F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy

The F.G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy is awarded to the regular season champion of the American Hockey League's North Division. It is the oldest trophy awarded by the AHL, but it passed through two leagues previously. It is one of the oldest trophies in professional hockey. It is named after Teddy Oke, one of the founders of the Canadian Professional Hockey League (CPHL) in 1926, who presented it to the inaugural CPHL champion – the London Panthers.

F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
SportIce hockey
Awarded forNorth Division champions of the American Hockey League
History
First award1926–27
Most recentHershey Bears

The 1928–29 CPHL champions, the Windsor Bulldogs, took the trophy with them when they defected to the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1929–30. The Oke Trophy remained the championship trophy of the IHL until 1936, when the league played an interlocking schedule with the Can-Am League, maintaining the two leagues while forming the umbrella of the International-American Hockey League (I-AHL), the precursor of the AHL.

The I-AHL operated as this "circuit of mutual convenience" for the IHL and Can-Am for its first two years, with the IHL's four surviving teams comprising the I-AHL's West Division. They continued the trophy's tradition in the new league when it was awarded to the West Division champions, the Syracuse Stars. The Stars went on to become the I-AHL's first champions by winning the Calder Cup.

The Oke Trophy remained the West Division championship through to the 1951–52 season. In the 1952–53 season, the AHL lost two teams, bringing an end to East and West divisions, making the Oke the trophy for the AHL team with the best regular-season record for a stretch of nine seasons (note that this would happen again in 1976–77, when the AHL contracted for a single season). When the AHL again expanded to East and West divisions in the 1961–62 season, the 1960–61 Oke Trophy champions, the Springfield Indians, took the trophy with them to the East Division, while a newly created John D. Chick Trophy became the West Division's trophy that same year. The AHL has realigned divisions several times since 1961–62, with the Oke Trophy following the previous winning team to the new division; this ended in the 2011–12 season, when the AHL expanded to six divisions and the Oke moved to a newly created division despite the 2010–11 winner not moving. This was repeated in the 2015–16 season, when the Oke did not follow the 2014–15 winner when the divisions contracted to four.

Canadian Professional Hockey League champions (1927–1929)Edit

Season Team Win
1926–27 London Panthers 1
1927–28 Stratford Nationals 1
1928–29 Windsor Bulldogs 1

International Hockey League champions (1930–1936)Edit

Season Team Win
1929–30 Cleveland Indians 1
1930–31 Windsor Bulldogs 2
1931–32 Buffalo Bisons 1
1932–33 Buffalo Bisons 2[A]
1933–34 London Tecumsehs 2[B]
1934–35 Detroit Olympics 1
1935–36 Detroit Olympics 2
  1. ^ The IHL's Buffalo Bisons are unrelated to the team of the same name that later won the Oke Trophy in the AHL – these two wins do not follow to the AHL Bisons.
  2. ^ The London Tecumsehs are the renamed London Panthers, the same team that was the first ever winner of the Oke Trophy, in the CPHL.

American Hockey League (since 1937)Edit

Total awards won (CPHL/IHL/AHL)
Wins Team
9 Hershey Bears
8 Cleveland Barons
5 Maine Mariners
Providence Reds
Springfield Indians
4 Springfield Falcons
3 Buffalo Bisons (AHL)
Indianapolis Capitals
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Quebec Aces
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2 Adirondack Red Wings
Binghamton Senators
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Buffalo Bisons (IHL)
Detroit Olympics
Fredericton Express
Hartford Wolf Pack
London Panthers/Tecumsehs
New Brunswick Hawks
Pittsburgh Hornets
Providence Bruins
Syracuse Crunch
Toronto Marlies
Worcester IceCats
1 Albany River Rats
Belleville Senators
Boston Braves
Cleveland Indians
Montreal Voyageurs
Philadelphia Phantoms
Rochester Americans
St. Louis Flyers
Syracuse Stars
Key
Awarded for Season Team Win
West Division champions 1936–37 Syracuse Stars 1
1937–38 Cleveland Barons 1
1938–39 Hershey Bears 1
1939–40 Indianapolis Capitals 1
1940–41 Cleveland Barons 2
1941–42 Indianapolis Capitals 2
1942–43 Buffalo Bisons 1
1943–44 Cleveland Barons 2
1944–45 Cleveland Barons 3
1945–46 Indianapolis Capitals 3
1946–47 Cleveland Barons 4
1947–48 Cleveland Barons 5
1948–49 St. Louis Flyers 1
1949–50 Cleveland Barons 6
1950–51 Cleveland Barons 7
1951–52 Pittsburgh Hornets 1
AHL regular season champions 1952–53 Cleveland Barons 8
1953–54 Buffalo Bisons 2
1954–55 Pittsburgh Hornets 2
1955–56 Providence Reds 1
1956–57 Providence Reds 2
1957–58 Hershey Bears 2
1958–59 Buffalo Bisons 3
1959–60 Springfield Indians 1
1960–61 Springfield Indians 2
East Division champions 1961–62 Springfield Indians 3
1962–63 Providence Reds 3
1963–64 Quebec Aces 1
1964–65 Quebec Aces 2
1965–66 Quebec Aces 3
1966–67 Hershey Bears 3
1967–68 Hershey Bears 4
1968–69 Hershey Bears 5
1969–70 Montreal Voyageurs 1
1970–71 Providence Reds 4
1971–72 Boston Braves 1
1972–73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 1
North Division champions 1973–74 Rochester Americans 1
1974–75 Providence Reds 5
1975–76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 2
AHL regular season champions 1976–77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 3
North Division champions 1977–78 Maine Mariners 1
1978–79 Maine Mariners 2
1979–80 New Brunswick Hawks 1
1980–81 Maine Mariners 3
1981–82 New Brunswick Hawks 2
1982–83 Fredericton Express 1
1983–84 Fredericton Express 2
1984–85 Maine Mariners 4
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings 1
1986–87 Sherbrooke Canadiens 1
1987–88 Maine Mariners 5
1988–89 Sherbrooke Canadiens 2
1989–90 Sherbrooke Canadiens 3
1990–91 Springfield Indians 4
1991–92 Springfield Indians 5
1992–93 Providence Bruins 1
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings 2
1994–95 Albany River Rats 1
1995–96 Springfield Falcons 1
New England Division champions 1996–97 Worcester IceCats 1
1997–98 Springfield Falcons 2
1998–99 Providence Bruins 2
1999–00 Hartford Wolf Pack 1
2000–01 Worcester IceCats 2
East Division champions 2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
2002–03 Binghamton Senators 1
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms 1
2004–05 Binghamton Senators 2
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
2006–07 Hershey Bears 6
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
2008–09 Hershey Bears 7
2009–10 Hershey Bears 8
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3
Northeast Division champions 2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
2012–13 Springfield Falcons 3
2013–14 Springfield Falcons 4
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack 2
North Division champions 2015–16 Toronto Marlies 1
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch 1
2017–18 Toronto Marlies 2
2018–19 Syracuse Crunch 2
2019–20 Belleville Senators 1
2020–21 Hershey Bears 9

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