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Granite City Lumberjacks
GCLumberjacks logo
City: St. Cloud, Minnesota
League: NA3HL
Division: West
Founded: 2007
Home Arena: Sports Arena East
Colors: Red, Blue, White
General Manager: Brad Willner
Head Coach: Brad Willner
Franchise history
2007–present: Granite City Lumberjacks

The Granite City Lumberjacks are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team playing in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) and plays their home games at the Sports Arena East, located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The Lumberjacks play 48 game regular season games, in addition to showcase and post-season tournament games.


The team was founded in 2007 as a member of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL).[1]

The Granite City Lumberjacks were the 2008–09 MnJHL regular season champions and qualified for the USA Hockey Tier III Jr. A National Championship Tournament, joining the 2009 playoff champions, the Minnesota Ice Hawks.[2] The team won the MnJHL championship in the 2010–11 season with a 2-1 overtime win over the Rochester Ice Hawks.[3]

In 2011, the Lumberjacks and MnJHL rival, the Minnesota Flying Aces, announced a move from the MnJHL to the NA3HL as part of the league's expansion to 16 teams for the 2011–12 season.[4] The two teams joined two expansion teams, the Twin City Steel and North Iowa Bulls, to form the NA3HL West Division.

In the 2011–12 Season, the Lumberjacks claimed the West Division Title, West Division Playoff Title and the 2012 NA3HL Silver Cup Championship.[5] However, they did not participate in the 2012 USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament.

The Lumberjacks would also win the 2015 Silver Cup Championship over the North Iowa Bulls. The Lumberjacks only qualified for the Silver Cup Tournament as wildcard after losing in the Divisional Finals to the Bulls.[6]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Minnesota Junior Hockey League
2007–08 48 25 17 6 56 190 176 5th, MnJHL Unknown
2008–09 48 41 5 2 84 238 109 1st, MnJHL
2009–10 50 36 12 2 74 258 121 2nd, MnJHL Lost in Semifinals
2010–11 45 36 8 1 73 215 100 1st, MnJHL Bush Cup Champions
North American 3 Hockey League
2011–12 48 33 11 4 70 199 106 1st of 4, West Div.
2nd of 16, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Minnesota Flying Aces
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 1-2 vs. Jr. Blues; W, 5-2 vs. Cherokee; W, 3-2 vs. Jr. Generals)
Won Championship game, 2-1 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues
Silver Cup Champions
2012–13 48 36 8 4 76 212 122 2nd of 6, West Div.
4th of 17, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
1-1 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(W, 5-2 vs. Flint Jr. Generals; OTL, 2-3 vs. North Iowa Bulls)
2013–14 48 36 12 0 72 249 124 2nd of 6, West Div.
3rd of 21, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 1-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2014–15 47 33 9 5 71 197 113 2nd of 6, West Div.
4th of 31, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 1-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin (as wildcard qualifier)
(L, 4-7 vs. Bulls;W, 2-0 vs. Jr. Predators; W, 6-1 vs. Jets)
Won Championship game, 3-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
Silver Cup Champions
2015–16 47 33 11 3 69 196 112 1st of 5, West Div.
9th of 34, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 0-2 vs.Twin City Steel

USA Hockey Tier III Junior Hockey National ChampionshipEdit

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Game Championship Game
2009[7] T, Dubuque Thunderbirds (CSHL) 2-2
W, Seattle Totems (NorPac) 3-2
OTW, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 6-5
2-0-1 2nd of 4
Div. II
L, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL) 2-4
2011[8] T, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 4-4
W, Chicago Hitmen (NA3HL) 8-2
L, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 2-3
1-1-1 2nd of 4
Pool II
Did not advance
2015[9] W, Dells Ducks (MnJHL) 3-1
L, Northern Cyclones (EHL) 3-6
W, North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL) 4-3
2-1-0 3rd of 4
Div. 1
Not playedDid not advance


The Lumberjacks have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, and ACHA college programs.[10]


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