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New England Knights
New England Knights
City: Raynham, Massachusetts
League: NA3HL
Home Arena: Raynham IcePlex
Colors: Gold, Green, and White
Owner(s): Lovell Hockey
Affiliates: Northeast Generals (NAHL)[1]
Franchise history
2011–2017: Syracuse Stampede
2017–2019: Oswego Stampede
2019–present: New England Knights

The New England Knights are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The team plays out of Raynham IcePlex in Raynham, Massachusetts. The Knights are owned by Lovell Hockey, which also operates boys' and girls' youth teams.

HistoryEdit

The franchise was formed in 2010 as the Syracuse Stampede, an original franchise in the 2010–11 season of the Continental Junior Hockey League (CJHL). Michael Beavis was announced as the Stampede's first head coach having been an assistant coach with the Syracuse Stars of the Eastern Junior Hockey League as well as the Oswego Admirals of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.[2]

On October 4, 2010, two weeks before the CJHL's expected start date, the league announced the Stampede and two other teams would not participate during the 2010–11 season, instead being added as expansion teams for a 2011-12 season that never took place.

Instead, the Stampede began play in 2011 in the Mid Atlantic Division of International Junior Hockey League (IJHL) Super Elite League. The team played out of the Cicero Twin Rinks in Cicero, New York.[3] The Stampede went on to a 35-5-2 record winning the conference and advancing to the IJHL National Championship game where they lost in the finals to National Sports Academy.

The Stampede entered the 2012–13 in a new league, the Northern States Hockey League (NSHL).[4] The team finished second in the regular season before winning the playoff championship against the Lake George Fighting Spirit.[5] The Stampede also finished in 3rd place at the United Hockey Union National Tournament in April 2013 losing the semifinal game 1-0 in a shootout.[6]

The team moved to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Baldwinsville, New York, for the 2013–14 season.

The Stampede and the NSHL were acquired by the Tier II North American Hockey League and were renamed the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) during the 2014–15 season after leaving the UHU with hopes to gain USA Hockey sanctioning which they attained prior to the 2015–16 season.

In April 2015, the team relocated to Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York. Morrisville is a D-3 school in the State University of New York Athletic Conference and the Stampede felt that the exposure its players will receive during the season will be highly beneficial to their goal of playing at the college level.

Prior to the 2016–17 season, the Stampede became part of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) when it absorbed the NA3EHL.

Following the 2016–17 season, the Stampede relocated to Oswego, New York. The team retained the Stampede moniker and became the Oswego Stampede, but changed their logo and team colors.[7] After two seasons in Oswego, the team was sold to Lovell Hockey to become the New England Knights. Lovell Hockey also operates multiple youth teams and have stated the NA3HL team is directly affiliated with the North American Hockey League's Northeast Generals beginning with the 2019–20 season.[8][1]

Syracuse Stampede logo

previous logo

Oswego Stampede

logo as Oswego Stampede

Season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Northern States Hockey League
2012–13 42 35 4 3 73 193 76 2nd of 7, NSHL[9]Won Quarterfinal game vs. New England Stars
Won Semifinal game vs. Cape Cod Islanders
Won Championship game vs. Lake George Fighting Spirit
League Champions
2013–14 40 32 7 1 65 161 92 2nd of 9, NSHLWon Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Cape Cod Islanders
Lost Semifinal game, 3–4 vs. Wilkes-Barre Miners[10]
North American 3 Eastern Hockey League
2014–15 41 10 28 3 23 129 193 5th of 5, Western Div.
9th of 10, NA3EHL
Did not qualify
2015–16 44 20 23 1 41 118 156 5th of 6, Western Div.
8th of 13, NA3EHL
Did not qualify
North American 3 Hockey League
2016–17 46 21 21 4 46 172 181 3rd of 6, Northeast Div.
31st of 48, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats
2017–18 47 15 29 3 33 108 202 4th of 5, Northeast Div.
32nd of 42, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Binghamton Jr. Senators
2018–19 47 23 21 3 49 182 179 2nd of 4, Northeast Div.
22nd of 36, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Skylands Kings
TBD Div. Finals vs. Binghamton Jr. Senators
2019-20 47 14 28 5 160 211 33 4th of 5, Coastal Playoffs cancelled during division semifinal round

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 New England Knights Purchase NA3HL team. New England Knights (April 3, 2019).
  2. http://tribune-democrat.com/localsports/x1910027186/Local-sports-briefs-6-5-2010
  3. http://ijhl.us/news2.php?news_id=334314
  4. "NSHL ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SEASON SCHEDULE", NSHL, July 11, 2012. Retrieved on June 1, 2014. 
  5. Staff. "The Syracuse Stampede beat the Lake George Fighting Spirit", AAU, April 2, 2013. Retrieved on June 2, 2014. 
  6. Wisneski, Erin. "Syracuse Stampede takes bronze in national tournament", Eagle News, April 29, 2013. Retrieved on June 1, 2014. 
  7. Stampede announce relocation to Oswego, New York. NA3HL (May 24, 2017).
  8. NEW ENGLAND KNIGHTS PURCHASE STAMPEDE. Oswego Stampede (April 4, 2019).
  9. Elite Prospects 2012–13 NSHL Standings. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on March 8, 2016.
  10. Wilkes-Barre Miners lose NSHL cup final. WC Examiner (March 16, 2014).
Syracuse Stampede new logo
Oswego Stampede
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