Monday, September 24, 2007

A hockey map
NHL, AHL and ECHL cities

I put together this map of all of the pro hockey cities in North America the other day on Google Maps, just to get a sense of where some of the new AHL franchises fit in geographically.

Boredom may have also played a role.

Blue placemarks are NHL franchises, red are AHL and green are ECHL. The blue lines connect NHL teams with their AHL affiliates, although you may have to go to page two to see all of those connectors.

It's interesting just how eastern dominated the AHL is, with San Antonio serving as its westernmost point. And for those that think Colorado is isolated in terms of other NHL teams, just have a look at the distances involved for the ECHL's Anchorage franchise.

The other striking thing about the map is just how concentrated hockey is on the east coast in general, as probably 70 per cent of these teams are within a day's driving distance of Toronto.

It's almost time for a road trip.

19 Comments:

At 11:45 PM, September 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the number of teams west of the Rockies, I think it's about time for the ECHL to change its name.

 
At 12:36 AM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

We've got the CHL down here in Texas, which is probably on par with the ECHL in terms of prestige (i.e. very little). That might boost the southern hockey rankings

 
At 3:16 AM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Redassed said...

I wonder how Pronger feels about his Canadian boys getting sent all the way across america.

 
At 7:16 AM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a road trip indeed! I am hoping to convince the husband to use our winter vacation as a combined golf / NHL hockey road trip. We're in Ottawa so the start of the trip is a bit longer but I still think we can get some golf in the Carolinas and catch a game or two on the way there and back. Wish me luck!

 
At 10:55 AM, September 25, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Anonymous, the ECHL did change their name, the ECHL no longer stands for "East Coast Hockey League", it simply stands for ECHL. They just kept the acronym alive because it was so recognizable and made the acronym the actual name of the league.

 
At 12:00 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

Why is there nothing in the Pacific Northwest? You'd think that be more of a hockey-friendly region.

Also, North Dakota is DUE.

 
At 12:08 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

I was a bit surprised to see nothing in portland. Looks like you may have missed one, James.

http://www.portlandpirates.com/

 
At 12:27 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

The map's 100-per-cent accurate and complete, with each marker on the team's home rink.

 
At 12:28 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Portland Pirates play in Portland, Maine, if that's any source of confusion.

 
At 12:36 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

There are WHL teams in the Pacific Northwest (Canadian major junior). Seattle, Everett, Spokane, the Tri-City area (central Washington), and Portland (Oregon). Boise has an ECHL team on the map as well, that's a Pacific NW city (sort of).

It'd be cool and confusing to do one that including junior leagues, NCAA towns, USHL teams, CHL (Texas), and the UHL.

 
At 12:38 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add the Central Hockey League (CHL) which is pretty much on par with the ECHL and you've got a complete map of professional hockey.

 
At 12:46 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I was thinking of getting the Canadian junior teams in there, mainly because there wouldn't be much overlap, but the CHL never occurred to me. Is there really a high level of hockey being played there? At least with the ECHL we sometimes see callups to the NHL, and many players begin their development there.

 
At 12:46 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous beingbobbyorr said...

I'm still surprised the ECHL can operate across all 4 time zones, especially the Alaska franchise. IIRC, that's what killed the IHL (while the NE-centric AHL survived) ..... i.e., minor league attendence and ticket prices aren't supposed to be able to subsidize that much air travel.

 
At 4:36 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although there are some WHL teams in the Pacific Northwest, the distance between Vancouver and Seattle (and Portland, OR for that matter) might as well be a million miles when it comes to hockey. Aside from the core fans of the teams, hockey is derided in the northwest and I have found Oregon to be the least hockey-friendly or knowledgeable state I've been, just barely worse than Washington.

 
At 4:50 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

As a league, the CHL is below the ECHL. The ECHL in most respects is a feeder league to the AHL, with almost every team in the ECHL having an affiliation with an NHL/AHL organization. The Charlotte Checkers are affiliated with the Rangers/Wolf Pack, for instance, with fairly regular player movement between AHL Hartford and ECHL Charlotte throughout the season.

Only a handful of CHL teams have an affiliation, and I've almost never noticed a player move directly between the CHL and the AHL. Rick Kozak might be the only example I can think of, as far as Rangers/Wolf Pack prospects go, and I'm not even 100% sure if he counts.

 
At 9:51 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, did you mean to omit a blue NHL marker on Phoenix?

 
At 9:53 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's just covered by the ECHL one. Every team is there.

 
At 11:33 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've heard that a 1st liner in the chl is equal to a 2nd liner in the echl. but ive never been to an echl game, so yeah. there are several top level goalies in the chl that get called up to the ahl, and a few that make it to the nhl, no big names though.

 
At 7:00 PM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet hockey map!

 

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