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see also North American Hockey League (1973–1977)
North American Hockey League
North American Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 1975
Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld
No. of teams 19
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) St. Louis Bandits(3)
Most championships Compuware Ambassadors (11)
Official website

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the defunct America West Hockey League merged in 2003 to form a 21-team Junior A Tier II league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. The NAHL currently acts as an alternative to the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The league currently consists of four divisions with a total of 19 teams. The teams span the United States from Ohio in the east to Alaska in the West. It also spans from Alaska in the north to Texas in the south. The teams play a 58-game regular season, starting in mid-September and ending in early April. The winner of each division will join the host team of the Robertson Cup Tournament, a five team round-robin event.


2009-10 teams

The 2009/2010 season has 19 teams playing in 4 divisions:


Central Division

North Division

South Division

West Division

Scheduled to Begin Play in 2010-11

Past teams

League changes

2006–2007 season: Bozeman Icedogs, Billings Bulls, and Helena left the league for the Northern Pacific Hockey League. Cleveland Jr. Barons were granted inactive status for the season. Wasilla Spirit changed name to Alaska Avalanche. Minnesota Blizzard changed name to Alexandria Blizzard. Texarkana Bandits moved to Chesterfield, Missouri and changed name to St. Louis Bandits. Marquette Rangers were added to the league.

2007–2008 season: Santa Fe Roadrunners moved to Topeka, Kansas. The Topeka Roadrunners now play at Landon Arena. The Kenai River Brown Bears started playing in the league.

2008-2009 season: The Southern Minnesota Express moved to Detroit and changed their name to the Motor City Machine.[9] However, the Express' home city of Owatonna was granted another NAHL team for 2008-09, named the Owatonna Express. [10]. The Express are joined by another new Minnesota NAHL franschise, the Albert Lea Thunder. [11] The Texas Tornado franchise will go dark for a year as they await renovations on their arena. Wenatchee, Washington has been awarded an expansion franchise for the 2008-09 season. [12] The Fargo-Moorhead Jets are approved for dormancy. .[13]

2009-2010 season: The Janesville Jets are awarded an expansion franchise. [14] The Mahoning Valley Phantoms leave the league for the USHL. [15] The USNTDP also leave the league. [16] The Texas Tornado return to the league after taking a year off while their home arena was undergoing renovations. [17] The Motor City franchise's new ownership changes the team's nickname from Machine to Metal Jackets. [18]

Robertson Cup winners


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