Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques
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City: Lewiston, Maine
League: NA3HL
Division: Eastern
Founded: 2012
Home Arena: Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Colors: Blue, red, white

              

Head Coach: Cameron Robichaud
Franchise history
2012–2013: Lake George Fighting Spirit
2013–2014: AHI Fighting Spirit
2014–2015: New Hampshire Fighting Spirit
2015–2017: L/A Fighting Spirit
2017-2020: Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques

The Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques is a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Lewiston, Maine. The L/A abbreviation for Lewiston and Auburn is commonly used in the team's name. The team is a member of the North American 3 Hockey League. The team was a member of the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) until 2016 (which was previously previously known as the Northern States Junior Hockey League (NSHL) from 2012–14) and plays home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The Nordiques name is an homage to the Maine Nordiques who played in the same arena when it was known as the Central Maine Youth Center in the North American Hockey League (1973–1977) as a farm team of the Quebec Nordiques while they were in the World Hockey Association.

History[edit | edit source]

The team was founded in 2012 as the Lake George Fighting Spirit playing out of Lake George, New York. The Fighting Spirit joined the NSHL as one of the seven inaugural teams.[1]

The Fighting Spirit won the inaugural NSHL regular-season championship with a record of 37-4-1. With the title, the Fighting Spirit received an automatic bid, with the second place Syracuse Stampede, to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) United Hockey Union tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament included the top teams from the three AAU-sanctioned leagues; the NSHL, Western States Hockey League, and the Midwest Junior Hockey League.[2]

Prior to the 2013–14 season, the team moved to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and were known as the AHI Fighting Spirit to reflect a partnership with the American Hockey Institute.[3] The Fighting Spirit captured the team's second straight NSHL regular season title with a record of 31-4-3-2. After falling in the playoffs and participating in the second UHU National Championship in Las Vegas, the team announced a move to Laconia, New Hampshire and would change their name to the New Hampshire Fighting Spirit for the 2014-15 season.[4]

Prior to the 2015–16 season the Fighting Spirit relocated again to Lewiston, Maine and is called the L/A Fighting Spirit (with the L/A standing for Lewiston/Auburn) and plays home games at Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Prior to the 2016–17 season, the Fighting Spirit became part of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) when it absorbed the NA3EHL.

The sale and re-branding of the team to the Nordiques was announced on May 4, 2017. Cameron Robichaud was also named head coach as part of the announcement.

The owner of the North American Hockey League's Maine Nordiques purchased the Androscoggin Bank Colisée and announced the NA3HL team will cease operations.[5]



logo as Fighting Spirit

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season records[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Northern States Hockey League
2012–13 42 37 4 1 - 183 83 75 1st of 7, NSHL

[6] || Won Semifinal game vs. Eastern Kodiaks
Lost League Championship game vs. Syracuse Stampede[7]

2013–14 40 31 4 5 - 174 97 67 1st of 9, NSHL Won Round 1 series, 2-0 vs. New England Stars
Lost Semifinal game vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats
North American 3 Eastern Hockey League
2014–15 41 33 6 2 - 174 75 68 1st of 5, Eastern Div.
2nd of 10, NA3EHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Maine Wild
Won Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Cape Cod Islanders
Lost League Championship, 2-1 vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats
2015–16 44 33 10 1 - 194 67 67 2nd of 7, Eastern Div.
3rd of 13, NA3EHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. New England Stars
Lost Div. Finals, 0-2 vs. Cape Cod Islanders
North American 3 Hockey League
2016–17 47 23 21 3 - 163 184 49 5th of 7, Coastal Div. Did not qualify
2017–18 47 32 11 3 1 177 46 191 2nd of 6, Coastal Div. Won DSF 2-1 Northeast Generals
Lost DF 0-2 New England Stars
2018–19 47 43 4 0 0 364 95 86 1st of 6, Coastal Div. Won DSF 2-1 Long Beach Sharks
Won DF 2-0 Northeast Generals
Won Round Robin Pool in Quarterfinals
Won semifinal 3-2 (ot) St. Louis Jr. Blues
Lost Championship game 2-1 Texas Jr. Brahmas
2019-20 47 33 13 1 0 231 131 67 3rd of 5, Coastal Playoffs cancelled during division semifinal round

United Hockey Union Nationals[edit | edit source]

AAU Sanctioned Junior A National Champions
In 2013 & 2014 MWJHL, NSHL, & WSHL advanced two teams each.

Year Round Robin Record
Ranking
Semi Final Game Championship Game
2013 OTW, Bay Area Seals (WSHL) 4-3
L, Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL) 0-3
L, Syracuse Stampede (NSHL) 0-4
1-2-0
6th of 6
Did not advance
2014 OTL, Soo Firehawks (MWJHL) 5-6
W, Jersey Shore Wildcats (NSHL) 5-0
OTW, Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL) 6-5
2-0-1
2nd of 6
L, Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL) 1-6

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Follos, Tim. "Forum’s Simmons works to create elite hockey club", North Countryman, May 11, 2012. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 
  2. Tobey, Pete. "Fighting Spirit to host hockey playoffs", Glens Falls Post-Star, March 22, 2013. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 
  3. "Two new teams call WVR home ice", Visit Waterville Valley. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 
  4. Staff. "Fighting Spirit Laconia bound: Northern States Hockey League team will call Ice Arena home next winter", March 14, 2014. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 
  5. https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/weekly-sports-league-and-franchise-report/n-5612260
  6. Elite Prospects 2012–13 NSHL Standings. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on March 8, 2016.
  7. "Lake George Fight Hard, but can't pull past Syracuse.", WMML 1230AM, March 25, 2013. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 

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