The American Sports Event is license number two on the continent after the National Contest. The immense love for sports was reinforced in America for several decades in a row.
History of the Franchise
The story began way back in 1926. Then the American-Canadian League was formed. Back then, crews from Springfield, Boston, Quebec, Providence, and New Haven took part in the franchise.
After 10 years, the American-Canadian Franchise merged with the Intercontinental and shaped a single institution – IAHL. There was a time when all Canadian clubs left the squad, then the international name was removed. Upon the return of Canada to the franchise, the name was no longer renamed. In 2001, the name was also left the same.
Even the influence of the composition of the 6 teams of their International League could not affect it.
Relationship between the AHL and the NHL
All clubs from the AHL are called farm clubs, or in other words, the second teams for the NHL. Farm means grown for the NHL. In simple terms, you can say that clubs participating in the divisions are training to become members of the NHL later.
The fact of relationship between franchise teams can be different – the older franchise often directly owns the younger license, and sometimes you can talk about affiliation.
AHL roster as of 2022
In 2022, the AHL owns 31 crews – among them, only four teams are from Canada, and all the rest are from the USA.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|Central Division||Pacific Division||Atlantic Division||Northern Division|
|Iowa Wild||Abbotsford Canucks||Bridgeport Islanders||Belville Senators|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||Bakersfield Condors||Lehigh Wally Phantoms||Cleveland Monsters|
|Manitoba Mus||Coachella Valley Firebirds||Charlotte Checkers||Laval Rocket|
|Milwaukee Admirals||Colorado Eagles||Springfield Thunderbirds||Rochester Americans|
|Rockford Icehogs||Ontario Rhine||Providence Bruins||Syracuse Crunch|
|Texas Stars||San Diego Gulls||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||Toronto Marlies|
|Chicago Wolves||San Jose Barracuda||Hartford Wolf Pack||Utica Comets|
|Calgary Wranglers||Hershey Bears|
Most of the roster is represented by teams from the USA. We have already mentioned that only seven clubs are from Canada – Manitoba Mus, Abbotsford Canucks, Calgary Wranglers, Belville Senators, Laval Rocket, and Toronto Marlies.
The brightest and most memorable AHL awards
In the long and interesting history of the formation of the modern franchise, the AHL boasts many ambitious and incredibly professional issues. The brightest of them:
|Most Valuable Player||Les Cunningham Award||1947-1948|
|Western Conference Playoff Series Winner||Robert W. Clarke Trophy||1989-1990|
|Atlantic Division Regular Season Winner||Emile Francis Trophy||2001-2002|
|Winner of the regular season of the Pacific Division||John D. Chick Trophy||1961-1962|
The list of achievements did not end there and continues to be replenished with newcomers every year.