The numbers are there to support two teams. Ergo, Sault Ste. Marie will proceed with major midget and minor midget teams as part of the Great North Midget Hockey League this coming season.
With enough players now confirmed to ice two teams, the new Soo minor midget entry will be in addition to the existing Soo Greyhounds major midget squad.
As North Bay will also ice a new minor midget entry, the Great North loop will increase its membership from seven to nine teams effective the 2017-2018 season.
The nine teams will include the Soo major midgets and minor midgets, North Bay Trappers major midgets and minor midgets, Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, Sudbury Wolves minor midgets, Kapuskasing Flyers, New Liskeard Cubs and Timmins Majors.
As planned, Jamie Henderson will be the head coach of the new Soo minor midget team. Henderson has extensive coaching and management experience with the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and St. Mary’s Knights of the Sault Ste. Marie High School Hockey League.
Mike Stockfish will coach the new North Bay minor midget team.