List of ice hockey leagues

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This is a list of ice hockey leagues, both professional and amateur, from around the world; parentheses denote year of establishment and, where applicable, year of disestablishment.

Contents

World

North America

Major professional

Minor professional

Semi-Pro

Junior

Major junior

Note: that the Major Junior level is considered professional by some authorities, including the NCAA, as its players earn a small stipend.

Junior A

Canadian Junior A Leagues

(*) Quebec Junior "AAA" is equal to Ontario Junior "A"

American Junior A Leagues
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior A Leagues
Independent Junior A Leagues

Junior B

Canadian Junior B Leagues

(*) Quebec Junior "AA" is equal to Ontario Junior "B"

American Junior B Leagues

Junior C

Canadian Junior C Leagues

(*) Quebec Junior "A" is equal to Ontario Junior "C"

Junior D

(*) Quebec Junior "B" is equal to Ontario Junior "D"

College

CIS Hockey (Canada)

NCAA Hockey (United States)

Note: The Northeast-10 sponsors a championship for its members that play ice hockey, but the NCAA doesn't currently sponsor a national championship at the Division II level.

Club Hockey

Note: there are also many independent teams in all three ACHA divisions in addition to the many within the hockey conferences and leagues.

Junior College

Women's

Senior

Sanctioned by Hockey Canada or USA Hockey

Canada
United States
Unsanctioned

School and youth

High School

Defunct leagues

Disabled hockey leagues

Leagues for disabled hockey players

Eurasia

Asia and Africa

China

Republic of China

Georgia

Hong Kong

India

Israel

Japan

Defunct Japan Ice Hockey League

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Malaysia

Mongolia

North Korea

Philippines

Singapore

South Africa

South Korea

Thailand

Turkey

(Leagues involve teams from both Europe and Asia)

Turkmenistan

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Europe

Armenia

Austria

Women

Belarus

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Czech Republic

Czechoslovakia

Denmark

East Germany

Estonia

Finland

Defunct

Women

France

Germany

Women

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Semi-pro

Amateur

Junior and youth

  • Under 20 (2 national divisions)
  • Under 18 (2 national divisions)
  • Under 16 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 14 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 12 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 10 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 8 (many regional divisions)

Women

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

The Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Major professional

Minor professional
Semi-pro
Junior
Youth
  • Moscow Region
  • North-West Region
  • Volga River Region
  • Ural Region
  • Siberia/Far East Region
Defunct

Serbia

Slovakia

Men

  • Slovak Extraliga (1993–present after dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League (1931–1993))
  • Slovak 1.Liga (12 teams, first 8 participate in play-offs and the winner plays with the worst team from Extraliga, last four teams participate in a play-out and 4th team after play-out plays a relegation game with the best team in 2.Liga)
  • Slovak 2.Liga

Junior

Youth

Women

  • Slovak Women's 1.liga (7 teams, after regular season 1st team advances to semi-final and other compete in quarterfinal, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5)

Slovenia

Soviet Union

Spain

Sweden

Men

  • Swedish Hockey League (New name for the top league in 2013. The national championship has been played since 1922 in other forms. 12 teams)
  • HockeyAllsvenskan (The Swedish second league. The four best teams compete in the end of the season with the two worst placed team in SHL. 14 teams.)
  • Hockeyettan (Divided into 4 regions: North, East, West, and South. The four best teams in each region make 2 new series at the conclusion of the regions. The two Allettan winners, and the two teams that survive a three-round playoff, compete with the last two teams in HockeyAllsvenskan for their spots in the higher league. 47 teams at present.)
  • Division 2 (Divided into 11 regions.)
  • Division 3 (Divided into 13 regions.)
  • Division 4 (Divided into 6 regions. In Stockholm called the "Swedish Iron League". The league does not cover all of Sweden.)
  • J20 SuperElit (Under 20, junior league.)
  • J18 Elit (Under 18, divided into 4 regions.)
  • U16 (Youth, under 16, divided into 8 groups. 24 teams)
  • Korpen ("The raven" in English, amateur leagues in different cities.)

Women

Riksserien (Highest league, 8 teams.)

Switzerland

Ukraine

Professional

Amateur

  • Western Ukrainian Hockey League
  • Night Hockey League

Junior

  • Youth Hockey League (2012)

Defunct

United Kingdom

Defunct Leagues

English Ice Hockey Association Women's Leagues

Yugoslavia

Oceania

References








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