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2016-17 NA3HL Season

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This is the 2016-17  North American 3 Hockey League season.  This is the leagues' 7th season under the NA3HL moniker and its 19th overall dating back to its founding as the Central States Hockey League in 1998.

Membership changesEdit

The league announced that it would add the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League en masse as full members for the 2016-17 season.

On May 22, 2016 a published report on the website [1] indicated that the league had approved the addition of a team to be known as the Missoula Bruins. Missoula has been the home of the Missoula Maulers of the Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Western States Hockey League since 2007 (joining from the American West Hockey League in 2013 after being founded in the NorPac in 2007. Apparently, the Maulers organization had decided to disband earlier in the month due to a lease dispute with the Glacier Ice Rink's operators. [1]

On May 24, 2016 the NA3HL announced that the Minnesota Flying Aces franchise had been sold to the owners of the Brookings Blizzard and Alexandria Blizzard (Chris and Mitri Canavati). As part of the announcement of the sale, the team was relocating to the Willmar Civic Center Arena in Willmar, Minnesota for the 2016-17 season.  The team would take the name Willmar WarHawks

Also on May 24th, the league announced that the Sugar Land Imperials had been sold to the same group that purchased the Chicago Bulldogs a few days earlier, and would be relocated to College Station, Texas and would become known as the College Station Spirit.

On May 26, 2016 the Wilkes-Barre Miners announced they were returning to Binghamton, New York and would be relabeled as the Binghamton Jr Senators which is the name the team had from 2005 to 2010 when the team was a member of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.

Current TeamsEdit

Central Division
Team Location Arena
Chicago Jr. Bulldogs Romeoville, Illinois Canlan Ice Sports Arena
La Crosse Freeze La Crosse, Wisconsin Green Island Ice Arena
North Iowa Bulls Mason City, Iowa North Iowa Ice Arena
Rochester Ice Hawks Rochester, Minnesota Rochester Recreation Center
Wisconsin Whalers Oregon, Wisconsin

Oregon Ice Arena

East Division
Team Location Arena
Metro Jets Waterford, Michigan Lakeland Ice Arena
Pittsburgh Vengeance Harmarville, Pennsylvania Bladerunners- Harmarville
Southern Tier Xpress Jamestown, New York Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena
Toledo Cherokee Toledo, Ohio Team Toledo Ice House
West Michigan Wolves Battle Creek, Michigan Revolution Arena
Wooster Oilers Wooster, Ohio Alice Noble Ice Arena
Frontier Division
Team Location Arena
Billings Bulls Billings, Montana Centennial Ice Arena
Bozeman Icedogs Bozeman, Montana Haynes Pavilion
Gillette Wild Gillette, Wyoming Campbell County Ice Arena
Glacier Nationals Havre, Montana Havre Ice Dome
Great Falls Americans Great Falls, Montana Great Falls Ice Plex
Helena Bighorns Helena, Montana Helena Ice Arena
Missoula Bruins Missoula, Montana Glacier Ice Rink
Yellowstone Quake Cody, Wyoming Victor J. Riley Arena
Midwest Division
Team Location Arena
Cincinnati Thunder Centerville, Ohio South Metro Sports
Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts Evansville, Indiana Swonder Ice Arena
Nashville Jr. Predators Franklin, Tennessee A-Game SportsPlex
Peoria Mustangs Peoria, Illinois Owens Recreation Center
St. Louis Jr. Blues Affton, Missouri Affton Ice Rink
South Division
Team Location Arena
Atlanta Capitals Sandy Springs, Georgia Center Ice Arena
College Station Spirit College Station, Texas Spirit Ice Arena
Euless Jr. Stars Euless, Texas Dr. Pepper StarCenter (Euless)
Louisiana Drillers Lafayette, Louisiana Planet Ice
Point Mallard Ducks Decatur, Alabama Point Mallard Ice Complex
Texas Jr. Brahmas North Richland Hills, Texas NYTEX Sports Centre
West Division
Team Location Arena
Alexandria Blizzard Alexandria, Minnesota Runestone Community Center
Breezy Point North Stars Breezy Point, Minnesota Breezy Point Hockey Center
Granite City Lumberjacks Sauk Rapids, Minnesota Armadillo Deck Sports Arena
New Ulm Steel New Ulm, Minnesota New Ulm Civic Center
Willmar WarHawks Willmar, Minnesota Willmar Civic Center Arena
Coastal Division
Team Location Arena
Cape Cod Islanders Dennis, Massachusetts, Falmouth, Massachusetts Tony Kent Arena, Falmouth Ice Center
East Coast Minutemen Salem, New Hampshire Salem ICenter
L/A Fighting Spirit Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Maine Wild Biddeford, Maine Biddeford Arena
New England Stars Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
Northeast Generals Canton, Massachusetts Canton Sportsplex
Long Beach Sharks Long Beach, New York Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena
Northeast Division
Team Location Arena
Binghamton Jr Senators Chenango, New York Ice House Sports Complex
Jersey Shore Wildcats Wall, New Jersey Jersey Shore Arena
Lockport Express Lockport, New York Cornerstone Ice Arena
Roc City Royals Webster, New York Webster Ice Arena
Skylands Kings Stockholm, New Jersey Skylands Ice World
Syracuse Stampede Morrisville, New York Morrisville Iceplex


to be added upon  completion of the regular season.



With the exception of the Frontier Division, the top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs.  The top six teams qualify from the Frontier Division. All division based series are best of three.  The eight diivsion champions advance to the Silver Cup Championship Tournament which will be held March 29-April 2, 2017 at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville, Illinois.  The eight division winners will be paired off into two pools of four teams based on regular season point totals. Each team play the other teams in their pool once.  The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals with the first place team playing the second place team from the other pool on April 1st.  The semifinal winners meet in the championship game on April 2nd.


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