The American West Hockey League (AWHL) is an American Tier III Junior ice hockey league based in Montana and Wyoming. The league is a member of USA Hockey and was founded in 2011.
The AWHL was formed in the summer of 2011 by teams breaking away from the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NORPAC). The league shares a similar area as the America West Hockey League that merged into the North American Hockey League in 2003. Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Helena all originated in the old AWHL and now appear in the current AWHL.
In 2012, the AWHL welcomed the Yellowstone Quake from Cody, Wyoming to the league. The Quake was previously a member of the NORPAC and began play in the AWHL for the 2012-2013 season. In February 2013 it was announced the Glacier Nationals from Whitefish, Montana were accepted in the AWHL for the 2013-2014 season. The Nationals, another former member of the NORPAC, had played a split schedule with the NORPAC and the AWHL for the 2012-2013 season.
In April 2013 the Missoula Maulers announced that they will be leaving the AWHL and joining the Western States Hockey League for the 2013-2014 hockey season.
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