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The following is a list of ice hockey teams in Michigan, past and present. It includes the league(s) they play for, and championships won.

Major ProfessionalEdit

National Hockey League 1917-Edit

Team City Established Stanley Cups[1] Notes
Detroit Red Wings Detroit 1926 11 Also known as the Cougars (1926-30) and the Falcons (1930-32)

World Hockey Association 1972-1979Edit

Team City Existed Avco Cups Notes
Michigan Stags Detroit 1974-75 0 Moved to Baltimore on January 18, 1975, and became the Baltimore Blades

Minor ProfessionalEdit

All American Hockey League 2008-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established League Titles Notes
Battle Creek Revolution Battle Creek 2008 0
Lapeer Loggers Lapeer 2010 0

American Hockey League 1936-Edit

Team City Established Calder Cups Notes
Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids 2001 0 Originally founded in 1996 in the IHL

International Hockey League 2007-2010Edit

Former teams

Team City Established Turner Cups Notes
Flint Generals Flint 2007- 2010 0
Kalamazoo Wings Kalamazoo 2007- 2010 0
Port Huron IceHawks Port Huron 2007- 2010 0

Mid-Atlantic Hockey League 2007-2008Edit

Current teams

Team City Established League Titles Notes
Battle Creek Revolution Battle Creek 2008 0
Chelsea Tornadoes Chelsea 2008 0
Detroit Dragons Fraser 2008 0
Trenton Warriors Trenton 2008 0

United Hockey League 1997-2007Edit

Team City Existed Colonial Cups Notes
Flint Generals Flint 1997-2007 1
Kalamazoo Wings Kalamazoo 2000-2007 1 Played as the Madison Kodiaks in 1999-2000
Motor City Mechanics Fraser 2004-2006 0 Franchise suspended for 2006-2007 season
Muskegon Fury Muskegon 1997-2007 4
Port Huron Beacons Port Huron 2002-2005 0 Became the Roanoke Valley Vipers in 2005
Port Huron Border Cats Port Huron 1997-2002 0
Port Huron Flags Port Huron 2005-2007 0
Saginaw Gears Saginaw 1998-1999 0 Became the Ohio Gears on December 20, 1999
Saginaw LumberKings Saginaw 1997-1998 0 Became the Saginaw Gears in 1998

Colonial Hockey League 1991-1997Edit

Team City Existed Colonial Cups Notes
Detroit Falcons Fraser 1992-1996 0
Flint Bulldogs Flint 1991-1993 0 Became the Utica Bulldogs in 1993
Flint Generals Flint 1993-1997 1
Muskegon Fury Muskegon 1992-1997 0
Michigan Falcons Fraser 1991-1992 0 Became the Detroit Falcons in 1992
Port Huron Border Cats Port Huron 1996-1997 0
Saginaw LumberKings Saginaw 1996-1997 0
Saginaw Wheels Saginaw 1994-1996 0 Became the Saginaw LumberKings in 1996

International Hockey League 1945-2001Edit

Team City Existed Turner Cups Notes
Detroit Auto Club Detroit 1945-1951 1
Detroit Bright's Goodyears Detroit 1945-1949 0
Detroit Hettche Detroit 1949-1952 0
Detroit Jerry Lynch Detroit 1948-1949 0
Detroit Metal Mouldings Detroit 1946-1948 0
Detroit Vipers Auburn Hills 1994-2001 1
Flint Generals Flint 1969-1985 1 Became the Flint Spirits in 1985
Flint Spirits Flint 1985-1990 0
Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids 1996-2001 0 Joined the American Hockey League in 2001
Grand Rapids Owls Grand Rapids 1977-1980 0
Grand Rapids Rockets Grand Rapids 1950-1956 0
Kalamazoo Wings Kalamazoo 1974-1995 2 Became the Michigan K-Wings in 1995
Lansing Lancers Lansing 1974-1975 0 Suspended operations January 16, 1975 after 41 games
Michigan K-Wings Kalamazoo 1995-2000 0
Muskegon Lumberjacks Muskegon 1984-1992 2 Became the Cleveland Lumberjacks in 1992
Muskegon Mohawks Muskegon 1965-1984 1 Became the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 1984
Muskegon Zephyrs Muskegon 1960-1965 1 Became the Muskegon Mohawks in 1965
Port Huron Flags Port Huron 1962-1971 2 Became the Port Huron Wings in 1974
Port Huron Flags Port Huron 1974-1981 0
Port Huron Wings Port Huron 1971-1974 1 Became the Port Huron Flags in 1974
Saginaw Gears Saginaw 1972-1983 2
Saginaw Generals Saginaw 1985-1987 0
Saginaw Hawks Saginaw 1987-1989 0

International Independent Hockey League 2003-2004Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Lansing Ice Nuts Lansing 2003-2004 0
Motor City Snipers Detroit 2003-2004 0
Northern Michigan Predators Harbor Springs 2003-2004 1
Soo City Mavericks Sault Ste. Marie 2003-2004 0

All-American Hockey League 1986-1989Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Downriver Stars Trenton 1986-1987 0
Jackson All-Americans Jackson 1986-1989 0
Lincoln Park Patriots Lincoln Park 1988-1989 0
Michigan Stars Trenton 1987-1988 0 Suspended operations during the season
Port Huron Clippers Port Huron 1987-1988 0

Continental Hockey League 1972-1986Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Grand Rapids Grizzlies Grand Rapids 1980-1982 0

United States Hockey League 1961-1979Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Calumet-Houghton Chiefs Calumet 1972-1973 0
Copper Country Chiefs Calumet 1974-1976  ?
Copper Country Islanders Calumet 1973-1974  ?
Grand Rapids Blades Grand Rapids 1976-1977  ?
Grand Rapids Bruins Grand Rapids 1968-1969  ?
Marquette Iron Rangers Marquette 1964-1976  ?
Traverse City Bays Traverse City 1975-1977  ?

Ohio State Hockey League 1946-1948Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Dearborn Monarchs Dearborn 1947-1948 0
Detroit Teamsters Detroit 1947-1948 0

Eastern Amateur Hockey League 1933-1953Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
Grand Rapids Rockets Grand Rapids 1949-1950 0 Joined the International Hockey League in 1950

Early LeaguesEdit

International Hockey League 1929-1936Edit

Team City Existed F.G. "Teddy" Oke Trophies Notes
Detroit Olympics Detroit 1929-1936 2

Canadian Professional Hockey League 1926-30Edit

Team City Existed F.G. "Teddy" Oke Trophies Notes
Detroit Olympics Detroit 1927-1929 0 Joined the International Hockey League in 1929

American Hockey Association 1926-1942Edit

Team City Existed Harry F. Sinclair Trophies Notes
Detroit Greyhounds Detroit 1926-1927 0 Withdrew after 10 games

International Professional Hockey League 1904-07Edit

Team City Existed League Titles Notes
American Soo Indians Sault Ste. Marie 1904-1907 0
Calumet Miners Calumet 1904-1907 1
Portage Lakes Lakers Houghton 1904-1907 2

CollegeEdit

Division 1Edit

Central Collegiate Hockey Association 1971-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established Regular season titles Mason Cups NCAA Titles (in CCHA) Notes
Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor 1981 8 7 9 (2) Played in WCHA 1951-81
Michigan State Spartans East Lansing 1981 7 11 2 (1) Played in WCHA 1951-81
Ferris State Bulldogs Big Rapids 1976 1 0 0
Lake Superior State Lakers Sault Ste. Marie 1972 4 4 3
Northern Michigan Wildcats Marquette 1977-84, 97- 2 2 1 (0) Played in WCHA 1984-97
Western Michigan Broncos Kalamazoo 1975 0 1 0

Former teams

Team City Existed Regular season titles Mason Cups NCAA Titles (in CCHA) Notes
Michigan Tech Huskies Houghton 1981-84 0 0 3 (0) Played in WCHA through 1980-81 season and starting 1984-85 season

College Hockey America 1999-2008Edit

Team City Existed Peters Cup McLeod Trophy NCAA Titles Notes
Wayne State Warriors Detroit 1999-2008 1 3 0 Wayne State dropped Mens' Hockey as a Varsity sport after the 2007-08 season.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association 1951-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established MacNaughton Cups Broadmoor Trophies NCAA Titles (in WCHA) Notes
Michigan Tech Huskies Houghton 1951-81, 1984- 6 9 3 Played in CCHA from 1981-84

Former teams

Team City Established MacNaughton Cups Broadmoor Trophies NCAA Titles (in WCHA) Notes
Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor 1951-81  ?  ? 9 (7)
Michigan State Spartans East Lansing 1951-81  ?  ? 2
Northern Michigan Wildcats Marquette 1984-97  ??  ? 1 (1)

Division 3Edit

Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association 1998-Edit

Team City Established Conference titles NCAA Titles Notes
Adrian Bulldogs Adrian 2007 1 0
Finlandia Lions Hancock 2004 0 0

JuniorEdit

Ontario Hockey League 1980-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established J. Ross Robertson Cups Memorial Cups Notes
Plymouth Whalers Plymouth 1990 2 0 Also known as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (1990-92), Detroit Junior Red Wings (1992-95), and Detroit Whalers (1995-97)
Saginaw Spirit Saginaw 2002 0 0 Was previously the North Bay Centennials

Junior A Tier II Hockey LeaguesEdit

North American Hockey League 1976-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established Season titles Playoff titles Notes
Alpena IceDiggers Alpena 2005 0 0 Played the 2004-05 season as the Toledo IceDiggers
Traverse City North Stars Traverse City 2005 0 0
U.S. National Team Development Program Ann Arbor 1997 0 0

Former teams

Team City Existed Season titles Playoff titles Notes
Bloomfield Jets ? 1987-1990 0 0 Became Lakeland Jets
C & H ? ? 1988-1989 0 0
Capital Centre Pride Dimondale 2000-2003 0 0 Previously Grand Rapids Rockets
Compuware Ambassadors Oak Park 1984-2003 8 11
Dearborn Magic Dearborn 1990-1991 0 0 Became Michigan Nationals
Dearborn Heights Nationals Dearborn Heights 1994-1996 0 0 Previously Michigan Nationals, became St. Louis Sting
Detroit ? ? 1987-1992 0 0
Detroit Freeze Fraser 1992-1997 1 0 Became Chicago Freeze
Detroit Junior Wings Fraser 1976-1983 0 0
Fraser Flags Fraser 1981-1984 0 0
Fraser Highlanders Fraser 1976-1980 0 0
Gaylord Grizzlies Gaylord 1995-1998 0 0 Became Grand Rapids Bearcats
Grand Rapids Bearcats Wyoming 1998-2000 0 0 Ceased operations December 31, 1999. Team became Grand Rapids Rockets
Grand Rapids Rockets Wyoming 1999-2000 0 0 Previously the Grand Rapids Bearcats. Became the Capital Centre Pride
Hennessy Engineers Plymouth 1985-1987 0 0 Became Redford Royals
Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings Kalamazoo 1989-1994 1 2
Lakeland Jets Waterford 1990-1995 0 0 Previously Bloomfield Jets, became Soo Kewadin Indians
Lytes Rustlers ? 1990-1991 0 0
Melvindale Blades Melvindale 1989-1990 0 0
Melvindale Lakers Melvindale 1982-1983 0 0
Michigan Nationals Dearborn 1991-1994 0 0 Previously Dearborn Magic, became Dearborn Heights Nationals
NACE Redford, Michigan 1989-1990 0 0 Previously Redford Royals
Paddock Pools Saints ? 1976-1984 7 7
Redford ? Redford 1987-1988 0 0
Redford Royals Redford 1978-1984 0 0
Redford Royals Redford 1988-1989 0 0 Previously Hennesey Engineers, became NACE
Saginaw Gears Saginaw 1991-1995 0 0
St. Clair Falcons ? 1983-1987 2 2
Soo Kewadin Indians Sault Ste. Marie 1995-2005 1 0 Previously Lakeland Jets
Waterford Lakers Waterford 1981-1982 0 0
Wayne Chiefs Wayne 1976-1980 1 0 National Champs 1980
West Michigan Wolves Kalamazoo, Michigan 1988-1989 0 0 Became Kalamazoo Jr. Wings

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League 1978-Edit

Current teams

Team City Established League titles Dudley Hewitt Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Soo Indians Sault Ste. Marie 2006 0 0 0

Former teams

Team City Established League titles Dudley Hewitt Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Northern Michigan Black Bears Sault Ste. Marie 2003-2006 0 0 0 Became Soo Indians in 2006
Soo Michigan Realtors Sault Ste. Marie 1962-1964 0 0 0

Continental Elite Hockey League 2001-2004Edit

Team City Established League titles Notes
Brownstown Bombers Brownstown  ? 0
Detroit Belle Tire Lightning Fraser  ? 1
Michigan Stars Trenton  ? 0
Traverse City Enforcers Traverse City 2001-2004 0

Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League 1970-1976Edit

Team City Established League titles Notes
Detroit Jr. Red Wings Detroit 1970-76 1
Michigan Americans Utica 1973-74 0

Great Lakes Junior Hockey League 1975-1976Edit

Team City Existed Season titles Playoff titles Notes
Detroit Junior Wings ? 1975-1976  ?  ?
Detroit Little Caesars ? 1975-1976  ?  ?
Port Huron Fogcutters Port Huron 1975-1976  ?  ? Withdrew 11/21/75
St. Clair Shores Saints St. Clair Shores 1975-1976  ?  ?
Oakland Chiefs Southfield 1975-1976  ?  ?

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Wolverine Junior Hockey League 1972-1975Edit

Team City Existed Season titles Playoff titles Notes
Flint Flint 1973-197?  ?  ?
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 1973-197? 0 0
Livonia Livonia 1973-197? 0 0
Oak Park Oak Park 1972-197?  ?  ?
Southfield Chiefs Southfield 1972-1975 0 0 Oak Park and Southfield started the annual contest for the Purple Paddle (a goalie stick painted purple) in 1972-73. It was awarded to the winner of the season series by the mayors of each city. The same purple paddle was continued into the 1990s by the successors of these two teams who were eventually in the North American Hockey League.
Trenton Trenton 1972-1973 0 0

Michigan Junior Hockey League 197?-1975Edit

Team City Existed Season titles Playoff titles Notes
Waterford Lakers Waterford 1972-1975  ?  ?
Dearborn FabricatingDearborn ? ? ?
Livonia ?
Royal Oak Ellis
Ecorse Big D
Port Huron Fogcutters

St Clair Shores Saints Plymouth Whalers

Junior A Tier III Hockey LeaguesEdit

Central States Hockey LeagueEdit

Current Teams

Team City Established Regular season titles Hurster Cups USA Hockey Silver Cups Notes
Flint Junior Generals Flint 1999  ?  ?  ?
Grand Rapids Junior Owls Byron Center 1999  ?  ?  ?
Metro Jets Waterford 1989 1 2 1
Motor City Chiefs Dearborn Heights 1997?  ?  ?  ?

Former Teams

Team City Existed Regular season titles Hurster Cups USA Hockey Silver Cups Notes
Compuware ? 1997?-1998  ?  ?  ?
Grand Rapids Junior Grizzlies Byron Center 1998-1999 0 0 0
Wayne Wheelers Wayne 1998-1999 0 0 0
Wayne Wheels Wayne 1999-2001?  ?  ?  ?

Western Junior B Hockey LeagueEdit

Team City Established League titles Notes
Port Huron Flags Port Huron  ? 0

League, regional and national championshipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists. nhl.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.

See alsoEdit


Championship Times won Description
Stanley Cup 10 National Hockey League champion
Turner Cup 14 International Hockey League champion
Calder Cup 0 American Hockey League championship
Colonial Cup 7 United Hockey League champion
Memorial Cup 0 Canadian Major-Junior national champion
J. Ross Robertson Cup 1 Ontario Hockey League champion
NCAA title 18 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey champion
CCHA regular season champion 22 CCHA regular season champion
Mason Cup 25 CCHA playoff champion
MacNaughton Cup 6? WCHA regular season champion
Broadmoor Trophy 9? WCHA playoff championship
R.H. "Bob" Peters Cup 1 CHA regular season champion
Bruce M. McLeod Trophy 3 CHA playoff champion
Gibson Cup  ? (1938-1958) Michigan Ontario Hockey League and (1968-current) played for in the Great Lakes Hockey League between the Portage Lake Pioneers and Calumet Wolves
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