Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey

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Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 8
Country  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Jonquière Marquis
Official website www.lnah.com

The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (North American Hockey League)[1][2] (LNAH) was founded in 2004 and is a low-level professional league based in the Canadian province of Quebec, with one team in Ontario. It was called the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League (QSPHL) from 1996 until it turned pro in 2004. It has no connection with the similarly named North American Hockey League, an American junior league for players under twenty. Teams in the LNAH compete for the Futura Cup, which has been awarded annually since 1997.

Unlike higher-level professional leagues, such as the American Hockey League or the ECHL, the LNAH is not known for its skill level. Its teams employ many enforcers and has a rather infamous reputation for on-ice antics, primarily fisticuffs. The LNAH has the unofficial reputation as the world's toughest hockey league; a New York Times article stated that the league averaged 3.2 fights a game during the 2010–11 season, compared with 0.6 fights in the National Hockey League.[3]

Despite this reputation, many of the players are ex-NHL or ex-AHL players; Patrick Côté, Michel Picard, Stéphane Richer, Bobby Dollas, Guillaume Lefebvre, Garrett Burnett, Daniel Shank, François Leroux, Jeremy Stevenson, Éric Fichaud, Mario Roberge, David Gosselin, Michel Ouellet, Jesse Bélanger, Donald Brashear, Yves Racine and Juraj Kolník. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, some NHL players played the entire season in the league, such as Sylvain Blouin, Donald Brashear, Sébastien Caron, Mathieu Biron, Marc-André Bergeron and Sébastien Charpentier. The league has a rule that stipulates that all players must either have come from Quebec, or played junior hockey in Quebec.[3]

Another unique aspect, compared to other minor pro leagues of North America, is the absence of a veteran limit rule, which allows teams to stock up on experienced players. The league is slowly trying to clean itself up (for 2005–06, the roster limit went from 20 to 19 players, which for most teams meant one less enforcer), but this is no easy task for a league that has always been popular with the fans for its reputation of being the toughest league in the world.

The LNAH Draft is held during the summer, including 15 rounds. Players too old for junior ice hockey may be drafted even if they were already drafted by an NHL team. Drafted players come from many leagues, including the Canadian Hockey League, American Hockey League, lower-level professional leagues, and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Champions[edit]

Teams[edit]

Current[edit]

Team City Province Arena Joined
Cornwall River Kings Cornwall Ontario Cornwall Civic Complex 1996*
Jonquière Marquis Saguenay Quebec Palais des Sports 1996*
Rivière-du-Loup 3L Rivière-du-Loup Quebec Centre Premier Tech 2008
Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 Saint-Georges Quebec Centre Sportif Lacroix-Dutil 1996*
Sorel-Tracy Éperviers Sorel-Tracy Quebec Colisée Cardin 1996*
Thetford Mines Isothermic Thetford Mines Quebec Centre Mario Gosselin 1996
Trois-Rivières Blizzard Trois-Rivières Quebec Colisée de Trois-Rivières 1996*
Laval Braves Laval Quebec Colisee de Laval 2013
Notes
  1. An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move. See the respective team articles for more information.

Timeline[edit]

Ste-Marie Poutrelles Delta Rivière-du-Loup 3L Rivière-du-Loup Promutuel Saguenay Fjord (hockey) Jonquière Condors Asbestos Aztèques Cornwall River Kings Windsor Wild Sherbrooke Saint-François Sherbrooke Saint-François Granby Prédateurs (LNAH) Waterloo 94 Pont Rouge Lois Jeans Thetford Mines Isothermic Sorel Royaux Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 Rive-Sud Chacals Trois-Rivières Caron et Guay Trois-Rivières Caron et Guay Louiseville Jets Saguenay Marquis St-Jean Chiefs Laval Chiefs Sainte-Thérèse Chiefs Laurentides Gladiateurs LaSalle Rapides Lachute Rapides Verdun Dragons Saint-Laurent Dragons Iberville Dragons Haut-Richelieu Dragons Saint-Hyacinthe Chiefs Saint-Hyacinthe Chiefs

Defunct[edit]

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