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The American West Hockey League
(AWHL) is an American
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Tier III junior ice hockey
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league based in Montana
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. The league is a member of USA Hockey
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and was founded in 2011.
The AWHL was formed in the Summer of 2011 by teams breaking away from the Northern Pacific Hockey League
The Northern Pacific Hockey League is an American Tier III Junior A ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. Its championship trophy is the Cascade Cup.-Current teams:-Suspended teams:...
. The league shares a similar area as the America West Hockey League that merged into the North American Hockey League
The North American Hockey League is one of the top junior hockey leagues in the United States and is enterting its 36th season in 2011-12. It is currently the only Junior A Tier II league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. The NAHL currently acts as an alternative to the United States Hockey League...
in 2003. Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Helena all originated in the old AWHL and now appear in the current AWHL.
| Billings Bulls
The Billings Bulls are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team currently playing in the American West Hockey League. The Bulls are based in Billings, Montana and play home games at the 550-seat Centennial Ice Arena, due to the size, the Bulls frequently sell out games and broadcast their games on...
|| Billings, MT
|| Centennial Ice Arena
| Bozeman Icedogs
The Bozeman Icedogs are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team located in Bozeman, Montana. The team is a member of the American West Hockey League . The Icedogs play home games at the Haynes Pavilion located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds....
|| Bozeman, MT
|| Haynes Pavilion
| Gillette Wild
|| Gillette, WY
|| Campbell County Ice Arena
| Great Falls Americans
The Great Falls Americans were a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who played in the 1979–80 WHL season. The team was originally the Edmonton Oil Kings. They played at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, Montana. The team only lasted 28 games and won two games...
|| Great Falls, MT
|| Great Falls IcePlex
| Helena Bighorns
The Helena Bighorns is a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team in the American West Hockey League based in Helena, Montana USA. The team plays their home games at the 1,600-seat Helena Ice Arena...
|| Helena, MT
|| Helena Ice Arena
| Missoula Maulers
The Missoula Maulers are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Jr. A ice hockey team from Missoula, Montana. The 2007-08 season is their inaugural as an expansion team. They play out of Missoula's Glacier Ice Rink. Michael Burks, President and Cory J. Miller, General Manager are the club's principal...
|| Missoula, MT
|| Glacier Ice Rink
The Glacier Ice Rink is located in Missoula, Montana and is home to the Missoula Maulers. It is open from August 1st to May 31st. It can hold more than 2,000 spectators during the games for the Missoula Maulers, and its top seating is around 2,500. It hosts the Missoula Maulers, the Missoula Figure...