The Eastern Hockey League was a minor professional league.
The league was founded in 1933 as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). The league was founded by Thomas Lockhart, who served as its commissioner from 1933 to 1972. Lockhart, who operated a small intramural hockey league at New York City's Madison Square Garden, offered his teams - and the use of the MSG ice - in exchange for joining the league.
The EAHL operated between 1933-1948 and 1949-1953. The league has a somewhat tenuous existence. It began with seven teams, and had various numbers of teams, going as low as four. There was no 1948-49 season, but the league returned for the 1949-50 season with eight teams. The league again did not operate during the 1953-54 season.
The league started up again for the 1954-55 season and changed its name to the Eastern Hockey League.
This league operated between 1954 and 1973. It began with five teams and grew into two divisions for the 1959-60 season. The league reached its peak in 1967-68 when it had twelve teams in two divisions. In its final season the league had twelve teams split into three divisions.
The EHL ceased operations after the 1972-73 season, after which it was succeeded by the North American Hockey League and the Southern Hockey League, both of which consisted mostly of previous EHL teams.
One Division Format
Two Division Format
|Season||Northern Division||Southern Division||Overall Winner|
|1959-60||Clinton Comets||Johnstown Jets||Johnstown Jets|
|1960-61||New Haven Blades||Johnstown Jets||Johnstown Jets|
|1961-62||Clinton Comets||Greensboro Generals||Clinton Comets|
|1962-63||Clinton Comets||Greensboro Generals||Greensboro Generals|
|1963-64||Johnstown Jets||Greensboro Generals||Johnstown Jets|
|1964-65||Clinton Comets||Nashville Dixie Flyers||Nashville Dixie Flyers|
|1965-66||Long Island Ducks||Nashville Dixie Flyers||Long Island Ducks|
|1966-67||Clinton Comets||Nashville Dixie Flyers||Nashville Dixie Flyers|
|1967-68||Clinton Comets||Greensboro Generals||Clinton Comets|
|1968-69||Clinton Comets||Greensboro Generals||Clinton Comets|
|1969-70||Clinton Comets||Greensboro Generals||Clinton Comets|
|1970-71||New Haven Blades||Charlotte Checkers||Charlotte Checkers|
|1971-72||Syracuse Blazers||Charlotte Checkers||Charlotte Checkers|
Three Division Format
In 1979 the Eastern Hockey League name was revived. This league was not successful and folded after only two seasons.
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