Good luck to the Alpena North Stars

Earlier this month, sports editor James Andersen brought us the news that a new semiprofessional hockey team should be hitting the ice this fall.

The Alpena North Stars will join the Battle Creek Cavalry, Bay City Americans, Flint Wolfpack, Oakland Vipers, Hadley Nepessings, Macomb Stags, Muskegon Voyagers, St. Clair Gulls, and St. Ignace Grizzlies in the new Interstate Hockey League.

The single-A semipro team, which will play at Northern Lights Arena, was founded by Myles Grix, who moved to Alpena to play with Alpena Community College’s hockey team before it folded.

Grix said the North Stars will be involved in the community, helping out at events such as home matches for the Shipwreck Alley Rollers roller derby team.

“We’re here to play hockey, but we’re here to be part of the community too,” Grix told Andersen.

This is good news all around. It’s good for the arena, which, as reporter Steve Schulwitz documented in a recent edition, has struggled financially. It’s good for the community, because any event that might bring more visitors (and their wallets) to town is good for the economy. It’s good for local hockey players, who may have a chance to get some ice time in a real competition.

And it’s just plain good for hockey fans to see some action on the ice.

Grix and team President Cameron Bernicki are working to secure sponsors for the North Stars and for the IHL. We hope local businesses support them.

Good luck, North Stars!

(THE ALPENA NEWS)