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.