SIJHL to go with 6 teams for 2013-14 season
The Superior International Junior Hockey League will embark on the 2013-14 season with six teams, its league president confirmed on Thursday.
After going through red tape with USA Hockey, the league’s American squads — the Wisconsin Wilderness and the Minnesota Iron Rangers — were deemed legal to play in the Thunder Bay-based league.
The Wilderness and Rangers will be joined by the English River Minors (Ear Falls, Ont.), Fort Frances Lakers, Dryden Ice Dogs and the Thunder Bay North Stars. The 13th SIJHL regular season is set to begin in mid-September.
“I’m ecstatic,” league president Ron Whitehead said. “The decision had been made many years ago that we didn’t want to get to just four teams. . . . You can’t run as large a schedule (50-plus games) with four teams. You play each other too often.”
The Wilderness is not the same entity that has won the last three SIJHL championship. That owner moved to the North American Hockey League. The new group will be based out of Spooner, Wis.