in 1904 houghton, Michigan
NHL(National Hockey League)
The origins of professional hockey predate the invention of the automobile, as the first recorded game of ice hockey was played in March of 1876 in Montreal, Quebec; while the generally accepted invention of the modern automobile by Karl Benz occurred on or about 1885. A race sponsored by the Chicago Times Herald, now considered the first American automobile race, was conducted on November 28, 1895. The first professional hockey league in North America was established in northern Michigan (Sault Saint Marie) in 1904 by J.L. Gibson. Gibson wanted to have an all-professional league, but the existing hockey officials in Eastern Canada balked at the idea. The league lasted only three years.
Turkish Ice Hockey First League was created in 2005.
Heather McDaniel became the first female to referee men's professional hockey when she worked her first game under contract with the Central Hockey League on October 21, 1995. http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-opinion/6849824/calling-shots-refereeing-highest-level-long-shot-nhl
Danny Johnson is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He spent three seasons in National Hockey League. He was an original member of the first Vancouver Canucks team.
Hockey leagues are FORMED, not invented. The East Coast Hockey League (now known as the ECHL) was formed in 1988.
while maybe not the first team i am sure, the first professional hockey team was the Vancouver millionaires.
The Charlotte Checkers ice hockey team are a minor league professional team. The team is based on a franchise of the same name, this team broke the record for numbers of spectators in attendance for their first game.
The Edmonton Oilers first joined the National Hockey League (NHL) In 1979
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