The Central 1 Hockey League is a proposed Amateur Athletic Union sanctioned Tier-I (free to play) junior ice hockey league that is scheduled to commence play with the 2017-18 season.
The league announced its formation after holding a board of governors meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada to set up operations and deal with other league matters on September 12, 2016.
The league announced that there will be six teams to participate in the league's first season. All of the teams are presently members of the Western States Hockey League, and according to reports all six teams will probably continue to operate their WSHL teams as well as the new teams. The six teams are the Casper Coyotes, Colorado Jr. Eagles, El Paso Rhinos, Ogden Mustangs, Oklahoma City Blazers, and Springfield Express.
The league announced a two phase draft system to populate the team rosters. Phase I will consist of players that are already playing in an AAU-UHU league during the 2016-17 season. Phase II will consist of players who attended league scheduled pre-draft events. Any other players not selected in either of the drafts may be signed as free agents after the draft is held.
On October 10, 2016 the league announced a two phase membership application process for additional franchises. The first will be open to existing AAU-UHU owners. The second phase will be open to new owners regardless of affiliation of AAU-UHU or any other sanctioning body.
Planned Approved TeamsEdit
|Casper Coyotes||Casper, Wyoming||Casper Ice Arena||2016|
|Colorado Jr. Eagles||Fort Collins, Colorado||NoCo Ice Center||2016|
|El Paso Rhinos||El Paso, Texas||Sierra Providence Event Center||2016|
|Ogden Mustangs||Ogden, Utah||The Ice Sheet||2016|
|Oklahoma City Blazers||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Blazers Ice Centre||2016|
|Springfield Express||Springfield, Missouri||Mediacom Ice Park||2016|