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The Central Hockey League (CHL) is a mid-level professional hockey league, owned by Global Entertainment Corporation.


The Central Hockey League (CHL) was revived in 1992 by Bill Levins and Ray Miron under the idea of central ownership of both the league and the teams. Both men were from hockey backgrounds—Miron had been general manager of what is now the New Jersey Devils and had briefly been president of the previous Central Hockey League in 1976.

In the inaugural 1992–93 season the league had six teams, including the Oklahoma City Blazers, the Tulsa Oilers, the Wichita Thunder, the Memphis RiverKings, the Dallas Freeze and the Fort Worth Fire.

In 1996-97 the Huntsville Channel Cats, along with the planned 1996–97 Southern Hockey League expansion teams Columbus Cottonmouths, Macon Whoopee, and Nashville Nighthawks, joined the Central Hockey League following the SHL's demise.

After Levins died, the championship trophy awarded to the winner of the CHL playoffs was renamed the Levins Cup. After running the league for eight years, Miron retired in 2000 and sold the league. The Levins Cup was renamed the Ray Miron President's Cup.

After several experiments in expansion and a long battle for players and markets with the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), the CHL merged with the WPHL in 2001.

The CHL commissioner is currently Duane Lewis, who succeeded Brad Treliving on an interim basis after Treliving took a position with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes following the 2006-2007 season. Treliving co-founded the WPHL in 1996, and after the 2001 merger, served with the CHL for 7 years. Lewis was named the permanent commissioner in June 2008.

2009–10 teams

The CHL is divided into two Conferences. Teams compete annually for the Ray Miron President's Cup.

Northern Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs CenturyTel Centermarker Bossier City, LAmarker (Shreveport area)
Colorado Eagles Budweiser Events Centermarker Loveland, COmarker (Fort Collins area) Tampa Bay Lightning, Norfolk Admirals
Mississippi RiverKings DeSoto Civic Centermarker Southaven, MSmarker (Memphis area)
Missouri Mavericks Independence Events Center Independence, MOmarker (Kansas City areamarker)
Rapid City Rush Rushmore Plaza Civic Centermarker Rapid City, SDmarker
Tulsa Oilers BOK Centermarker Tulsa, OKmarker
Wichita Thunder Intrust Bank Arenamarker Wichita, KSmarker
Southern Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Allen Americans Allen Event Centermarker Allen, TXmarker (Dallasmarker area) Dallas Stars, Texas Stars
Amarillo Gorillas Amarillo Civic Centermarker Amarillo, TXmarker
Arizona Sundogs Tim's Toyota Centermarker Prescott Valley, AZmarker Phoenix Coyotes, San Antonio Rampage
Corpus Christi IceRays American Bank Centermarker Corpus Christi, TXmarker
Laredo Bucks Laredo Entertainment Centermarker Laredo, TXmarker Phoenix Coyotes, San Antonio Rampage
Odessa Jackalopes Ector County Coliseummarker Odessa, TXmarker New York Islanders, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Dodge Arenamarker Hidalgo, TXmarker (McAllenmarker area)
Texas Brahmas NYTEX Sports Centremarker North Richland Hills, TXmarker (Fort Worthmarker area)

Suspended operations for 2009-10

Future teams

TBD Expansion
Team Arena City/Area Affiliate Team(s)
Vail Vail Arena Vail, COmarker (Edwards area)

Defunct teams


Year Teams Expansion Defunct Suspended Return from Hiatus Relocated Name Changes
1992 6 Dallas Freeze
Fort Worth Fire
Memphis RiverKings
Oklahoma City Blazers
Tulsa Oilers
Wichita Thunder

1993 6
1994 7 San Antonio Iguanas
1995 6 Dallas Freeze
1996 10 Columbus Cottonmouths
Huntsville Channel Cats
Macon Whoopie
Nashville Nighthawks

1997 10 Fayetteville Force San Antonio Iguanas (went to IHL) Nashville Ice Flyers (Nighthawks)
1998 11 San Antonio Iguanas
Topeka Scarecrows
Nashville Ice Flyers
1999 11 Indianapolis Ice Fort Worth Fire
2000 12 Border City Bandits Border City Bandits (went defunct mid-season) Huntsville Tornado (Channel Cats)
2001 16 Amarillo Rattlers (WPHL)
Austin Ice Bats (WPHL)
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (WPHL)
Corpus Christi Icerays (WPHL)
El Paso Buzzards (WPHL)
Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL)
Lubbock Cotton Kings (WPHL)
New Mexico Scorpions (WPHL)
Odessa Jackalopes (WPHL)
San Angelo Outlaws (WPHL)

Columbus Cottonmouths (went to ECHL)
Fayetteville Force
Huntsville Tornado
Macon Whoopie (went to ECHL)
Topeka Scarecrows

2002 16 Laredo Bucks San Antonio Iguanas Amarillo Gorillas (Rattlers)
San Angelo Saints (Outlaws)
2003 17 Colorado Eagles
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
EL Paso Buzzards
2004 17 Indianapolis Ice → Topeka Tarantulas
2005 15 Youngstown SteelHounds San Angelo Saints
Topeka Tarantulas
New Mexico Scorpions
2006 17 Arizona Sundogs
Rocky Mountain Rage
Texas Brahmas New Mexico Scorpions Texas Brahmas (Fort Worth)
2007 17 Lubbock Cotton Kings Texas Brahmas Mississippi RiverKings (Memphis)
2008 16 Rapid City Rush Austin Ice Bats
Youngstown Steelhounds
2009 15 Allen Americans
Missouri Mavericks
Oklahoma City Blazers New Mexico Scorpions
Rocky Mountain Rage



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