Northern Pacific Hockey League

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Northern Pacific Hockey League
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Northern Pacific Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2000
No. of teams six
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) Bellingham Blazers (2013-14)
Most titles Helena Bighorns/Queen City Cutthroats (6)
Official website NPHLonline.com

The Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL) is an American Tier III junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. Its championship trophy is the Cascade Cup.

History[edit]

Established in 2000 as the NorPac Junior Hockey League, the league was sanctioned as Junior B by USA Hockey. Six teams from Alaska, Oregon and Washington competed in the inaugural season of 2000-01.

The league announced three new members to start the 2014-15 season.[1] The new teams are the Cheney Ice Hawks, Tacoma Knights and Wenatchee Wolves. Organizational problems resulted in the Tacoma Knights being unable to field a team for 2014-15.[2]

Current teams[edit]

Team Location Arena Joined Championships
Bellingham Blazers[3] Bellingham, WA Bellingham Sportsplex 2012-13 2
Cheney Ice Hawks Cheney, WA EWU University Recreation Center 2014-15 0
Eugene Generals Eugene, OR Lane Events Center 2005-06 0
Tri-City Outlaws Kennewick, WA Toyota Center (Kennewick) 2012-13 0
Wenatchee Wolves Wenatchee, WA Town Toyota Center 2014-15 0
West Sound Warriors Bremerton, WA Bremerton Ice Arena 2000-01 0

Former teams[edit]

Cascade Cup champions[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Result
2000-01 Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2001-02 Kootenai Colts
2002-03 Eugene Thunder
2003-04 Portland Pioneers
2004-05 Queen City Cutthroats
2005-06 Queen City Cutthroats Eugene Generals 3-2 (best-of 5)
2006-07 Fort Vancouver Pioneers Helena Bighorns 3-0 (best-of 5)
2007-08 Helena Bighorns Seattle Totems 3-0 (best-of 5)
2008-09 Helena Bighorns Seattle Totems 3-1 (best-of 5)
2009-10 Helena Bighorns Seattle Totems 3-0 (best-of 5)
2010-11 Helena Bighorns[9] Seattle Totems 3-0 (best-of 5)
2011-12 Southern Oregon Spartans[10] Seattle Totems 3-0 (best-of 5)
2012-13 Bellingham Blazers[11] West Sound Warriors 3-2 (best-of 5)
2013-14 Bellingham Blazers[12] West Sound Warriors 3-2 (best-of 5)
2014-15 TBD TBD

National champions[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NPHL expands with three new teams". Eugene Generals. 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cedar Rapids, Dubuque Streak to the top of the USHL East". USA Hockey. 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bellingham’s new junior hockey team joins Northern Pacific Hockey League". The Bellingham Business Journal. 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "American West Hockey League Accepted As Newest Addition To USA Hockey Juniors". NBC Montana. 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vipers hockey team ends operations". The Columbian. 15 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nationals to join AWHL for 2013-14 season". JuniorHockey.com. February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "WSHL Totems press release". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "WSHL Spartans press release". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bighorns win NorPac Championship". Independent Record. 19 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sparts capture the crown". Mail Tribune. 12 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bellingham Blazers 2012-2013 NORPAC Cascade Cup Champions". Junior Hockey News. 18 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blazers with something to prove at National Championships". The Bellingham Herald. 30 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Helena Bighorns capture hockey national championship". Independent Record. 5 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Helena lifts trophy for the first time at Tier III Jr. A Nationals". USA Junior Hockey Magazine. April 2011.