With the number of excellent hockey players still not getting the opportunity to play in the NAHL (playing in the CSHL, MJHL and so on) Janesville will be able to field a very good team first year out.
Coaching rumor? Who will be the Head Coach-- Some say Dane Litke(former Bismarck Bobcats coach). I understand he is marvelous, I know he did a great job for the Bobcats in his past years.
Well this is a good luck and Congrats for landing the New Team.
just another Team to help increase the number of upper midwest- Wisc/MN/ND players playing junior hockey.
Anyone have any other info regarding this team? The Coaching? the ownership as stated looks fabulous.
NAHL should start listing them on the website, don't you think?
NAHL Website -
NAHL Divisions -
* Central Division
o Albert Lea Thunder
o Alexandria Blizzard
o Bismarck Bobcats
o North Iowa Outlaws
o Owatonna Express
* North Division
o Alpena IceDiggers
o Marquette Rangers
o Motor City Machine
o Traverse City North Stars
* South Division
o Springfield Jr. Blues
o St. Louis Bandits
o Texas Tornado
o Topeka RoadRunners
o Wichita Falls Wildcats
* West Division
o Alaska Avalanche
o Fairbanks Ice Dogs
o Kenai River Brown Bears
o Wenatchee Wild
[quote=""NPlainshockey""]Coaching rumor? Who will be the Head Coach-- Some say Dane Litke(former Bismarck Bobcats coach). I understand he is marvelous, I know he did a great job for the Bobcats in his past years.[/quote]
NAHL Werbsite -
Litke Named Janesville's Head Coach
Wisconsin Hockey Partners, LLC, the ownership group of the Janesville, Wis., team, has announced that Dane Litke has been named the clubs first head coach and general manager of hockey operations.
The team also announced that Sean Storie will serve as Janesvilles assistant coach and director of player development
Litke has past NAHL coaching experience, serving most recently as assistant coach for three years and then head coach for one-and-a-half years for the Bismarck Bobcats.
For the soon-to-be-named Janesville hockey team, Litke will handle many of the same duties he provided for the Bobcats, including supervision and development of players, planning and coordination of tryout and youth camps, and community relations work such as public speaking, personal appearances and media interviews.
Dane Litke was a very talented player and has great coaching experience in the junior hockey ranks, said Bill McCoshen, managing partner of the teams ownership group. Additionally, he is very well connected in the hockey community and his knowledge of potential junior players as well as the college hockey system will pay off tremendously.
A two-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, Litke was also a two-year captain and star defenseman at the University of North Dakota, including the 1997 NCAA national championship team. After UND, Litke played four seasons of professional hockey in the CHL and the ECHL.
Storie has coached the best high school players in Wisconsin for the past three years as head coach and assistant coach with Team Wisconsin. He helped guide Team Wisconsins U16 team to the USA Hockey National Championships in his first year as head coach, and also was instrumental in making the Team Wisconsins U18 team one of the top teams in the Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League in Minnesota.
Storie has coached 13 Wisconsin players the past three years that have gone on to Division I schools to further their hockey careers.
"Dane and Sean have the experience and background necessary to help our new franchise succeed. The fans in Janesville will enjoy the style of hockey our team will play, said McCoshen.
Friday September 25th:
Wenatchee 5 Alpena 3 Final
Fairbanks 2 Marquette 5 Final
Springfield 1 Wichita Falls 4 Final
Alaska 5 Bismarck 2 Final
Alexandria 2 Albert Lea 0 Final
Kenai River 4 North Iowa 5 Final/Shootout NI wins shootout 3-2
Topeka 2 Texas 3 Final
Saturday September 26th
Wenatchee 4 Alpena 1 Final
Fairbanks 2 Marquette 4 Final
Traverse City 5 Motor City 4 Final/Shootout TC Wins Shootout 1-0
Owatonna 5 Albert Lea 3 Final
Topeka 4 Texas 3 Final
Springfield 4 Wichita Falls 0 Final
Alaska 4 Bismarck 2 Final
Kenai River 3 North Iowa 4 Final
Sunday September 27th
Wenatchee 4 Alpena 3 Final
Monday September 28th
Wenatchee 3 Traverse City 2 Final
Tuesday September 29th
Wenatchee 1 Traverse City 4 Final