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The Central Hockey League (CHL) is a mid-level professional hockey league, owned by Global Entertainment Corporation.

The new Central Hockey League was created in 1992 as a centrally owned league, owned by Ray Miron and Bill Levins. The league was operated by Ray and Monte Miron and funded by Chicago businessman and minor league sports entrepreneur Horn Chen.


The Central Hockey League (CHL) was revived in 1992 by Bill Levins and Ray Miron under the idea of central ownership of both the league and the teams. Both men were from hockey backgrounds. Miron had been general manager of what is now the New Jersey Devils and had briefly been president of the previous Central Hockey League in 1976.

In the inaugural 1992–93 season the league had six teams, including the Oklahoma City Blazers, the Tulsa Oilers, the Wichita Thunder, the Memphis RiverKings, the Dallas Freeze and the Fort Worth Fire.

In 1996-97 the Huntsville Channel Cats, along with the planned 1996–97 Southern Hockey League expansion teams Columbus Cottonmouths, Macon Whoopee, and Nashville Nighthawks, joined the Central Hockey League following the SHL's demise.

After Levins died, the league's championship trophy (awarded to the winner of the CHL playoffs) was renamed the Levins Cup. After running the league for eight years, Miron retired in 2000 and sold the league. The Levins Cup was renamed the Ray Miron President's Cup.

After several experiments in expansion and a long battle for players and markets with the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), the CHL merged with the WPHL in 2001.

The CHL commissioner is currently Duane Lewis, who succeeded Brad Treliving on an interim basis after Treliving took a position with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes following the 2006-2007 season. Treliving co-founded the WPHL in 1996, and after the 2001 merger, served with the CHL for seven years.[1] Lewis was named the permanent commissioner in June 2008.[2]

On June 1, 2010 the league announced that it would merge with the International Hockey League.[3]

Current teamsEdit

The CHL is divided into two Conferences. Teams compete annually for the Ray Miron President's Cup.

Turner Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Bloomington PrairieThunder U.S. Cellular Coliseum Bloomington, Illinois
Colorado Eagles Budweiser Events Center Loveland, Colorado
Dayton Gems Hara Arena Trotwood, Ohio
Evansville IceMen Swonder Ice Arena Evansville, Indiana
Fort Wayne Komets Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne, Indiana Columbus Blue Jackets, Springfield Falcons
Missouri Mavericks Independence Events Center Independence, Missouri
Quad City Mallards i Wireless Center Moline, Illinois
Rapid City Rush Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City, South Dakota
Wichita Thunder Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, Kansas
Berry Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Allen Americans Allen Event Center Allen, Texas Dallas Stars, Texas Stars
Arizona Sundogs Tim's Toyota Center Prescott Valley, Arizona Phoenix Coyotes
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs CenturyTel Center Bossier City, Louisiana
Laredo Bucks Laredo Energy Arena Laredo, Texas
Mississippi RiverKings DeSoto Civic Center Southaven, Mississippi
Odessa Jackalopes Ector County Coliseum Odessa, Texas New York Islanders, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees State Farm Arena Hidalgo, Texas
Texas Brahmas NYTEX Sports Centre North Richland Hills, Texas
Tulsa Oilers BOK Center Tulsa, Oklahoma Colorado Avalanche, Lake Erie Monsters

Defunct teamsEdit


Year Teams Expansion Defunct Suspended Return from Hiatus Relocated Name Changes
1992 6 Dallas Freeze
Fort Worth Fire
Memphis RiverKings
Oklahoma City Blazers
Tulsa Oilers
Wichita Thunder
1993 6
1994 7 San Antonio Iguanas
1995 6 Dallas Freeze
1996 10 Columbus Cottonmouths
Huntsville Channel Cats
Macon Whoopie
Nashville Nighthawks
1997 10 Fayetteville Force San Antonio Iguanas (went to IHL) Nashville Ice Flyers (Nighthawks)
1998 11 San Antonio Iguanas
Topeka Scarecrows
Nashville Ice Flyers
1999 11 Indianapolis Ice Fort Worth Fire
2000 12 Border City Bandits Border City Bandits (went defunct mid-season) Huntsville Tornado (Channel Cats)
2001 16 Amarillo Rattlers (WPHL)
Austin Ice Bats (WPHL)
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (WPHL)
Corpus Christi Icerays (WPHL)
El Paso Buzzards (WPHL)
Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL)
Lubbock Cotton Kings (WPHL)
New Mexico Scorpions (WPHL)
Odessa Jackalopes (WPHL)
San Angelo Outlaws (WPHL)
Columbus Cottonmouths (went to ECHL)
Fayetteville Force
Huntsville Tornado
Macon Whoopie (went to ECHL)
Topeka Scarecrows
2002 16 Laredo Bucks San Antonio Iguanas Amarillo Gorillas (Rattlers)
San Angelo Saints (Outlaws)
2003 17 Colorado Eagles
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
EL Paso Buzzards
2004 17 Indianapolis Ice → Topeka Tarantulas
2005 15 Youngstown SteelHounds San Angelo Saints
Topeka Tarantulas
New Mexico Scorpions
2006 17 Arizona Sundogs
Rocky Mountain Rage
Texas Brahmas New Mexico Scorpions Texas Brahmas (Fort Worth)
2007 17 Lubbock Cotton Kings Texas Brahmas Mississippi RiverKings (Memphis)
2008 16 Rapid City Rush Austin Ice Bats
Youngstown Steelhounds
2009 15 Allen Americans
Missouri Mavericks
New Mexico Scorpions
Oklahoma City Blazers
Rocky Mountain Rage
2010 18 Bloomington PrairieThunder (IHL)
Dayton Gems (IHL)
Evansville IceMen(IHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
Quad City Mallards (IHL)
Amarillo Gorillas
Corpus Christi IceRays

League championsEdit


See alsoEdit

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