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This article is about the current NA3HL team. For the original WHL franchise of same name, see: Great Falls Americans.
Great Falls Americans
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City: Great Falls, Montana
League: NA3HL
Founded: 2011 (In the AWHL)
Home Arena: Great Falls IcePlex (1,500)
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
              
Owner(s): Jim Keough
General Manager: Greg Sears (2018-19)
Head Coach: Greg Sears (2018-19)
Franchise history
2011–present: Great Falls Americans

The Great Falls Americans are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior A ice hockey team from Great Falls, Montana and play out of the Great Falls IcePlex in North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on a Canadian Major Junior, Collegiate or minor professional team.

HistoryEdit

The Americans were founded in 2011 as an expansion team scheduled to be part of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac) for the 2011–12 season.[1] Instead, the team joined the rest of the eastern NorPac teams in creating the new American West Hockey League (AWHL).

In March 2014, the AWHL joined the North American 3 Hockey League as the Frontier Division for the 2014–15 season.[2]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OL GF GA Pts PIM Regular Season Finish Playoffs
American West Hockey League
2011–12 48 1 46 1 97 359 3 1,343 6th of 6, AWHL Did not qualify
2012–13 48 16 30 2 129 194 34 954 6th of 7, AWHL Did not qualify
2013–14 48 36 9 3 216 121 75 981 2nd of 8, AWHLWon Semifinals, 3-1 vs. Gillette Wild
Lost Finals, 0-3 vs. Helena Bighorns
North American 3 Hockey League
2014–15 47 34 10 3 168 87 71 644 1st of 7, Frontier Div.
3rd of 31, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Billings Bulls
Won Div. Finals, 2-0 vs. Helena Bighorns
0-3-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 1-3 vs. Wolves; L, 1-3 vs. Jets; L, 1-6 vs. Bulls)
2015–16 47 34 11 2 203 93 70 735 2nd of 7, Frontier Div.
8th of 34, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Bozeman Icedogs
Won Div. Finals, 2-0 vs. Yellowstone Quake
2-1-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(W, 2-1 vs. Ducks; L, 1-4 vs. Bulls; W, 8-1 vs. Quake)
Lost Semifinal game, 4-5 vs. Metro Jets
Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
2016–17 47 38 4 2 3 258 96 81 2nd of 8, Frontier Div.Won Div Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Gillette Wild
Lost Div Finals, 1-2 vs. Yellowstone Quake
2017–18 47 34 11 2 0 195 107 70 2nd of 6, Frontier Div. Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Helena Bighorns
2018-19 44 38 8 0 1 258 96 77 2nd of 7, Frontier Div. Won Div Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Bozeman Icedogs
Lost Div Finals, 1-2 vs. Helena Bighorns
2019-20 44 33 9 4 1 184 98 71 3rd of 8, Frontier Div.

Won Div Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Helena Bighorns

Playoffs cancelled during division semifinal round
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. Staff. "Americans now part of AWHL", Great Falls Tribune, June 13, 2011. Retrieved on June 22, 2011. 
  2. http://www.na3hl.com/news/story.cfm?id=11149

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