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Professional Hockey Team Names and Franchise Histories

The source of this information is primarily from Wikipedia.

See league abbreviations


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.

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National Hockey League

Teams in bold currently exist

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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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