This is the 2016-17 North American Hockey League season. This is the league's 33rd season under this name and its 42nd dating back to its founding as the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League in 1975 when the Michigan Junior Hockey League and the Wolverine Junior A Hockey League merged. On June 30th the league released the regular season schedule. Each of the league's 24 teams will play a 60 game schedule. The regular season will start on September 9, 2016 and will end on April 9, 2017.
Annual NAHL Showcase TournamentEdit
Top Prospects TournamentEdit
Robertson Cup ChampionshipEdit
The league championship will be held May 11-14, 2017 at a neutral location to be announced later.
On October 22, 2015 a press conference was held in Shreveport, Louisiana to announce the addition of the Shreveport Mudbugs. The previous Mudbugs teams was founded in 1997 and played in the Central Hockey League until folding in 2011. The Hirsch Coliseum is undergoing a $1.5 million upgrade and will once again have an ice surface. The new team will commence play with the start of the 2016-17 season.
In April of 2016 the league announced the addition of the Northeast Generals who will be based out of the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts, a suburb between Boston and Providence. The team will start the season at the organiztion's home for the 2015-16 season, the Canton Sportsplex in Canton, Massachusetts as the NESV is under construction in the summer of 2016. The team had originally stated they would hoping to play a few games in Boston at Matthews Arena and Walter Brown Arena but when the schedule was released they were not listed a sites for any of their games. The team was forced to move several of its games to Rodman Arena in Walpole, Massachusetts when the NESV was not ready for use.
Posted reports indicate that the Kenai River Brown Bears will be either folding or moving to Wausau, Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season, which had followed reports of the team possibly folding after this season being posted as the economy of the state of Alaska had put the state's 2 NCAA programs at the risk of being ended and the Alaska Aces of the ECHL lead to the announced folding at the end of the 2016-17 hockey season
The 2016-17 season has 24 teams playing in 4 divisions:
League standings will be added upon completion of the regular season.
Robertson Cup PlayoffsEdit
The league has not released the playoff format for the 2017 Robertson Cup playoffs. However, each of the four division champions will meet at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center in Duluth, Minnesota from May 11th to 14th. The teams will be seeded 1-4 based on regular season standings and paired off 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in best of three semifinal series with the two series winners meeting in a single game championship.