Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Jr. Hockey League has new ownership.
Lisa Cruz, a resident of the Downriver Detroit area, has purchased the Fighting Irish franchise and will operate it with her husband, Mark Cruz.
The acquisition was recently approved by the MWJHL Board of Governors.
The Fighting Irish will continue to be coached and managed by veteran junior hockey operator Dan Vasquez.
The Fighting Irish, which has been a part of the MWJHL since its formation in 2012, plays its home games at the Ice Box Sports Center, located in the Brownstown area of Metro Detroit.
MWJHL commissioner Scott Gardiner, who played in the Ontario Hockey League from 1981 to 1984 with Belleville Bulls and Windsor Spitfires, said the Fighting Irish remains in good hands.
“Lisa Cruz will be a great attribute to our league and will be a strong contributor to the mission and the journey of the MWJHL,” said Gardiner. “The MWJHL owes (former owner) Keith Lang a great deal of gratitude for not only his contribution to the Irish but his tireless hours of work and effort that he dedicated to the MWJHL as a member of the league’s inaugural Board of Governors.”