Eveleth, Minn. SIJHL Canadian vs American All-Stars
#LSN_Sports SIJHL Canadian vs American All-Stars
THUNDER BAY, Ontario – August 30, 2017 (LSN) The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that they will be hosting an All-Star Game on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Hippodrome in Eveleth, Minn.
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 United States 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 SIJHL 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 consecutive 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 that were 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," offered league 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,” added Graham.
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."
The all-star festivities will also feature a skills competition beginning at 5 p.m. CT with the game scheduled to have a 7 p.m. puck drop.
Rosters and coaching staffs for both teams will be finalized and announced by mid-November.
Tickets for the SIJHL All-Star Game will be available at various outlets across the Iron Range and from many youth hockey association groups.