The Midwest Junior Hockey League is proud to announce that the league has accepted the membership application of the West Michigan Freeze for the 2013-14 season.
The Freeze will play out of the Walker Ice & Fitness Center in Walker, Mich., a suburb of Grand Rapids.
“We are excited to be joining the MWJHL,” said Freeze owner and GM Ed McCormack. “We feel that the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area has great junior hockey talent and that we fit perfectly with the MWJHL footprint and mission, and that's to provide opportunities for local players to play junior hockey.
“I paid close attention to the MWJHL last season and came away impressed. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have a home in the MWJHL. I am excited to get going and excited to drop the puck this fall.”
MWJHL commissioner Scott Gardiner echoes McCormack’s sentiments and excitement.
“Our league is growing and having a franchise that is backed by the hockey community as much as we feel hockey is in West Michigan is certainly a feather in our cap,” Gardiner said. “I know Mr. McCormack is a business-savvy hockey guy and we welcome him into the league and look forward to working with him.”
In addition, the Freeze has hired longtime local youth coach Keith Holmes as the team’s head coach.
Holmes, who played junior hockey in Canada as well as six seasons of semi-pro hockey, has coached the past 12 years in the West Michigan area, most recently at the Tier I 18U level.
“I am greatly looking forward to the next challenge and excited to be involved in developing quality junior hockey in the West Michigan area,” said Holmes.
The Freeze expect to unveil their team website, schedule and tryout camp in the coming days.
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