Minnesota Junior Hockey League
Mjhl logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1974
No. of teams 14
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Rochester Ice Hawks (regular season), Dells Ducks (play-offs)
Official website MJHL League Website

The Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) was a USA Hockey Tier III sanctioned junior ice hockey league operated out of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The league had seventeen member teams (with 3 being inactive) in upper midwest region of the United States for its final season. The league's purpose was to develop 16-20 year olds hockey skills to prepare athletes for career advancement in a collegiate and/or professional opportunity, while providing them secondary school educational opportunities.

The league was to be greatly different if it returned for the 2015-16 season as of December, 2014 ten of the league's fourteen teams announced an agreement to become aligned with the east coast based United States Premier Hockey League as the "USPHL-Midwest". The only remanining teams as of December 19 2014 are the Rochester Ice Hawks, Maple Grove Energy, Steele County Blades, and the Forest Lake Lakers. The league would also be losing the Crystal Lake Rampage and the Fort Wayne Federals both of which are sitting out the 2014-15 season and have announced they will also be joining the USPHL-Midwest. The Forest Lake Lakers were announced as joining the new league on February 27, 2015. The balance of the teams with the exception of the Rochester Ice Hawks and the inactive Twin Cities Northern Lights had joined the USPHL-Midwest by April 29,2015 and the league announced that it was disbanding. The Rochester Ice Hawks had been rumored to be trying to join the North American Hockey League for the 2016-17 season; prior to the league collapsing. On May 21, 2015, the Ice Hawks were accepted as an expansion team in the North American 3 Hockey League for the 2015-16 season.

Teams at the conclusion of the 2014–15 seasonEdit

Minnesota Division
Team City Arena
Dells Ducks Lake Delton, Wisconsin Poppy Waterman Ice Arena
Forest Lake Lakers Forest Lake, Minnesota Forest Lake Sports Center
Hudson Crusaders Hudson, Wisconsin Hudson Civic Center
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center
Maple Grove Energy Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove Ice Arena and Community Center
Minnesota Owls Isanti, Minnesota David Johnson Civic Arena
Rochester Ice Hawks Rochester, Minnesota Rochester Olmstead Recreation Center
Steele County Blades Owatonna, Minnesota Four Seasons Centre
Central Division
Team City Arena
Illiana Blackbirds Dyer, Indiana Midwest Training & Ice Center
Marquette Royales Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena
St. Louis Frontenacs St. Louis, Missouri FSI Shark Tank Arena
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKing Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin South Wood County Rec center
Wooster Oilers Wooster, Ohio Alice Noble Ice Arena
Dormant for 2014–15 season
Crystal Lake Rampage Crystal Lake, Illinois Crystal Ice House (CIH)
Ft. Wayne Federals Fort Wayne, Indiana Lutheran Health Sportscenter
Twin Cities Northern Lights Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington Ice Garden

Former teamsEdit


The league began in 1974 and has grown into a nine-team league in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The league has had a history of USA Hockey national championship teams.

Teams qualifying for National TournamentEdit

note: League Champion listed first

  • 2014-15: Dells Ducks
  • 2013-14: Marquette Royals, Dells Ducks
  • 2012-13: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2011-12: Twin Cities Northern Lights, Rochester Ice Hawks
  • 2010-11: Granite City Lumberjacks, Hudson Crusaders, Rocheser Ice Hawks
  • 2009-10: Rochester Ice Hawks, Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2008-09: Granite City Lumberjacks, Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2007-08: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Minnesota Owls
  • 2006-07: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Minnesota Owls
  • 2005-06: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2004-05: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2003-04: Dubuque Thunderbirds, Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2002-03: Twin Cities Northern Lights, Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2001-02: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 2000-01: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1999-00: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1998-99: East Metro Lakers

Playoff championsEdit

  • 2014-15: Dells Ducks
  • 2013-14: Marquette Royals
  • 2012-13: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2011-12: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2010-11: Granite City Lumberjacks
  • 2009-10: Rochester Ice Hawks
  • 2008-09: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2007-08: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2006-07: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2005-06: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2004-05: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2003-04: Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2002-03: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2001-02: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 2000-01: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1999-00: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1998-99: East Metro Lakers (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1997-98: North Metro Owls
  • 1996-97: Jr. Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1995-96: Minneapolis Kodiaks
  • 1994-95: Minneapolis Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1993-94: North Metro Owls
  • 1992-93: West Suburban Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1991-92: Northland Voyageurs (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1990-91: Tri-Metro Whalers
  • 1989-90: West Suburban Kodiaks
    • 1989-90: Runner Up - Northland Voyageurs (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1988-89: North Suburban Hawks
  • 1987-88: Tri-Metro Whalers
  • 1986-87: Tri-Metro Whalers

See AlsoEdit

List of Minnesota Junior Hockey League seasons

External linksEdit