Meeting slated to organize new Midget ‘AA’ team

A meeting to finalize plans for the return of a local Midget ‘AA’ rep team should happen by the end of the month.
“It’s mainly for parents and players to come down and help us outline the program,” team organizer Dave Egan said of the meeting, which will be scheduled for some time after the March Break.
Egan said the idea won approval of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s board of directors at its general meeting last month, but he’s still in the process of gauging interest in town—and around the region where Midget ‘AA’ hockey is all but obsolete.
“I’ve sent letters to Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout to see if there was any interest on their end,” Egan said. “In town, we’re getting positive feedback. There’s obviously an interest.”
Earlier this week, FFMHA president Lynn Kellar said the board’s main concern was finding enough competition in the area.
“On our end, it’s not hard to say we’re going to have a Midget hockey team,” he remarked. “But we want to make sure there are other programs out there.”
If the team gets off the ground, it would compete in seven-eight tournaments next season. The standard $200 travelling team fee would be required from each player.
Egan said the team’s name, sponsor, and additional fundraising plans will be discussed after this month’s meeting.
A Midget ‘AA’ team hasn’t skated on local ice in three years. Dave Allison and Greg Tighe coached the Fort Frances Midget Canadians in their lone season of existence.