Eastern Conference
Eastern Conference Insignia
Eastern Conference logo, circa 2010


Canadian Hockey League


Ice hockey


1928 (as the Great East Divide)

No. of teams


Most recent champion(s)

Hull Pirates (2nd title)

The Eastern Conference (French: Conférence de l'Est) is one of two conferences in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) used to divide teams. Its counterpart is the Western Conference.

The Eastern Conference was founded in 1928, when the two conference were split into two following the formation of the CHL. It was known as the Great East Divide, for the Divide located on the prarie provinces of Canada.

Unlike the CHL's superior, the National Hockey League, there is no trophy for winning the Eastern Conference, at least during the regular season. In the playoffs, however, there is a trophy. It is called the McClendon Bucket.


The Eastern Conference was first called the Great East Divide, at least until 1992. In 1992, CHL Commissioner Matthew Cighem, created the Eastern Conference Charter that separated the Eastern Conference into divisions. The conference was first divided up into three divisions, the Excalibur Division, the Stanton H. Flintyoung Division, and the Québec Division.


Eastern Ontario

Northern Ontario

Southern Ontario

Western Ontario