Formation of the leagueEdit
The league was formed in the fall of 2017 as a result of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League removing the defending league and Herder Memorial Trophy champions; the Harbour Grace Cee Bee Stars from the league with the explanation that a four team league would be the most desirable as opposed to a five team league and that the Cee Bee Stars were the least convenient fit geographically (and competitively) for the membership. Accusations were also made that the Cee Bee Stars were paying some of their players; but they were not investigated and left at the accusation stage. It was thought that the Cee Bee Stars would end up in the Central/West Senior Hockey League which was down to three teams for the 2016-17 season and had openly stated that it would need a fourth team to be able to take to the ice for the 2017-18 season. However, the Cee Bee Stars appealed the decision to Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador.
A meeting has held just prior to September 12, 2017 with the four remaining members of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League, the Cee Bee Stars, and Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador. At this meeting the Cee Bee Stars were apparently accepted back into the league. In very short order the other four teams in the league sent a letter to Rob Leaman of Hockey NL stating that they were withdrawing from the AESHL with the intent of forming a new league with the four teams excluding the Cee Bee Stars to cover the eastern portion of the island. The Cee Bee Stars continued to state that they did not want to play in the CWSHL.
Shortly after the formation of the league; it was announced that the league members were going to have an interlocking schedule with the members of the CWSHL to help give that league the equivalent of having four members and scheduling one game with between each team from the opposite league in the CWSHL arenas. 
- 2018 St. John's Capitals
- ↑ http://www.nlhockeytalk.ca/2017/09/02/stooping-to-a-new-low-in-senior-hockey/
- ↑ http://www.nlhockeytalk.ca/2017/09/07/aeshl-accusations-foolish-disappointing/
- ↑ http://www.nlhockeytalk.ca/2017/09/04/future-of-the-cee-bees/
- ↑ http://www.cbncompass.ca/news/local/2017/9/21/ceebees-back-in-aeshl--other-four-teams-resign.html
- ↑ http://www.nlhockeytalk.ca/2017/09/27/cwshl-contributes-to-hockey-drama/
- ↑ http://www.thetelegram.com/sports/hockey/its-a-lock-senior-leagues-will-employ-interlocking-play-154640/