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River Falls Renegades
River Falls Renegades logo
City: River Falls, Wisconsin
League: USPHL–Elite
Division: Midwest
Founded: 2007
Home Arena: River Falls Youth Hockey Rink
Colors: Black and Red
         
Owner(s): Crusader Hockey, Inc.
General Manager: Jake Hindermann
Head Coach: Jake Hindermann
Affiliates: Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)
Franchise history
2007–2015: Hudson Crusaders
2015–2016: SCV Magicians
2016–present: River Falls Renegades

The River Falls Renegades are a Tier III junior ice hockey team playing in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Elite Division. They play their home games at the River Falls Youth Hockey Rink, located in River Falls, Wisconsin. The Renegades play a 48-game regular season game schedule, in addition to showcase and post-season tournament games.

HistoryEdit

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Hudson Crusaders

The team was originally founded in 2007 as part of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) as the Hudson Crusaders.[1] Their highest achievement was advancing to the 2011 USA Hockey National Tournament where they defeated the Seattle Totems of the Northern Pacific Hockey League[2] becoming the only team to win a game at Nationals with a losing regular season record (the unusual circumstance stemming from the Crusaders winning the Bronze Medal game, the MnJHL Runners Up Rochester Ice Hawks automatically qualified as they were hosting the tournament).

Prior to the 2012–13 season, the team nearly folded one week before the season was to begin when the team president and board of directors resigned. A local group quickly acquired and reorganized the team and staff to save the franchise.[3] In 2013, the new group also acquired the rights to a Tier II North American Hockey League (NAHL) franchise that they relocated to Richfield, Minnesota and named the Minnesota Magicians. This created a direct link for advancement for their players to develop from Tier III to Tier II junior hockey.

In 2015, the MnJHL was dissolved as many of the former members left to join the United States Premier Hockey League as part of a new Midwest Division.[4] To go along with the change in leagues, the Crusaders also changed their name to the St. Croix Valley (SCV) Magicians to reflect their direct relationship with their higher level NAHL team. During the 2015–16 season, the team relocated from Hudson, Wisconsin to the Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.[5]

Prior to the 2016–17 season, the USPHL Midwest was divided between the USPHL's Elite and USP3 Divisions with the Magicians going to the Elite Division. On July 28, 2016, the Magicians announced that they had relocated once again to become the River Falls Renegades and play out of the River Falls Youth Hockey Rink in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Hudson Crusaders
2007–08 48 30 16 1 1 62 207 170 3rd MnJHL
2008–09 48 13 29 5 1 32 169 253 7th MnJHL
2009–10 50 15 29 0 6 36 144 208 7th MnJHL
2010–11 45 19 23 3 41 144 175 6th MnJHL Won Bronze Medal Game
Advanced to USA Hockey Nationals
2011–12 48 24 22 2 50 178 171 4th MnJHL Lost Div. Semifinal to Twin Cities Northern Lights
2012–13 50 15 33 2 32 139 255 8th Minnesota Div. Lost Division Semifinal
2013–14 46 28 14 4 60 176 139 3rd Minnesota Div. Lost Division Final
2014–15 42 27 11 4 58 243 127 3rd of 8, Minnesota Div.
5th of 14, MnJHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2-0 vs. Maple Grove Energy
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Rochester Ice Hawks
SCV Magicians
2015–16 48 35 11 2 72 221 145 4th of 9, Western Conf.
6th of 18, USPHL-Midwest
Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 1-2 vs. Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings

Alumni and advancementEdit

The Crusaders/Magicians/Renegades have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, and ACHA college programs as well as professional hockey. During the years 2007-2012 they advanced fifty players to a higher level.Template:Citation need Since 2013, players for the Crusaders/Magicians have been called up to their Tier II affiliate, the Minnesota Magicians, since they play their home games about thirty minutes away.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.hudsoncrusaders.com/page/show/237837-our-mission
  2. Hudson Crusaders 2011 Nationals. Pointstreaks. Retrieved on March 21, 2016.
  3. The Restart of Crusader Hockey. Hudson Crusaders (November 26, 2016).
  4. DAILY DISH: So long Soo? Not So Fast…, RIP MnJHL - Junior Hockey News. Junior Hockey News (April 29, 2015).
  5. The St. Croix Valley Magicians Relocate. SCV Magicians (November 24, 2015).

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