North American Hockey League (1973–1977)

North American Hockey League
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Founded 1973
Ceased 1977
Replaced by American Hockey League
No. of teams 7 to 10
Country United States & Canada
Most titles Syracuse Blazers (2)

The North American Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. Several of the NAHL teams operated as developmental ("farm") teams for World Hockey Association franchises. 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. With the loss of a number of franchises, the NAHL elected to fold in September 1977.[1]

The league served as the inspiration for the film Slap Shot.[citation needed] Ned Dowd, who played for the Johnstown Jets,[2] was the brother of the film's screenwriter, Nancy Dowd. Ned played for Johnstown during a season where the team was for sale, when his sister came to live in Johnstown and was inspired to write the screenplay. The film contains references to "Syracuse" and "Broome County", which were teams in the NAHL.[3] Some of the incidents depicted actually occurred in actual NAHL games with the Johnstown Jets and the Carlson brothers, who inspired the characters, the Hanson Brothers).[citation needed]


Lockhart Cup

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