After not having done so for almost a decade, the SIJHL once again will pit its best players against each other.
And this time, a border battle element will be attached.
The league yesterday announced it will hold its fifth-ever all-star game–but first since 2008–on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Eveleth, Mn., home of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
For the first time, Canadian-born all-stars will face their American-born counterparts.
The SIJHL’s first all-star game took place here during the 2001-02 season, when a league selects’ squad took on the MJHL champion OCN Blizzard.
The next three versions of the game featured regional teams taking on players from the Thunder Bay-based clubs in 2002-03 in Thunder Bay, 2006-07 in Schreiber, and here in 2007-08.
A skills competition involving the all-stars will be held at 5 p.m., with the game itself beginning at 7 p.m.
In related news, the Fort Frances Lakers opened their training camp today, with the first intrasquad game set for 9:45 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.