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All American Hockey League (2008–)
AAHL Logo2.PNG
All American Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2008
No. of teams 4
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Chi-Town Shooters
Official website aahlhockey.com

The All American Hockey League (AAHL) is a lower level professional ice hockey league with teams in the Midwestern United States. The league currently consists of 4 teams for the 2009-2010 season.

The current All American Hockey League is not to be confused with the All-American Hockey League that was formed in 1972 as the Continental Hockey League. In 1987, that league's name was changed to the All-American Hockey League. In 1988, the All-American Hockey League merged with the Atlantic Coast Hockey League to form the East Coast Hockey League.

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Affiliations

All American Hockey League teams have affiliations with either the East Coast Hockey League (higher affiliate) or International Hockey League (higher affiliate). Several teams also have affiliations with the Junior-A Northern Pacific Hockey League (lower affiliate) or the Junior-A United Junior Hockey League (lower affiliate).

League History

The All American Hockey League was formed in 2008 as the All American Hockey Association when the Battle Creek Revolution and South Shore Shooters (later the Chi-Town Shooters) of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League banded together with the Evansville IceMen and Motor City Gamblers (later the Detroit Dragons) of the Midwest Hockey League.

On April 14, 2009, the All American Hockey League Board of Directors announced a reorganization from a Association format to a League format. This resulted in the All American Hockey Association being renamed the All American Hockey League.[1]

AAHL goalie Kira Hurley of the Evansville IceMen made history on February 14, 2009 by becoming the first female goalie to register a point in a men's professional game. Kira is listed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.

On April 5, 2009, the Chi-Town Shooters became the first AAHL team to win the Champions Cup.

On August 10, 2009, the AAHL announced a merger with the Midwest Hockey League, absorbing the MWHL's Madison Ice Muskies as well as key MWHL personnel. The merged leagues continued under the AAHL name [2].

2009–10 teams

The league has 4 teams for the 2009-2010 season based in Michigan and Indiana.

Team Founded Home Arena Capacity City IHL / ECHL affiliate (higher) Jr. A affiliate (lower)
Battle Creek Revolution 2008 The Rink Ice Arena 1,000 Battle Creek, Michigan Muskegon Lumberjacks, IHL
Chi-Town Shooters 2008 Midwest Ice Center Arena 1,500 Saint John, Indiana Dayton Gems, IHL Rogue Valley Wranglers, NorPac
Evansville IceMen 2008 Swonder Ice Arena 1,500 Evansville, Indiana Fort Wayne Komets, IHL
West Michigan Blizzard 2009 LC Walker Arena 5,000 Muskegon, Michigan Elmira Jackals, ECHL Philadelphia Thunder, UJHL

Teams Year by Year

Year Teams Expansion Defunct Suspended Return from Hiatus Relocated Name Changes
2008 5 Battle Creek Revolution,
Chicago Blaze,
Chi-Town Shooters,
Evansville IceMen,
Detroit Dragons
Detroit Dragons Motor City GamblersDetroit Dragons
South Shore ShootersChi-Town Shooters
2009 6 Detroit Hitmen,
Madison Ice Muskies
Chicago Blaze, Madison Ice Muskies Detroit HitmenMuskegon, Michigan Detroit HitmenWest Michigan Blizzard

Rod Davidson Cup

The Rod Davidson Cup is awarded to the annual playoff champion.

The past winners are:

Hockey Hall of Fame

On February 14, 2009, Kira Hurley of the Evansville IceMen became the first female goalie to register a point in a men's professional game. Because of this achievement, Kira is listed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Kira's game memorabilia (goalie stick and game jersey) is on permanent display in the minor league section of the Hockey Hall of Fame. [3]

Individual trophies and awards

Award Description Current holder
Coach of the Year Awarded to the league's best coach Jason Reichart
Evansville IceMen
Executive of the Year Awarded to the league's best executive Joe Kolodziej
Battle Creek Revolution
General Manager of the Year Awarded to the league's best General Manager Chip Rossetti
Evansville IceMen
League MVP Awarded to the league's Most Valuable Player Matt Moffat
Chi-Town Shooters
Sportsman of the Year Awarded to the league's sportsman Player Matt Wagner
Evansville IceMen
Defensive Player of the Year Awarded to the league's best defensive player Jeff McDowall
Chi-Town Shooters
Goaltender of the Year Awarded to the league's best goaltender Justin Grevious
Battle Creek Revolution

Defunct teams

See also

References

  1. ^ AAHL Reorganization
  2. ^ AAHL and MWHL unite to form one league
  3. ^ IceMen Woman Into the Hall of Fame

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