Pacific Hockey League (1994)

The Pacific Hockey League (PHL) was a short lived semi-professional ice hockey league in the western United States in the 1990s. The league was formed by a merger of two previous semi-professional leagues, the Pacific Southwest Hockey League and Pacific Northwest Hockey League. Several PHL teams became charter members of the professional West Coast Hockey League in 1995.

For the late 1970s ice hockey league, see Pacific Hockey League.
Pacific Hockey League
FormerlyPacific Southwest Hockey League
Pacific Northwest Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Replaced byWest Coast Hockey League (partial)
No. of teams6
Country United States
Alaska Gold Kings
Most titlesAlaska Gold Kings (1)

The PHL played only one season, 1994–95. In addition to its league schedule the Anchorage Aces played several out-of-league games, while the Fresno Falcons also played opponents from the Florida-based Sunshine Hockey League. The Fairbanks-based Alaska Gold Kings were the league's sole champions.

After the season three PHL teams, the Aces, Falcons and Gold Kings, joined the WCHL. A fourth team, the Los Angeles Bandits, briefly joined the dubious North American League before folding.[1]


Northwest Division

Team nameCity
Alaska Gold KingsFairbanks, Alaska
Anchorage AcesAnchorage, Alaska
Vancouver ThunderbirdsVancouver, Washington
(played in Seattle)[1]

Pacific Southwest Division

Team nameCity
California HawksAnaheim, California[2]
Fresno FalconsFresno, California
Los Angeles BanditsLos Angeles, California


  1. Pacific Hockey League (1994-1995) history and statistics, (accessed 11 June 2015)
  2. Klein, Gary. "Background Helped Callahan Sharpen His Skills for Blades", Los Angeles Times, July 7, 1994. (accessed 11 June 2015)
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