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.

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

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

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 Cronk 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 Cronks 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

SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMRegular Season FinishPlayoffs
Flint Jr. Generals
2006–07453114006218012911321st 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)
2007–08483414006820913311232nd of 13, CSHL1–2–0 in Hurster Cup Round Robin
(W, 3–2 vs. Steam; OTL, 2–3 vs. Mustangs; L, 2–8 vs. Cherokee)
2008–09451727103517722813599th of 12, CSHLDid not qualify
2009–10481631103318823512649th of 13, CSHLDid not qualify
2010–11452121124517518010349th of 12, NA3HLDid not qualify
2011–12483510307320712715261st 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)
2012–13482717225816814114263rd 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)
2013–14484242862168010801st 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
2014–154728145611601559133rd of 6, Central
11th of 31, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
2015–1647321506420012511612nd of 5, Central
13th of 34, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2016–1747232224819916910792nd of 5, Central
27th of 48, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Wisconsin Whalers
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2017–1847341210692401248472nd 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
2018–19473691174340987451st of 7, Central
7th of 36, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Peoria Mustangs
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 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. "Chill name Babineau as team's new Head Coach". NA3HL. May 23, 2019.
  3. 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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