Great Lakes Hockey League
Great Lakes Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1937
Inaugural season 1937-38
No. of teams 10
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) Fond du Lac Bears (2016)
Official website

The Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) is an elite amateur Senior men’s full contact ice hockey league that is affiliated with USA Hockey. Players must be at least 18 years of age and most have previous college, Junior or semi-pro hockey experience. There are currently ten teams in the league divided into two divisions. The teams are all based in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.


The league was formed in 1937 as the Badger State Hockey League.

The 1998-99 Portage Lake Pioneers hold the record for best regular season at 25-1. They also went undefeated in the playoffs and national championships.

GLHL added a tenth team in the Marquette Iron Rangers, who began play during the 2015-16 season.[1] The club played just one season, before they were replaced by the Marquette Mutineers in the fall of 2016.[2]

League formatEdit

The league is made up of ten teams that play a 26-game schedule running from October to March. Each GLHL game consists of three 20 minute periods. If the game is tied after regulation, there is a 5-minute overtime and if still tied a 4-round shootout.

Following the regular season is the playoff tournament. The top eight teams in the league qualify for the playoff tournament. In the quarterfinal round teams are seeded first through eighth, and play with the first seed against the last, second against the second last, and so on. The teams that win in the first round move onto the semifinals of the championship bracket, while those who lose move onto the consolation bracket. Semifinal teams that win in the championship bracket go on to the final, while those that lose are eliminated. Teams that win in the consolation bracket go on for the consolation final. In the Finals, teams that win are crowned champions of the appropriate bracket.

Tournaments Edit

Gibson Cup Edit

Annual three-game series between long-time Michigan rivals Calumet Wolverines and the Portage Lake Pioneers. Named in honor of "Doc" Jack Gibson, the Gibson Cup was first awarded in 1939; it is the third oldest hockey trophy in the United States.[3]

Keevin Cup Edit

An annual four-team tournament hosted by the Fond du Lac Bears, the Keevin Cup honors Kevin Ristau, a long-time club board member and ambassador.[4][5] The tournament takes place in late October.

Year Winner Runner-up Result
2010 Fond du Lac Bears Vernon Hills Capitals 5-4 (OT)
2011 Vernon Hills Capitals
2012 Fond du Lac Bears
2013 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7-6
2014 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7-2
2015 Fond du Lac Bears Marquette Iron Rangers 13-5
2016 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 10-7


North Division First Season
Calumet Wolverines 1937
Eagle River Falcons 1960
Marquette Mutineers 2016
Mosinee Papermakers 1998
Portage Lake Pioneers 1937
South Division First Season
DePere Deacons 1982
Fond du Lac Bears 1954
Fox Cities Ice Dogs 2003
Monroe Blues 1998
West Bend Bombers 2008

Former teams Edit

  • Brookfield Battalion (2010-12)[6]
  • Green Bay Bobcats (2010-11)
  • Kenosha Knights (?-2005)
  • Marquette Iron Rangers (2015-16)
  • Oregon Outlaws (?-2012)
  • Vernon Hills Capitals (2008-13)
  • Waupon Wolves (2001-09)

Champions Edit

Season Magnuson Cup
(regular season winner)
Don Kohlman Cup
(playoff champion)
2009-10 Fond du Lac Bears Calumet Wolverines
2010-11 Vernon Hills Capitals Mosinee Papermakers
2011-12 Vernon Hills Capitals Fond du Lac Bears
2012-13 Portage Lake Pioneers Eagle River Falcons
2013-14 West Bend Bombers Fond du Lac Bears
2014-15 West Bend Bombers Portage Lake Pioneers
2015-16 West Bend Bombers Portage Lake Pioneers[7]

References Edit

External links Edit

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