This is the 2020-21 North American Hockey League season. This is the league's 36th season under this name and its 46th 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.
- 1 Restart of Play
- 2 Membership Changes
- 3 Teams
- 4 Standings
- 5 Robertson Cup Playoffs
- 6 Robertson Cup
- 7 References
Restart of Play
On June 19th the league issued a release stating that it was intending to begin play in September as usual with the NAHL showcase in Blaine, Minnesota and play a full schedule and playoffs and that tryout camps would begin in July. However a delayed start of the season with a reduced schedule may be used if the circumstances warrant. On July 27th the league announced a planned start date of October 9th with a full schedule planning on being played.
On November 24th the Midwest Division had play halted until at least December 31st due to complication associated with the recently issued order by the state of Minnesota.
On October 15, 2019 the league announced the addition of a team to be based in Wichita Falls, Texas for the 2020-21 season.On November 26, 2019 the league announced the team would be named the Wichita Falls Warriors.
On February 28, 2020 the Topeka Pilots were announced as relocating to Kansas City area and on May 6th announced the team would assume the Kansas City Scouts name. 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. The team cited a lack of lead time to change the team identity for the 2019-20 season.
On June 16, 2020 the El Paso Rhinos were added to the North American 3 Hockey League for the 2020-21 season from the Western States Hockey League. They will also join the league for the 2021-22 season. On March 4, 2021 it was announced the team would also be inactive for the 2021-22 playing season, citing logistic issues with getting ready for 2021-22 and that they would focus on getting ready to begin play with the 2022-23 season.
Also on August 26th, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs were reportedly relocating to Marshall, Minnesota for the 2020-21 season due to quarantine and testing restrictions in the state of Alaska making playing in Alaska not feasible. The team will be based out of the Red Baron Arena and Expo for the season. The team would return to the Big Dipper Ice Arena on April 22nd for the balance of the season.
A few days later it was reported that the Kenai River Brown Bears were also relocating to an undisclosed location in Minnesota. The New Mexico Ice Wolves also announced that they would be relocating to El Paso, Texas due to restrictions in place in the state of New Mexico.. They would end up using the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas as their home for part of the season. The Kenai River Brown Bears would later be announced as relocating operations to Anoka, Minnesota and would play their games at the Breezy Point Hockey Center in Breezy Point, Minnesota which lost their North American 3 Hockey League team after last season. The Ice Wolves would return to the Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque with a game on April 8th and remain there for the balance of the season. The Brown Bears would return to the Soldotna Sports Center with a game on April 23rd and play the balance of their home games there.
Over the weekend of September 19-20, 2020 word was announced that the Jamestown Rebels were going dormant for the 2020-21 season. Based on the state of New York not allowing spectators at events this year and that USA Hockey would not sanction play in the state meaning it would not cover insurance for the teams in the state. The Rebels announcement was being held off as the team owner was trying to find a temporary home in either South Dakota or Wisconsin.
On March 5, 2021, the league announced the Board of Governors approval of the relocation of the Amarillo Bulls to Mason City, Iowa to be based out of the Mason City MPA. The ownership of the team already operates a team in the North American 3 Hockey League out of the arena. The former Amarillo Bulls will also take the name North Iowa Bulls. On June 1st the NA3HL franchise was announced as being renamed the Mason City Toros.
On March 22, 2021, the league announced the addition of the Anchorage Wolverines to the league for the 2021-22 playing season. The team will be a member of the Midwest Division. It appears the team is to be based out of the Sullivan Arena.
On May 21, 2021, the league announced that the Kansas City Scouts (NAHL) had been sold and would be relocated to Amarillo, Texas taking the name Amarillo Wranglers as an homage to the former Amarillo Wranglers of the late 1960's and early 1970's and replacing the Amarillo Bulls who relocated to Mason City, Iowa for the 2021-22 season. The team will be based out of the Amarillo Civic Center. The team will take to the ice for the 2021-22 season. as opposed to the Scouts who were planning on returning to play with the 2022-23 season.
Future and Dormant Teams
|Sullivan Arena||Anchorage, Alaska|
|South||Corpus Christi IceRays
|American Bank Center||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|South||El Paso Rhinos
|Sierra Providence Event Center||El Paso, Texas|
|Northwest Arena||Jamestown, New York|
|South||Amarillo Wranglers relocation of the Kansas City Scouts||Amarillo Civic Center||Amarillo, Texas|
|Central||North Iowa Bulls
(relocation of Amarillo Bulls)
|Mason City MPA||Mason City, Iowa|
|Midwest||Springfield Jr. Blues
|Nelson Center||Springfield, Illinois|
|St. Cloud Blizzard||56||22||33||0||1||151||206||45||.402|
|Fairbanks Ice Dogs||48||25||19||2||2||165||163||54||.563|
|Kenai River Brown Bears||48||22||24||1||1||155||168||46||.479|
|New Jersey Titans||54||27||20||2||5||197||174||61||.565|
|Maryland Black Bears||54||25||21||6||2||146||159||58||.537|
|Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks||54||20||27||6||1||148||187||47||.435|
|Lone Star Brahmas||56||38||16||2||0||172||132||78||.696|
|Wichita Falls Warriors||56||30||19||1||6||171||161||67||.598|
|New Mexico Ice Wolves||56||21||30||3||2||147||184||47||.420|
Robertson Cup Playoffs
The top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The first place team plays the fourth place team and the second place team plays the third place team in a best-of-five series over two weekends (May 18-31). The division semifinal winners meet in a best-of-five series over two weekends (June 3-14). The division winners advance to the Robertson Cup tournament. The event will be held at the Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota June 18 to 22, 2021. The teams are seeded 1 to 4 and are paired off 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in best-of-three series. The semifinal winners meet in a single championship game on June 22nd. The NAHL Top Prospects tournament will also part of the championship weekend.
|Robertson Cup Semifinals
|Robertson Cup Final|
|M4||Kenai River Brown Bears||3|
|M4||Kenai River Brown Bears||2|
|M2||Fairbanks Ice Dogs||0|
|S||Wichita Falls Warriors||0|
|S2||Lone Star Brahmas||0|
|S3||Wichita Falls Warriors||3|
|E4||Maryland Black Bears||3|
|E4||Maryland Black Bears||0|
|E3||New Jersey Titans||1|
- C1, C2, C3, C4 – The teams from the Central Division
- E1, E2, E3, E4 – The teams from the East Division
- M1, M2, M3, M4 – The teams from the Midwest Division
- S1, S2, S3, S4 – The teams from the South Division
Central Division Semifinals
- Aberdeen Wings defeated Minot Minotauros 3 games to 2
- Bismarck Bobcats defeated Minnesota Wilderness 3 games to none
Midwest Division Semifinals
- Minnesota Magicians defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 games to none
- Kenai River Brown Bears defeated Janesville Jets 3 games to 1
East Division Semifinals
- Maryland Black Bears defeated Johnstown Tomahawks 3 games to 2
- Maine Nordiques defeated New Jersey Titans 3 games to 1
South Division Semifinals
- Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Amarillo Bulls 3 games to 1
- Wichita Falls Warriors defeated Lone Star Brahmas 3 games to none
Central Division Final
Midwest Division Final
East Division Final
South Division Final
The semifinal round and the championship game will be held June 18 to June 22 at the Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. The semifinal pairings are based upon regular season point percentage with the teams matched up 1st (Aberdeen) vs 4th (Minnesota) and 2nd (Shreveport) vs 3rd (Maine).
(Best-of-three - June 18-20)
- Aberdeen Wings defeated Minnesota Magicians 2 games to none
- Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Maine Nordiques 2 games to none
(Single game - June 22nd)