Federal Hockey League
Federal Hockey League
|No. of teams||4|
|Most recent champion(s)||Danbury Whalers (1st title)|
The Federal Hockey League (FHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Northeastern United States and Midwestern United States. The FHL began operations in November 2010. Don Kirnan serves as the league's first commissioner.
In February 2011, the FHL announced for the 2011–12 season they would add new teams in northern Vermont and Illinois. The Green Mountain Rock Crushers (later changed their name to the Vermont Wild) will play at Green Mountain Arena in Morrisville, Vermont, and the Danville Dashers will play at David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois. In May 2011, the FHL announced an expansion team to Wayne, New Jersey, called the New Jersey Outlaws. In December 2011 the FHL announced the Delaware Federals would replace the Vermont Wild. They played their first game on December 16, 2011 against Cape Cod.
In May 2012 it was announced that the Brooklyn Aviators were ceasing operations and that an expansion team was being added in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Demonz will play at the Hara Arena starting in the 2012-13 season. The Dayton Expansion Draft and the Brooklyn Player Dispersal Draft were both held on June 15. 
In July 2012 it was announced that the defending champion New Jersey Outlaws were relocating to Williamsport, PA, for the 2012-13 season.  Rather than playing in a traditional ice arena, they played outside on a portable ice rink at Bowman Field, home to the minor league baseball team the Williamsport Crosscutters. This venture was unsuccessful as the team folded on January 21, 2013 only to be resurrected by the league as a travel team that will play four road games.
On March 22, 2013, the Danbury Whalers swept the Dayton Demonz to win the Commissioner's Cup. The attendance at the final game was 3,116, the largest attendance in the history of the league.
|Danbury Whalers||2010||Danbury Ice Arena||3,050||Danbury, Connecticut|
|Danville Dashers||2011||David S. Palmer Arena||2,350||Danville, Illinois|
|Dayton Demonz||2012||Hara Arena||5,500||Dayton, Ohio|
|Watertown Privateers||2010||Watertown Municipal Arena||2,000||Watertown, New York|
Broome County Barons
New York Aviators
Thousand Islands Privateers
|Broome County Barons → Cape Cod Barons|
New Jersey Outlaws
|Rome Frenzy||Vermont Wild → Delaware Federals
||Cape Cod Barons → Cape Cod Bluefins
New York Aviators → Brooklyn Aviators
Green Mountain Rock Crushers → Vermont Wild
New York Bluefins
|New Jersey Outlaws → Williamsport Outlaws
Cape Cod Bluefins → New York Bluefins
|Dayton Devils → Dayton Demonz
Williamsport Outlaws → Pennsylvania Outlaws
Pennsylvania Outlaws → Pennsylvania Blues
|2013-14||4||Thousand Islands Privateers → Watertown Privateers|
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- Dayton Expansion Draft
- Outlaws ride into Williamsport PA
- Professional hockey coming to Williamsport's Bowman Field
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