List of AHL seasons

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The American Hockey League is a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada. The American Hockey League serves as the top developmental league for the National Hockey League. The league played its first season in 1936 as the International-American Hockey League, a cooperation between the Canadian-American Hockey League and the International Hockey League in a "circuit of mutual convenience". After two seasons, the leagues formally merged and the new league, and after the 1939–40 season, the league became known as the American Hockey League.

Of the eight teams in the inaugural season, the Providence Reds remained with the same location and name the longest, until it became the Rhode Island Reds in 1976.

The 1938–39 season saw the Hershey Bears join as an expansion team. Still active as of the 2011–12 season, the Bears are the oldest continuously operating team in the league. The Rochester Americans, an expansion team in Rochester, New York for the 1956–57 season, are the second oldest team.

Seasons[edit]

  • Franchises in their current form are in boldface, i.e. Hershey Bears.
Seasons Teams
Regular season Calder Cup playoffs (1970) Number of teams Changes
1936–37 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The Buffalo Bisons ceased operations after 11 games.
1937–38 East Division: 4
West Division: 3
The Cleveland Falcons became the Cleveland Barons.
1938–39 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The Hershey Bears transferred from the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.
1939–40 East Division: 4
West Division: 5
The Indianapolis Capitals joined as an expansion team.
1940–41 East Division: 4
West Division: 5
The Syracuse Stars became the Buffalo Bisons.
1941–42 East Division: 5
West Division: 5
The Philadelphia Ramblers became the Philadelphia Rockets.
The Washington Lions joined as an expansion team.
1942–43 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The Philadelphia Rockets ceased operations.
The Springfield Indians ceased operations.
The New Haven Eagles ceased operations after 32 games.
1943–44 East Division: 3
West Division: 3
The Washington Lions ceased operations.
1944–45 East Division: 3
West Division: 4
The St. Louis Flyers transferred from the American Hockey Association.
1945–46 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The New Haven Eagles resumed operations.
1946–47 East Division: 5
West Division: 5
The New Haven Eagles became the New Haven Ramblers.
The Springfield Indians resumed operations.
The Philadelphia Rockets resumed operations
1947–48 East Division: 6
West Division: 5
The Washington Lions resumed operations.
1948–49 East Division: 6
West Division: 5
1949–50 East Division: 5
West Division: 5
The Philadelphia Rockets ceased operations.
The Washington Lions became the Cincinnati Mohawks.
1950–51 East Division: 5
West Division: 5
The New Haven Ramblers became the New Haven Eagles
and ceased operations after 28 games.
1951–52 East Division: 4
West Division: 5
The Springfield Indians became the Syracuse Warriors.
1952–53 7 (no divisions) The Indianapolis Capitals ceased operations.
The Cincinnati Mohawks transferred to the International Hockey League.
1953–54 6 (no divisions) The St. Louis Flyers ceased operations.
1954–55 6 (no divisions) The Syracuse Warriors became the Springfield Indians.
1955–56 6 (no divisions)
1956–57 6 (no divisions) The Pittsburgh Hornets ceased operations.
The Rochester Americans joined as an expansion team.
1957–58 6 (no divisions)
1958–59 6 (no divisions)
1959–60 7 (no divisions) The Quebec Aces transferred from the Quebec Hockey League
1960–61 7 (no divisions)
1961–62 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
A second version of the Pittsburgh Hornets joined as an expansion team.
1962–63 East Division: 5
West Division: 4
The Baltimore Clippers joined as an expansion team.
1963–64 East Division: 5
West Division: 4
1964–65 East Division: 5
West Division: 4
1965–66 East Division: 5
West Division: 4
1966–67 East Division: 5
West Division: 4
1967–68 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The Pittsburgh Hornets ceased operations.
The Sprinfield Indians became the Springfield Kings.
1968–69 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
1969–70 1970 East Division: 4
West Division: 5
The Montreal Voyageurs joined as an expansion team.
1970–71 1971 East Division: 4
West Division: 4
The Buffalo Bisons ceased operations.
1971–72 1972 East Division: 5
West Division: 6
The Quebec Aces became the Richmond Robins.
The Montreal Voyageurs became the Nova Scotia Voyageurs.
The Boston Braves joined as an expansion team.
The Cincinnati Swords join as an expansion team.
The Tidewater Wings joined as an expansion team.
1972–73 1973 East Division: 6
West Division: 6
The New Haven Nighthawks joined as an expansion team.
The Cleveland Barons became the Jacksonville Barons midseason.
The Tidewater Wings became the Virginia Wings.
1973–74 1974 North Division: 6
South Division: 6
1974–75 1975 North Division: 5
South Division: 5
The Boston Braves ceased operations.
The Jacksonville Barons ceased operations.
The Cincinnati Swords ceased operations.
The Syracuse Eagles joined as an expansion team.
The Springfield Kings became the Springfield Indians.
1975–76 1976 North Division: 4
South Division: 4
The Syracuse Eagles ceased operations.
The Virginia Wings ceased operations.
1976–77 1977 6 (no divisions) The Richmond Robins ceased operations.
The Baltimore Clippers transferred to the Southern Hockey League.
The Providence Reds became the Rhode Island Reds.
1977–78 1978 North Division: 4
South Division: 5
The Maine Mariners joined as an expansion team.
The Rhode Island Reds become the Binghamton Dusters.
The Philadelphia Firebirds transferred from the North American Hockey League.
The Hampton Gulls transferred from the Southern Hockey League.
1978–79 1979 North Division: 4
South Division: 5
The Hampton Gulls ceased operations.
The New Brunswick Hawks joined as an expansion team.
1979–80 1980 North Division: 5
South Division: 5
The Adirondack Red Wings joined as an expansion team.
The Philadelphia Firebirds became the Syracuse Firebirds.
1980–81 1981 North Division: 4
South Division: 5
The Syracuse Firebirds ceased operations.
The Binghamton Dusters became the Binghamton Whalers.
1981–82 1982 North Division: 5
South Division: 6
The Fredericton Express joined as an expansion team.
The Erie Blades transferred from the Eastern Hockey League.
1982–83 1983 North Division: 6
South Division: 7
The New Brunswick Hawks became the Moncton Alpines.
The Sherbrooke Jets joined as an expansion team.
The St. Catharines Saints joined as an expansion team.
The Erie Blades merge with the Baltimore Skipjacks,
who transferred from the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
1983–84 1984 North Division: 6
South Division: 7
1984–85 1985 North Division: 6
South Division: 7
The Sherbrooke Jets ceased operations.
The Nova Scotia Voyageurs became the Sherbrooke Canadiens.
The Nova Scotia Oilers joined as an expansion team.
The Moncton Alpines became the Moncton Golden Flames.
1985–86 1986 North Division: 6
South Division: 7
1986–87 1987 North Division: 6
South Division: 7
The St. Catharines Saints became the Newmarket Saints.
1987–88 1988 North Division: 7
South Division: 7
The Utica Devils joined as an expansion team.
The Moncton Golden Flames became the Moncton Hawks.
1988–89 1989 North Division: 7
South Division: 7
The Nova Scotia Oilers became the Cape Breton Oilers.
The Fredericton Express became the Halifax Citadels.
1989–90 1990 North Division: 7
South Division: 7
1990–91 1991 North Division: 7
South Division: 8
The Binghamton Whalers became the Binghamton Rangers.
The Sherbrooke Canadiens move became the Fredericton Canadiens.
The Capital District Islanders joined as an expansion team.
1991–92 1992 Atlantic Division: 5
North Division: 5
South Division: 5
The Newmarket Saints became the St. John's Maple Leafs.
1992–93 1993 Atlantic Division: 5
North Division: 5
South Division: 6
The New Haven Nighthawks became the New Haven Senators.
The Maine Mariners became the Providence Bruins.
The Hamilton Canucks joined as an expansion team.
1993–94 1994 Atlantic Division: 6
North Division: 5
South Division: 5
The Utica Devils became the Saint John Flames.
The Baltimore Skipjacks became the Portland Pirates.
The Halifax Citadels became the Cornwall Aces.
The Capital District Islanders became the Albany River Rats.
The New Haven Senators became the Prince Edward Island Senators.
1994–95 1995 Atlantic Division: 5
North Division: 6
South Division: 5
The Moncton Hawks ceased operations.
The Hamilton Canucks became the Syracuse Crunch.
The Springfield Indians became the Worcester IceCats.
The Springfield Falcons joined as an expansion team.
1995–96 1996 Northern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
North Division: 4
Southern Conference
Central Division: 5
South Division: 4
The Baltimore Bandits joined as an expansion team.
The Carolina Monarchs joined as an expansion team.
1996–97 1997 Northern Conference
Canadian Division: 4
Empire State Division: 5
Southern Conference
New England Division: 4
Mid-Atlantic Division: 5
The Prince Edward Island Senators suspended operations.
The Cornwall Aces suspended operations.
The Cape Breton Oilers became the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Kentucky Thoroughblades joined as an expansion team.
The Philadelphia Phantoms joined as an expansion team.
1997–98 1998 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 4
New England Division: 5
Western Conference
Empire State Division: 5
Mid-Atlantic Division: 4
The Binghamton Rangers became the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Carolina Monarchs move became the Beast of New Haven.
The Baltimore Bandits became the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.
1998–99 1999 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
New England Division: 5
Western Conference
Empire State Division: 5
Mid-Atlantic Division: 4
The Lowell Lock Monsters joined as an expansion team.
1999–00 2000 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 4
New England Division: 5
Western Conference
Empire State Division: 5
Mid-Atlantic Division: 5
The Adirondack Red Wings ceased operations.
The Beast of New Haven ceased operations.
The Fredericton Canadiens became the Quebec Citadelles.
The Louisville Panthers joined as an expansion team.
The Cornwall Aces resumed operations and became the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
2000–01 2001 Eastern Conference
Canadian Division: 4
New England Division: 6
Western Conference
Mid-Atlantic Division: 6
South Division: 4
The Norfolk Admirals joined as an expansion team.
2001–02 2002 Eastern Conference
Canadian Division: 5
North Division: 5
East Division: 4
Western Conference
Central Division: 4
West Division: 5
South Division: 4
The Louisville Panthers suspended operations.
The Kentucky Thoroughblades became the Cleveland Barons.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers joined as an expansion team.
The Manchester Monarchs joined as an expansion team.
The Chicago Wolves transferred from the International Hockey League.
The Grand Rapids Griffins transferred from the IHL.
The Houston Aeros transferred from the IHL.
The Manitoba Moose transferred from the IHL.
The Milwaukee Admirals transferred from the IHL.
The Utah Grizzlies transferred from the IHL.
2002–03 2003 Eastern Conference
Canadian Division: 4
North Division: 5
East Division: 4
Western Conference
Central Division: 5
West Division: 5
South Division: 4
The Quebec Citadelles merge into the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Prince Edward Island Senators resumed operations as the Binghamton Senators.
The San Antonio Rampage joined as an expansion team.
2003–04 2004 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 7
The Saint John Flames suspended operations.
The Toronto Roadrunners split from the Hamilton Bulldogs.
2004–05 2005 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 7
The Toronto Roadrunners became the Edmonton Road Runners.
2005–06 2006 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 6
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 7
The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks suspended operations.
The Edmonton Road Runners suspended operations.
The Utah Grizzlies suspended operations.
The Saint John Flames resumed operations as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
The Louisville Panthers resumed operations as the Iowa Stars.
The St. John's Maple Leafs became the Toronto Marlies.
The Worcester IceCats became the Peoria Rivermen.
2006–07 2007 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 6
West Division: 7
The Lowell Lock Monsters became the Lowell Devils.
The Cleveland Barons became the Worcester Sharks.
2007–08 2008 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 8
The Utah Grizzlies resumed operations as the Lake Erie Monsters.
The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks resumed operations as the Rockford IceHogs.
The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights became the Quad City Flames.
2008–09 2009 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 8
The Iowa Stars became the Iowa Chops.
2009–10 2010 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 8
East Division: 7
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 7
The Quad City Flames became the Abbotsford Heat.
The Philadelphia Phantoms became the Adirondack Phantoms.
The Texas Stars joined as a temporary expansion team.
The Iowa Chops were involuntarily suspended.
2010–11 2011 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 7
East Division: 8
Western Conference
North Division: 7
West Division: 8
The Albany River Rats became the Charlotte Checkers.
The Lowell Devils become the Albany Devils.
The Edmonton Road Runners resumed operations as the Oklahoma City Barons.
The Texas Stars purchased the Iowa Chops franchise.
The Hartford Wolf Pack became the Connecticut Whale (effective November 27, 2010).
2011–12 2012 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
Northeast Division: 5
East Division: 5
Western Conference
North Division: 5
Midwest Division: 5
West Division: 5
The Manitoba Moose became the St. John's IceCaps.
2012–13 2013 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
Northeast Division: 5
East Division: 5
Western Conference
North Division: 5
Midwest Division: 5
South Division: 5
2013–14 2014 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
Northeast Division: 5
East Division: 5
Western Conference
North Division: 5
Midwest Division: 5
West Division: 5
The Connecticut Whale became the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Houston Aeros became the Iowa Wild.
The Peoria Rivermen became the Utica Comets.
2014–15 2015 Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: 5
Northeast Division: 5
East Division: 5
Western Conference
North Division: 5
Midwest Division: 5
West Division: 5
The Abbotsford Heat became the Adirondack Flames.
The Adirondack Phantoms became the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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