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North American Hockey League (1973–1977)

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See also: North American Hockey League and Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey.

The North American Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. The NAHL was one of two leagues, along with the Southern Hockey League, that were formed after the Eastern Hockey League ceased operations in 1973. The Lockhart Cup was the league's championship trophy. The league served as the inspiration for the movie, Slap Shot.

A milestone in professional hockey occured in the NAHL in 1975-76 when Jocelyn Hardy of the Beauce Jaros scored 208 regular season points in one season, thus becoming the first player to ever achieve this mark, five years before Wayne Gretzky did pass the 200 points mark for the first time in the much more competitive National Hockey League.


Team name Years Seasons City
Beauce Jaros 1975–1977 2 Saint-Georges, Quebec
Broome Dusters 1973–1977 4 Binghamton, New York
Buffalo Norsemen 1975–1976 1 North Tonawanda, New York
Cape Cod Cubs / Cape Codders 1973–1976 3 South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Erie Blades 1975–1977 2 Erie, Pennsylvania
Johnstown Jets 1973–1977 4 Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Long Island Cougars 1973–1975 2 Commack, New York
Maine Nordiques 1973–1977 4 Lewiston, Maine
Mohawk Valley Comets 1973–1977 4 Utica, New York
Philadelphia Firebirds 1974–1977 3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Syracuse Blazers 1973–1977 4 Syracuse, New York

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Season Champion Finalist
1973-74 Syracuse Blazers Long Island Cougars
1974-75 Johnstown Jets Broome Dusters
1975-76 Philadelphia Firebirds Beauce Jaros
1976-77 Syracuse Blazers Maine Nordiques


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