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Fighting Yoopers coming to town


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THE FIGHTING Yooper's Booster Club met on Tuesday evening in Bessemer, to finalize many of the plans for the 2017-2018 season. Seated on from the left are Amber Hendrickson, Randy Charles, and Dave Osier. The new clothing line will be available at soon.


Ironwood - The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers are coming to town August 28. The Yoopers are meeting at Gogebic Community College where management and coaching will discuss practice times and the upcoming season. Dry-land training will commence that week as their first series of games are scheduled for the next week in Hudson, Wis.

The Yooper Booster Club met Tuesday to finalize many elements necessary for the upcoming season and said the finalized schedule is available for download and will be hung around town in different businesses, according to the club. The club set February 3 for their big raffle, tickets will be $5.00 each. Annual membership costs for adults are $10 and kids $5.

The club also settled on September 15-17 for a 3 on 3 hockey tournament for players aged 8-15. The teams will play in their age bracket and the Fighting Yooper's will be on hand to help work the event and mingle with families and players.

The Yooper's new clothing line should be available for review and purchase through a link on the team website soon at, according to Micki Sorensen. Season tickets to the 16 home games cost $65, but there are also 5 game punch cards for smaller financial commitment.

The Yooper's roster is not set until the meeting at GCC, as there are still many try out camps going on between now and then and Dave Osier said there is a good chance the team will pick up a few more players once the try outs are complete.

Osier said they had three confirmed players that are still in high school that will room with local families. There is one more potential high school kid that may elect to sign with the Yooper's, necessitating the finding of a fourth family to house the player, according to Osier. The post high school players are staying in the Snow Country Inn in Hurley.

Shane Tetzlaff, a defenseman that played for the Yoopers last year has committed to the St. Scholastica Saints of the NCAA D-3, according to the Yooper's website. Osier said Tetzlaff is from Superior and balanced college at GCC and hockey for the Yooper's and that he was sure he would do well. Having the Yooper's in Ironwood brings families and players from all over the world on a regular basis to Ironwood to watch the teams play.

Osier said the Yooper's are a huge boost to the area and a great opportunity for kids. People from all over the country are hearing about Ironwood and coming to either play hockey or visit, because of the Yoopers.


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