Soo Firehawks of the U.S. Premier Hockey League have ceased operations, owner and general manager Doug Goudreau has confirmed.
The Michigan-based Firehawks were poised to join the USPHL this season after being a part of the disbanded Midwest Jr. Hockey League since 2012.
The demise of the Firehawks leaves the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as the remaining junior team in the Upper Peninsula town.
The Eagles have planted solid roots in the Michigan Soo and are about to enter their sixth season under the firm ownership of Bruno Bragagnolo and Ron Lavin.
Goudreau, meanwhile, posted the following message on the Firehawks website.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Soo Firehawks will cease operations for the 2015-2016 season.
“The staff and ownership have decided their experience and resources can be better utilized to promote and mentor the local youth hockey association.
“We decline any further public comment regarding our decision while we explore all available options for the organization.”