Nov 13, 2013, 8:02 pm
Media Release 13/11/2013
For Immediate Release:
Since 1986, the year the Great North Midget League began, the Soo Hockey Club Board of Directors has operated the Sault Ste. Marie NorthStars Midget Hockey Team in that League. Before that, the same basic group operated the AAA Midget entry for 13 years, known as the Soo Legion. It is in 1986, that Soo Hockey Club Inc. an official non-profit company was formed to help offset the costs, and assist with the operation of the entry in the newly formed Great North Midget League. During those 27 years, the team was known as The Soo Legion, Soo Carlucci’s for one year, and then named the NorthStars. All along, the team was known as a well operated, successful organization. The Soo Hockey Club selected the staff members, provided direction, were fiscally responsible and all at the blessing of the Sault Major Hockey Association. There was never a question of how the team operated and many parents along the way said it was a classy, well run and one of the best they had been involved with in all their hockey years. In fact, the organization was highly regarded as one of the Premier Midget Teams in Ontario, who were perennial challengers at tournaments throughout the province as well as Ontario Championships. Throughout that time frame, the Soo Hockey Club was instrumental in securing the 1993 AAA Midget All Ontario Championships, the 2003 Air Canada Cup AAA Midget National Championships, the 2012 AAA Central Region Midget Championships and most recently, the 2013 TELUS Cup National Midget AAA Championships. All of these events brought many dollars into Sault Ste. Marie.
During those 27 years, many young hockey players honed their skills and moved on to higher levels of hockey. Many Great North Midget League, NOHA and Ontario Championships were garnered along the way. Also, trips to the National Championships, The Air Canada Cup and TELUS Cup were high-lights of those 27 years of exemplary service for both the Team and The Soo Hockey Club. As well as a number of personal player accomplishments.
However, it is with great sadness and dismay, that after 27 years of exemplary service and nearly 40 years of tradition, today we announce that the Sault Major Hockey Association has decided to pursue a new group to operate the Midget Entry in the Great North Midget League. As of today the Soo Hockey Club will cease to operate Sault Major’s entry in the Great North Midget League; a sad turn of events indeed.
We would like to thank the many players and parents, staff members and sponsors who were a huge part of our team over the many years. Many friends have been made along the way, and we thank each and every one of you!! Your support and commitment was greatly appreciated.