Six of its nine teams will take to the ice on Friday, October 3 when the first pucks drop on the 2014-2015 Midwest Jr. Hockey League season.
The trio of opening-night games has Soo Firehawks home to Michigan Ice Dogs, the defending champion Traverse City Hounds playing host to West Michigan Freeze and Berkley Bruins visiting MC Monarchs.
For the Firehawks, the October 3 opener against the Ice Dogs will be one of three games between the two teams that weekend. The Firehawks and Ice Dogs will also face off on Saturday night (October 4) and Sunday afternoon (October 5.)
All Firehawks home games this 2014-2015 season are slated for Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Soo.
Meanwhile, prior to the start of the 2014-2015 regular season, both Traverse City and the Detroit Fighting Irish will play host to showcase and invitational tournaments that will include teams from the new, Ontario-based, Canadian International Hockey League.
The Fighting Irish tournament — dubbed the Shamrock Showdown and sponsored in part by HockeyNewsNorth.com — is slated for September 18, 19, 20, 21 at the Ice Box Sports Centre.
For further information and details on the Shamrock Showdown, e-mail Fighting Irish owner Lisa Cruz via firstname.lastname@example.org.