2011–12 AWHL season
|2011–12 AWHL season|
|League||American West Hockey League|
|Duration||September 30, 2011 – March 10, 2012|
|Number of games||144|
|Number of teams||6|
|Season champions||Missoula Maulers (1st)|
|Lewis & Clark Cup|
|Champions||Helena Bighorns (1st)|
The 2011–12 AWHL season was the first season for the newly formed American West Hockey League. The AWHL was formed in the summer of 2011 by teams breaking away from the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac). The league shared a similar area as the former America West Hockey League that merged into the North American Hockey League in 2003. Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Helena all had teams in the old AWHL.
|6||Great Falls Americans||48||1||46||1||0||0||97||359||2|
Helena swept Missoula in four games in the AWHL championship to earn the first American West Hockey League championship.
USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship
The Helena Bighorns, Missoula Maulers, and Billings Bulls won the right to represent the AWHL at the 2012 USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Tournament. Each team played three games in their pool, with the winners of each pool advancing to the national semifinals.
Helena won two games and lost one in pool play and did not advance to the semifinals. Missoula won two games and lost one in pool play and did not advance to the semifinals. Billings won all three games in their pool and advanced to the semifinals. They lost their semifinal game 4–2 to the eventual national champion Atlanta Jr. Knights of the EJHL South.
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- "AWHL Standings 2011/2012". AWHL. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- "AWHL Playoff Bracket". AWHL. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "Bulls lose in semifinals at national tournament". Billings Gazette. April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Bighorns Sweep the AWHL Championship". AWHL. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- "AWHL Teams Set for Nationals". AWHL. March 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
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- "Maulers come home empty from Nationals". KPAX.com. April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Knights Dominate the 2012 Junior A Nationals". atlantajuniorknights.com. April 5, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.