Central Hockey League Folded As ECHL Absorbed 7 Teams

Central Hockey League (CHL) started its first season in 1992 and conducted the last event in 2014. Central Hockey league after enjoying 22 successful seasons suddenly folded according to many hockey viewers and lovers. However, this was not a sudden act, there were certain reasons that were going on as a slow and steady poison and at last ended the CHL and made it a History.

CHL boomed its carrier from the beginning; it absorbed many teams of the different leagues including IHL and WPHL and made them a history. The same thing happened to the CHL when ECHL absorbed seven teams of CHL in 2014 and that was the clear signal of ending of CHL.

Initially people thought that it was only rumor that CHL is about to break and the teams are going to join ECHL. This was really a groundbreaking day in the ice hockey team when seven teams of CHL were approved by ECHL for their upcoming season.  ECHL approved applications of CHL’steams to start October 2017 season on Tuesday in Chicago USA. When this news came on air, CHL announced that this is the end of CHL.

Many double leagues folded during the last twenty years but when IHL folded the only hockey league with AAA left was AHL. The only reason that even the most successful hockey league can fold is that the other hockey league starts absorbing the teams of that league. Before CHL folded many hockey leagues by absorbing the teams of that league but in 2014 ECHL did the same to CHL by absorbing seven most important teams of the CHL league. When the agreements were approved by ECHL the next moment CHL announced its end.


CHL Teams That Joined ECHL:

ECHL signed the agreement with the seven teams of CHL for the next season. These teams were the backbone of CHL as these teams were the favorite teams of the viewers. The CHL’s teams with their record of accomplishment in the CHL’s cups and tournaments are:

  1. Allen America:

One of the most popular teams of CHL as this team won two titles of CHL’s seasons.

  1. Brampton Beast:

This team was popular because it has komets Stephon Thorne (former).

  1. Missouri Mavericks:

Missouri Mavericks was the leading and most favorite team of CHL in the 2012 season but it fell in the semifinal against Komets.

  1. Quad City Mallards:

This team played against komets in different Hockey leagues including CHL, IHL and UHL.


  1. Rapid City Rush:

This team was popular because the team was the biggest rivals of Komets and has given very tuff time to Komets in two seasons off CHL.

  1. Tulsa Oilers:

This team was popular not because of its players but because of team’s coach Sir Bruce Ramsay. He was a former Komet legend.

  1. Wichita Thunder:

The team was a thunder in the season 2012 and was undefeated in the whole season accept the final match that they lost against the Komets.


Central Hockey League’s Teams

Central Hockey league started by Miron and Bill in 1992 and had twenty-two successful seasons by winning the hearts of audience and ice hockey lovers. The reasons behind the success of the CHL were the teams that played for the league. The league started with the six (6) teams in the first seasons and got extreme popularity and results in the expansion of teams in the upcoming seasons. CHL at its peak played with the eighteen (18) teams and in the last season only ten (10) teams played. The teams’ name was based on the cities of USA.

Most of the Teams in the CHL have played for the different leagues as well including IHL, AHLand WPHL. CHL absorbed these teams from the other leagues and made the end of the leagues and ECHL absorbed the teams of CHL and made its end.

CHL important teams’ details are as follow:


Tulsa Oilers:

The team is named from the city it based Tulsa and is a professional ice hockey team. Currently it is playing for the ECHL and has won the first championship season of CHL in 1992.

Wichita Thunder:

This team is a minor level but professional hockey team. It played for two leagues that is CHL (1992-2014) and ECHL after that until now. The team won the second and third season of CHL and stood two times runner up in CHL.

Oklahoma City Blazers:

The team with the 100% attendance in the CHL and with an outstanding record in CHL has the most followers than any other Hockey team. The Team stood two times champions and two times runner-up in the CHL seasons.

Fort worth Fire:

One of the teams of CHL that started their operation in 1992 butthe team did not survive long and all the operations of the team ceased in 1999. The team named only one season of CHL to them.


Columbus Cottonmouths:

It is one of the top ranked ice hockey team during the last years of the last century and initial years of the current century. Although the tram managed to win only one title of CHL’s season that is 97-98 but stood runner up in the two seasons. After the expansion of the CHL, the team lost its ground and was unable to come up front.

Huntsville Channel Cats:

The team was also a professional ice hockey team and had played different leagues including Central Hockey league, South East Hockey League and Southern Hockey league. It managed to won only one title of the CHL’s season.

Allen Americans:

The most important team of CHL in the last five seasons was Allen America. As it has won the last two seasons of the CHL and it also stood one time runner up in the CHL’s season. The team has signed the contract with the ECHL for their upcoming seasons. This team is also responsible for the folding of the Central Hockey league as it was one of the most important team at the end of the last season.


Central Hockey League Events Details

The two former ice hockey players Miron and Bill founded Central Hockey league in the year 1992. The league has enjoyed twenty-two successful seasons from 1992- 2014. The league was so successful that many teams of different leagues joined the CHL that results in the folding of those leagues including IHL and AHL. At the end, same thing happened with the CHL as the teams signed the agreement with the ECHL and resulted in the folding of CHL.

The first season of the CHL started in the year 1992-1993 in which six teams participated. Tulsa Oilers against Oklahoma City Blazers by 4-1 goals won the final of the first season of CHL.From here the story begins, the league started to get the popularity and after four seasons the CHL started to expand the teams in the league. In 1996-1997 seasons, the teams were expanded to ten teams. After that, many teams of the other leagues got interested to play for the Central Hockey League. During the seasons 2001-2003 and 2002-2003, sixteen (16)teams participated in the event. It was the peak time of the Central Hockey League and some ice hockey leagues folded.


Many teams of different cities emerged, participated in the CHL and boosted their carriers with CHL and currently playing for different ice hockey leagues. Some teams got defunct, suspended and some teams have changed their names.

CHL events:

CHL events were on the track every year. The event went non-stop without any interruption, although there were an increase and decrease of teams in each year but the management took every challenge to produce the season on time and with the schedule. All the events were conducted in the different cities of the United States of America. As the teams of the CHL were city based, so the events were conducted based on popular teams as well as the viewership of the audience.

CHL teams number:

It is hard to start an event and make it successful. In the start, the CHL started with the six (6) teams that went to the maximum of eighteen (18) teams in the season 2010-2011. Discipline is a necessary part of every department including games. Some teams were suspended because of their acts, some teams got defunct and some teams changed their names due to different reasons.


Popular Teams of CHL:

When it comes to the popularity of the any ice hockey team, it becomes a difficult task to decide because of different reasons. Some teams have the popularity because of the cities, some got popularity because of their game and some had the popularity because of viewership. However, the popularity of ice hockey teams lost maximum of 5-7 years as the new introduced teams got popular. Many of the popular teams are a history now. Some of the popular ice hockey teams are Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder, Oklahoma City Blazers, Fort Worth Fire, Columbus Cottonmouths, Memphis Riverkings, Laredo Bucks, Arizona Sundogs, Rapid City Rush and Allen Americans.