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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.

On March 18, 2017, the Lockport Express announced they would be relocating to the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls, New York for the 2017-18 season.  The release stated that the organization would also be developing lower level teams along with the ownership of the new arena.  The release stated that it was strictly a business decision and that there were no issues with the city or arena in Lockport.  The team was renamed the Niagara Falls PowerHawks on April 6th.

It was announced in April 2017, that the West Michigan Wolves were relocating to the The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale, Michigan just outside of Lansing, Michigan and would be renamed the Lansing Wolves.

On April 26, 2017 it was announced that the league had approved the sale and relocation of the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs to Wausau, Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season.  The team was renamed the Wausau RiverWolves and will be based out of the Marathon Park Arena in Wausau.  The new owners are also the owners of the New Ulm Steel.

On May 4, 2017, the sale of the Lewiston/Auburn Fighting Spirit was announced.  The team was renamed the Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques as an homage to the former Maine Nordiques who played in the North American Hockey League (1973-1977) out of the same arena.

On, May 24, 2017 the Syracuse Stampede announced they were relocating to Oswego, New York and would be renamed the Oswego Stampede.  The team will be based out of the Anthony J Crisafulli Arena in Oswego.

On May 26, 2017, the league announced the sale and relocation of the Glacier Nationals from Havre, Montana to Butte, Montana  where they will be known as the Butte Cobras based out of the Butte Community Ice Center.  The Butte Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) were the new owners of the team.  The BAHA had recently been given ownership of the Butte Cobras franchise that has played in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) since the 2014-15 season.  The WSHL team is being moved to the NA3HL with the acquired franchise rights from the Glacier Nationals.

On May 30, 2017, it was announced that the Euless Jr. Stars were sold and would be renamed the Mid-Cities Jr. Stars.

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

StandingsEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
North Iowa Bulls 47 35 10 1 1 268 111 72
La Crosse Freeze 47 23 22 2 0 199 169 48
Wisconsin Whalers 47 19 23 5 0 172 194 43
Rochester Ice Hawks 47 10 36 0 1 101 250 21
Chicago Bulldogs 47 1 45 0 1 67 505 3

East DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Metro Jets 47 47 0 0 0 262 55 94
Pittsburgh Vengeance 47 28 16 3 0 159 120 59
Toledo Cherokee 47 24 21 2 0 126 165 50
West Michigan Wolves 47 22 22 1 2 152 147 47
Wooster Oilers 47 15 27 4 1 125 172 35
Southern Tier Xpress 47 15 28 4 0 142 182 34

Frontier DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Yellowstone Quake 47 40 4 0 3 291 100 83
Great Falls Americans 47 38 4 2 3 258 96 81
Gillette Wild 47 35 11 1 0 261 134 71
Missoula Bruins 47 27 16 3 1 224 137 58
Bozeman IceDogs 47 24 21 2 0 174 168 50
Helena Bighorns 47 15 31 1 0 130 202 31
Billings Bulls 47 5 41 0 1 104 356 11
Glacier Nationals 47 2 44 1 0 61 326 5

Midwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
St. Louis Jr. Blues 47 36 9 0 2 324 122 74
Peoria Mustangs 47 28 16 3 0 207 139 59
Nashville Jr. Predators 47 25 15 5 2 206 161 57
Cincinnati Thunder 47 18 25 2 2 131 196 40
Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts 47 14 31 1 1 136 238 30

South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Texas Jr. Brahmas 47 37 9 1 0 184 83 75
Atlanta Capitals 47 36 10 0 1 243 111 73
Euless Jr. Stars 47 23 20 4 0 195 191 50
Point Mallard Ducks 47 23 22 1 1 150 166 48
Louisiana Drillers 47 16 29 2 0 138 212 34
College Station Spirit 47 6 38 2 1 98 252 15

West DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Granite City Lumberjacks 47 32 8 5 2 188 111 71
Alexandria Blizzard 47 32 12 0 3 215 116 67
New Ulm Steel 47 26 18 0 3 183 163 55
Breezy Point North Stars 47 25 19 3 0 189 154 53
Willmar WarHawks 47 22 22 2 1 148 175 47

Coastal DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Long Beach Sharks 47 35 10 1 1 260 161 72
New England Stars 47 29 7 7 4 176 127 69
Cape Cod Islanders 47 27 17 2 1 184 169 57
Northeast Generals 47 24 18 4 1 161 143 53
L/A Fighting Spirit 47 23 21 3 0 163 184 49
Maine Wild 47 16 28 3 0 147 201 35
East Coast Minutemen 47 10 33 4 0 122 253 24

Northeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Binghamton Jr. Senators 47 45 1 0 1 324 84 91
Jersey Shore Wildcats 47 26 20 1 0 165 165 53
Syracuse Stampede 47 21 22 3 1 172 181 46
Roc City Royals 47 17 27 2 1 154 243 37
Lockport Express 47 18 29 0 0 173 206 36
Skylands Kings 47 13 31 2 1 136 252 29

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

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.

Frontier Division QuarterfinalsEdit

Frontier Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

Coastal Division SemifinalsEdit

East Division SemifinalsEdit

Midwest Division SemifinalsEdit

Northeast Division SemifinalsEdit

South Division SemifinalsEdit

West Division SemifinalsEdit

Frontier Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

Coastal Division FinalEdit

East Division FinalEdit

Midwest Division FinalEdit

Northeast Division FinalEdit

South Division FinalEdit

West Division FinalEdit

Silver Cup Round RobinEdit

March 29th

March 30

March 31

Silver Cup SemifinalsEdit

April 1

Silver Cup FinalEdit

April 2

2017 NA3HL champs Granite City Lumberjacks

2017 NA3HL champs Granite City Lumberjacks

ReferencesEdit

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