Professional Hockey Team Names

and Franchise Histories

(For other sports, go to Professional Sports Team Names.)

(Also see Pro Team Names with variable listing.)

(Also see College Team Names with variable listing.)

The following lists give the years and the franchise names that each team played under. Teams in bold currently exist. The source of this information is primarily from Wikipedia.


Abbreviations are as follows:

NHL — The National Hockey League began in 1917 and continues today.

AHL — The American Hockey League began in 1936 and continues today.

PCHA — The Pacific Coast Hockey Association played 1911-1924.

WCHL — The Western Canada Hockey League played 1921-1926.

NHA — The National Hockey Association played 1909-1917.

IHL — The International Hockey League played 1945-2001.

WHA — The World Hockey Association played 1972-1979.

National Hockey League

2000- now, Anaheim Ducks; NHL

1993-1999, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; NHL

1999- now, Atlanta Thrashers; NHL

1975-1975, Baltimore Blades; WHA

1974-1974, Michigan Stags; WHA

1972-1973, Los Angeles Sharks; WHA

1976-1978, Birmingham Bulls; WHA

1973-1975, Toronto Toros; WHA

1972-1972, Ottawa Nationals; WHA

1924- now, Boston Bruins; NHL

1941-1942, Brooklyn Americans; NHL

1925-1940, New York Americans; NHL

1920-1925, Hamilton Tigers; NHL

1919-1920, Quebec Bulldogs; NHL

1909-1917, Quebec Bulldogs; NHA

1970- now, Buffalo Sabres; NHL

1980- now, Calgary Flames; NHL

1972-1979, Atlanta Flames; NHL

1975-1976, Calgary Cowboys; WHA

1973-1974, Vancouver Blazers; WHA

1972-1973, Philadelphia Blazers; WHA

1972-1972, Miami Screaming Eagles; WHA

1921-1926, Calgary Tigers; WCHA

1997- now, Carolina Hurricanes; NHL

1979-1996, Hartford Whalers; NHL

1972-1978, New England Whalers; WHA

1926- now, Chicago Blackhawks; NHL

1921-1926, Regina Capitals; WCHL

1925-1925, Portland Rosebuds; WCHL

1927-1928, Regina Capitals; WCHL

1972-1974, Chicago Cougars; WHA

1975-1978, Cincinnati Stingers; WHA

1976-1979, Cleveland Barons; NHL

1970-1975, California Golden Seals; NHL

1967-1969, Oakland Seals; NHL

1967-1967, California Seals; NHL

1909-1910, Cobalt Silver Kings; NHA

1995- now, Colorado Avalanche; NHL

1979-1994, Quebec Nordiques; NHL

1972-1978, Quebec Nordiques; WHA

2000- now, Columbus Blue Jackets; NHL

1994- now, Dallas Stars; NHL

1967-1993, Minnesota North Stars; NHL

1932- now, Detroit Red Wings; NHL

1930-1931, Detroit Falcons; NHL

1926-1929, Detroit Cougars; NHL

1924-1926, Victoria Cougars; WHL

1922-1923, Victoria Cougars; PCHA

1918-1921, Victoria Aristocrats; PCHA

1916-1917, Spokane Canaries; PCHA

1913-1915, Victoria Aristocrats; PCHA

1911-1912, Victoria Senators; PCHA

1921-1926, Edmonton Eskimos; WCHL

1979- now, Edmonton Oilers; NHL

1973-1978, Edmonton Oilers; WHA

1972-1972, Alberta Oilers; WHA

1993- now, Florida Panthers; NHL

1974-1978, Indianapolis Racers; WHA

1967- now, Los Angeles Kings; NHL

2000- now, Minnesota Wild; NHL

1976-1976, Minnesota Fighting Saints; WHA

1972-1975, Cleveland Crusaders; WHA

1917- now, Montreal Canadiens; NHL

1924-1938, Montreal Maroons; NHL

1908-1910, Montreal Shamrocks; NHA

1909-1917, Montreal Wanderers; NHA

1998- now, Nashville Predators; NHL

1982- now, New Jersey Devils; NHL

1976-1981, Colorado Rockies; NHL

1974-1975, Kansas City Scouts; NHL

1972- now, New York Islanders; NHL

1926- now, New York Rangers; NHL

1992- now, Ottawa Senators; NHL

1976-1976, Ottawa Civics; WHA

1975-1975, Denver Spurs; WHA

1967- now, Philadephia Flyers; NHL

1930-1931, Philadelphia Quakers; NHL

1925-1930, Pittsburgh Pirates; NHL

1967- now, Pittsburgh Penguins; NHL

1996- now, Phoenix Coyotes; NHL

1979-1996, Winnipeg Jets; NHL

1972-1978, Winnipeg Jets; WHA

1974-1976, Phoenix Roadrunners; WHA

1967- now, St. Louis Blues; NHL

1974-1976, San Diego Mariners; WHA

1973-1973, New Jersey Knights; WHA

1973-1973, New York Golden Blades; WHA

1972-1972, New York Raiders; WHA

1991- now, San Jose Sharks; NHL

1923-1928, Saskatoon Crescents; WCHL

1922-1923, Saskatoon Sheiks; WCHL

1921-1922, Moose Jaw Sheiks; WCHL

1921-1922, Saskatoon Sheiks; WCHL

1915-1924, Seattle Metropolitans; WCHL

1934-1934, St. Louis Eagles; NHL

1917-1933, Ottawa Senators; NHL

1992- now, Tampa Bay Lightning; NHL

1926- now, Toronto Maple Leafs; NHL

1919-1926, Toronto St. Patricks; NHL

1917-1919, Toronto Arenas; NHL

1912-1918, Toronto Blueshirts; NHL

1914-1915, Toronto Shamrocks; NHA

1913-1914, Toronto Ontarios; NHA

1912-1913, Toronto Tecumsehs; NHA

1916-1917, Toronto 228th Battalion; NHA

1970- now, Vancouver Canucks; NHL

1952-1970, Vancouver Canucks; WCHL

1922-1925, Vancouver Maroons; WCHL

1911-1921, Vancouver Millionaires; WCHL

1922-1926, Victoria Cougars; WCHL

1974- now, Washington Capitals; NHL

American Hockey Association (AHA), 1926-1942

1930-1932, Buffalo Majors

1926-1927, Chicago Cardinals

1930-1932, Chicago Shamrocks

1941-1942, Dallas Texans

1926-1927, Detroit Greyhounds

1926-1933, Duluth Hornets

1941-1942, Fort Worth Rangers

1940-1942, Kansas City Americans

1932-1940, Kansas City Greyhounds

1927-1932, Kansas City Pla-Mors

1926-1942, Minneapolis Millers

1935-1936, Minneapolis Warriors

1933-1936, Oklahoma City Warriors

1939-1942, Omaha Knights

1928-1942, St. Louis Flyers

1926-1942, St. Paul Saints

1928-1942, Tulsa Oilers

1932-1933, Wichita Blue Jays

1935-1940, Wichita Skyhawks

1933-1934, Wichita Vikings

1926-1928, Winnipeg Maroons

American Hockey League

2009- now, Abbotsford Heat; AHL

2009- now, Adirondack Phantoms; AHL

1979-1999, Adirondack Red Wings; AHL

1993- now, Albany River Rats; AHL

1995-1997, Baltimore Bandits; AHL

1982-1993, Baltimore Skipjacks; AHL

1962-1975, Baltimore Clippers; AHL

2002- now, Binghamton Senators; AHL

1990-1997, Binghamton Rangers; AHL

1980-1990, Binghamton Whalers; AHL

1977-1980, Binghamton Dusters; AHL

1971-1974, Boston Braves; AHL

2001- now, Bridgeport Sound Tigers; AHL

1936-1936, Buffalo Bisons; AHL

1928-1935, Buffalo Bisons; IHL

1988-1996, Cape Breton Oilers; AHL

1984-1987, Nova Scotia Oilers; AHL

1971-1983, Nova Scotia Voyageurs; AHL

1969-1970, Montreal Voyageurs; AHL

1990-1993, Capital District Islanders; AHL

1995-1997, Carolina Monarchs; AHL

2010- now, Charlotte Checkers; AHL

2002- now, Chicago Wolves; AHL

1994-2001, Chicago Wolves; IHL

1971-1974, Cincinnati Swords; AHL

1949-1958, Cincinnati Mohawks; AHL

1947-1948, Washington Lions; AHL

1941-1943, Washington Lions; AHL

1993- now, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks; AHL

2001-2006, Cleveland Barons; AHL

1993-1996, Cornwall Aces; AHL

1981-1982, Erie Blades; AHL

2004-2005, Edmonton Roadrunners; AHL

1990-1999, Fredericton Canadiens; AHL

1984-1989, Sherbrooke Canadiens; AHL

1982-1983, Sherbrooke Jets; AHL

2001- now, Grand Rapids Griffins; AHL

1996-2000, Grand Rapids Griffins; IHL

1988-1993, Halifax Citadels; AHL

1981-1987, Fredericton Express; AHL

1996- now, Hamilton Bulldogs; AHL

1992-1994, Hamilton Canucks; AHL

1977-1978, Hampton Gulls; AHL

1997- now, Hartford Wolf Pack; AHL

1938- now, Hershey Bears; AHL

2001- now, Houston Aeros; AHL

1994-2000, Houston Aeros; IHL

1972-1978, Houston Aeros; WHA

1939-1952, Indianapolis Capitals; AHL

2005- now, Iowa Stars; AHL

1972-1974. Jacksonville Barons; AHL

1936-1972, Cleveland Barons; AHL

1934-1936, Cleveland Falcons; AHL

1996-2001, Kentucky Thoroughblades; AHL

2009- now, Lake Erie Monsters; AHL

1999-2001, Louisville Panthers; AHL

2007- now, Lowell Devils; AHL

1998-2006, Lowell Lock Monsters; AHL

2001- now, Manchester Monarchs; AHL

2001- now, Manitoba Moose; AHL

1996-2000, Manitoba Moose; IHL

2001- now, Milwaukee Admirals; AHL

1977-2000, Milwaukee Admirals; IHL

1987-1994, Moncton Hawks; AHL

1984-1987, Moncton Golden Flames; AHL

1982-1984, Moncton Alpines; AHL

1978-1982, New Brunswick Hawks; AHL

1997-1999, New Haven Beast; AHL

1972-1993, New Haven Nighthawks; AHL

1956-1950, New Haven Ramblers; AHL

1945-1945, New Haven Eagles; AHL

1936-1943, New Haven Eagles; AHL

2000- now, Norfolk Admirals; AHL

2005- now, Peoria Rivermen; AHL

1996-2009, Philadelphia Phantoms; AHL

1993- now, Portland Pirates; AHL

1993-1996, Prince Edward Island Senators; AHL

1992- now, Providence Bruins; AHL

1977-1991, Maine Mariners; AHL

1999-2002, Quebec Citadelles; AHL

1997-1999, Quebec Rafales; IHL

1996-1996, Atlanta Knights; IHL

1976-1976, Rhode Island Reds; AHL

1936-1975, Providence Reds; AHL

1971-1976, Richmond Robins; AHL

1956- now, Rochester Americans; AHL

1936-1955, Pittsburgh Hornets; AHL

2007- now, Rockford Icehogs; AHL

2002- now, San Antonio Rampage; AHL

1993-2003, Saint John Flames; AHL

1994- now, Springfield Falcons; AHL

1974-1993, Springfield Indians; AHL

1967-1973, Springfield Kings; AHL

1954-1966, Springfield Indians; AHL

1936-1942, Springfield Indians; AHL

1991-2001, St. John's Maple Leafs; AHL

1986-1991, Newmarket Saints; AHL

1982-1985, St. Catharines Saints; AHL

1944-1953, St. Louis Flyers; AHL

1996- now, Syracuse Crunch; AHL

1979-1979, Syracuse Firebirds; AHL

1975-1978, Philadelphia Firebird; AHL

1940-1942, Philadelphia Rockets; AHL

1936-1949, Philadelphia Ramblers; AHL

1974-1974, Syracuse Eagles; AHL

1951-1954, Syracuse Warriors; AHL

1940-1970, Buffalo Bisons; AHL

1936-1939, Syracuse Stars; AHL

2005- now, Texas Stars; AHL

2009- now, Toronto Marlies; AHL

2003-2004, Toronto Roadrunners; AHL

2001- now, Utah Grizzlies; AHL

1995-2005, Utah Grizzlies; IHL

1987-1993, Utica Devils; AHL

1973-1975, Virginia Wings; AHL

1971-1972, Tidewater Wings; AHL

1999- now, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; AHL

2009- now, Worcester Sharks; AHL

1994-1995, Worcester Ice Cats; AHL

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