It looks like the Erie Blizzard will be back for another season in 2012-13.
Curtis Prue, who’s now the junior hockey club’s owner and general manager, said this week that the Blizzard has joined the Midwest Junior Hockey League. According to juniorhockey.com, it’s a Tier II Junior A league that’s sanctioned by the American Athletic Union.
The Blizzard, who joined a month ago, didn’t have to pay an expansion fee because they are a founding member of the league. Prue said the MJHL has 14 teams, primarily made up of teams that left the USA Hockey-sanctioned Great Lakes Hockey League. They will play a 50-game schedule. Juniorhockey.com said the MWHL’s inaugural season is set to begin on or around Sept. 15.
Prue said he has four players returning from last year’s team. Prue hasn’t determined what it will cost players to play next season, but he figures it will be between $3,500 and $4,500.
Prue has six undisclosed applicants for the vacant head coaching position.
– Victor Fernandes