August 18, 2017
The 47 in 24 series will feature an in-depth look into all 47 teams in the NA3HL for the 2017-18 season, with new teams being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 47 in 24 goes in-depth into each NA3HL team and will include interviews with all 47 head coaches in the NA3HL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2017-18 season, including taking a look at their potential roster and their strengths as a team for the upcoming season. It will also take a look back on the 2016-17 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished. Best of all, 47 in 24 will provide the fans of the NA3HL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
2016-17: Did not play
2017 Playoffs: Did not play
Head Coach: Joe Liquori
2017-18 Division: Frontier
There’s new blood in the Frontier Division as the Butte Cobras will make their NA3HL debut in the 2017-18 season. The Butte Amateur Hockey Association purchased the membership of the Glacier Nationals and relocated the team to Butte, Montana.
The Butte Amateur Hockey Association consists of Mike Flannick (President), Bill LaVelle (Vice-President), Zanae Bates (Marketing), as well as board members Jason Manning, Ryan Nielsen and Guy Quam.
Behind the bench will be Joe Liquori. The Brooklyn, New York native will be returning to familiar territory as he was the head coach for the Butte Roughriders during the 2011-12 season. He also was the head coach for the Butte Irish for 24 games during the 2000-01 season after starting the season as an assistant.
Other stops for Liquori include time as an assistant coach for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. He also spent time coaching the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) team at Western Michigan University. His playing experience includes playing junior in Niagara Falls and also some time in the ECHL.
The Cobras will call the Butte Community Ice Center home this season. Built in 2001, the Butte Community Ice Center has seating for over 500 spectators, a private team locker room decorated in team colors, coach’s office and an on-site work out space for the players.
The relocation to Butte should breed new rivalries in the Frontier Division. The Helena Bighorns are just an hour to the north of Butte while the Missoula Jr. Bruins are just about an hour west. The Bozeman Ice Dogs are less that 90 miles away and the Great Falls Americans are just a little over two hours away.
“The board of the Butte Cobras is excited to be members of the NA3HL. The Cobras organization looks forward to building a team and expanding on existing rivalries in the Frontier Division of the NA3HL,” said board member Jason Manning.
With the teams all being so tightly packed together, Butte fans will have the opportunity to see their Cobras play in various environments throughout the season.
Next up in the 47 in 24 series: Cape Cod Islanders