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See also: North American Hockey League (1973–1977) and North American Hockey League.
Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 7
Country(ies)  Canada
Most recent champion(s) Pont Rouge Lois Jeans
Official website www.lnah.ca

The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey[1][2] (LNAH) was founded in 2004 and is a low-level professional league based in the Canadian province of Quebec. It was called the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League from 1996 to 2004 when it turned pro. It has no connection with the similarly-named North American Hockey League (NAHL), an American junior league for players under twenty.

Unlike higher-level professional leagues, such as the American Hockey League or the ECHL, the LNAH is not known for its skill level. Its teams employ many enforcers and has a rather infamous reputation for on-ice antics that mostly include fisticuffs. The LNAH has the unofficial reputation as the world's roughest hockey league.

Despite this reputation, many of the players are ex-NHL or ex-AHL players; Patrick Cote, Michel Picard, Stéphane Richer, Bobby Dollas, Guillaume Lefebvre, Garrett Burnett, Daniel Shank, François Leroux, Jeremy Stevenson, Éric Fichaud, Mario Roberge,David Gosselin and Yves Racine. During the 2004–2005 NHL lockout, some NHL players played the entire season in the league, such as Donald Brashear, Sylvain Blouin, Sébastien Caron, Mathieu Biron, Marc-André Bergeron and Sébastien Charpentier.

Another unique aspect, compared to other minor pro leagues of North America, is the absence of a veteran limit rule, which allows teams to stock up on experienced players. The league is slowly trying to clean itself up (for 2005–2006, the roster limit went from 20 to 19 players, which for most teams meant one less enforcer), but this is no easy task for a league that has always been popular with the fans for its reputation of being the toughest league in the world.

The LNAH Draft is held during the summer, including 15 rounds. Players too old for junior ice hockey may be drafted even if they were already drafted by an NHL team. Drafted players come from many leagues, including the Canadian Hockey League, American Hockey League, lower-level professional league, and the CIS.

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Current teams

Champions

Defunct teams

References

  1. ^ RDS (LNAH's broadcaster) article.
  2. ^ Le procès de Éric Haley aura lieu en décembre, La Tribune.

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