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Federal Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2009
Inaugural season 2010-11
No. of teams 6
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Danbury Whalers (1st title)
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The Federal Hockey League (FHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Northeastern United States.[1] The FHL began operations in November 2010. Don Kirnan serves as the league's first commissioner.[1]

The league has a salary cap of $5,050 per week. The roster is limited to 20 players for the first 6 games and 17 thereafter.[2]

During the 2010–11 season, the Broome County Barons relocated their operations to Cape Cod due to lack of fan support,[3][4] and Rome Frenzy suspended operations mid-season.[5]

In February 2011, the FHL announced for the 2011–12 season they would add new teams in northern Vermont and Illinois. The Green Mountain Rock Crushers (later changed their name to the Vermont Wild) played at theGreen Mountain Arena in Morrisville, Vermont, and the Danville Dashers will play at David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois. In May 2011, the FHL announced an expansion team to Wayne, New Jersey, called the New Jersey Outlaws. In December 2011 the FHL announced the Delaware Federals would replace the Vermont Wild. They played their first game on December 16, 2011 against Cape Cod.

In May 2012 it was announced that the Brooklyn Aviators were ceasing operations and that an expansion team was being added in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Demonz will play at the Hara Arena starting in the 2012-13 season. The Dayton Expansion Draft and the Brooklyn Player Dispersal Draft were both held on June 15. [6]

The Thousand Islands Privateers would change their name to the Watertown Privateers after having relocated the season prior from Alexandria Bay, New York.

In July 2012 it was announced that the defending champion New Jersey Outlaws were relocating to Williamsport, PA, for the 2012-13 season. [7] Rather than playing in a traditional ice arena, they played outside on a portable ice rink at Bowman Field, home to the minor league baseball team the Williamsport Crosscutters.[8] This venture was unsuccesful as the team folded on January 21, 2013 only to be resurrected by the league as a travel team that will play four road games.

The Cape Cod Bluefins had cancelled several games during December, and finally suspended operations on December 12, 2012. The league created a temporary fill in team called the "Blues" to fill in the dates and then relocated the franchise to Central New York where they became a road team.

The league played two neutral site games during the 2013-14 season in Winston-Salem, NC and Connellsvile, PA.

2014-15 SeasonEdit

On April 11, 2014 the league issued a release announcing a new team in Western Pennsylvania. The league had indicated on its' website that it was planning on adding a second expansion team for the 2014-15 season. originally Connellsville was mentioned for the site of the expansion team, but the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the North American Hockey League announced they were relocating to Connellsville for the 2014-15 season. The league later announced that they were placing an expansion team in the town of Belle Vernon that will be known as the Southwest Pennsylvania Magic or SWPA Magic.

The Watertown Privateers folded after the 2013-14 season after being unable to locate new local ownership. A new franchise was awarded to local ownership for the 2014-15 season. The new ownership did not want to inherit the team's debt. The ownership chose the name Watertown Wolves on August 8, 2014

On July 14, 2014, the league announced an expansion team for the 2014-15 season to be based out of the Notre Dame Arena in Berlin, New Hampshire. The league was setting up a LLC to own and manage the team until local ownership could be found. This franchise ended up moving to North Adams, Massachusetts and were named the Berkshire Battalion. North Adams was originally supposed to have a franchise in the North Atlantic Professional Hockey League, which was supposed to start with the 2014-15 season, but the league pushed back the start up to 2015-16 to allow for more stable ownership groups. The ownership of the North Adams Black Bears which were supposed to play in the NAPHL tried to gain entry into the FHL for the 2014-15 season but were denied due to the FHL's concern over the financial stability of this team. The 2014-15 season started with some hope as the league grew to six teams for the season, however; this did not last long as the SWPA Magic was pulled from the league after playing just one game (and cancelling a weekend series on October 18th and 19th against the Battalion after playing against the Battion in North Adams the night before. The Berkshire Eagle newspaper reported that the Battalion's games in Pennsylvania were cancelled due to "internal issues" within the Magic ownership made it so that the team was not able to host a game in Greensberg.[1] The league had already requested that the other members of the league help out the Berkshire Battalion and the ownership of the Magic could not contribute. However, the Battalion situation may have cause the league management to pull the team out of the league. The Watertown Wolves posted a tweet stating that their home game on October 25th that was originally scheduled against the Magic was still on but it didn't state against whom. The league was working on getting a team together to fill out the Magic's games on the schedule. As of the morning of October 22, the Magic's team website and facebook pages have been pulled. The league has not posted anything on the situation as of this point. WWNY television in the Watertown, NY area issued a report with much of the previous information on the morning of Ocotber 21st [2]

The Watertown Daily Times posted an article on October 22, 2014 stating that the Magic's place in the league had been taken by a team being called Steel City Warriors, which was accepted by the league and will play out of the same arena in Greensburg, PA.  The league stated in a release, on the same day, that the team will assume the Magic's schedule starting with the game on November 8th.  The team will be started from scratch as they are reported to be holding tryouts between the 23rd and their game on the 25th in Watertown.



The league has six teams based in the northeast and upper Midwest portions of the United States.

Team Founded Home arena Capacity City
Watertown Wolves 2014 Watertown Municipal Arena 2,000 Watertown, New York
Danbury Whalers 2010 Danbury Ice Arena 3,050 Danbury, Connecticut
Danville Dashers 2011 David S. Palmer Arena 2,350 Danville, Illinois
Dayton Demonz 2012 Hara Arena 5,500 Dayton, Ohio
Berkshire Battalion 2014 Peter W Foot Vietnam Veterans Memorial 2,000 North Adams, Massachusetts
Steel City Warriors 2014 Rostraver Ice Garden 2,000 Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania


Year Teams Expansion Dissolved Relocated Name changes
2010–11 6 Akwesasne Warriors
Broome County Barons
Danbury Whalers
New York Aviators
Rome Frenzy
Thousand Islands Privateers
Broome County Barons → Cape Cod Barons
2011–12 8 Danville Dashers
New Jersey Outlaws
Vermont Wild
Rome Frenzy Vermont Wild → Delaware Federals
Cape Cod Barons → Cape Cod Bluefins
New York AviatorsBrooklyn Aviators
Green Mountain Rock CrushersVermont Wild
2012–13 6 Dayton Demonz
Brooklyn Aviators
Delaware Federals
Akwesasne Warriors
Pennsylvania Blues
New York Bluefins
New Jersey OutlawsWilliamsport Outlaws
Cape Cod BluefinsNew York Bluefins
Dayton Devils → Dayton Demonz
Williamsport OutlawsPennsylvania Outlaws[9]
Pennsylvania OutlawsPennsylvania Blues[10]
2013–14 4 Thousand Islands PrivateersWatertown Privateers
2014–15 6 Berkshire Battalion
SWPA Magic
Watertown Wolves
Steel City Warriors
SWPA Magic


Dayton DemonzWilliamsport OutlawsNew Jersey OutlawsDelaware FederalsVermont WildDanville Dashers (FHL)Watertown PrivateersThousand Islands PrivateersRome FrenzyBrooklyn AviatorsDanbury WhalersNew York BluefinsCape Cod BluefinsBroome County BaronsAkwesasne Warriors

League championsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 FHL Fact Sheet. Federal Hockey League. Retrieved on October 14, 2011.
  2. FHL Frequently Asked Questions. Federal Hockey League. Retrieved on October 14, 2011.
  3. Lindsay, Joy. "Barons Leave Broome County", December 17, 2010. Retrieved on October 14, 2011. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. 
  4. Cape Cod has a hockey team!. Cape Cod Today (January 1, 2011). Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. Retrieved on October 14, 2011.
  5. Pitarresi, John. "Frenzy season ends; team might leave Rome", February 9, 2010. Retrieved on October 14, 2011. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011.  The Federal Hockey League has announced a press conference set for May 30th at 2pm at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio about a new franchise. Hara Arena is the former home of the Dayton Gems of the Central Hockey League.
  6. Dayton Expansion Draft
  7. Outlaws ride into Williamsport PA
  8. Professional hockey coming to Williamsport's Bowman Field

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