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
CityJanesville, Wisconsin
LeagueNorth American Hockey League
DivisionMidwest
Founded2009
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]
WebsiteJanesvillejets.com
Franchise history
2009–presentJanesville Jets

History

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]

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

SeasonGPWLOTLPTSGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
2009–105829236641691721,1133rd, CentralLost First Round, 0–3 vs. Traverse City North Stars
2010–115835194741701219384th, NorthLost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. St. Louis Bandits
2011–126037185791741347802nd, MidWestLost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
2012–1360232710561591819047th, NorthDid not qualify
2013–146032244681711749693rd, NorthLost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Michigan Warriors
2014–156049921002151148671st 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
2015–166035187771811508102nd of 6, Midwest
5th of 22, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness
2016–1760421358922415310591st 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
2017–186038139851811408562nd 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
2018–196029256641531869734th of 6, Midwest
14th of 24, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 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]

References

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