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SIJHL announces nominees and Thief River Falls expansion team

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Dryden Observer Staff

The regular season of the SIJHL has wrapped up but much is happening around the league.

Last weekend the league announced their finalists for individual player awards for the 2015-16 season.

Among the nominees are many Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Kyle Pouncy has been nominated for Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Most Valuable Player.

Troy Williams has been nominated for Gongshow Gear Best Defenceman.

Taylor Unruh has been nominated for Top Goaltender.

Dryden GM Ice Dogs coach Kurt Walsten is also nominated for coach of the year.

The other big news from the SIJHL this week is that the proposed franchise in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, is one-step closer to reality.

The yet to be named club has reached an agreement with the City of Thief River Falls on a lease to play out of Ralph Engelstadt Arena in time for the 2016-17 season.

Among those in the Thief River Falls’ ownership group is local businessman Dave Beito along with former NHL player Tim Berglund and Kevin McCallum.

McCallum will also serve as general manager and director of hockey operations for the team.

Thief River Falls earlier received unanimous approval from the SIJHL board of governors to join the league and were also granted permission from USA Hockey to become members.

The league has also filed paperwork with Hockey Northwestern Ontario earlier this month for Hockey Canada approval and hopes to hear back on that in early April.

Thief River Falls is also actively looking to complete the process of securing the services of a head coach for the club in the coming weeks.

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