NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL – North American Hockey Affiliations

UPDATE: A new version of this for the 2015-16 season is now available here.


Finally. After forever (thanks to my amazing, and amazingly distracting daughter (who turned one recently), I’ve been able to complete this map/infographic/thing that shows how the major and minor professional hockey leagues in North American fit together. The NHL, AHL, ECHL and CHL are all connected (sort of). There are other leagues too, that get a nod, but those are the “big four” when it comes to professional hockey in the US and Canada. Enjoy.

NOTE: These data reflect things as of the 2013-14 season… changes are a coming, so updates will have to be made in the offseason. Yay.

UPDATE: Thanks to the hundreds of eyes on the internet (mostly Reddit folks), plenty of little tweaks needed to be made… Andhave have now. Thanks, everyone for the eagle-eyes.

Click anywhere on the image to enlarge (it’s really big).