What Is the Federal Hockey League?


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The Federal Hockey League is an A-Level professional hockey league founded in 2010. Six teams played in the league's inaugural season: the Rome Frenzy, 1000 Islands Privateers, Akwesanse Warriors, Broome County Barons and New York Aviators.

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The first teams were referred to as the "Original Six" as an homage to the first National Hockey League teams, which carried the same nickname. The first commissioner was Don Kirnan, who still serves in the position as of 2014. The league's championship trophy is called the Commissioner's Cup, and its first winner was Akwesasne, who defeated New York three games to one. During the first season, Broome County relocated to Cape Cod, and Rome suspended operations.

In 2011, the Danville Dashers, New Jersey Outlaws and Vermont Wild joined the league. The latter was replaced by the Delaware Federals midway through the season. New Jersey won the title that year, and relocated to Williamsport, Penn., the next season. This pattern of relocating, folding and expansion has become typical for the Federal League every season through 2014.

As of 2014, the league features six teams: the Berkshire Battalion, Danbury Whalers, Danville Dashers, Dayton Demonz, SWPA Magic and Watertown Wolves. None of the Original Six teams remains in operation.

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