Lee, Johnson, Lindholm and Larson Sign...
There’s no expansion or player entry draft to take up the headlines in June like the National Hockey League (NHL), but work continues behind the scenes in getting the 2017-18 version of the Thief River Falls Norskies on the ice.
Competing in the Superior International Junior Hockey League, the Norskies will have a slightly new look this September. General Manager Kevin McCallum is pleased to announce four local signings this past week.
The Norskies have inked Zach Lee and Christian Larson to player cards and resigned veteran’s Blair Lindholm and Michael Johnson.
Zach and Christian both played for the hometown Prowlers high school hockey program.
Lee’s high school career saw him play in 81 games amassing 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points.
Larson played in 61 games with 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points over three seasons.
“It’s important to have local players in our system to not only promote development but also to keep the interest within the community,” said McCallum. “Lee and Larson will add to that mix and definitely help us with our season goal of winning a Bill Salonen Cup.”
Lindholm and Johnson joined the hometown Norskies for the inaugural season and found success in the club’s first season. Both players now know what to expect within the league and look to have breakout seasons with the Norskies.
“I adjusted pretty well to the junior game and only hope to get better through on and off ice workouts this summer, both Michael and I believe our team can compete for the league title and a chance in our second season to compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup, but with that comes a lot of hard work and team chemistry,” stated Lindholm.
Lindholm and Johnson will be leaned on this season as leaders in the locker room and on the ice.
“Both Blair and Michael bring a certain style to the Norskies’ hockey club that helps us be competitive each night,” called out head coach Cole Workman. “Both will be relied upon to help lead this year’s program.”
Other signings are imminent and will be announced, McCallum explained, as he and the coaching staff retool their roster.
“There’s lots of players from last year we’ve talked to and have commitments we just need to make it official,” McCallum said. “We have a mini camp in August to obtain some of final pieces for the main camp in September.”
Norskies season tickets are now on sale get yours today, let’s make the Ralph the toughest place to play in the SIJHL this season. For more information on tickets contact the Norskies office at (218) 684-0333.