37 teams in six divisions will make up the NA3HL in 2018-19
FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its teams, divisional alignment and events for the 2018-19 season. The 37-team league will be divided into six divisions (Central, Coastal, Frontier, Northeast, South, and West) and will include teams in 18 states, stretching from Montana to Maine.
The NA3HL will be entering its ninth season in 2018-19 and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. This past season, no other league has had more movement and advanced more players onto play in the NAHL than the NA3HL. As one of only three Tier III junior hockey leagues that are certified by USA Hockey, the NA3HL is also the only league that has an exclusive NAHL tendering system available only to NA3HL players. This sets the stage for a proven and quantifiable NA3HL-NAHL pipeline with 60+ advancements annually. The NA3HL also had over 120+ college commitments in 2017, with the number still growing in 2018.
“We are excited about our 2018-19 line-up and teams, and we are all in for another exciting season with action-packed regular season games and highly-scouted league-wide events,” said NA3HL Commissioner Denny Scanlon. “In addition to the a great number of NCAA and college commitments, the flow of advancement to the NAHL and beyond is increasing and NAHL teams are getting NA3HL players who are ready to play at the next level and who are very well coached.”
2018-19 NA3HL Event Schedule:
NA3HL Showcase: December 16-18, 2018, Schwan Super Rink, Blaine, MN (all 37 NA3HL teams)
NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament: February 26-27, 2019, USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, MI
NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship: March 20-24, 2019, Chicago, IL
The NA3HL also has announced that the Butte Cobras will return to the NA3HL and play in the Frontier Division in 2018-19.
Central Division (7 teams): Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts, La Crosse Freeze, Milwaukee Power, Peoria Mustangs, St. Louis Jr. Blues, Wausau RiverWolves, Wisconsin Whalers.
Coastal Division (6 teams): Cape Cod Islanders, L/A Nordiques, Long Beach Sharks, Maine Wild, New England Stars, Northeast Generals.
Frontier Division (7 teams): Bozeman Icedogs, Butte Cobras, Gillette Wild, Great Falls Americans, Helena Bighorns, Missoula Junior Bruins, Yellowstone Quake.
Northeast Division (5 teams): Binghamton Junior Senators, Niagara Falls PowerHawks, Oswego Stampede, Roc City Royals, Skylands Kings.
South Division (5 teams): Atlanta Capitals, College Station Spirit, Louisiana Drillers, Mid Cities Jr. Stars, Texas Brahmas.
West Division (7 teams): Alexandria Blizzard, Breezy Point North Stars, Granite City Lumberjacks, New Ulm Steel, North Iowa Bulls, Rochester Grizzlies, Willmar WarHawks.
About the NA3HL
Entering its 9th season in 2018-19, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of three USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes who have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association. For more information, visit www.na3hl.com