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The Minnesota Magicians are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Midwest Division. Based in Richfield, Minnesota, the Magicians play their home games at Richfield Ice Arena.[2] The Magicians are the only Tier II junior hockey team in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area.

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CityRichfield, Minnesota
LeagueNorth American Hockey League
DivisionMidwest
Founded2010
Home arenaRichfield Ice Arena
ColorsRed, black, and white
              
Owner(s)Minnesota Junior Hockey Group (Ron Beran, A.J. Bucchino, Scott Krueger, Joe Pankratz)
General managerA.J. Bucchino (2018–19)[1]
Head coachA.J. Bucchino (2018–19)
Franchise history
2010–2012New Mexico Mustangs
2013–presentMinnesota Magicians

HistoryEdit

The franchise was previously known as the New Mexico Mustangs, a team which began in 2010 and played at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. After two seasons, both seeing them finishing in last place in the South Division, the Mustangs announced on May 23, 2012, that they had been granted inactive status and would not compete in the upcoming season.[3]

On December 21, it was announced that the Mustangs' franchise had been acquired by the Minnesota Junior Hockey Group and would relocate to Richfield for the 2013–14 season.[4] The Magicians' name, logo and colors were announced on January 21, 2013.[5]

In March 2014, the team completed its inaugural season of play with 50 points, averaging nearly 700 fans per game.[6] For the 2016–17 season, the league moved the Magicians back to the Midwest Division after one year in the Central.

Season recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2013–14 60 21 31 8 50 143 193 1045 6th, Midwest Did not qualify
2014–15 60 21 35 4 46 160 221 1062 4th, Midwest Lost First Round Series, 0–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2015–16 60 24 28 8 56 164 198 936 5th, Central Did not qualify
2016–17 60 31 22 7 69 180 169 691 3rd, Midwest Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2017–18 60 28 24 8 64 164 183 789 4th, Midwest Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2018–19 60 36 21 3 75 175 154 1347 2nd, Midwest Won Div. Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
Lost Div. Finals, 0–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Coaches and staffEdit

As of August 2018[7][8]

  • President: Ron Beran
  • General manager: A.J. Bucchino
  • Vice president: Kevin Ingvalson
  • Head coach: A.J. Bucchino[9]
  • Assistant coaches: Gaven Bickford, Nick Angell, Casey Rooney
  • Owners: Ron Beran, A.J. Bucchino, Scott Krueger, Joe Pankratz[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NAHL Magicians Making Moves". JuniorHockey.com. April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ http://magicianshockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/minnesotamagicians/our-team-4/our-team-1
  3. ^ "New Mexico Mustangs granted inactive status for 2012-13". North American Hockey League. May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Richfield, Minnesota team granted membership to NAHL". North American Hockey League. December 21, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Richfield, Minnesota team to be named the Minnesota Magicians". North American Hockey League. January 21, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  6. ^ http://nahl.stats.pointstreak.com/attendance.html
  7. ^ "Front Office". Magicians. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Hockey Operations". Magicians. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Magicians name Bucchino as head coach for 2018-19 season". NAHL.com. March 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "24 in 24: Minnesota Magicians". NAHL.com. August 31, 2018.

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