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This is the 2017-18 North American 3 Hockey League season.  This is the league's 8th season under this name and its' 20th dating back to it founding as the Central States Hockey League in 1988.

Membership ChangesEdit

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 County 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.

As of July 13, 2017, the East Coast Minutemen had been removed from the North American 3 Hockey League's website as being listed as a member of the league.

The Butte Cobras  folded due to a lack of players around September 8, 2017.[1]

The Billings Bulls folded on September 9, 2017. [2]

In mid-September the Cincinnati Thunder relocated to Dayton, Ohio and were renamed the Dayton Falcons[3] The team would fold shorltly after forfeiting an October 15th game.[4]

In mid-November the Nashville Jr. Predators had apparently folded.[5] However, the league has tried to obtain new ownership to run the team to save the franchise and cancelled several of the team's games during November.[6] By the time that Jersey Shore is removed from the league Nashville is not listed on the league website anymore.

On December 5, 2017 the league terminated the membership of the Jersey Shore Wildcats reportedly over the team owing the league money.[7]

On April 30, 2018 the North American Hockey League announced that the Coulee Region Chill were sold and would be relocated about 90 miles (145km) north to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin playing out of the Chippewa Area Ice Arena.  The team is being renamed to the Chippewa Steel.  In a related move the La Crosse Freeze of the North American 3 Hockey League will have their membership transferred to nearby Onalaska, Wisconsin and would become the Coulee Region Chill to replace the NAHL team in that city.[8]

Current TeamsEdit

Central Division
Team Location 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
Wausau RiverWolves Wausau, Wisconsin Marathon Park Arena
Wisconsin Whalers Oregon, Wisconsin

Oregon Ice Arena

Coastal Division
Team Location Arena
Cape Cod Islanders Falmouth, Massachusetts Falmouth Ice Center
Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Long Beach Sharks Long Beach, New York Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena
Maine Wild Biddeford, Maine Biddeford Arena
New England Stars Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
Northeast Generals Attleboro, Massachusetts New England Sports Village
East Division
Team Location Arena
Lansing Wolves Dimondale, Michigan The Summit Sports and Ice Complex
Metro Jets Waterford, Michigan Lakeland Ice Arena
Pittsburgh Vengeance Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alpha Ice Complex
Southern Tier Xpress Jamestown, New York Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena
Toledo Cherokee Toledo, Ohio Team Toledo Ice House
Wooster Oilers Wooster, Ohio Alice Noble Ice Arena
Frontier Division
Team Location Arena
Bozeman Icedogs Bozeman, Montana Haynes Pavilion
Gillette Wild Gillette, Wyoming Campbell County Ice Arena
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
Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts Evansville, Indiana Swonder Ice Arena
Peoria Mustangs Peoria, Illinois Owens Recreation Center
St. Louis Jr. Blues Affton, Missouri Affton Ice Rink
Northeast Division
Team Location Arena
Binghamton Jr Senators Binghamton, New York Ice House Sports Complex
Niagara Falls PowerHawks Lockport, New York Hyde Park Ice Pavilion
Oswego Stampede Oswego, New York Anthony J Crisafulli Arena
Roc City Royals Rochester, New York Lakeshore Hockey Arena
Skylands Kings Stockholm, New Jersey Skylands Ice World
South Division
Team Location Arena
Atlanta Capitals Atlanta, Georgia Center Ice Arena
College Station Spirit College Station, Texas Spirit Ice Arena
Louisiana Drillers Lafayette, Louisiana Planet Ice
Mid-Cities Jr. Stars Euless, Texas Dr. Pepper StarCenter (Euless)
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
Fold during season
Team Location Arena
Dayton Falcons Dayton, Ohio South Metro Sports
Jersey Shore Wildcats Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Jersey Shore Arena
Nashville Jr. Predators Nashville, Tennessee Ford Ice Center

StandingsEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
North Iowa Bulls 47 39 4 2 2 304 92 82
La Crosse Freeze 47 34 12 1 0 240 124 69
Wisconsin Whalers 47 18 27 1 1 176 227 38
Wausau RiverWolves 47 11 35 1 0 127 283 23
Rochester Ice Hawks 47 6 39 2 0 93 328 14

East DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Metro Jets 47 40 6 1 0 238 95 81
Pittsburgh Vengeance 47 34 12 1 0 172 108 69
Lansing Wolves 47 26 17 1 3 152 125 56
Southern Tier Xpress 47 23 24 0 0 162 164 46
Wooster Oilers 47 21 22 3 1 136 145 46
Toledo Cherokee 47 12 34 1 0 111 202 25

Frontier DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Yellowstone Quake 47 35 7 3 2 263 104 75
Great Falls Americans 47 34 11 2 0 195 107 70
Helena Bighorns 47 30 13 4 0 205 143 64
Gillette Wild 47 21 21 3 2 188 219 47
Missoula Bruins 47 17 28 2 0 149 235 36
Bozeman Icedogs 47 5 41 1 0 104 289 11

Midwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
St. Louis Jr. Blues 47 38 9 0 0 280 117 76
Peoria Mustangs 47 26 19 1 1 179 138 54
Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts 47 8 38 1 0 110 309 17
Nashville Jr. Predators 8 1 6 1 0 18 46 3
Dayton Falcons 12 1 10 1 0 15 73 3

Dayton folded after forfeiting October 15th game; which is included in above stats.

South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Texas Jr. Brahmas 47 40 7 0 0 239 76 80
Atlanta Capitals 47 29 14 2 2 198 114 62
Mid-Cities Jr. Stars 47 30 16 1 0 192 117 61
Point Mallard Ducks 47 24 22 0 1 202 153 49
Louisiana Drillers 46 17 27 1 1 140 169 36
College Station Spirit 47 2 45 0 0 42 334 4

West DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Granite City Lumberjacks 47 33 14 0 0 225 107 66
New Ulm Steel 47 30 11 4 2 204 133 66
Alexandria Blizzard 47 31 14 1 1 226 151 64
Willmar WarHawks 47 22 21 4 0 159 182 48
Breezy Point North Stars 47 15 30 2 0 142 239 32

Coastal DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
New England Stars 47 36 9 2 0 185 97 74
Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques 47 32 11 3 1 214 108 68
Northeast Generals 47 27 17 2 1 199 164 57
Maine Wild 47 20 21 4 2 177 191 46
Cape Cod Islanders 46 12 32 1 1 124 207 26
Long Beach Sharks 46 6 39 1 0 93 298 13

Northeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Binghamton Jr Senators 47 31 3 0 3 364 67 85
Niagara Falls PowerHawks 47 25 19 1 2 199 180 53
Skylands Kings 47 18 26 3 0 176 263 39
Oswego Stampede 47 15 29 3 0 108 202 33
Roc City Royals 47 6 40 1 0 120 350 13

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

With the exception of the Midwest Division the top four teams qualify for the playoffs.  The Midwest Division was down to three teams by the start of the playoffs so all three qualified with the first place team earning a bye to the division final.

Division Semifinals SeriesEdit

East DivisionEdit

Frontier DivisionEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Northeast DivisionEdit

South DivisionEdit

West DivisionEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Coastal DivisionEdit

Division Final SeriesEdit

East DivisionEdit

Frontier DivisionEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Northeast DivisionEdit

South DivisionEdit

West DivisionEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Coastal DivisionEdit

Fraser Cup ChampionshipEdit

2018 NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs logo

Trophy RenamedEdit

The league renamed its' playoff championship trophy prior to the 2017-18 season in honor of Robert 'Fraser' Ritchie who was a long time staff member of the NAHL, NA3HL and the NAPHL who passed away from cancer on June 10, 2017

FormatEdit

Each of the Division winners advance to the tournament. The teams are paired off in two groups based on regular season records. Seeds 1,4,5,and 8 make up one pool and 2,3,6, and 7 make up the other. Each team plays a round robin within its own group on March 27-29. The first place finisher in one pool plays the second place finisher in the other pool in the single game semifinals on March 30. The semifinal winner meet in the championship game on March 31.

Pool AEdit

Pool BEdit

Round Robin Schedule/ResultsEdit

March 27

March 28

March 29

Round Robin StandingsEdit

Pool AEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
St. Louis Jr. Blues 3 2 0 1 0 10 3 7
Granite City Lumberjacks 3 2 0 1 0 7 6 6
Yellowstone Quake 3 2 1 0 0 6 8 5
Binghamton Jr Senators 3 0 3 0 0 5 11 0

Pool BEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Metro Jets 3 3 0 0 0 10 3 9
La Crosse Freeze 3 2 1 0 0 8 9 4
Texas Jr. Brahmas 3 1 1 1 0 8 9 4
New England Stars 3 0 2 0 1 6 11 1

Note: La Crosse finishes ahead of Texas based on winning the head-to-head matchup in the round robin.

SemifinalsEdit

March 30

ChampionshipEdit

March 31

2018 NA3HL Champions Metro Jets

2018 NA3HL champions Metro Jets

ReferencesEdit