Janesville Jets

The Janesville Jets are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League. Based in Janesville, Wisconsin, their home games are played at the Janesville Ice Arena.

Janesville Jets
Janesville Jets logo
CityJanesville, Wisconsin
LeagueNorth American Hockey League
Home arenaJanesville Ice Arena
ColorsNavy blue, Vegas gold, maroon
Owner(s)Wisconsin Hockey Partners, LLC (Bill McCoshen, Mark Cullen, David Cullen, Stephen B. King, William Kennedy, Tobin Ryan, & Joe Pavelski)
General managerJoe Dibble
Head coachCorey Leivermann[1]
Franchise history
2009–presentJanesville Jets


Jets in 2011.

The Jets name was chosen by a name-the-team contest. Choices were Jackals, Jaguars, Jayhawks, Jets, and Juggernauts, having been whittled down from over 200 original submissions.[2] The Jets name and logo were announced on June 5, 2009, with "Jets" taking 35% of the vote.[2] The name is the name as a previous Janesville hockey team, which played in the former Continental Hockey League in the 1981–82 season. The logo was designed by Tony DiNicola and Christy Kapellen.[2]

The first home game of the 2010–11 season on October 9 was against the Chicago Hitmen.[3] In the 2011–12 season, the Jets were moved from the North Division to a newly formed Midwest Division, along with the St. Louis Bandits and Springfield Jr. Blues.[4]

Jets vs bandit
The Jets in St.Louis.

The Jets unveiled new uniforms for the 2014–15 season, featuring a home gold jersey. In the regular season the Jets set NAHL records for total wins (49), total points (100), and fewest goals against (114).[5] Additionally, forward Zach LaValle set the franchise record for individual scoring.[6] In the postseason, the Jets defeated the Michigan Warriors and the Soo Eagles to capture the North Division title before losing to the eventual Robertson Cup Champions, the Minnesota Wilderness.

In the summer of 2015, the NAHL's divisional realignment moved the Jets into the Midwest Division, joining the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Wilderness, Coulee Region Chill, and the Springfield Jr. Blues.[7]

The Jets finished in second place in the Midwest Division in 2015–16.[8] The team was defeated in the playoffs by the Minnesota Wilderness.

Season-by-season records

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2009–10 58 29 23 6 64 169 172 1,113 3rd, Central Lost First Round, 0–3 vs. Traverse City North Stars
2010–11 58 35 19 4 74 170 121 938 4th, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. St. Louis Bandits
2011–12 60 37 18 5 79 174 134 780 2nd, MidWest Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
2012–13 60 23 27 10 56 159 181 904 7th, North Did not qualify
2013–14 60 32 24 4 68 171 174 969 3rd, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Michigan Warriors
2014–15 60 49 9 2 100 215 114 867 1st of 6, North
1st of 24, NAHL
Won 1st Round, 3–0 vs. Michigan Warriors
Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Soo Eagles
Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Minnesota Wilderness
2015–16 60 35 18 7 77 181 150 810 2nd of 6, Midwest
5th of 22, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness
2016–17 60 42 13 5 89 224 153 1059 1st of 6, Midwest
3rd of 24, NAHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Coulee Region Chill
Won Div. Finals, 3–1 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Lost Robertson Cup Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Lone Star Brahmas
2017–18 60 38 13 9 85 181 140 856 2nd of 6, Midwest
5th of 23, NAHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
Lost Div. Finals, 2–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Janesville Jets (1981–82)

The Janesville Jets were also a hockey team that played in the Continental Hockey League (CnHL) in 1981–82.[9]


  1. ^ "Jets announce coaching, staff changes Junior Hockey News". JuniorHockey.com. January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Jets touch down in Janesville". NAHL. June 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Janesville Jets Announce 2010-11 Regular Season NAHL Schedule". OurSportCentral. July 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Savage, Brendan (June 2, 2011). "Michigan Warriors remain in North after NAHL realigns divisions". mlive.com.
  5. ^ http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=14518
  6. ^ http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=14269
  7. ^ http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=14980
  8. ^ http://janesvillejets.pointstreaksites.com/view/Janesvillejets/janesville-jets-news/news_325578
  9. ^ "Janesville Jets Statistics and History [CnHL]". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.

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The league ceased operations after the 1985–86 season.

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Fairbanks Ice Dogs

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Janesville Ice Arena

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Joe Pavelski

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Lone Star Brahmas

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The Brahmas nickname is a tribute to the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League, which played their final six seasons (most notably winning the 2009 Ray Miron President's Cup championship) at the NYTEX Sports Centre.

The Brahmas most recently won the 2017 Robertson Cup.

Michigan Warriors

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Minnesota Wilderness

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North American Hockey League

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is one of the top junior hockey leagues in the United States and is in its 43rd season of operation in 2018–19. It is the only Tier II junior league sanctioned by USA Hockey, and acts as an alternative to the Tier I United States Hockey League (USHL). The NAHL is one of the oldest junior hockey league in the United States and is headquartered in Frisco, Texas (they are co-located in the same facility as the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars).The league consists of four divisions with a total of 24 teams. The teams span the United States from Massachusetts in the East to Alaska in the Northwest and to Texas in the South. The teams play a 60-game regular season, starting in mid-September and ending in early April. The top teams of the NAHL playoffs meet in a predetermined location to play in the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament.

Under USA Hockey Tier II sanctioning, NAHL teams do not charge players to play and also provide players with uniforms, team clothing and select equipment such as sticks, gloves and helmets. Players without local family live with billet families in their area and pay a monthly stipend that covers food and other costs. Unlike the Tier I United States Hockey League, there are no roster restrictions in the NAHL on overage players, which allows for the older players to gain extra NCAA exposure as well as teams to retain a veteran core. Teams are still bound to USA Hockey rules regarding import players and presently each team is allowed to have three non-American players on their roster.

From its beginning in 1975, the NAHL was primarily a 6–12-team league based in the Midwest, known as the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League and changed the name to the North American Hockey League in 1984. The league's all-time leading scorer is Mike York who tallied 371 points in two seasons. Other notable alumni from the NAHL include Pat Lafontaine, Mike Modano, Doug Weight, Pat Peake, Brian Rolston, Brian Holzinger, Brian Rafalski, Todd Marchant and John Scott. In 2003, the league merged with the defunct America West Hockey League to form a 19-team league.

Soo Eagles

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Sports in Wisconsin

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Springfield Jr. Blues

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Twin Cities Northern Lights

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Between 2002 and 2013, the team played a 40-50 game regular season schedule and post-season playoffs. Throughout the season the Northern Lights play games and scrimmages against NCAA Division III teams and ACHA college teams.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been managed by Ross and Stephanie Smith, who joined the hockey business after working several years in hockey sports medicine, specializing in concussions.

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