Jets begin quest for turnaround NAHL season with sweep of Ice Dogs

By Jim den Hollander   Editor/Publisher  The Janesville Jets took its first two steps toward erasing some tough memories with some impressive wins on home ice against the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs in their season opening series at Janesville Ice Arena Friday and Saturday.  Both the Jets and Ice Dogs are perennial front runners in

Immken fires three and Spartans wrap up sweep in Columbus

By Jim den Hollander   Editor/Publisher  One of the newest additions to the USPHL’s Great Lakes Division, the Nashville Spartans made themselves right at home with a pair of wins to open their 2023-24 regular season at the OhioHealth Chiller North Arena, home of the Columbus Mavericks.  The Spartans left no doubt on opening

Junior hockey season faces off in Janesville, Soo and Columbus

By JIm den Hollander   Editor/Publisher  Junior Notebook Sept. 8, 2023  The 2023-24 hockey season officially kicks off in a few hours with puck drops fpr a trio of MIdwest junior hockey teams and more to follow tomorrow.  The NAHL will kick off its regular season with the traditional trek of the Alaska-based teams

Rivermen looking for return to top SPHL perch

By Jim den Hollander   Editor/Publisher  The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) is a third tier (Behind the AHL and ECHL) professional hockey league that includes three entries from the American Midwest.   The league has been in operation since 2004, rising from the ashes of a pair of other pro leagues that folded.   The Peoria

Steel moves to NA3HL Central to compete as Wisconsin Wilderness

By JIm den Hollander  Editor/Publisher  The North American ‘3’ Hockey League (NA3HL) is an American Tier 3 hockey league stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.  Of the five divisions, two six-team groupings – the Central and West Divisions are located entirely in the American Midwest.   There are a few changes this

Lumberjacks looking to build on last season’s finish

By Jim den Hollander   Editor/Publisher  The Wisconsin Lumberjacks are the latest in a string of American squads that have represented the American Midwest in Canada’s Superior International Junior Hockey League. The seven-team one division league includes six clubs from Northwestern Ontario along with the Lumberjacks, out of Spooner.  Formed in 2001, the league