The Continental Hockey League was a semi-professional hockey league that existed from 1972 until 1986. The league had humble beginnings. It started as almost a recreational league in the Chicago area composed of former youth hockey players. The players were not paid, and the games were usually just on weekends.
However, over time, the talent in the league improved. The league also began to branch out geographically, and games were even held mid-week. There was signifigant player turnover though, due to conflicts with work schedules, other committments, etc.
The mid to late 70's were a time of relative stability for the Continental league. A core group of cities, Chicago, Peoria, Kenosha, and Springfield were the mainstays of the league, while other citiessuch as Madison, Pekin, and Rockford came and went. But the teams were relatively stable and the players were the same from year to year.
There were several occasions where teams temporarily moved or di... [Click for more]