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2017-’18 Season Schedule

The NA3HL has approved the final version of the schedule for all 48 teams across the US.

Here, you’ll find our printable schedule.

– All Home Games begin at 7:05pm. The following are some interesting games here at home you may want to pay attention to:

  • Opening Night is here at home on Friday, September 15th vs the Gillette Wild. Game two of the home series will be Saturday, September 16th.
  • The Butte Cobras have replaced the Havre/Glacier Nationals in the Frontier Division. Friday, October 20th marks the first time in 14 years a Butte Junior team has competed against the Bighorns at the Helena Ice Arena.
  • The following night, Saturday, October 21st marks the first visit by the rival Great Falls Americans.
  • Friday, December 8th will be our annual Toys for Tots/Radley School Choir night. We set a record last year for toy donations from the Helena Bighorns, and this year we hope to do even more! And the kids singing Christmas carols are always a welcome treat to the players.
  • Friday, February 2nd marks the final visit by the Missoula Bruins. This rivalry renewed from years past went back and forth all season last year. This game has serious playoff implications.
  • The final regular season game here at home is Saturday, March 3rd against potential Playoff opponent and heated rival Great Fall Americans. Expect the Bighorns to be in full-on playoff mode!

Pocket and Magnet Schedules will be available around the start of the regular season.

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2017 NA3HL Bighorn Draft

The Bighorns had exceptional results in the NA3HL draft on June 13 resulting in the drafting of the following players:
Dylan Goulet, D, Grand Forks Stallions
Nick Lund, F, East Grand Forks High School
Aaron Garrison, F, Seacoast College Prep 18U
Michael Kelly, F, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
Joseph Digiulio, F, Arizona Bobcats
Johnny Bennis, F, Omaha Lancers 18 U
Joshua Morrison, D, Omaha 18U
Carter Jones, F, Spokane Braves
Rory Anderson, F, Calumet High School
Now we will work to get them signed!

Press Conference Introduces New Owners

The Helena Bighorns had their press conference on June 6, 2017 to introduce the Rose Family as the new owners of the Team. Enjoy the links below.

Helena independent Record


KLXH TV – 2 videos. One 13 minutes long of the entire interview and one that was on TV here last night

2017-18 Tenders

Bighorns tenders, as of June 12, 2017:

Hunter Pierce (Forward) – Alaskan Native

Michael Schafer (Defense) – Rockford, IL

Nick Noel (Forward) – Airdrie, Alberta

Kaden Lindberg (Forward) – Helena, MT

Chad Purdy (Goalie) – Springfield, MO

Max Engle (Forward) – Littleton, CO

Keegan Barker (Forward) – Englewood, CO

Jack Lebar (Defense) – Centennial, CO

Andrew Clark (Defense) – Spokane, WA

Hayter Commits to NCAA DIII Worcester State

Congratulations to our Captain, Kyle Hayter on his NCAA DIII commitment to Worcester State University! Kyle is the first Helena player to play through the Helena Area Youth Hockey Assco., captain the junior team and move on to NCAA Division III hockey.
“It feels great”, Hayter said. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity; it has been a goal of mine for a very long time to play NCAA hockey. I want to say thank you to my teammates, coaches, the NA3HL, and my parents for all of their help along the way.”
“It’s a testament to the commitment and drive Kyle has had over the past two years to accomplish this goal of his” said Head Coach and GM Bob Richards. “The Bighorns organization is proud of Kyle, and we are certain he will be a strong representation of our program as well as of the Helena community.”

Bighorns Clinch Final Playoff Spot

(photo credit: Troy Shockley, Helena Independent Record)
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for the Helena Bighorns.

The ups and downs, twists and full-tilt-upside-down turns have all been a part of the Bighorns journey. Coach Bob Richards said “what matters most is the end result, rather than how it looks while getting there”. True statement.

Hot and cold, better and worse, injuries and suspensions, the Bighorns are returning to the playoffs despite the nay-sayers, clinching the final spot in the NA3HL Frontier Division this past Friday night vs the Billings Bulls with a 7-1 victory on home ice.

Helena acquired player Gavin Cline in a trade at the League Trade Deadline earlier in the week, sending forward Ian Mercado up north to the Glacier Nationals in return. Cline didn’t hesitate to to take on his new role with this club, posting a goal and 3 assists in his first game as a Bighorn.Cline would finish the weekend with a total of 6 points. Hot-handed goaltender Nick Battaglia stopped 12 of 13 shots in a game where the defensive core for Helena stepped up by blocking shots and playing more physically in front of the net.

The Bighorns needed only 4 seconds in the opening period to net their first goal, an took just over a minute after that to score another. Crashing the net and attacking the zone with purpose has been a focus in practice over the last couple weeks; efforts that paid off in both games this weekend.

The ‘horns took on rival Great Falls Americans on Saturday night in a game that looked more like the close ones of the distant past. Heading into the first intermission down 3-1, the Bighorns rallied in the second period, scoring twice more and holding Great Falls to just 13 shots. The Americans and Bighorns fought it out to a incredible game, but fell short of the victory by a final of 4-3.

Now that the Bighorns are playoff-bound, the players are more focused than ever. Three year veteran and assistant captain Jarrett Scheibel said that making the playoffs was one of his goals, but the work doesn’t stop there.

Bighorns have a home game this Friday night as Helen takes on Bozeman, and will be on the road on Saturday to battle Great Falls.

Bighorns Sweep Weekend

Image courtesy of Blackfoot Media Group

It’s been a while since the Bighorns have put up a “W”; October 15th actually. That weekend, they swept the Glacier Nationals in Havre before dropping the next 5 games in a row to the Frontier Division’s elite group of Yellowstone, Great Falls and hot newcomer Missoula.

But, with adversity comes growth. With losses, come lessons. And in the case of the rebuilding Helena team, both have sharpened this young squad. It may be cliché by now, but you have to learn to lose before you can learn to win. It all came together this weekend.

Nationals games aren’t exactly easy, but they are games that we expect to win. Coming out of the gate with intensity in the first period is something the Bighorns have struggled with consistently over the course of the first quarter of the schedule. This was not the case Friday night in Havre, however. Helena played aggressive, even angry at times. The Bighorns racked up 10 scoring points between 7 different players while goalie Alex Kruger slammed the door shut on Glacier scoring chances in a game that ended in a 6-2 Helena victory.

Confidence booster? Maybe.

Heading into Saturday’s game against the Bruins was a Missoula team on a seven-game winning streak of their own, including two games over the Bighorns in the beginning of November that totaled a score of 14-3.  In the days since, Helena moved goalie Jeremiah Clark to Missoula for future considerations in order to make room for new Bighorns goalie Angus Campbell.

But as rivalries go, teams trade hits, goals, and wins/losses. This game did not disappoint fans from either city. Nearly 500 saw these two teams clash in what was described as a playoff game- the intensity was palpable.

From the gate, the Bighorns continued their trend from Friday night in Havre, having a tremendous first period effort. Despite Missoula scoring the only goal in that first 20 minutes, the Bighorns would not relent. Not even 30 seconds into the second period, Helena tied up the game on a ridiculous rebound put-back by Johnny Heddle.

The next 18 minutes were back and forth; solid hits from both teams, great scoring chances on both goaltenders who came up big, and the effort paid off for the Bighorns in a big way. Captain Kyle Hayter snagged the puck in his own defensive end straight off the stick of a bruin, and seemed determined as he made his way up the ice that this was HIS ice, HIS barn, HIS team!

Hayter’s top-shelf laser would end up being the game winning goal. Campbell’s play in net was incredible, and Brad Estrada sealed the deal with an empty net goal at the end of the third to an electric crowd and a deeply disappointed Bruins squad.

With Adversity, comes growth. With Losses, come lessons. With wins, come Rewards! The Bighorns proved this weekend that they are learning to win.

Helena (6-9-1)is on the road this Friday to Billings to take on the Bulls (3-11) and come back home to play the Nationals (1-15) on Saturday night.