List of ice hockey leagues

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This is a list of ice hockey leagues , both professional and amateur, from around the world; parentheses denote year of establishment and, where applicable, year of disestablishment.

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North America

Major professional

Minor professional

Semi-pro

Junior

Major junior

Note: that the major junior level is considered professional by some authorities, including the NCAA, as its players earn a small stipend.

Junior A

Hockey Canada junior A leagues
USA Hockey junior leagues
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
United Hockey Union (AAU) junior leagues
Independent junior leagues

Junior B

Hockey Canada junior B leagues

(*) Quebec Junior "AA" is roughly equal to Ontario Junior "B"

Junior C

Hockey Canada junior C leagues

(*) Quebec Junior "A" is roughly equal to Ontario Junior "C"

Junior D

(*) Quebec Junior "B" is roughly equal to Ontario Junior "D"

College

U Sports hockey (Canada)

NCAA hockey (United States)

Note: The Northeast-10 sponsors a championship for its members that play men's ice hockey, but the NCAA doesn't currently sponsor a national championship at Division II level for either sex. All members of that conference with women's teams participate in the NEWHA.

NAIA hockey (United States)

Note: there are also independent teams outside of the WHAC.

ACHA hockey (United States and Canada)

Note: there are also many independent teams in all three ACHA divisions in addition to the many within the hockey conferences and leagues.

Women's

Senior

Sanctioned by Hockey Canada or USA Hockey

Canada
United States

School and youth

High school

Defunct leagues

South America

Africa

Asia

China

Taiwan

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Israel

Japan

Defunct

Iran

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Macau

Malaysia

Mongolia

North Korea

Philippines

Qatar

Singapore

South Korea

Thailand

Turkey

(Leagues involve teams from both Europe and Asia)

Turkmenistan

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Eurasia

Europe

Multinational

Active
Defunct

Armenia

Austria

Men

Women

Belarus

Belgium

Defunct

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Men

Women

Croatia

Czech Republic

Czechoslovakia

Denmark

East Germany

Estonia

Finland

Men

Defunct

Women

France

Men

Women

Georgia

Germany

Men

Women

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Semi-pro

Amateur

  • Italian Hockey League - Division I (former Serie C)

Junior and youth

  • Under 19 (1 national division)
  • Under 17 (1 national division)
  • Under 15 (2 national divisions)
  • Under 13 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 10 (many regional divisions)
  • Under 8 (many regional divisions)

Women

Latvia

Amateur

Lithuania

Luxembourg

The Netherlands

Defunct

Junior and youth

  • U17
  • U14
  • U12

Norway

Junior and youth

Poland

Romania

Russia

Men

Major professional

Minor professional

Semi-pro

Junior

Youth

Amateur

  • Night Hockey League

Women

Defunct

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Soviet Union

Spain

Men

Women

Sweden

Men

  • Swedish Hockey League (New name for the top league in 2013. The national championship has been played since 1922 in other forms. 14 teams)
  • HockeyAllsvenskan (The Swedish second league. The four best teams compete in the end of the season with the two worst placed team in SHL. 14 teams.)
  • Hockeyettan, Division 1 (Divided into 4 regions: North, East, West, and South. The five best teams in each region make 2 new series called Allettan at the conclusion of the regions. The two Allettan winners, and the two teams that survive a three-round playoff, compete with the last two teams in HockeyAllsvenskan for their spots in the higher league. 48 teams at present. This is the lowest tier organised nationally.)
  • Hockeytvåan (Divided into 9 regions.)
  • Hockeytrean (Divided into 14 regions.)
  • Hockeyfyran (Divided into 7 regions. The league does not cover all of Sweden.)
  • Division 5 (Divided into 2 regions, both in Stockholm.)

Junior and youth

  • J20 SuperElit (Under 20, junior league.)
  • J20 Elit (Under 20, junior second league. Divided into 4 regions: North, East, West, and South.)
  • J18 Elit (Under 18, divided into 4 regions.)

Women

Switzerland

Men

Amateur

Women

Ukraine

Junior

Defunct

United Kingdom

Defunct Leagues

English Ice Hockey Association Women's Leagues

West Germany

Yugoslavia

Oceania

Australia

Men

Junior

Women

New Zealand

Disabled hockey leagues

Leagues for disabled hockey players:

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