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Granite City Lumberjacks
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City: St. Cloud, Minnesota
League: NA3HL
Division: West
Founded: 2007
Home Arena: Sports Arena East
Colors: Red, Blue, White
              
General Manager: Brad Willner
Head Coach: Brad Willner
Franchise history
2007–present: Granite City Lumberjacks

The Granite City Lumberjacks are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team playing in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) and plays their home games at the Sports Arena East, located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The Lumberjacks play 48 game regular season games, in addition to showcase and post-season tournament games.

HistoryEdit

The team was founded in 2007 as a member of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL).[1]

The Granite City Lumberjacks were the 2008–09 MnJHL regular season champions and qualified for the USA Hockey Tier III Jr. A National Championship Tournament, joining the 2009 playoff champions, the Minnesota Ice Hawks.[2] The team won the MnJHL championship in the 2010–11 season with a 2-1 overtime win over the Rochester Ice Hawks.[3]

In 2011, the Lumberjacks and MnJHL rival, the Minnesota Flying Aces, announced a move from the MnJHL to the NA3HL as part of the league's expansion to 16 teams for the 2011–12 season.[4] The two teams joined two expansion teams, the Twin City Steel and North Iowa Bulls, to form the NA3HL West Division.

In the 2011–12 Season, the Lumberjacks claimed the West Division Title, West Division Playoff Title and the 2012 NA3HL Silver Cup Championship.[5] However, they did not participate in the 2012 USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament.

The Lumberjacks would also win the 2015 Silver Cup Championship over the North Iowa Bulls. The Lumberjacks only qualified for the Silver Cup Tournament as wildcard after losing in the Divisional Finals to the Bulls.[6]

The team would win the 2017 Silver Cup championship over the Metro Jets.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Minnesota Junior Hockey League
2007–08 48 25 17 6 - 190 176 56 5th, MnJHL Unknown
2008–09 48 41 5 2 - 238 109 84 1st, MnJHL
2009–10 50 36 12 2 - 258 121 74 2nd, MnJHL Lost in Semifinals
2010–11 45 36 8 1 - 215 100 73 1st, MnJHL Bush Cup Champions
North American 3 Hockey League
2011–12 48 33 11 4 - 199 106 70 1st of 4, West Div.
2nd of 16, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Minnesota Flying Aces
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 1-2 vs. Jr. Blues; W, 5-2 vs. Cherokee; W, 3-2 vs. Jr. Generals)
Won Championship game, 2-1 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues
Silver Cup Champions
2012–13 48 36 8 4 - 212 122 76 2nd of 6, West Div.
4th of 17, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
1-1 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(W, 5-2 vs. Flint Jr. Generals; OTL, 2-3 vs. North Iowa Bulls)
2013–14 48 36 12 0 - 249 124 72 2nd of 6, West Div.
3rd of 21, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 1-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2014–15 47 33 9 5 - 197 113 71 2nd of 6, West Div.
4th of 31, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 1-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin (as wildcard qualifier)
(L, 4-7 vs. Bulls;W, 2-0 vs. Jr. Predators; W, 6-1 vs. Jets)
Won Championship game, 3-2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
Silver Cup Champions
2015–16 47 33 11 3 - 196 112 69 1st of 5, West Div.
9th of 34, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
Lost Div. Finals, 0-2 vs.Twin City Steel
2016-17 47 32 8 5 2 188 111 71 1st of 5, West Div. Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Breezy Point North Stars
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 vs. New Ulm Steel
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 0-3 vs. Metro Jets; W, 4-3 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues; W, 5-2 vs. Atlanta Capitals)
Won Semifinal game, 3-2 vs. Binghamton Jr. Senators
Won Championship game, 2-1 vs. Metro Jets
Silver Cup Champions
2017-18 47 33 14 0 0 225 107 66 1st of 5, West Div. Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Willmar WarHawks
Won Div. Finals, 2- vs. New Ulm Steel
2-0-1 in Fraser Cup Round Robin
Lost Semifinal game, 2-3 (ot) vs. Metro Jets
2018-19 47 37 8 2 0 239 98 76 1st of 7, West Div. Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-2 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
2019-20 47 33 13 1 0 229 107 67 2nd of 6, West Div. Playoffs cancelled during division semifinal round

USA Hockey Tier III Junior Hockey National ChampionshipEdit

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Game Championship Game
2009[7] T, Dubuque Thunderbirds (CSHL) 2-2
W, Seattle Totems (NorPac) 3-2
OTW, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 6-5
2-0-1 2nd of 4
Div. II
L, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL) 2-4
2011[8] T, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 4-4
W, Chicago Hitmen (NA3HL) 8-2
L, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 2-3
1-1-1 2nd of 4
Pool II
Did not advance
2015[9] W, Dells Ducks (MnJHL) 3-1
L, Northern Cyclones (EHL) 3-6
W, North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL) 4-3
2-1-0 3rd of 4
Div. 1
Not playedDid not advance

AlumniEdit

The Lumberjacks have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, and ACHA college programs.[10]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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