Northern States Junior Hockey League

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Northern States Junior Hockey League
Northern States Junior Hockey League.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2012
International Junior Hockey League: 2005-2012
Interstate Junior Hockey League: 1998-2004
No. of teams 11
Country  United States (11 teams)
Most recent champion(s) Jersey Shore Wildcats
Most titles Syracuse Stampede and Jersey Shore Wildcats - 1 each
Official website

Northern States Junior Hockey League is an independent Tier III Junior A ice hockey league. The League has teams in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.


Precursors to the league were:

The Northern States Hockey League (NSHL) formed in Spring 2012 and became the second league to be sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and its United Hockey Union program.[1] Several existing programs from the defunct International Junior Hockey League (IJHL) joined new franchises to form a seven team league. The initial teams included the Cape Cod Islanders, the Eastern Kodiaks, the Junior Mariners, the Lake George Fighting Spirit, the New England Stars, the Syracuse Stampede, and the Trenton Habs.[2]

For the 2013-14 season the league added the Maine Moose, the Maine Wild, and the Wilkes-Barre Miners.[3] In addition, two teams relocated and changed names when the Lake George Fighting Spirit moved to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and became known as American Hockey Institute Fighting Spirit and the Trenton Habs were renamed the Jersey Shore Wildcats when they moved their operations to Wall Township, New Jersey. The league also lost the Eastern Kodiaks when the team moved operations to Jamestown, New York shortly before folding.[3]

The NSHL continued growth for the 2014-15 season when the league has annouced three new teams, the Roc City Royals, Central New York Stallions, and the Lockport Express for the 2014-15 season.[4] Two franchises announced relocation and name change plans. The Maine Moose franchise was sold and renamed the Maine Timberwolves along with a relocation to China Village, Maine.[5] In March 2014, the AHI Fighting Spirit announced a move to Laconia, New Hampshire and changed their name to the New Hampshire Fighting Spirit for the 2014-15 season.[6] The league also organized the 12 teams into two divisions of six teams each.

When the NSHL released it's 2014-15 schedule in August, the CNY Stallions were not included in the schedule reducing the west division to five teams and the league to eleven teams.


As of May 2014 the NSHL lists the following members:

East Division
Team Location
Cape Cod Islanders Hyannis, Massachusetts
Jr. Mariners Salem, New Hampshire
Maine Timberwolves China Village, Maine
Maine Wild Biddeford, Maine
New England Stars Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Fighting Spirit Laconia, New Hampshire
West Division
Team Location
Lockport Express Lockport, New York
Jersey Shore Wildcats Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Roc City Royals Rochester, New York
Syracuse Stampede Baldwinsville, New York
Wilkes-Barre Miners Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Season Summary[edit]

NSHL Cup Champions

  • 2012-13: Syracuse Stampede
  • 2013-14: Jersey Shore Wildcats

NSHL Regular Season Champions

  • 2012-13: Lake George Fighting Spirit
  • 2013-14: Waterville Valley Fighting Spirit

Former Teams[edit]

  • AHI (Waterville Valley) Fighting Spirit (relocated to Laconia following 2013-14 season)
  • CNY Stallions (announced for 2014-15 but did not partcipate)
  • Eastern Kodiaks (folded following 2012-13 season)
  • Lake George Fighting Spirit (relocated to Waterville Valley following 2012-13 season)
  • Trenton Habs (renamed/relocated to Jersey Shore Wildcats following 2012-13 season)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AAU sanctions Northern States Junior Hockey League". Junior Hockey News. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NSHL ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SEASON SCHEDULE". NSHL. July 11, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "NSHL Moving forward". Junior Hockey News. August 12, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mroziak, Michael (May 29, 2014). "WNY Junior Hockey Footprint Widening". WNY Junior Hockey Report. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Krieger, Dan (April 28, 2014). "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". OurSports Central. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Staff (March 14, 2014). "Fighting Spirit Laconia bound: Northern States Hockey League team will call Ice Arena home next winter". Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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