Great Lakes Hockey League (adult)

Great Lakes Hockey League (adult)
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Great Lakes Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1937
Inaugural season 1937-38
Commissioner Pete Krueger
No. of teams 9
Country United States
Most recent
Fox Cities Ice Dogs (2019)
Official website

The Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) is a Semi Professional ice hockey league that is affiliated with USA Hockey. Players must be at least 18 years of age and most have previous college, Junior or minor-pro hockey experience. There are currently nine teams in the league divided into two divisions. The teams are all based in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.


The league was formed in 1937 as the Badger State Hockey League.

The 1998-99 Portage Lake Pioneers hold the record for best regular season at 25-1. They also went undefeated in the playoffs and national championships.

GLHL added a tenth team in the Marquette Iron Rangers, who began play during the 2015-16 season.[1] The club played just one season, before they were replaced by the Marquette Mutineers in the fall of 2016.[2]

League Format

The league is made up of nine teams that play a 20-game schedule running from October to March. Each GLHL game consists of three 20 minute periods. If the game is tied after regulation, there is a 5-minute overtime and if still tied a 4-round shootout.

Following the regular season is the playoff tournament. Teams are seeded in three pools based on regular season standings. Teams play one game against each team in their pool. The team with the best record in each pool advances to the semi-final. Of the remaining teams, the team with the greatest goal differential in pool play advances to the semi-finals as the wild card. In the event all teams in the same pool finish with a 1-1 record, the team with the greatest goal differential will advance to the semi-finals. The winners of the two semi-final games play for the championship. In the event a game is tied after overtime, additional overtime periods will be played until there is a winner.


Gibson Cup

Annual three-game series between long-time Michigan rivals Calumet Wolverines and the Portage Lake Pioneers. Named in honor of "Doc" Jack Gibson, the Gibson Cup was first awarded in 1939; it is the third oldest hockey trophy in the United States.[3]

Keevin Cup

An annual four-team pre-season tournament hosted by the Fond du Lac Bears, the Keevin Cup honors Kevin Ristau, a long-time club board member and ambassador.[4][5] The tournament takes place in late October.

Year Winner Runner-up Result
2010 Fond du Lac Bears Vernon Hills Capitals 5-4 (OT)
2011 Vernon Hills Capitals Fond du Lac Bears
2012 Fond du Lac Bears
2013 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7-6
2014 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 7-2
2015 Fond du Lac Bears Marquette Iron Rangers 13-5
2016 Fond du Lac Bears Fox Cities Ice Dogs 10-7
2017 West Bend Bombers Fond du Lac Bears
2018 West Bend Bombers Fond du Lac Bears 2-1
2019 West Bend Bombers Fond du Lac Bears 3-2


North Division First Season
Calumet Wolverines 1937
Eagle River Falcons 1930
Marquette Mutineers 2016
Mosinee Papermakers 1930
Portage Lake Pioneers 1937
South Division First Season
De Pere Deacons 1982
Fond du Lac Bears 1934
Fox Cities Ice Dogs 2002
West Bend Bombers 2008

Former teams

  • Wausau Cyclones (?-1999)
  • Milwaukee Flyers (?-2005)
  • Kenosha Knights (2005-07)
  • Waupun Wolves (2001-09)
  • Oregon Stampede (2009-10)
  • Green Bay Hornets (2010-11)
  • Brookfield Battalion (2010-12)
  • Oregon Outlaws (2010-12)
  • Vernon Hills Capitals (2008-13)
  • Madison Blues (2003-2014)
  • Marquette Iron Rangers (2015-16)
  • Monroe Blues (2014-18)


Season Magnuson Cup
(regular season winner)
Don Kohlman Cup
(playoff champion)
2009-10 Fond du Lac Bears Calumet Wolverines
2010-11 Vernon Hills Capitals Mosinee Papermakers
2011-12 Vernon Hills Capitals Fond du Lac Bears
2012-13 Portage Lake Pioneers Eagle River Falcons
2013-14 West Bend Bombers Fond du Lac Bears
2014-15 West Bend Bombers Portage Lake Pioneers
2015-16 West Bend Bombers Portage Lake Pioneers[6]
2016-17 West Bend Bombers Mosinee Papermakers
2017-18 Calumet Wolverines West Bend Bombers
2018-19 Calumet Wolverines Fox Cities Ice Dogs
2019-20 Mosinee Papermakers none


  1. ^ "Marquette Approved for Expansion GLHL Franchise," MQT Social Scene, April 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Marquette has a new hockey team". WLUC. 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Vice World of Sports turns back the clock with the hockey trophy you never hear about". SBNation. 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Bears hockey players support their biggest fan". Fond du Lac Reporter. 23 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Kevin 'Keevin' Ristau". issuu. 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Pioneers earn second consecutive GLHL championship". Daily Mining Gazette. 5 April 2016.

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