Coulee Region Chill (NA3HL)

The Coulee Region Chill is a Tier III junior ice hockey team that plays at the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The team plays in the North American 3 Hockey League's Central Division.

The franchise was previously known as the Flint Jr. Generals based in Flint, Michigan, and the La Crosse Freeze.

Coulee Region Chill
CouleeRegionChill
CityLa Crosse, Wisconsin
LeagueNA3HL
DivisionCentral
Founded1998
Home arenaGreen Island Ice Arena
ColorsBlack, ice blue, white
              
Owner(s)Michelle Bryant[1]
General managerJon Vaillancourt[2]
Head coachJon Vaillancourt
Franchise history
1998–2014Flint Jr. Generals
2014–2018La Crosse Freeze
2018–presentCoulee Region Chill

History

Flint Junior Generals

In 1998, Gale and Kelly Cronk, a father and son, purchased the team placing it in the Flint area. The team played at the Iceland Arena in Clayton Township.[3]

Despite on-ice success and their age, the Jr. Generals attendance dwindled, causing long-time owners Kelly and Gale Gronk to pursue selling the team. In 2013, the Cronks declined to sell to a buyer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as they wanted the team to stay in Michigan and handed over operations to Fairland Management, managing company of the Michigan Warriors and Perani Arena. That season, the Generals were the NA3HL playoffs runner-up and won the East Division. With no Michigan-based interest, the Gronks sold the franchise to the owners of the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League.[3]

La Crosse Freeze/Coulee Region Chill

With the league's approval of the sale ti Michelle Bryant on May 6, 2014, the Flint Junior Generals became the La Crosse Freeze and relocated to the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[3] In 2018, Bryant sold her Tier II North American Hockey League team, the Coulee Region Chill and it was relocated to become the Chippewa Steel. Bryant then renamed the Freeze to the Coulee Region Chill.[4]

Season records

Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Flint Jr. Generals
2006–07 45 31 14 0 0 62 180 129 1132 1st of 7, East
3rd of 14, CSHL
Won Hurster Cup Qualifier series, 2–0 vs. Michigan Ice Dogs
1–2–0 in Hurster Cup Round Robin
(W, 4–2 vs. Cherokee; L, 0–4 vs. Thunderbirds; L, 2–4 vs. Jr. Blues)
2007–08 48 34 14 0 0 68 209 133 1123 2nd of 13, CSHL 1–2–0 in Hurster Cup Round Robin
(W, 3–2 vs. Steam; OTL, 2–3 vs. Mustangs; L, 2–8 vs. Cherokee)
2008–09 45 17 27 1 0 35 177 228 1359 9th of 12, CSHL Did not qualify
2009–10 48 16 31 1 0 33 188 235 1264 9th of 13, CSHL Did not qualify
2010–11 45 21 21 1 2 45 175 180 1034 9th of 12, NA3HL Did not qualify
2011–12 48 35 10 3 0 73 207 127 1526 1st of 4, East
1st of 16, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
1–2–0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(W, 2–1 vs. Cherokee; L, 3–4 vs. Jr. Blues; L, 2–3 vs. Lumberjacks)
2012–13 48 27 17 2 2 58 168 141 1426 3rd of 6, East
7th of 17, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Three Rivers Vengeance
0–2–0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 0–5 vs. Bulls; L, 2–5 vs. Lumberjacks)
2013–14 48 42 4 2 86 216 80 1080 1st of 6, East
2nd of 21, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Metro Jets
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
2–1–0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(W, 3–1 vs. Jr. Blues; W, 5–2 vs. Jr. Stars; L, 3–7 vs. Bulls)
Lost Championship game, 0–3 vs. North Iowa Bulls
La Crosse Freeze
2014–15 47 28 14 5 61 160 155 913 3rd of 6, Central
11th of 31, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
2015–16 47 32 15 0 64 200 125 1161 2nd of 5, Central
13th of 34, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2016–17 47 23 22 2 48 199 169 1079 2nd of 5, Central
27th of 48, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2017–18 47 34 12 1 0 69 240 124 847 2nd of 5, Central
10th of 42, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2–1–0 in Fraser Cup round-robin Pool B
(L, 1–4 vs. Jets; OTW, 3–2 vs. Brahmas; OTW, 4–3 vs. Stars)
Lost Fraser Cup Semifinal game, 0–5 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues
2018–19 47 36 9 1 1 74 340 98 745 1st of 7, Central
7th of 36, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Peoria Mustangs
TBD Div. Finals vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues

References

  1. ^ Brown, Jeff (May 5, 2014). "JUNIOR POWER PLAY, Chill owners add another franchise; move it to La Crosse". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Vaillancourt named new head coach of La Crosse Freeze". NA3HL. June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c McMann, Aaron (May 9, 2014). "Flint Junior Generals hockey team sold, moving to La Crosse, Wis". The Flint Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Coulee Region Chill sold and relocated to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin". NAHL. April 30, 2018.

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