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For the NA3HL team formerly using this name, please see Mason City Toros

North Iowa Bulls
North Iowa Bulls 2021.jpg
City: Mason City, Iowa
League: NAHL
Division: West
Founded: 2008
Home Arena: Mason City MPA
Colors: Green, White, and Navy
Owner(s): Consolidated Sports Holdings USA, Inc. (Bill Yuill, CEO; Gary Gelinas, President)
Franchise history
2008-2010: Albert Lea Thunder
2010-2021: Amarillo Bulls
2021-present: North Iowa Bulls
Championships
Playoff Championships: Robertson Cup
1 (2012–13)

The North Iowa Bulls are a USA Hockey-sanctioned ice hockey team from Mason City, Iowa that plays in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) at the Mason City MPA which opened in December of 2019. The NAHL team began play with the 2008-09 season as the Albert Lea Thunder playing out of the Albert Lea City Arena in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and prior to the 2010-11 season the team would relocate to the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas as the Amarillo Bulls. The organization's NA3HL team commenced play with the 2011-12 season. The NAHL team begin play in Iowa with the 2021-22 season. With the opening of the new arena, team owners decided to move the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League to the arena for the 2021-22 playing season, receiving the approval of the NAHL Board of Governors. The former Bulls team was renamed the Mason City Toros on June 1, 2021

logo as NA3HL team logo as Albert Lea Thunder logo as Amarillo Bulls

Season-by-season[]

NA3HL Team[]

Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Result Playoffs result
2011–12 48 29 15 0 4 172 156 62

2nd of 4 West, 6th of 16 overall

W 2-0 (Twin City Steel)
L 1-2 (Granite City Lumberjacks)
2012–13 48 41 4 1 2 297 114 85 1st of 6 West,
2nd of 17 overall
W 3-0 (Minnesota Flying Aces)
Silver Cup
Won Group A Round Robin 2-0
Won Championship 11-0 (Peoria Mustangs)
Tier-III Nationals
Won National Pool 3-0
Won Semifinal 3-2 (Helena Bighorns)
Won National Championship 6-2 (Twin Cities Northern Lights)
2013–14 48 45 3 0 - 334 92 90 1st of 6 West, 1st of 21 overall Won 2-0 (Twin City Steel)
Won 2-1 (Granite City Lumberjacks)
Silver Cup
Finished 1st Round Robin 3-0
Won Championship game 3-0 (Flint Jr. Generals
Tier-III Nationals
Won Blue Pool 3-0
Won Semifinal 5-1 (Northern Cyclones)
Lost Championship 4-1 (Boston Jr. Bruins)
2014–15 47 37 9 1 0 245 109 75

1st of 6, West

2nd of 31 overall

W 2-0 (Twin City Steel)
W 2-1 (Granite City Lumberjacks)
Silver Cup
Won Group A  Round Robin (3-0)
L 3-2 (Granite City Lumberjacks) in championship game
2015–16 47 42 2 3 - 301 63 87 1st of 5, Central, 1st of 34 overall W 2-0 (Rochester Ice Hawks)
W 2-0 (La Crosse Freeze)<
Silver Cup
Won Group A Round Robin (2-1)
Won semifinal 4-3 (ot) (Twin City Steel)
Won Championship 4-1 (Metro Jets)

2016–17 47 35 10 1 1 268 111 72 1st of 5 Central
T-8th of 47 overall
W 2-0 (Rochester Ice Hawks)
 
W 2-0 (La Crosse Freeze)
Silver Cup
(eliminated 3rd place in pool, round robin)
L, 2-4 (Yellowstone Quake)
W, 3-2 (ot) (Binghamton Jr. Senators)
W, 8-4 (Long Beach Sharks)
2017-18 47 39 4 2 2 304 92 82 1st of 5 Central
2nd of 45 overall
W, Div Semifinals 2-0 (Wausau RiverWolves)
L, Div Final 0-2 (La Crosse Freeze)
2018-19 47 32 12 3 0 228 121 67 2nd of 7 West Won Div. Semifinal 2-1 (Rochester Grizzlies)
Won Div. Final 2-0 (Alexandria Blizzard)
Finish 2nd in Pool A with 1-1-0-0 record
Lost Semifinal 1-3 (Texas Jr. Brahmas)
2019-20 47 38 7 2 0 272 96 78 1st of 6 West Playoffs cancelled during division semifinal round
2020-21 40 27 11 1 1 182 104 56 1st of 5 West Won Fraser Cup Championship

NAHL Team[]

Season-by-season records[]

Season GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Albert Lea Thunder
2008–09 58 4 49 5 - 13 112 309 1497 5th of 5, Central Did not qualify
2009–10 58 19 34 5 - 43 153 231 1345 4th of 5, Central Lost in 1st Round
Amarillo Bulls
2010–11 58 36 16 6 - 78 209 171 1637 2nd of 6, South Lost Robertson Cup Semifinal
2011–12 60 46 7 7 - 99 263 136 1550 1st of 7, South Lost Robertson Cup Semifinal
2012–13 60 46 7 7 - 99 248 118 1268 1st of 6, South Robertson Cup Champions
2013–14 60 40 15 6 - 86 207 120 1395 1st of 7, South Lost in Division Finals
2014–15 60 25 31 4 - 54 174 222 1493 7th of 8, South Did not qualify
2015–16 60 13 43 4 - 30 133 218 1211 6th of 6, South Did not qualify
2016–17 60 22 28 8 2 54 173 206 917 6th of 7, South Did not qualify
2017-18 60 23 26 8 3 57 166 193 1333 5th of 6, South Did not qualify
2018-19 60 46 8 3 3 98 263 136 - 1st of 6 South Lost Semifinals
2019-20 54 39 10 2 3 83 185 101 - 2nd of 7 South Playoffs cancelled
2020-21 56 29 28 3 6 67 159 166 1003 4th of 6 South Lost in Division Semifinals

Playoffs[]

  • 2010
First Round – Bismarck Bobcats defeated Albert Lea Thunder, 3-games-to-0
  • 2011
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (2-1) - Qualify for Semifinal Game, (W, 5-2 vs. Warriors; W, 5-3 vs. RoadRunners; L, 1-2 vs. Ice Dogs)
Robertson Cup Semifinal Game – Michigan Warriors defeated Amarillo Bulls, 6-2
  • 2012
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Odessa Jackalopes, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (1-2) - Qualify for Semifinal, (OTW, 3-2 vs. Tornado; L, 1-3 vs. Ice Dogs; L, 2-6 vs. Bobcats)
Robertson Cup Semifinal Game – St. Louis Bandits defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-2
  • 2013
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Corpus Christi IceRays, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Amarillo Bulls (2-1) - Qualify for Championship Game, (OTW, 2-1 vs. Ironmmen; OTW, 2-1 vs. Bobcats; L, 0-7 vs. Wild)
Robertson Cup Final – Amarillo Bulls defeated Wenatchee Wild, 5-0
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2014
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-games-to-2
  • 2019
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Corpus Christi IceRays, 3-games-to-1
Division Final - Amarillo Bulls defeated Shreveport Mudbugs 3-games-to-2
Semifinals - Aberdeen Wings defeated Amarillo Bulls 2-games-to-1
  • 2020
Playoffs cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021
Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-games-to-1