The Maine Wild is now a member of the NA3EHL, as part of the Northern States Junior Hockey League's new partnership with the North American Hockey League (NAHL), which includes the league's re-branding and operating under the new name.
The NA3EHL will operate independently for 2014-2015 and will seek certification to become a USA Hockey sanctioned league in 2015-2016. The teams will work to establish direct relationships with NAHL teams to act as a farm system to the NAHL.
"I am very excited about our new partnership with the NAHL and the creation of the NA3EHL," said WildÂ General Manager Dan Fontas. "It is the right move for our team and our league in order to continue to strengthen our overall brand for our players. We have been working on this transformation for a while and it is great to see the launch"
The league was previously sanctioned by AAU, but decided to become independent this season after the board expressed concerns over United Hockey Union rules and regulations. The NAHL approached league commissioner Wayne Sheehan with the idea of operating under their name as their flagship organization in the East to feed their league.
Partnering with the NAHL will put the league in direct competition with other top leagues in the East.
As a result of the change, mainewildhockey.com will be used as a hub websiteÂ for all youth teams. The Maine Wild junior team will have a new and distinct website:Â www.wildjuniorhockey.com.Â