Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League shield (updated version)
Canadian Hockey League shield (2001-)


Ice hockey


October 14, 1914 (102 years), Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Jazz Sheppard

Inaugural season


No. of teams



Canada (37 teams) United States of America (3 teams)


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


North America

Most recent champion

Tennessee Freedom (1st title)

Most titles

Paris Shamrocks (17 titles)

The Canadian Hockey League (commonly known as the CHL) is an unincorporated, not-for-profit professional hockey league primarily based in Canada. Headquarted in Vancouver, British Columbia, the league features 40 teams, thirty-eight of which are located in Canada and two located in the USA. The league is one of the most watched hockey leagues in the world, surpassing the National Hockey League in viewing on March 7, 2013. The league is also the oldest still-running professional hockey league in the entire world, starting on October 4, 1914, almost three years before the NHL began. There is a championship trophy given out to the league champion after every season, called the Donavan Cup, which is given to a team after the Donavan Cup Championship Series

League HistoryEdit

Pre-Commissioner Era (1915-1927)Edit

Multiple teams had already been competing in hockey games around Canada, but in 1914, eight of those teams decided to join together to form the Canadian Ice Hockey League. The first puck was dropped on October 14, 1914, with the Perry Lake Polars going up against the Saskatoon Lynx. Those two same teams met in the first ever Donavan Cup Championship Series, although at that time it was known as the Canadian Hockey Championship

List of teamsEdit


Division Team City Arena Capacity Founded Joined General manager Head coach Captain
Eastern Conference