Members of the Great North Midget Hockey League have reversed an earlier decision to deny entry to a minor midget team from Sault Ste. Marie and have now voted in favour of admittance for the 2017-2018 season.
HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed the addition of what will be a second Soo team in the GNMHL, joining the existing Soo Greyhounds major midgets.
Sault Major Hockey Association had appealed the initial GNMHL rejection of a proposed minor midget team. And Soo minor midget head coach Jamie Henderson — as passionate an individual as there is out there — put together a new proposal to the GNMHL that included more favourable travel schedules for other teams in the league.
With a new minor midget team in North Bay along with the latest one in the Soo, the GNMHL is slated to grow to a nine-team league for the 2017-2018 season.
The GNMHL has a 2017-2018 season scheduling meeting set for June 24.
As it now stands, the nine teams in the Great North will include minor midget and major midget squads from the Soo, North Bay and Sudbury as well as single entries from Kapuskasing, New Liskeard and Timmins.