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    SIJHL names Bryan Graham commissioner

    07/22/2014, 1:00pm CDT
    By SIJHL

    SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

    MEDIA UPDATE

    Release Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    SIJHL names Bryan Graham commissioner

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. –  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that they have named Bryan Graham as their new commissioner, effective immediately.

    The Thunder Bay native brings a wealth of hockey, sports and broadcasting related experience to his new position.

    A long-time offical, Graham refereed hundreds of games over the years, including multiple Game 7s at the junior, senior and professional levels, both locally in the region as well as in the Central Hockey League and ECHL.

    Following his retirement as a referee he was hired by the ECHL where he served as their Vice President and Director of Officiating for five seasons.

    Switching sports Graham returned to the Lakehead where he joined the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods Baseball League as their assistant general manager.

    Add in being a former Sports Director on local radio previously as well as currently acting as the News/Sports Anchor and morning show co-host on Country 105FM in Thunder Bay, he’ll use all of his experiences moving over to the SIJHL.

    “It’s an exciting time for me and I am really looking forward to the opportunity,” stated Graham.

    “The SIJHL has made some positive inroads since its inception in 2001 and we as a league will look to build on the previous experiences and successes in continuing to make the SIJHL a viable Jr. A hockey option for our players, coaching staffs, officials, fans and corporate partners,” he added.

    Graham takes over for Ron Whitehead who served as SIJHL President/Commissioner for most of its 14-year history.

    The SIJHL would like to thank Ron for his tireless efforts in working on behalf of the league and wish him well in all future endeavours.

    More information on the SIJHL, including the 2014-15 regular season schedule, will be released in the coming days.

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    Lakers to host 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup

    07/12/2014, 2:30pm CDT
    By Fort Frances Lakers

    FORT FRANCES LAKERS
    Media Update

    Release date: Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Contact: Wayne Strachan, Head Coach/General Manager

    (807) 275 - 7798 (Cell) - wayne@fortfranceslakers.com (Email)

    Lakers’ to host 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup

    FORT FRANCES, Ont. – It was officially announced Saturday that the defending Superior International Junior Hockey League champion Fort Frances Lakers will serve as the host team of the 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship at Ice for Kids Arena April 28 - May 2.

    The four-team event will feature the champions of the SIJHL, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), as well as the host Lakers.

    Should Fort Frances repeat as SIJHL champs this coming season their opponent in the Bill Salonen Cup final automatically will earn a berth to the Dudley Hewitt Cup.

    Fort Frances last hosted the Dudley Hewitt Cup in 2003, when the Borderland Thunder served as hosts while winning the SIJHL title that season.

    The Thunder made it to the semi-finals of the tournament that year before losing 3-2 to the eventual champion Wellington Dukes.

    The 2015 Dudley Hewitt winner will then advance to the RBC Cup national championship next May in Portage la Prairie, Man.

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