Great Falls Ice Plex: Home of GF Americans

The Great Falls Ice Plex (http://www.gf-ice.org) is the home venue for the Great Falls Americans Junior A Hockey Team (USA Hockey sanctioned Junior A Tier III team) that competes in a eight team league in the North American 3 Hockey League that plays from the end of September until March of every year.

The ice facility opened in November 2008 and has a seating capacity of around 1,500. The Great Falls Americans began as an expansion team during their 2011-2012 inaugural season originally part of the Northern Pacific Hockey League. The Americans were voted the 2012-13 AWHL Organization of the Year because of their dramatic turnaround in 2011-12 (1-48 record) to a much improved 16-30-2 record in 2012-13.


Great Falls Ice Plex: Renovation Master Plan

 

January 23, 2021: The Great Falls Community Ice Foundation (www.gf-ice.org) 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): Great Falls Community Ice Foundation unveils plans for Ice Plex (January 24, 2021) 


Team Records 

2011-2012 Record: 1-48 (inaugural season)

2012-2013 Record: 16-30-1-1

2013-2014 Record: 39-12-4 (including playoffs: 3-1 series win over Gillette, 3-0 series loss to Helena)

2014-2015 Record: 38-13-3 (including playoffs: 2-0 series win over Billings & Helena, 0-3 at Silver Cup Tournament)

2015-2016 Record: 40-13-2 (including playoffs: 2-0 series win over Bozeman & Yellowstone: 2-2 at Silver Cup Tournament)

2016-2017 Record: 41-5-3-3 (including playoffs: 2-0 series win over Gillette, 2-1 series loss to Yellowstone)

2017-2018 Record: 34-11-2-0 (including playoffs: 0-1-1 series loss to Helena)

2018-2019 Record: 38-8-0-1 (including playoffs: 2-1 series win over Bozeman, 2-1 series loss to Helena)

*2019-2020 Record: 33-9-4-1 (including playoffs: 2-0 series win over Helena, CANCELLED vs. Sheridan)

*Playoffs CANCELLED after Play-In Series due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

2020-2021 Record: Great Falls Americans (North American 3 Hockey League): Record: 27-11-2-0 (including the playoffs 2-1 series win over Gillette, 2-1 series loss to Sheridan) 2021 NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs, 3-2-1)

2021-22 Record: Great Falls Americans (North American 3 Hockey League): Record: 0-0-0-0 (including the 2022 NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs, 0-0-0)

The facility also plays host to a variety of different youth, women and men’s hockey leagues, open skating , a “Learn to Skate” program and Eagle Mount uses the Ice Plex for sled hockey as well as many other events including the famed Casey Cup hockey tournament in February. For more information on events, please visit the Great Falls Ice Foundation website (http://www.gf-ice.org) or visit their Facebook page (Great Falls Ice Plex). 


Physical Address:

Great Falls Ice Plex

4001 29th Street SW

Great Falls, Montana 59404

Phone: 406-866-0247


Great Falls Ice Plex (Mini Map)

Driving Directions

The Great Falls Ice Plex is located on Gore Hill behind The Flying J and Denny’s Restaurant at 4001 29th Street Southwest  The facility is located several miles from the downtown area near the Great Falls International Airport.

Google Map Area: Great Falls Ice Plex

Google Map: Great Falls Ice Plex

 

  • From the North: Take I-15 south to Airport/31st St. SW (exit 277). Turn left on 31st St. SW and proceed south a short distance to 38th Ave. SW (just past Flying J). Turn left on 38th Ave. SW and proceed a short distance to the Ice Plex.
  • From the South (Helena): Take I-15 north approx. 90 miles to Airport/31st St. SW (exit 277). Turn right on 31st St. SW and proceed south a short distance to 38th Ave. SW (just past Flying J). Turn left on 38th Ave. SW and proceed a short distance to the Ice Plex.
  • Find Directions on MapQuest or Google Maps: You can also search for driving directions to the Great Falls Ice Plex (4001 29th Street SW, Great Falls, MT) from your location by using MapQuest or on Google Maps.

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

Teams Location Arena
**Badlands Sabres
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