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)
Most titles Rochester Ice Hawks (6)
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.


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 up to 17 teams going into 2014-15 season with teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

The league has a history of USA Hockey national championship teams. League members won national championships six times in the 1990s.

In 2012, the MNJHL expanded outside of the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas adding 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 formed their own division in the MNJHL while the original teams compete in the Minnesota Division.

The league also expanded into southern Minnesota for 2012-13. Steele County Blades, based in Owatonna, were approved by the league board and play out of Four Seasons Centre.

The United States Premier Hockey League announced on December 18, 2014 the formation of a Midwest Division to begin in the 2014-15 season.[1] Twelve teams will make up the division, all coming from the MNJHL. Teams include: Chicago Rampage, Dell Ducks, Fort Wayne Federals, Hudson Crusaders, Illiana Blackbirds, Ironwood Yoopers, Marquette Royals, Minnesota Owls, St Louis Frontenacs, Tri-City Icehawks, Wisconsin Rapid Riverkings and Wooster Oilers.


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
Twin Cities Northern Lights^ Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington Ice Garden
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

^ - on hiatus for 2014-15 MNJHL season

Former teams[edit]

Playoff champions[edit]

Season League/Bush Cup Champion National Tournament Qualifier
1973-74 North St. Paul[2]
1974-75 West St. Paul
1975-76 West St. Paul
1976-77 Bloomington
1977-78 West St. Paul
1978-79 Wayzata
1979-80 West St. Paul
1980-81 Wayzata
1981-82 North Suburban
1982-83 North Suburban
1983-84 West St. Paul
1984-85 North Suburban
1985-86 Edina Jr. Stingers
1986-87 Tri-Metro Whalers
1987-88 Tri-Metro Whalers
1988-89 North Suburban Hawks
1989-90 West Suburban Kodiaks Northland Voyageurs
1990-91 Tri-Metro Whalers
1991-92 Northland Voyageurs
1992-93 West Suburban Kodiaks
1993-94 North Metro Owls
1994-95 Minneapolis Kodiaks
1995-96 Minneapolis Kodiaks
1996-97 Jr. Kodiaks
1997-98 North Metro Owls South Suburban Steers
1998-99 East Metro Lakers ---
1999-00 Iron Range Yellow Jackets ---
2000-01 Iron Range Yellow Jackets[3] ---
2001-02 Iron Range Yellow Jackets ---
2002-03 Twin Cities Northern Lights Dubuque Thunderbirds
2003-04 Dubuque Thunderbirds Minnesota Ice Hawks
2004-05 Minnesota Ice Hawks Dubuque Thunderbirds
2005-06 Minnesota Ice Hawks Twin Cities Northern Lights
2006-07 Minnesota Ice Hawks Minnesota Owls
2007-08 Minnesota Ice Hawks Minnesota Owls
2008-09 Minnesota Ice Hawks Granite City Lumberjacks
2009-10 Rochester Ice Hawks Twin Cities Northern Lights
2010-11 Granite City Lumberjacks Hudson Crusaders, Rochester Ice Hawks
2011-12 Twin Cities Northern Lights Rochester Ice Hawks
2012-13 Twin Cities Northern Lights[4] ---
2013-14 Marquette Royales Dells Ducks
2014-15 TBD

National champions[edit]

  • 1989-90: Northland Voyageurs
  • 1991-92: Northland Voyageurs
  • 1992-93: West Suburban Kodiaks
  • 1994-95: Minneapolis Kodiaks
  • 1996-97: Jr. Kodiaks
  • 1998-99: East Metro Lakers


  1. ^ "Minnesota Junior Hockey League gets a shakeup". Post Bulletin. 18 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "State Champions And Runners-Up". Minnesota Hockey. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Connecticut Clippers Win National Title". Hartford Courant. 11 April 2001. 
  4. ^ "Jace Childs finds his scoring touch for Twin Cities Northern Lights". USA Hockey. 28 March 2013. 

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