The Eastern Hockey League was a hockey league that operated for nearly forty years, from 1933 until 1973. Although the league was officially classified as an amateur league, this causes people to believe that the brand of hockey was somehow different or inferior than so-called professional leagues. EHL players were both paid to play hockey and were recruited to play for their various teams - being classified as amateur simply meant that the league played under the rules and governance of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States and the players were thus outside of the reach and control of the National Hockey League and its affiliated leagues.
The EHL was formed by Tom Lockhart on December 17, 1933 as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.
The EHL went on hiatus for the 1948-49 season when the New York Rovers and Boston Olympics withdrew.
The league came back in 1949-50, adding a western division which was made up of two teams that had played in t... [Click for more]