There will be no minor midget team from Sault Ste. Marie added to the Great North Midget Hockey League but a second entry from North Bay has been accepted effective the 2017-2018 season.
HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed that the Great North loop has voted in a minor midget team from North Bay that will join the existing major midget Trappers.
At the same time, the Great North said no to a request from Sault Major Hockey Association officials to ice a minor midget team in addition to its existing major midget entry.
The addition of a minor midget entry from North Bay will increase the membership in the Great North to eight teams.
Effective the 2017-2018 season, the Great North league will operate with major midget and minor midget teams from both North Bay and Sudbury as well as single entries from the Soo, Kapuskasing, New Liskeard and Timmins.
The new minor midget team from North Bay will play a limited schedule of 24 regular-season games within the Great North league and not qualify for the playoffs. The North Bay minor midgets will be coached by Mike Stockfish.