadion NHL partner ECHL partner
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Bridgeport , Connecticut Webster Bank Arena New York Islanders Worcester Railers
Charlotte Checkers Charlotte , North Carolina Bojangles' Coliseum Carolina Hurricanes Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford , Connecticut XL Center New York Rangers Maine Mariners
Hershey Bears Hershey , Pennsylvania Giant Center Washington Capitals South Carolina Stingrays
Lehigh Valley Phantoms Allentown , Pennsylvania PPL Center Philadelphia Flyers Reading Royals
Providence Bruins Providence , Rhode Island Dunkin 'Donuts Center Boston Bruins Atlanta Gladiators
Springfield Thunderbirds Springfield , Massachusetts MassMutual Center Florida panthers -
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Wilkes-Barre , Pennsylvania Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Pittsburgh Penguins Wheeling Nailers

North Division

Surname Location Stadion NHL partner ECHL partner
Belleville Senators Belleville , Ontario CAA arena Ottawa Senators Brampton Beast
Binghamton Devils Binghamton , New York Veterans Memorial Arena New Jersey Devils Adirondack Thunder
Cleveland Monsters Cleveland , Ohio Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Columbus Blue Jackets -
Laval Rocket Laval , Quebec Place Bell Canadiens de Montréal -
Rochester Americans Rochester , New York Blue Cross Arena Buffalo Sabers Cincinnati Cyclones
Syracuse crunch Syracuse , New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena Tampa Bay Lightning Orlando Solar Bears
Toronto Marlies Toronto , Ontario Coca-Cola Coliseum Toronto Maple Leafs Newfoundland Growlers
Utica Comets Utica , New York Adirondack Bank Center Vancouver Canucks Kalamazoo Wings

Western Conference

Central Division

Surname Location Stadion NHL partner ECHL partner
Chicago Wolves Chicago , Illinois Allstate Arena Vegas Golden Knights Fort Wayne Comet
Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids , Michigan Van Andel Arena Detroit Red Wings Toledo Walleye
Iowa Wild Des Moines , Iowa Wells Fargo Arena Minnesota Wild All Americans
Manitoba mosses Winnipeg , Manitoba Bell MTS Place Winnipeg Jets Jacksonville Icemen
Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee , Wisconsin UW – Milwaukee Panther Arena Nashville Predators Florida Everblades
Rockford IceHogs Rockford , Illinois BMO Harris Bank Center Chicago Blackhawks Indy Fuel
San Antonio Rampage San Antonio , Texas AT&T Center St. Louis Blues Tulsa Oilers
Texas Stars Cedar Park , Texas HEB Center at Cedar Park Dallas Stars Idaho steelheads

Pacific Division

Surname Location Stadion NHL partner ECHL partner
Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield , California Rabobank Arena Edmonton Oilers Wichita Thunder
Colorado Eagles Loveland , Colorado Budweiser Events Center Colorado Avalanche Utah grizzlies
Ontario Reign Ontario , California Citizens Business Bank Arena Los Angeles Kings -
San Diego Gulls San Diego , California Pechanga Arena San Diego Anaheim Ducks -
San Jose Barracuda San Jose , California SAP Center San Jose Sharks -
Stockton Heat Stockton , California Stockton Arena Calgary Flames Kansas City Mavericks
Tucson Roadrunners Tucson , Arizona Tucson Convention Center Arizona Coyotes Rapid City Rush

No longer existing AHL teams

Awards and trophies

Team trophies
Surname Reason for award Namesake Award Record winner
Calder Cup
  • Calder Cup Playoff Winner
Frank Calder since 1936
Richard F. Canning Trophy
  • Best playoff team in the Eastern Conference
  • Eastern Conference Final Winner
Richard Canning since 1990
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
  • Best playoff team in the Western Conference
  • Winner of the Western Conference Final
Robert W. Clarke since 1990
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick since 1998
Frank S. Mathers Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season of the Eastern Conference
Frank Mathers since 1995
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season of the Western Conference
Bud poile since 2001
Emile Francis Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season of the Atlantic Division
Emile Francis since 2001
FG "Teddy" Oke Trophy
  • Best points team of the regular season of the East Division
Teddy Oke since 1936
  • has existed since 1924
Sam Pollock Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season of the North Division
Sam Pollock since 1995
John D. Chick Trophy
  • Best points team in the regular season of the West Division
John D. Chick since 1961
Player and coach trophies
Surname Reason for award Namesake Award Record winner
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
  • Best goalkeeper of the regular season
Aldege Bastien since 1984
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award Dudley Garrett since 1948
  • The trophy can only be won once in a career
Eddie Shore Award
  • Best Regular Season Defender
Eddie Shore since 1959
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
  • Fairness, commitment and dedication in and for ice hockey
Fred T. Hunt since 1978
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
  • Fewest goals conceded in the regular season
Hap Holmes since 1948
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy Jack Butterfield since 1984
  • no multiple winners
John B. Sollenberger Trophy John B. Sollenberger since 1948
Les Cunningham Award Les Cunningham since 1948
Louis AR Pieri Memorial Award
  • Best coach of the season
Louis AR Pieri since 1968
Willie Marshall Award
  • Regular season top scorer
Willie Marshall since 2004
Yanick Dupré Memorial Award
  • Special commitment in society
Yanick Dupré since 1998
Other trophies
Surname Reason for award Namesake Award Record winner
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
  • Special merit from an official
Jim Hendy since 1961
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
  • Extraordinary coverage by a journalist
James Ellery since 1964
Ken McKenzie Award
  • Best marketing of a franchise by a single person
Ken McKenzie since 1978
Michael Condon Memorial Award
  • Best referee of the season
Michael Condon since 2001
  • no multiple winners
Thomas Ebright Award
  • Special merits in the course of a career
Thomas Ebright since 1997

AHL All-Star Game

The first All-Star Game of the American Hockey League took place in the 1941/42 season. Initially a one-time event, the game was held annually from 1954 to 1960. It then took a little more than 35 years until the 1994/95 season - and since then regularly in the middle of the current season - an AHL All-Star Game was played. The mode has changed several times over the years. Sometimes AHL teams played against an All-Star team, sometimes the conferences against each other and sometimes Canadians against Americans. Since the 1996/97 season, a world selection (including US-Americans) has been competing against a selection of the best Canadians. Since it was held in the 1995/96 season, a skills competition has been held , similar to the NHL All-Star Game .

Hall of Fame

year Surname function
2006 Johnny Bower player
Jack Butterfield AHL president
Jody Gage player
Fred Glover player
Willie Marshall player
Frank Mathers Player
Eddie Shore players
2007 Bun Cook Player
Dick Gamble player
Gil Mayer player
Mike Nykoluk player
2008 Steve Kraftcheck player
Noel Price player
Tim Tookey player
year Surname function
2009 Jimmy Anderson player
Bruce Boudreau Player
Les Cunningham player
Louis AR Pieri official
2010 Macgregor Kilpatrick official
John Paddock Player
Marcel Paillé player
Bill Sweeney player
2011 Mitch Lamoureux player
Harry Pidhirny Player
Maurice Podoloff official
Larry Wilson Player
2012 Joe Crozier Player
Jack Gordon Player
John Stevens Player
Zellio Toppazzini player
year Surname function
2013 Harvey Bennett player
Ken Gernander Player
Jim Morrison players
Peter White player
2014 Bill Dineen Player
Al MacNeil Player
Bob Perreault player
John Slaney player
2015 Frédéric Cassivi player
Jim Hendy official
Bronco Horvath player
Kind of Stratton Player
2016 Bruce Cline player
Ralph Keller player
Jean-François Labbé player
Bruce Landon players
year Surname function
2017 Billy Dea player
Bryan Helmer player
Rob Murray player
Doug Yingst player
2018 Jim Bartlett player
Don Biggs player
Brian Kilrea player
Glenn Merkosky player
2019 John Anderson Trainer
Don Cherry player
Murray Eaves player
Brad Smyth player
2020 Robbie Ftorek Trainer
Denis Hamel player
Darren Haydar player
Fred Thurier player
Logo of the AHL Hall of Fame

In January 2006, the league leadership announced the first personalities to be ceremonially inducted into the new AHL Hall of Fame on February 1, 2006: Johnny Bower , Jack Butterfield , Jody Gage , Fred Glover , Willie Marshall , Frank Mathers and Eddie Shore .

The AHL Hall of Fame now has a total of 62 members who have made an outstanding contribution to ice hockey in the league. The ceremonial admission of the new members takes place at the beginning of each year as part of the AHL All-Star Classic .

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