The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its divisional alignment for the 2011-12 season.
The 28-team league will be divided into five divisions: the Central, Midwest, North, South and West.
Five teams will compete in the Central Division: the Aberdeen Wings, Alexandria Blizzard, Austin Bruins, Bismarck Bobcats and Minot Minotauros.
The Chicago Hitmen, Coulee Region Chill, Janesville Jets, Springfield Jr. Blues and St. Louis Bandits will play in the five-team Midwest Division.
Five teams will also compete in the North Division: the Jamestown Ironmen, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings, Michigan Warriors, Port Huron Fighting Falcons and Traverse City North Stars.
In the South Division, seven teams will compete: the Amarillo Bulls, Corpus Christi IceRays, New Mexico Mustangs, Odessa Jackalopes, Texas Tornado, Topeka RoadRunners and Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Six teams will play in the West Division: the Alaska Avalanche, Dawson Creek Rage, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Fresno Monsters, Kenai River Brown Bears and Wenatchee Wild.
The 2011-12 regular-season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
2011-12 NAHL Divisional Alignment
Coulee Region Chill
Springfield Jr. Blues
St. Louis Bandits
Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings
Port Huron Fighting Falcons
Traverse City North Stars
Corpus Christi IceRays
New Mexico Mustangs
Wichita Falls Wildcats
Dawson Creek Rage
Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Kenai River Brown Bears