The Eastern Hockey League was a professional hockey league that operated for just three seasons, from 1978-79 until 1980-81. The league started out under the name of Northeastern Hockey league during its first season. The founding teams were the Erie Blades, Jersey Aces, New Hampshire Freedoms, Utica Mohawks, and Johnstown Wings.
In that first season both the Jersey Aces and the New Hampshire Freedoms relocated mid-season. The Aces moved to Hampton Virginia. When the bills began to mount in New Hampshire, Sandy Reiss, owner of the Freedoms fled with his franchise to the Cape Cod Coliseum and became the Cape Cod Freedoms.
The 1979-80 season brought with it a new name for the league; it became simply the Eastern Hockey league, possibly trying to establish a more direct link to the glory days of the original Eastern Hockey League. The season saw the introduction of a new franchise and the relocation of another. The Baltimore Clippers were the new entry, while the Ca... [Click for more]