Blackhawks Farm Teams History
Chicago history in the AHL begins with their first AHL affiliates the Providence Reds known now as the Hartford Wolf Pack from 1939 to 1941.
The Rockford IceHogs are the current AHL affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks. They have been affiliated with the Blackhawks since 2007 and as of 2021, Chicago has purchased the team officially.
The Norfolk Admirals known now as the San Diego Gulls were the Chicago AHL team (2000 to 2007) before they signed on with the IceHogs.
Below is the table with a list of all AHL teams to be affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks along with the years they were affiliated:
|Affiliated Seasons||AHL Team Names|
|1951-1953||St. Louis Flyers|
|1978-1982||New Brunswick Hawks|
|1985-1987||Nova Scotia Oilers|
The St. Louis Flyers were a minor league hockey team that played 9 seasons in the AHL (1944-1953). The team folded in 1953 but played home games at the St. Louis Arena during their active years.
The Buffalo Bisons are another AHL affiliate of the Blackhawks to cease operations in the AHL. The Bisons stopped their AHL operations in the 1969/70 season after they were awarded an expansion team by the NHL and they came back as the Buffalo Sabres for the 1970/71 NHL season.
New Brunswick Hawks, currently known as the Toronto Marlies were affiliated with the Blackhawks from 1978-1982. They had won 2 Division titles (1979/80 & 1981/82), 1 regular season title, and 1 Calder Cup Championship both won in the 1981/82 AHL season.
Springfield Indians were affiliated with the Blackhawks from 1982-1984 and are currently known as the Abbotsford Canucks. They are one of the founding teams of the AHL, known then as the Canadian American Hockey League.
Nova Scotia Oilers called now the Bakersfield Condors were affiliated with the Blackhawks from 1985-87 along with the Oilers from 1984-88.
Furthermore, Portland Pirates known now as the Springfield Thunderbirds were partially affiliated with the Blackhawks from 1998-1999.