Atlantic Canadian Hockey History

Hockey has a long history in Atlantic Canada. Infact, many claim the the sport was invented here in the early 1800's. Both Windsor (Nova Scotia) and the Halifax-Dartmouth area claim to be the birthplace of the sport.

Over the years the Atlantic region has enjoyed hockey at just about every level. We have had teams in the Junior A, B, and C divisions and beginning in 1994, teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have called the Atlantic region home. We have had teams in the minor-pro American Hockey League (from 1972 to 2005), which many cities here hosted the top farm teams of many NHL teams. The region also had many teams in the senior division as well, which was very popular from the 1930's through the 1960's. In the 1990's the local university league, Atlantic Universiry Sport (formally the Atlantic University Hockey Conference), became the best conference in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (formally Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union). Halifax even hosted a few NHL neutral site games in the early 1990's, plus many centres have hosted preseason games and training camps. There was even a time in the early 1910's when teams from the Maritimes challenged for the Stanley Cup.

Click on the links to find history, standings, playoff results and champions of the following leagues. Note that some information is missing for some leagues.

American Hockey League (1972 - 2005)

Atlantic Coast Senior Hockey League (1952 - 56) NBSHL (1952 - 54)

Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (1967 - 87)

Atlantic University Sport (Men's) (1920 - present)

Atlantic University Sport (Women's) (1998 - present)

Avalon East Senior Hockey League (1967 - present)

Cape Breton Senior Hockey League (1933 - 65) CBMHL (1950-51)

Central - West Junior Hockey League (2004 - present)

Island Junior Hockey League (1970 - present)

Maritime Junior A Hockey League (1967 - Present)

Maritime Major Hockey League (1946 - 54) MSHL (1946-50)

Maritime Professional Hockey League (1910 - 15)

Maritime Senior Hockey League (1932- 35)

National Hockey League

New Brunswick - PEI Major Midget Hockey League (2002 - present)

Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (1967 - present)

Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (1978 - present)

Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League (1958 - 65)

Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (1922 - 31, 36 - 39, 60 - 62)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1994 - present)

St. John's Junior Hockey League (1980 - present)

Valley Senior Hockey League (1929 - 41, 46 - 55)

Hall of Champions


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