North American Hockey League (1973–1977)
The North American Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. Several of the NAHL teams operated as developmental ("farm") teams for World Hockey Association franchises. The NAHL was one of two leagues, along with the Southern Hockey League, that were formed after the Eastern Hockey League ceased operations in 1973. The Lockhart Cup was the league's championship trophy. With the loss of a number of franchises, the NAHL elected to fold in September 1977.
The league served as the inspiration for the movie, Slap Shot.
Team name Years Seasons City Beauce Jaros 1975–1977 2 Saint-Georges, Quebec Broome Dusters 1973–1977 4 Binghamton, New York Buffalo Norsemen 1975–1976 1 North Tonawanda, New York Cape Cod Cubs / Cape Codders 1973–1976 3 South Yarmouth, Massachusetts Erie Blades 1975–1977 2 Erie, Pennsylvania Johnstown Jets 1973–1977 4 Johnstown, Pennsylvania Long Island Cougars 1973–1975 2 Commack, New York Maine Nordiques 1973–1977 4 Lewiston, Maine Mohawk Valley Comets 1973–1977 4 Utica, New York Philadelphia Firebirds 1974–1977 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Syracuse Blazers 1973–1977 4 Syracuse, New York
Season Champion Finalist 1973-74 Syracuse Blazers Long Island Cougars 1974-75 Johnstown Jets Broome Dusters 1975-76 Philadelphia Firebirds Beauce Jaros 1976-77 Syracuse Blazers Maine Nordiques
- ^ Reading Eagle, September 26, 1977
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