Here are the top 5 most famous hockey leagues in the world
From being the most unpopular to one of the most watched sport in the world, Hockey has came a long way through. But have you ever wondered which is the most famous hockey league in the world after NHL?
This article will tell you about the top 5 most famous hockey leagues in the world at present. There is no doubt NHL is the best and most watched hocket league in the world.
Most Famous Hockey Leagues
5. LIIGA – Finland
LIIGA is Finland’s top professional hockey league. It is also called ‘The Finnish Elite League’ in English, previously known as the SM-LIIGA from 1975-2013.
There are currently 14 teams that participate in the league to show their dominance over others. Tappara is the most successful team in LIIGA’s history.
4. AHL – America
The American Hockey League or AHL is the second most watched ‘American’ hockey league after NHL. There are currently 30 teams, affiliate by NHL, that participate in the league to show their dominance over others.
Out of 30, 27 franchises that are located in the United States and three are in Canada. Hershey Bears is the most successful team in league’s history.
3. SHL – Sweden
The Swedish Hockey League or SHL was previously known as Elitserien or SEL. It is the top professional hockey league in Sweden.
There are currently 12 teams that participate in the league to show their dominance over others. There are possibilities that the league could add two more teams within the next two years to have a better competition.
2. KHL – Russia
The Kontinental Hockey League or KHL is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It currently has 28 teams from seven different countries, 22 of which are in Russia.
Ak Bars Kazan is the most successful team in KHL history with 3 titles in hands. Alexander Radulov is the current leading scorer of the league, the 15th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft.
1. NHL – America
The National Hockey League or NHL is the most famous and one of the highest budget leagues in the world. It is the top professional hockey league in America.
There are currently 32 teams, 25 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Montreal Canadiens is the most successful team in NHL history with 25 titles in hands.
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