SIJHL Looking South for 2015/2016 Season

The man behind trying to bring an SIJHL team to Kenora is looking to double down on his expansion investments.

An article in Tuesday’s edition of the Thief River Falls Times/Northern Watch stated Kevin McCallum of Thunder Bay was investigating the possibility of getting the Minnesota city its own team for the 2016-17 season.

“I’ve been in your city four-five times over the last couple of months, and I’m thinking of bringing junior hockey to the community,” McCallum was quoted as saying.

McCallum already is spearheading a bid to bring an SIJHL team to Kenora for the start of that same season.

But SIJHL commissioner Bryan Graham told the Times today that Kenora fans need not panic, noting league bylaws allow for one person to own more than one team.

“Kevin is still committed to the Kenora franchise,” said Graham, who will be visiting both Kenora and Thief River Falls with McCallum next week.
“He’s on a fact-finding mission to see if we can get some potential investors in Thief River Falls,” Graham added.

“But the Kenora plan is not in any jeopardy at all,” he stressed.

Graham also hinted those two communities may not be the only newcomers in the league next fall.

“Definitely, we’re in talks with other markets, as well,” said Graham, without naming specific ones.

“There’s a lot of interest out there.”

Source: Joey Payeur (Fort Frances Times Online)

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