Helena Bighorns

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Helena Bighorns
Helena Bighorns logo.png
City Helena, Montana
League North American 3 Hockey League
Division Frontier Division
Founded 1998
Home arena Helena Ice Arena
Colors

Blue, Black and White


              
Owner(s) Oren Koules
General manager Jon Jonasson (2014-15)
Head coach Jon Jonasson (2014-15)
Website www.helenabighorns.com
Franchise history
1998-2000 Helena Gold Rush
2001-Present Bighorns

The Helena Bighorns is a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) based in Helena, Montana USA. The team plays their home games at the 1,600-seat Helena Ice Arena. The team is owned by Oren Koules, president of Evolution Entertainment and former part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). The Helena Bighorns were members of the NorPac from 2007 to 2011. In 2011, the American West Division of the NorPac league broke away to form the American West Hockey League. In the March of 2014, the North American 3 Hockey league accepted the AWHL league as new division (Frontier Division) of the NA3HL.[1]

Cascade Cup[edit]

The Helena Bighorns won six straight NorPac America West Division Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.[2] And won the NorPac Cascade Cup five times, 2005, 2006 and three straight 2008, 2009, and 2010.[3]

Lewis & Clark Cup[edit]

The Helena Bighorns have won three straight American West Hockey League Championships in the 2011–12, 2012–13, and 2013–204 AWHL Seasons.[4]

Tier III Junior Hockey National Championship[edit]

In 2010, the Helena Bighorns won the Tier III Junior Hockey National Championships by defeating the El Paso Rhinos 5-1 in Rochester, Minnesota.[5] The Helena Bighorns won the bronze medal at the 2014 USA Hockey Tier III National championships.


Round robin play in pool with top 4 teams advancing to semi-final.

Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Gold Medal Game
2010 Round Robin Gm 1 ?
Round Robin Gm 2 ?
Round Robin Gm 3 ?
 ?-?-?  ? of 4
Pool
W, Semi Final W, El Paso Rhinos 5-1
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2013 OTW, New Jersey Rockets 2-1
W, Boch Blazers 11-2
L, Atlanta Jr Knights 3-5
2-1-0 2nd of 4
American Pool
L, North Iowa Bulls 2-3 n/a
2014 W, Marquette Royales 6-2
L, Boston Jr. Bruins 0-6
L, New Hampshire Jr Monarchs 3-5
1-2-0 3rd of 4
Red Pool
n/a n/a

Alumni[edit]

The Bighorns have had a number of alumni move on to NCAA NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III, ACHA collegiate programs, higher levels of junior ice hockey, and professional ice hockey.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.na3hl.com/news/story.cfm?id=11149
  2. ^ "Bighorns Capture Sixth Straight Division Championship". Helena Bighorns Hockey Club. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Bighorns Storm Past Seattle for Third Straight Cascade Cup Championship". Helena Bighorns Hockey Club. 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Bighorns complete sweep of Quake for 8th league title". Independent Record. March 30, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Helena Bighorns capture hockey national championship". Independent Record. April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Alumni". Helena Bighorns Hockey Club. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 

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