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This is the 2016-17 North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League season.  This is the league's first season under this name and its' 51st season overall dating back to its founding at the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League in 1966.  This will apparently be the league's only season under this name as all but one of the teams have been added to the Eastern Hockey League for the 2017-18 season.  The only team not joining the EHL, the Exton Bulls appears to be discontinuing their junior team after just one season.

League changesEdit

The re-branding of the league occurred when after the league completed its 2015-16 season. The Eastern Hockey League announced on March 1, 2016 that the Elite Division was being reorganized as the 19U Elite Division. The Elite Division will focus upon development of players for higher levels of play. As part of this reorganization the league is adding seven teams from the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (New Jersey Rockets, New York Applecore, Brewster Bulldogs, Connecticut Nighthawks, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, and Philadelphia Revolution, and the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels. As a result of this reorganization the membership of the MJHL was decimated.

On March 29, 2016 the league announced that its operations had been acquired by the Tier-II North American Hockey League and that the league would be renamed North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League (NA3AHL) for the 2016-17 season. This was done in a similar manner to when the Northern States Hockey League was absorbed by the NAHL and ran as the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League for a couple of seasons before being absorbed into the North American 3 Hockey League for the 2016-17 season.

Prior to the season the previous Metropolitan Junior Hockey League website listed seven members plus two uncommitted teams (New Jersey Colonials and North Jersey Avalanche) and one team pending USA Hockey approval (New Jersey Junior Titans) were listed as being a member but none of these teams come to fruition in the league. 

On July 1, 2016 the league added the Exton Bulls organization who has only previously been involved in youth hockey.

On February 17, 2017 the Eastern Hockey League issued a release and announced the addition of eleven new members for the 2017-18 season.  Six of the seven current members of the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League  (Central Penn Panthers, Jersey Wildcats, Long Island Royals, Metro Fighting Moose, New Jersey Renegades, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights) were announced as part of the expansion. This would only leave the Exton Bulls as not joining the EHL for 2017-18.

TeamsEdit

Team Centre Arena
Central Penn Panthers Lancaster, Pennsylvania Regency Ice rink
Exton Bulls Exton, Pennsylvania Power Play Rinks
Jersey Wildcats Randolph, New Jersey Aspen Ice
Long Island Royals Huntington, New York Dix Hills Ice Rink
Metro Fighting Moose Brooklyn, New York Aviator Sports and Events Center
New Jersey Renegades Flemington, New Jersey Flemington Ice Arena
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Pittston, Pennsylvania Revolution Ice Centre

StandingsEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts  %
Long Island Royals 34 32 2 0 234 87 64 .941
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 36 32 4 0 289 100 64 .889
Metro Fighting Moose 35 17 15 3 151 126 37 .529
Jersey Wildcats 36 18 18 0 160 130 36 .500
New Jersey Renegades 36 14 21 1 128 172 29 .403
Central Penn Panthers 36 9 24 3 95 173 21 .292
Exton Bulls 35 2 33 0 59 328 4 .057

note: Long Island had games cancelled on 1/7 (Metro) and 2/18 (Exton).  Neither of these games were rescheduled.

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

Alll seven teams qualify with the first place team earning a bye to the semifinal round.

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

2017 NA3AHL champs Long Island Royals

2017 NA3AHL champs Long Island Royals

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