The Midwest Junior Hockey League announced today that Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Mich., will be home to the league’s newest franchise, the Marquette Royales, that will begin play in the 2013-2014 season.
The Royales mark the return of junior hockey to Marquette for the first time since the Marquette Rangers moved to Flint, Mich., following the 2009-2010 NAHL season. The Rangers spent four seasons in Marquette, making the playoffs in their inaugural and final seasons in Marquette.
The Royales are named after Isle Royale, a 45-mile long, nine mile-wide island on Lake Superior. It’s the largest island in Lake Superior. In 1940, Isle Royale was named a U.S. National Park.
Lakeview Arena is a 3,100 seat, city-owned arena that was recently remodeled for multiple uses. It currently houses the Parks and Recreation department offices and is a two-sheet facility, with a full-time locker room for the Royales and is attached to the team’s off-ice workout facility. Lakeview was formerly the home of the Northern Michigan University Wildcats, where during the 1990-1991 season, NMU claimed the NCAA national championship and went undefeated at Lakeview Arena. The Wildcats moved to the Berry Events Center in 1999.
For more information about the Royales, Marquette, Lakeview Arena and the MWJHL, visit www.marquetteroyales.com.
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