Throughout the 1970s hockey was played at the Cape Cod Coliseum. During this time the area hockey teams developed a fan base, and relationship with the community. This became the seed for the Cape Cod Islanders. From the 1980's until 2008 hockey remained a sport that the community and fans wished for. With a Junior A team now a part of the culture, hockey was once again alive and well on Cape Cod.
Former head coach and current owner, Dan Hodge, built successful teams which won back to back league regular season and playoff championships. In his first two seasons, Hodge was named the Hockey Night in Boston Coach of the Year.
In the spring of 2011, Dan Hodge took over the reigns of the newly named Cape Cod Islanders and immediately began building a successful franchise. In the spring of 2012, the Islanders, along with six other memebers started their own league, the Northern States Junior Hockey League. The NSHL was goverened by AAU and had seven charter members: Cape Cod Islanders, Lake George Fighting Spirit, Mariners, New England Stars, Eastern Kodiaks, Syracuse Stampede and Trenton Habs. The league is looking to expand and make a large footprint in the northeast area.
During the 2014-15 season the NSHL was accepted into the North American Hockey League family and was immediately rebranded to the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League, (NA3EHL). The 10 team league will be under the USA Hockey umbrella as an independant league and will petition USA Hockey to be a full time member in the summer of 2015. The NA3EHL was officially accepted into USA Hockey in the spring of 2015. The league will have 13 teams set for competition during the 2015-16 season.