Summer is half over and before you know it, the fall and winter hockey season will be upon us. Some of he latest local hockey news in the greater Downriver/Dearborn area is that the Midest Junior Hockey League has a team that will be playing in the Allen Park Civic Arena during the 2013-14 season.
A new team, the Detroit Fighting Irish, is making the Allen Park ice facility its home and has hopes of bringing a junior hockey championship to the local fans and its sports-oriented supporters.
Dan Vasquez, fomer head coach of the team, is serving as the general manager and will oversee all hockey operations for the Fighting Irish.
Vasquez said the team will conduct tryouts Aug. 13 through 15 at the arena, 15800 White Ave. in Allen Park, for players age 16 to 21. Sessions will be from 6 to 10:30 p.m. each day.
“That will have a lot to do with determining our final roster for the coming season,” he said.
With tryouts only a week away, local talent has the opportunity to play within the age brackets of the 1-year-old league. The circuit has eight teams, most all of them scattered across the state of Michigan and one in Illinois.
Steve Tallman of Flat Rock, referee-in-chief of the MWJHL, said, “I will be checking on game officials often and move around from city to city once league games get underway.”
The other seven teams in the league are: Alpena Street Cats, Berkley Bruins, Bloomington (Ill.) Jr. Blaze, Michigan Ice Dogs (Farmington Hills), Soo Firehawks, Traverse City Hounds and West Michigan Freeze (Walker).
Practice sessions for veteran players currently are going on prior to next week’s formal tryouts. A few player hopefuls on the ice last week were a couple of defensemen: Kyle Kabalinski, a 21-year-old from Dearborn Heights, and Jarrod Vroman, who attends Allen Park Cabrini High School.
Anyone wanting more information on the Fighting Irish should contact Vasquez 313-914-2148, Ext. 11, or email [email protected]