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GF Americans: Game Schedule Updates
(Video Courtesy of the Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook Page)
GREAT FALLS ICE PLEX: Americans first home games set for Oct. 22 against the Butte Cobras
GREAT FALLS, Mont., October 11, 2021 — The Great Falls Ice Plex is finally ready to host the Great Falls Americans Junior A Hockey team on Friday, October 22nd against the Butte Cobras after having to postpone some contests this season due to leaks in the cooling pipes that help make the ice needed repairs (see original story).
The Americans were originally scheduled to have home games at the Great Falls Ice Plex on September 24th-25th against the Gillette (WY) Wild, September 30th vs. Helena Bighorns and October 2nd-3rd vs. Sheridan (WY) Hawks and October 8th-9th vs. Helena Bighorns. The games were moved to Gillettte, WY, Helena, MT and Sheridan, WY as away games. These games will be rescheduled throughout the season at the Great Falls Ice Plex for home dates. Check back later.
|2021-22 Updated Schedules (PDF, Printable):||Full Schedule (Home/Away)||Home Schedule|
GF Ice Plex Updates
NOTE: All Posts Courtesy of the Great Falls Community Ice Foundation Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook
By Great Falls Community Ice Foundation (GFCIF)
GREAT FALLS, Mont., October 11, 2021 — An update from the Great Falls Community Ice Foundation (GFCIF) was provided today on the Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook Page:
RINK UPDATE AND CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
AMERICANS READY FOR FIRST HOME GAMES OF THE SEASON (10-11-21) ~Monday, Oct. 11 The ice is back up at the Great Falls Ice Plex and the Great Falls Americans are excited to welcome back their fans for the 2021-22 season. Opening weekend games are scheduled for Friday (Oct. 22nd) against the Butte Cobras starting at 7:30PM (MST).
PLENTY OF HELP; AMERICANS LOOKING TO MAKE THEIR HOME DEBUT THIS WEEKEND (10-10-21) ~ Sunday, Oct. 10 It looks like we have all the help we’ll need to get the ice painted & lined. Barring any (further) unexpected complications, we expect to open Friday night to host the GF Americans vs. Sheridan Hawks!
PAINTING OF THE ICE (10-09-21) ~ Saturday, Oct. 9 Volunteers are needed on Monday (Oct. 11th) to paint the ice. Check back on the Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook Page for details.
ICE PREPARATION/PAINTING OF THE ICE (10-08-21) ~ Friday, Oct. 8 We will soon be ready for an important part of preparing the ice for the season: painting it to have that nice white “rink” look! We will need a good crew of volunteers –all ages welcome: if you can hold a hose over your head and walk back and forth as instructed, you can help! Watch our page for a call for volunteers –it is difficult to anticipate exactly when the floor will be ready to paint, so it’s usually a bit last minute We’re tentatively planning on Sunday (Oct. 10), but it could possibly be a day earlier or later.
ICE PLEX VOLUNTEER DAY (10-01-21) ~ Saturday, Oct. 2 Starting 10am, ALL AGES WELCOME! Bring a rake if you have one -we’ll be leveling sand and starting post-repair clean-up (I’ve never seen the facility this bad, even after we put in the new boards!) Here is what the rink looked like at 3:45pm today (Friday)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SUNDAY (9-26-21), starting 10am and going most of the day so drop by any time you can! Bring a shop-vac (and long extension cord) if you have one –we are trying to get as much of the remaining sand out from under the pipes so they will lay flat. We are also replacing insulation along the boards to improve/accelerate building of “edges” of the ice. (Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook Page)
We are so grateful to all the volunteers who helped us get the sand out of the rink! We are waiting on repairs to the header pipe to be completed, then we’ll start putting fresh sand in… and making ice! Stay tuned here: we expect to need more help (spreading sand) next week. (Great Falls Ice Plex Facebook Page)
2021-22 GF Americans Weekly E-Newsletter
The 2021-22 North American 3 Hockey League season is upon us. Once again, we are offering a FREE Americans E-Newsletter with Useful Links, weekly game summaries, press releases (when available), upcoming schedules and other GF Americans events, etc. to fans of the Great Falls Americans.
If you would like to subscribe to the Great Falls Americans E-Newsletter, please fill out the form by clicking this link with your First and Last Name, Email Address and please remember to check the box (Subscribe or Unsubscribe).
The Newsletter is usually sent out on Sunday or Monday during the season only (last game of the week) or when breaking news happens (press releases and other news).
First Weekly Newsletter of the 2021-22 NA3HL hockey season will come out in September 2021!!!
GF Americans Public Relations/Media Coordinator
2021-22 GF Americans Schedule
All Home, Away, Tournaments (NA3HL Showcase and Top Prospects Tournament) and Playoff Games of every NA3HL team including the Great Falls Americans can be seen on the NA3HL’s official streaming service, HockeyTV with Americans Play-By-Play Announcer, Megan Lewis on the call for all home American games.
HockeyTV also streams the NA3HL Draft on this platform in April.
Fans that have a subscription to HockeyTV can watch current and previous Great Falls Americans games:
Click here for the current (2021-22) GF Americans Season
Click here for the GF Americans games completed during the 2020-21 Season
Fans can also watch any current or previous NA3HL games with a HockeyTV subscription:
Click here for Current and complete NA3HL games
Click here for more information about HockeyTV including subscriptions, supported devices, etc.
To view the entire 2021-22 Great Falls Americans and NA3HL league schedules, please click here.
|2021-22 GF Americans Roster (Updated Oct. 9, 2021)|
|Website Stat Roster l 2021-22 Roster (Printable PDF)|
2021-22 GF Americans: Upcoming Schedules (ALL TIMES Mountain Standard Time)
(Updated September 30, 2021)
|Fri. Sept. 10||@ Yellowstone Quake (Box Score) YEL WINS 5-3 Game Story||Riley Arena, Cody, WY||7:30PM (MST) (Regular Season Road Opener)|
|Sat. Sept. 11||@ Yellowstone Quake (Box Score) GF WINS 4-3 (OT) Game Story||Riley Arena, Cody, WY||7:30PM (MST)|
|Sat. Sept. 18||@ Bozeman Ice Dogs (Box Score) BOZ WINS 4-3 (SO) Game Story||Haynes Pavilion, Bozeman, MT||7:30PM (MST)|
|Fri. Sept. 24||@ Gillette (WY) Wild (Box Score) GIL WINS 6-5 (OT) Game Story||Spirit Hall Ice Arena, GIllette, WY||7:05PM (MST)|
|Sat. Sept. 25||@ Gillette (WY) Wild (Box Score) GIL WINS 4-3 (OT) Game Story||Spirit Hall Ice Arena, Gillette, WY||7:05PM (MST)|
|Thurs. Sept. 30||vs. Helena Bighorns (To Be Rescheduled)||Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT||—|
|Fri. Oct. 1||@ Sheridan (WY) Hawks (Box Score) GF WINS 4-2 Game Story||Whitney Rink in M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY||7:30PM (MST)|
|Sat. Oct. 2||@ Sheridan (WY) Hawks (Box Score) GF WINS 4-2 Game Story||Whitney Rink in M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY||7:30PM (MST)|
|Fri. Oct. 8||@ Helena Bighorns (Box Score) HEL WINS 6-4 Game Story||Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT||7:05PM (MST)|
|Sat. Oct. 9||@ Helena Bighorns (Box Score) HEL WINS 5-3 Game Story||Helena Ice Arena, Helena, MT||7:05PM (MST)|
|Fri. Oct. 15||@ Sheridan (WY) Hawks (Box Score) GF WINS 7-2 Game Story||Whitney Rink in M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY||7:30PM (MST)|
|Sat. Oct. 16||@ Sheridan (WY) Hawks (Box Score)||Whitney Rink in M&M’s Center, Sheridan, WY||7:30PM (MST)|
|Fri. Oct. 22||vs. Butte Cobras (Box Score)||Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT||7:30PM (MST) (Regular Season Home Opener)|
|Thurs. Oct. 28||vs. Butte Cobras (Box Score)||Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT||7:30PM (MST)|
|Fri. Oct. 29||vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs (Box Score)||Great Falls Ice Plex, Great Falls, MT||7:30PM (MST)|
|Sat. Oct. 30||@ Butte Cobras (Box Score)||Butte Community Ice Center, Butte, MT||7:00PM (MST)|
560AM KMON: Weekly Radio Interview
2021-22 560AM KMON: Weekly Radio Interviews with Coach Sears
UPDATED: 10/13/21: Tune in live weekly every Wednesday throughout the regular season at 6:11AM/7:11AM/8:11AM (MST) on 560AM KMON in Great Falls for a weekly interview with Americans Head Coach Greg Sears by KMON’s Randy Bogden. Click here to listen to the full interviews from Season One (2020-21) and Season Two (2021-22).
Great Falls Ice Plex: Renovation Master Plan
January 23, 2021: The Great Falls Community Ice Foundation (www.greatfallsiceplex.com) is excited to present the Great Falls Ice Plex Master Plan, which lays out the improvements that are expected to happen over the next several years. The project will be over six phases and prioritized by need set by the GFCIF Board of Directors. The improvements will make the GF Ice Plex a preferred destination for hockey tournaments, skating competitions and other year-round events including concerts and expositions. Click here to read more about the fundraising efforts and how you can donate to make this a reality.
GF Americans Story: Great Falls Ice Plex releases Master Plan for future improvements
Story Courtesy: MTN Sports (KRTV): MontanaSports.com: Great Falls Community Ice Foundation unveils plans for Ice Plex (January 24, 2021)
NA3HL Frontier Division Teams
Click on the Team Link for their website and the Arena link to view information and directions to the ice rink.
** = New NA3HL team for 2021-22 Season
||Rapid City, SD||Roosevelt Park Ice Arena
|Bozeman Ice Dogs||Bozeman, MT||Haynes Pavilion|
|Butte Cobras||Butte, MT||Butte Community Ice Center|
|Great Falls Americans||Great Falls, MT||Great Falls Ice Plex|
|Gillette Wild||Gillette, WY||Spirit Hall Ice Arena|
|Helena Bighorns||Helena, MT||Helena Ice Arena|
|Sheridan Hawks||Sheridan, WY||Whitney Rink in the M&M’s Center|
|Yellowstone Quake||Cody, WY||Riley Arena|
**= Replaces the Missoula (MT) Junior Bruins