American Hockey League

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American Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 AHL season
SportIce hockey
Founded1936 (IHL/C-AHL Interlocking schedules); 1938 (IHL/C-AHL formally merged)
PresidentDavid Andrews
No. of teams31
CountriesUnited States (27 teams)
Canada (4 teams)
Most recent
champion(s)
Toronto Marlies (1st title)
Most titlesHershey Bears (11)[1]
TV partner(s)Canada (English): Sportsnet/Sportsnet One
Canada (French): TVA Sports
Europe: Premier Sports
United States (English): NHL Network
United States (Spanish): ESPN Deportes
Official websitewww.theahl.com

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.

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Locations of teams in the AHL as of the 2020–21 season. Dot colors correspond to the divisional alignment.

Teams as of the 2021–22 season[change | change source]

On June 7, 2021, the alignment for the 2021–22 season was announced.[2]

Division Team City Arena Founded Joined Head coach NHL affiliate
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Bridgeport Islanders Bridgeport, Connecticut Webster Bank Arena 2001 Brent Thompson New York Islanders
Charlotte Checkers Charlotte, North Carolina Bojangles' Coliseum 1990[c 1] Geordie Kinnear Florida Panthers
Seattle Kraken
Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford, Connecticut XL Center 1926[c 1] 1936 Kris Knoblauch New York Rangers
Hershey Bears Hershey, Pennsylvania Giant Center 1938 Scott Allen Washington Capitals
Lehigh Valley Phantoms Allentown, Pennsylvania PPL Center 1996[c 1] Ian Laperriere Philadelphia Flyers
Springfield Thunderbirds Springfield, Massachusetts MassMutual Center 1975[c 1] 1981 Drew Bannister St. Louis Blues
Providence Bruins Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center 1987[c 1] Ryan Mougenel Boston Bruins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 1981[c 1] J. D. Forrest Pittsburgh Penguins
North Belleville Senators Belleville, Ontario CAA Arena 1972[c 1] Troy Mann Ottawa Senators
Cleveland Monsters Cleveland, Ohio Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse 1994[c 1] 2001 Mike Eaves Columbus Blue Jackets
Laval Rocket Laval, Quebec Place Bell 1969[c 1] Jean-François Houle Montreal Canadiens
Rochester Americans Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 1956 Seth Appert Buffalo Sabres
Syracuse Crunch Syracuse, New York Upstate Medical University Arena 1992[c 1] Benoit Groulx Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Marlies Toronto, Ontario Coca-Cola Coliseum 1978[c 1] Greg Moore Toronto Maple Leafs
Utica Comets Utica, New York Adirondack Bank Center 1998[c 1] Kevin Dineen New Jersey Devils
Western Conference
Central Chicago Wolves Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 1994 2001 Ryan Warsofsky Carolina Hurricanes
Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena 1996 2001 Ben Simon Detroit Red Wings
Iowa Wild Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 1994[c 1] 2001 Tim Army Minnesota Wild
Manitoba Moose Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Life Centre 1994[c 1] 2001 Mark Morrison Winnipeg Jets
Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee, Wisconsin UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena 1970 2001 Karl Taylor Nashville Predators
Rockford IceHogs Rockford, Illinois BMO Harris Bank Center 1995[c 1] Derek King Chicago Blackhawks
Texas Stars Cedar Park, Texas H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 1999[c 1] Neil Graham Dallas Stars
Pacific Abbotsford Canucks Abbotsford, British Columbia Abbotsford Centre 1932[c 1] 1936 Trent Cull Vancouver Canucks
Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield, California Mechanics Bank Arena 1984[c 1] Jay Woodcroft Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Eagles[3] Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2003 2018 Greg Cronin Colorado Avalanche
Henderson Silver Knights Paradise, Nevada
Henderson, Nevada
Orleans Arena
Dollar Loan Center[c 2]
1971[c 1] Emanuel Viveiros Vegas Golden Knights
Ontario Reign Ontario, California Toyota Arena 2001[c 1] John Wroblewski Los Angeles Kings
San Diego Gulls San Diego, California Pechanga Arena 2000[c 1] Joel Bouchard Anaheim Ducks
San Jose Barracuda San Jose, California SAP Center 1996[c 1] Roy Sommer San Jose Sharks
Stockton Heat Stockton, California Stockton Arena 1977[c 1] Mitch Love Calgary Flames
Tucson Roadrunners Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 1994[c 1] Jay Varady Arizona Coyotes

Future teams[change | change source]

Team City Arena Founded Joined Head coach NHL affiliate
Palm Springs AHL team Palm Springs, California Coachella Valley Arena 2022 Seattle Kraken
Notes
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 Franchise has moved in the past; see AHL membership timeline below or the team's main article for further information.
  2. The Silver Knights will relocate during the 2021–22 season when their new arena in Henderson is completed in April 2022.[4]

Timeline[change | change source]

Palm Springs AHL teamColorado EaglesCleveland MonstersUtah Grizzlies (1995–2005)Manitoba MooseSt. John's IceCapsManitoba MooseMilwaukee AdmiralsOntario ReignManchester Monarchs (AHL)Iowa WildHouston Aeros (1994–2013)Grand Rapids GriffinsChicago WolvesBridgeport IslandersSan Diego GullsNorfolk Admirals (AHL)Texas StarsIowa StarsLouisville PanthersUtica CometsBinghamton DevilsAlbany 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 CheckersAlbany River RatsCapital District IslandersProvidence BruinsMaine MarinersBakersfield CondorsOklahoma 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 GullsBelleville SenatorsBinghamton SenatorsPrince Edward Island SenatorsNew Haven NighthawksHenderson Silver KnightsSan Antonio RampageAdirondack Red WingsVirginia WingsCincinnati SwordsMoncton HawksBoston Braves (AHL)Laval RocketSt. 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 StarsAbbotsford CanucksUtica CometsPeoria Rivermen (AHL)Worcester IceCatsSpringfield IndiansSyracuse WarriorsSpringfield IndiansHartford Wolf PackBinghamton RangersProvidence RedsPittsburgh HornetsPhiladelphia RamblersNew Haven EaglesSyracuse EaglesJacksonville BaronsCleveland Barons (1937-73)Buffalo Bisons (IHL)

AHL teams of the past and present[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Calder Cup Record Book" Archived January 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, theahl.com
  2. "AHL Board of Governors Approves Plan for Schedule Unification". OurSports Central. June 7, 2021.
  3. "Colorado Eagles moving to AHL to become top Avalanche affiliate". Fort Collins Coloradoan. October 10, 2017.
  4. "AHL Silver Knights to end 2021-22 schedule in new home". Las Vegas Review-Journal. July 23, 2021.