Metro Jets

The Metro Jets are a non-sanctioned junior ice hockey team that plays their home games at Fraser Hockeyland in Fraser, Michigan. They are members of the Great Lakes Conference in the United States Premier Hockey League's Premier Division. Players are ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on higher levels of junior ice hockey in the United States and Canada, Canadian major junior, collegiate, and eventually professional teams. The Jets won the 2002 USA Hockey Junior B Silver Cup national championship.[2]

Metro Jets
CityFraser, Michigan
LeagueUSPHL Premier
ConferenceGreat Lakes
Founded1989[1]
Home arenaFraser Hockeyland
ColorsNavy blue, white, red
              
General managerJustin Quenneville
Head coachJustin Quenneville
Franchise history
1989–presentMetro Jets
Championships
Regular season titles2000–01, 2018–19
Playoff championshipsHurster Cup: 1990, 2001, 2002
Fraser Cup: 2018

History

The Metro Jets have had many alumni move on to higher levels of junior ice hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college, at professional levels.[3] The organization had been a member of the Central States Hockey League since 1989, which was later rebranded as the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The Jets left the NA3HL in 2018 for the Premier Division of the United States Premier Hockey League.[4] The Jets also added their development team to the USPHL Premier after the Lake Erie Bighorns folded prior to the 2018–19 season.

John Cooper coached the Jets to the 2002 USA Hockey Silver Cup National Junior B Championship and later became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Oleksy was the first Jets alumni to play in the National Hockey League when he made his debut with the Washington Capitals in 2013.

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAFinishPlayoffs
2014–154732122662041271st of 6, East Div.
7th of 31, NA3HL
[5]
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Southern Tier Xpress
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance
1–1–1, 4th of 4 in Silver Cup round-robin Pool A
(OTL, 2–3 vs. Jr. Predators; W, 3–1 vs. Americans; L, 1–6 vs. Lumberjacks)
2015–16474052822449611st of 6, East Div.
2nd of 34, NA3HL
[6]
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wooster Oilers
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. West Michigan Wolves
3–0–0, 1st of 4 in Silver Cup round-robin Pool B
(W, 7–0 vs. Jr. Brahmas; W, 2–1 vs. Steel; W, 7–3 vs. Jr. Blues)
Won Semifinal, 5–4 vs. Great Falls Americans
Lost Championship game, 1–4 vs. North Iowa Bulls
2016–17474700094262551st of 6, East Div.
1st of 48, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. West Michigan Wolves
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance
2–1–0, 1st of 4 in Silver Cup round-robin Pool A
(W, 3–0 vs.Lumberjacks; L, 2–3 vs. Capitals; W, 5–3 vs. Jr. Blues)
Won Silver Cup Semifinal game, 6–1 vs. Yellowstone Quake
Lost Silver Cup Championship game, 1–2 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks
2017–18474061081238951st of 6, East Div.
3rd of 42, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Southern Tier Xpress
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance
3–0–0 in Fraser Cup round-robin Pool B
(W, 4–1 vs. Freeze; W, 2–1 vs. Stars;W, 4–1 vs. Brahmas)
Won Fraser Cup Semifinal game, 3–2 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks
Won Fraser Cup Final game, 3–2 vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues
2018–19443941079197791st of 6, Great Lakes Conf.
1st of 52, USPHL Premier
Won Div. Nationals qualifiers, 2–0 vs. Lansing Wolves
2–0–1 USPHL-Premier Nationals round-robin Pool A
(T, 2–2 vs. Jr. Blades; W, 5–1 vs. Cougars; W, 7–3 vs. Nighthawks)
Won Semifinal game, 7–1 vs. Minnesota Blue Ox
Lost Championship game, 2–5 vs. Hampton Roads Whalers

References


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