|No. of teams||6|
|Sorel-Tracy Éperviers (2)|
|Most titles||Jonquière Marquis (3)|
The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (North American Hockey League) (LNAH) is a low-level professional league based in the Canadian province of Quebec. It was founded as the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League (QSPHL; French: Ligue de hockey semi-professionnelle du Québec or LHSPQ) in 1996, and became fully professional and assumed its current name in 2004. It has no connection with the similarly named North American Hockey League, an American junior league for players under twenty. Teams in the LNAH compete for the Vertdure Cup, which has been awarded annually since 1997.
Unlike higher-level minor professional leagues, such as the American Hockey League or the ECHL, the LNAH is not known for its skill level. Its teams employ many enforcers and has a rather infamous reputation for on-ice antics, primarily fisticuffs. The LNAH has the unofficial reputation as the world's toughest hockey league; a New York Times article stated that the league averaged 3.2 fights a game during the 2010-11 season, compared with 0.6 fights in the National Hockey League.
Despite this reputation, many of the players are ex-NHL or ex-AHL players such as Patrick Côté, Michel Picard, Stéphane Richer, Bobby Dollas, Guillaume Lefebvre, Garrett Burnett, Daniel Shank, François Leroux, Jeremy Stevenson, Éric Fichaud, Mario Roberge, David Gosselin, Michel Ouellet, Jesse Bélanger, Donald Brashear, Yves Racine, Anthony Stewart and Juraj Kolník. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, some NHL players played the entire season in the league, such as Sylvain Blouin, Donald Brashear, Sébastien Caron, Mathieu Biron, Marc-André Bergeron and Sébastien Charpentier. The league has had a rule that stipulates that all players must either have come from Quebec, or played junior hockey in Quebec, though it has not been strictly used for LNAH teams outside Quebec.
Another unique aspect, compared to other minor pro leagues of North America, is the absence of a veteran limit rule, which allows teams to stock up on experienced players. The league is slowly trying to clean itself up (for 2005-06, the roster limit went from 20 to 19 players, which for most teams meant one less enforcer), but the league has typically been popular with the fans for its reputation of being the toughest league in the world.
The LNAH Draft is held during the summer, including 15 rounds. Players too old for junior ice hockey may be drafted even if they were already drafted by an NHL team. Drafted players come from many leagues, including the Canadian Hockey League, American Hockey League, lower-level professional leagues, and U Sports.
|Jonquière Marquis||Saguenay, Quebec||Palais des Sports||1996*|
|Les Pétroliers du Nord||Laval, Quebec||Colisée de Laval||2018*|
|Rivière-du-Loup 3L||Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec||Centre Premier Tech||2008|
|Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5||Saint-Georges, Quebec||Centre Sportif Lacroix-Dutil||1996*|
|Sorel-Tracy Éperviers||Sorel-Tracy, Quebec||Colisée Cardin||1996*|
|Thetford Assurancia||Thetford Mines, Quebec||Centre Mario Gosselin||1996|
The Vertdure Cup is the trophy awarded annually to champions of the LNAH. It was first awarded after the 1996-97 season, and was originally called the Futura Cup. In 2011, it was renamed the Canam Cup, and in 2014 as the Vertdure Cup.
|1996-97||Saint-Gabriel Blizzard||Acton Vale Nova|
|1997-98||Lachute Rapides||Acton Vale Nova|
|1998-99||Joliette Blizzard||Saint-Georges Garaga|
|1999-00||LaSalle Rapides||Pont-Rouge Grand Portneuf|
|2000-01||Joliette Mission||Saint-Georges Garaga|
|2001-02||Laval Chiefs||Thetford Mines Prolab|
|2002-03||Laval Chiefs||Thetford Mines Prolab|
|2003-04||Verdun Dragons||Saint-Georges Garaga|
|2004-05||Québec Radio X||Thetford Mines Prolab|
|2005-06||Sherbrooke Saint-François||Thetford Mines Prolab|
|2006-07||Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Summum Chiefs||Sherbrooke Saint-Francois|
|2007-08||Trois-Rivières Caron & Guay||Thetford Mines Isothermic|
|2008-09||Pont-Rouge Lois Jeans||Thetford Mines Isothermic|
|2009-10||Saint-Georges CRS Express||Sherbrooke Saint-Francois|
|2010-11||Sherbrooke Saint-François||Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5|
|2011-12||Thetford Mines Isothermic||Windsor Wild|
|2012-13||Jonquière Marquis||Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena|
|2013-14||Jonquière Marquis||Thetford Mines Isothermic|
|2014-15||Thetford Mines Isothermic||Sorel-Tracy Éperviers|
|2015-16||Rivière-du-Loup 3L||Sorel-Tracy Éperviers|
|2016-17||Jonquière Marquis||Thetford Assurancia|
|2017-18||Sorel-Tracy Éperviers||Rivière-du-Loup 3L|
|2018-19||Sorel-Tracy Éperviers||Jonquière Marquis|
Note: Cities listed in yellow are currently home to an LNAH franchise.
|City||Finals||Won||Lost||Years won||Years lost||Team(s) in Finals||Years in LNAH|
|Thetford Mines||10||2||8||2012, 2015||2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017||Prolab, Isothermic, Assurancia||1996-present|
|Sorel-Tracy||5||2||3||2018, 2019||2013, 2015, 2016||HC Carvena, Éperviers||1996-2008, 2010-present|
|Saint-Georges||5||1||4||2010||1999, 2001, 2004, 2011||Garaga, CRS Express, Cool FM 103.5||1998-present|
|Sherbrooke||4||2||2||2006, 2011||2007, 2010||Saint-Francois||2003-2011|
|Jonquière||4||3||1||2013, 2014, 2017||2019||Marquis||1997-2004, 2008-present|
|Laval||2||2||0||2002, 2003||Chiefs||1998-2006, 2013-17, 2019-present|
|Joliette||2||2||0||1999, 2001||Blizzard, Mission||1998-2002|
|Pont-Rouge||2||1||1||2009||2000||Grand Portneuf, Lois Jeans||1996-2004, 2008-2010|
|Acton Vale||2||0||2||1997, 1998||Nova||1996-2001|
|Trois-Rivières||1||1||0||2008||Caron & Guay||2003-2018|
|Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu||1||1||0||2007||Summum Chiefs||2002-2004, 2006-2008|
|Québec||1||1||0||2005||Radio X||1997-1998, 2001-2008|