SIJHL brings back all-star game

Press Release

The SIJHL announced last week that it will be hosting an all-star game on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Hippodrome in Eveleth, Mn.
Featuring a “Border Battle” format, the contest will see Canadian all-stars taking on the American all-stars, with the game being played in the same town of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The players for each team will be selected from the league’s six member clubs based on their citizenship, as well as by their respective efforts on the ice through the first two-and-a-half months of the 2017-18 regular season.
This will mark the fifth all-star completion in the history of the league.
In the SIJHL’s first year, back in 2001-02, a league selects squad hosted a powerful OCN Blizzard squad from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, who were in the midst of five-straight MJHL championships, with the game being held at Ice For Kids Arena in Fort Frances.
Each of the next three SIJHL all-star games featured teams from within the region taking on players from clubs based in Thunder Bay.
Those match-ups were held in Thunder Bay (2002-03), Schreiber (2006-07), and Fort Frances (2007-08), respectively.
“The SIJHL is very excited to bring the All-Star Classic to the great hockey fans in Minnesota’s Iron Range and to have the game played at the Hippodrome, one of the historic venues in the State of Hockey,” said SIJHL Commissioner Bryan Graham.
“The ‘Border Battle’ format will add a very competitive edge to the game between these two outstanding hockey countries, and will also act as an early-season showcase for scouts as our players attempt to reach the next level,” he added.
“We also believe this event will bring further exposure to the league with our member team, the Minnesota Iron Rangers, being located in nearby Hoyt Lakes,” Graham noted.
The all-star festivities also will feature a skills competition beginning at 5 p.m., with the game scheduled for 7 p.m.
Rosters and coaching staffs for both teams will be finalized and announced by mid-November.
Tickets for the all-star game will be available at various outlets across the Iron Range and from many youth hockey association groups.
For tickets and corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Ken Corbett at 1-218-410-3870 or via e-mail at kenc09@gmail.com
The SIJHL’s 17th season begins Sept. 22.