La Crosse Freeze

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La Crosse Freeze
City La Crosse, Wisconsin
League NA3HL
Division Central
Founded 2014
Home arena Green Island Ice Arena
Colors Black, Ice Blue, White
              
Owner(s) Michelle Bryant[1]
General manager Ryan Egan
Head coach Ryan Egan[2]
Affiliates Coulee Region Chill
Franchise history
1998-2014 Flint Jr. Generals
2014-present La Crosse Freeze

The La Crosse Freeze is a Junior A Tier III ice hockey team based at the Green Island Ice Arena in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The team plays in the North American 3 Hockey League's Central Division.

The franchise was previously known as the Flint Jr. Generals based in Flint, Michigan.

History[edit]

Flint Junior Generals[edit]

In 1998, Gale and Kelly Cronk, a father and son, purchased the team placing it in the Flint area. The team played at the Iceland Arena in Clayton Township.[3]

Despite on-ice success and their age, the Jr. Generals attendance dwindled, causing long-time owners Kelly and Gale Gronk to pursue selling the team. In 2013, the Cronks told a buyer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana no as they wanted the team to stay in Michigan and handed over operations to Fairland Management, managing company of the Michigan Warriors and Perani Arena. That season the General were NA3HL playoff runner-up and won the East Division. With no Michigan-based interest, the Gronks sold the franchise to the owners of the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League.[3]

La Crosse Freeze[edit]

With the sale's league approval on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Flint Junior Generals became the La Crosse Freeze with a move to the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse.[3]

Season Records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Flint Jr. Generals
2006-07 45 31 14    0  62 180 129 1132 1st, East lost in Round Robin
2007-08 48 34 14    0  68 209 133 1123 2nd, league lost in Round Robin
2008-09 45 17 27    1  35 177 228 1359 9th, league did not qualify
2009-10 48 16 31    1  33 188 235 1264 9th, league did not qualify
2010-11 45 21 21    3  45 175 180 1034 9th, league did not qualify
2011-12 48 35 10    3  73 207 127 1526 1st, East lost in Round Robin
2012-13 48 27 17    4  58 168 141 1426 3rd, East lost in Round Robin
2013-14 48 42 4    2  86 216 80 1080 1st, East lost in Division Semifinal
La Crosse Freeze
2014-15 - - -    -  - - - - TBD, Central TBD

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Jeff (May 5, 2014). "JUNIOR POWER PLAY, Chill owners add another franchise; move it to La Crosse". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff (May 14, 2014). "Egan leaves Saint Mary's hockey program". Winona Daily News. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c McMann, Aaron (May 9, 2014). "Flint Junior Generals hockey team sold, moving to La Crosse, Wis.". The Flint Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2014.