Minnesota Junior Hockey League

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Minnesota Junior Hockey League
Minnesota Junior Hockey League logo.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1974
No. of teams 17
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Marquette Royales (2013-14)
Official website MNJHL.com

The Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MNJHL) is a USA Hockey Tier III sanctioned junior ice hockey league operated out of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

History[edit]

Established in 1974, the MNJHL has been developing players 20-years old and younger for over 40 years. Many MNJHL players, coaches and officials alumni have moved on to college hockey and professional hockey leagues.

Since the inaugural season the MnJHL has expanded to 17 teams going into 2014-2015 season with teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

The league has had a history of USA Hockey national championship teams. In recent years, the league has found itself raided by the North American 3 Hockey League, losing many of its charter members in the summer of 2011.

In 2012, the MJHL found itself on the receiving end of an exodus of teams from the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League. The GLJHL switched from USA Hockey to the Amateur Athletic Union and eight of its teams refused to go with it. The eight "Great Lakes" teams will form their own new division in the MJHL while the original teams will be a part of the Minnesota Division. Following the 2013-14 season the Great Lakes Division will be known as the Central Division going forward.

Current Teams[edit]

Minnesota Division
Team City Arena
Dells Ducks Lake Delton, Wisconsin Poppy Waterman Ice Arena
Forest Lake Lakers Forest Lake, Minnesota Forest Lake Sports Center
Hudson Crusaders Hudson, Wisconsin Hudson Civic Center
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center
Maple Grove Energy Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove Ice Arena and Community Center
Minnesota Owls Isanti, Minnesota David Johnson Civic Arena
Rochester Ice Hawks Rochester, Minnesota Rochester Olmstead Recreation Center
Steele County Blades Owatonna, Minnesota Four Seasons Centre
Central Division
Team City Arena
Illiana Blackbirds Dyer, Indiana Midwest Training & Ice Center
Marquette Royales Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena
St. Louis Frontenacs St. Louis, Missouri FSI Shark Tank Arena
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKing Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin South Wood County Rec center
Wooster Oilers Wooster, Ohio Alice Noble Ice Arena

2014-15 Leave of Absence[edit]

Former teams[edit]

Teams qualifying for National Tournament[edit]

note: League Champion listed first

  • 2013-14: Marquette Royales, Dells Ducks
  • 2012-13: Twin Cities Northern Lights (Runner-up)
  • 2011-12: Twin Cities Northern Lights, Rochester Ice Hawks
  • 2010-11: Granite City Lumberjacks, Hudson Crusaders, and Rochester Ice Hawks
  • 2009-10: Minnesota Ice Hawks (Semifinalist), Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2008-09: Granite City Lumberjacks, Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2007-08: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Minnesota Owls
  • 2006-07: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Minnesota Owls
  • 2005-06: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Twin Cities Northern Lights (Semifinalists)
  • 2004-05: Minnesota Ice Hawks, Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2003-04: Dubuque Thunderbirds, Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2002-03: Twin Cities Northern Lights, Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2001-02: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 2000-01: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1999-00: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1998-99: East Metro Lakers
  • 1997-98: North Metro Owls, South Suburban Steers

Playoff champions[edit]

  • 2013-14: Marquette Royales
  • 2012-13: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2011-12: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2010-11: Granite City Lumberjacks
  • 2009-10: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2008-09: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2007-08: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2006-07: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2005-06: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2004-05: Minnesota Ice Hawks
  • 2003-04: Dubuque Thunderbirds
  • 2002-03: Twin Cities Northern Lights
  • 2001-02: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 2000-01: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1999-00: Iron Range Yellow Jackets
  • 1998-99: East Metro Lakers (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1997-98: North Metro Owls
  • 1996-97: Jr. Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1995-96: Minneapolis Kodiaks
  • 1994-95: Minneapolis Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1993-94: North Metro Owls
  • 1992-93: West Suburban Kodiaks (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1991-92: Northland Voyageurs (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1990-91: Tri-Metro Whalers
  • 1989-90: West Suburban Kodiaks
    • 1989-90: Runner Up - Northland Voyageurs (USA Hockey National Champions)
  • 1988-89: North Suburban Hawks
  • 1987-88: Tri-Metro Whalers
  • 1986-87: Tri-Metro Whalers
  • 1985-86: Edina Junior Stingers

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