The American West Hockey League was a US-Based Tier III Junior league which was founded in 2011. The leagues teams were located in the states of Montana and Wyoming. The league was also affiliated with USA Hockey. The leagues website states a link to the previous version of the league, which was merged into the North American Hockey League in 2003, as several of the cities are represented in both versions of the league. The league was formed when five teams (Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and the expansion Great Falls franchise) from the Northern Pacific Hockey League (Nor-Pac) withdrew to form the AWHL. The league added the Gillette Wild after the league was announce. The league added the Yellowstone Quake out of Cody, Wyoming to the roster for the 2012-13 season.

In March 2014, the league announced that it had merged with the North American 3 Hockey League.  It will form the Frontier Division of the league.  All of the league's teams were included in the merger.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team City Arena Seasons Fate
Billings Bulls Billings, Montana Centennial Ice Arena 2011-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Bozeman Icedogs Bozeman, Montana Haynes Pavilion 2011-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Gillette Wild Gillette, Wyoming Campbell County Ice Arena 2011-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Great Falls Americans Great Falls, Montana Great Falls Ice Plex 2011-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Helena Bighorns Helena, Montana Helena Ice Arena 2011-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Missoula Maulers Missoula, Montana Glacier Ice Rink 2011-2012 join Western States Hockey League
Glacier Nationals Whitefish, Montana Stumptown Ice Den 2012-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League
Yellowstone Quake Cody, Wyoming Victor J. Riley Arena 2012-2014 join North American 3 Hockey League

Champions[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_West_Hockey_League

http://awhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/awhl/home-page

Junior Hockey News article on the merger

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