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The Eastern Hockey League was a minor professional United States ice hockey league.

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Eastern Amateur Hockey League (1933-1953)

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.

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Teams

  • Atlantic City Seagulls (1933-34 to 1941-42; 1947-48 to 1951-52)
  • Baltimore Clippers (1945-46 to 1949-50)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1933-34 to 1941-42; 1944-45)
  • Boston Olympics (1940-41 to 1951-52)
  • Bronx Tigers (1933-34 to 1933-34; 1937-38)
  • Cleveland Knights (1949-50)
  • Grand Rapids Rockets (1949-50)
  • Hershey B'ars/Hershey Bears (1933-34 to 1937-38)
  • Hershey Cubs (1938-39)
  • Johnstown Bluebirds (1941-42)
  • Johnstown Jets (1950-51 to 1952-53)
  • Milwaukee Clarks (1949-50)
  • New Haven Crescents/Brooklyn Crescents (1943-44)
  • New Haven Nutmegs (1952-53)
  • New Haven Tomahawks (1951-52)
  • New York Athletic Club (1933-34)
  • New York-Hamilton Crescents (1933-34 to 1934-35)
  • New York Rovers (1935-36 to 1951-52)
  • Philadelphia Falcons (1942-43 to 1945-46; 1951-52)
  • Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (1935-36 to 1936-37)
  • Riverdale Skeeters (1939-40 to 1941-42)
  • St Nicholas Hockey Club (1933-34)
  • Springfield Indians (1951-52 to 1952-53)
  • Toledo Buckeyes (1949-50)
  • Troy Uncle Sam Trojans (1952-53)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (1942-43)
  • Washington Eagles (1939-40 to 1941-42)
  • Washington Lions (1944-45 to 1946-47; 1951-52 to 1952-53)

Eastern Hockey League (1954-1973)

The league started back up for the 1954-55 season and changed its name to the Eastern Hockey League.

The league operated between 1954 and 1973. It began with five teams and grew into two divisions for the 1959-60 season. The league reached it peak in terms of team number in the 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.

Teams

Eastern Hockey League (1979-1981)

In 1979 the Eastern Hockey League name was revived. This league was not successful and folded after only two seasons.

Teams

  • Baltimore Clippers (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Erie Blades (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Hampton Aces (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Johnstown Red Wings (1979-80)
  • Richmond Rifles (1979-80 to 1980-81)
  • Salem Raiders (1980-81)
  • Syracuse Hornets (1980-81)
  • Utica Mohawks (1979-80)

In fiction

A billboard advertisement for a fictional 'Eastern Hockey League' appeared in the movie Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. The advertisement featured a prominent 'old style' masked goaltender, to which Jason Voorhees looks confusingly at, then stands next to, highlighting the resemblance. This movie was released in 1989, however: at least eight years after the previous Eastern Hockey League folded.

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