The Midwest Junior Hockey League was an American Junior hockey league in the American Midwest.


The league got its start when American investors made a deal with the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League, changing the league's name to the Thunder Bay-Minnesota League in 1971-72 and admitting a single American team. In 1972, the league changed its name to the Can-AM Junior Hockey League, which still ran under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

In 1973, the core of the teams broke away from the CAHA and started a new league called the Midwest Junior Hockey League. It would feature all American teams, except for the first year where it still had the CAHA-affiliated Thunder Bay Hurricanes.

By the late 1970s, the league merged with the United States Hockey League. This move turned the USHL from a Semi-Professional league to what would be USA Hockey's premier Junior hockey league within a handful of years.


Team Arena Location Tenure Fate
Chicago Nordics 1973-1974 fold
Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings Fargo, North Dakota John E. Carlson Coliseum 1973-1975 fold
Minnesota Jr. Stars Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington Ice Garden 1973-1975 renamed Bloomington Jr. Stars
St. Cloud Jr. Blues St. Cloud, Minnesota 1973-1975 fold
St. Paul Vulcans St. Paul, Minnesota Ed Saugestad Rink 1973-1977 join United States Hockey League
Thunder Bay Hurricanes Thunder Bay, Ontario Fort William Gardens 1973-1974 join Thunder Bay Junior Hockey League
Austin Mavericks Austin, Minnesota Riverside Arena 1974-1977 join United States Hockey League
Bloomington Jr. Stars Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington Ice Garden 1975-1977 join United States Hockey League
Hennepin Nordiques New Hope, Minnesota New Hope Ice Arena 1975-1977 suspend operations for 1977 to 1979; join United States Hockey League for 1979-80 season

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