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This is the 2019-20 North American Hockey League season. This is the league's 35th season under this name and its 44th dating back to its founding as the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League in 1975 when the Michigan Junior Hockey League and the Wolverine Junior A Hockey League merged.

Suspension of PlayEdit

The league would announce it was suspending play as of March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.[1]

On March 17th the league would announce that it was cancelling the playoffs as well[2]

Membership ChangesEdit

On February 28, 2019 the announced the addition of two separate expansion teams that are schedule to join the league for the 2019-20 season, the Albuquerque based New Mexico Ice Wolves[3] and the Lewiston, Maine based Maine Nordiques[4].

On June 3, 2019 the league's Board of Governors announced approval of the relocation of the Brookings Blizzard to St. Cloud, Minnesota for the 2019-20 season. The team will be renamed the St. Cloud Blizzard and will be based out of the Dave Torey Arena in the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex.[5]

On October 15, 2019 the league announced the addition of a team to be based in Wichita Falls, Texas for the 2020-21 season.[6]On November 26, 2019 the league announced the team would be named the Wichita Falls Warriors.[7]

On February 28, 2020 the Topeka Pilots were announced as relocating to Kansas City area[8] and on May 6th announced the team would assume the Kansas City Scouts name.[9] The team plans on playing at the Kansas City Ice Center in Shawnee, Kansas for the 2020-21 season pending the completion of a new arena.

On May 6, 2020 the league announced that effective immediately the St. Cloud Blizzard would be renamed the St. Cloud Norsemen.[10] The team cited a lack of time to change the team identity for the 2019-20 season.

On May 11, 2020 the league announced the relocation of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights to Danbury, Connecticut where they will be renamed the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.[11]

TeamsEdit

StandingsEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Aberdeen Wings 51 34 11 4 2 187 122 74
Bismarck Bobcats 52 32 12 5 3 178 130 72
Austin Bruins 51 28 16 2 5 158 149 63
Minot Minotauros 50 27 16 1 6 192 171 61
Minnesota Wilderness 52 26 22 4 0 160 165 56
St. Cloud Blizzard 52 10 37 4 1 130 240 25

Midwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Fairbanks Ice Dogs 52 38 11 1 2 197 111 79
Chippewa Steel 51 29 18 3 1 171 146 62
Kenai River Brown Bears 52 27 19 3 3 197 182 60
Minnesota Magicians 53 21 23 6 3 143 173 51
Janesville Jets 52 24 26 1 1 149 181 50
Springfield Jr. Blues 54 16 34 2 2 133 206 36

East DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
New Jersey Titans 52 38 13 0 1 240 172 77
Johnstown Tomahawks 51 34 13 2 2 185 140 72
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 53 26 22 4 1 165 181 57
Maryland Black Bears 52 20 25 7 0 157 166 47
Jamestown Rebels 54 21 30 1 2 127 163 45
Northeast Generals 50 20 27 2 1 157 191 43
Maine Nordiques 54 20 32 2 0 190 230 42

South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Lone Star Brahmas 53 42 9 1 1 190 81 86
Amarillo Bulls 54 39 10 2 3 185 101 83
Topeka RoadRunners 52 33 14 3 2 151 129 71
Shreveport Mudbugs 52 34 18 0 0 164 107 68
Corpus Christi IceRays 53 16 30 3 4 102 156 39
New Mexico Ice Wolves 52 13 34 2 3 105 190 31
Odessa Jackalopes 50 9 39 1 1 73 23 20

Robertson Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

The top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The division semifinals and division finals are best-of-five. The four division winning teams advance to the Robertson Cup and will be seeded 1-4 based on regular season standings and paired off 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in best of three semifinal series with the two series winners meeting in a single game championship.

ReferencesEdit

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