By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., May 30, 2014 — The Great Falls Americans Junior A Hockey team has announced their game schedule today for the upcoming 2014-15 season including 22 home dates at the Great Falls Ice Plex.
The Americans, who begin their fourth season of junior hockey since the team was brought back in 2011 and their first season of competition in the new Frontier Division of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) open their hockey season on the road against the Glacier Nationals on Saturday, September 20th. They will open up their home schedule on Friday, September 26th when they face the Bozeman Ice Dogs in Great Falls.
This season, the league will be conducting two prestigious tournaments including the NA3HL Showcase in December and the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament in February as well as the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament in late March.
The Showcase tournament will feature each of the 31 NA3HL clubs playing three regular season contests against teams from the other divisions (December 7-9, 2014). Coaches and scouts from the NCAA and the ACHA usually attend this tournament taking place this year in Blaine, Minnesota.
The Top Prospects Tournament in Troy, Michigan will offer the best talented players that the league has to offer against each other in an ‘all-star’ setting.
The Silver Cup Championship Tournament holds a four-day tournament to crown a league playoff champion. The winner receives a bid to compete in the USA Hockey Tier III junior hockey National Champion Tournament in Connecticut.
The NA3HL Frontier Division consists of four other Montana teams including the Billings Bulls, Bozeman Ice Dogs, Helena Bighorns, and the Glacier Nationals along with two teams from Wyoming (Gillette Wild and the Yellowstone Quake). The Glacier Nationals have moved from Whitefish to Havre, Montana for the upcoming season.
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