The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) has announced the release of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule. Entering its third full season as the 3HL, the league is one of six USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. This past season, close 100 3HL players made commitments to play at the next levels of junior or college hockey.
Each of the 17 teams in the league's three divisions - the Central, East and West - will play 48 regular season games.
The regular season will commence on September 8, 2012 and conclude on March 10, 2013.
In 2012-13, the 3HL will hold two, league-wide Showcase Tournaments, in which all 17 teams will be in one location to play four regular season games. The first 3HL Showcase will be held from November 30-December 3, 2012 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The second 3HL Showcase will be held from February 17-20, 2013 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.
Details and a schedule for the 2013 3HL Top Prospects Tournament will be announced on a future date. The 2013 3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament, which crowns the 3HL’s playoff champion, will be held from March 27-31, 2013 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois.