Duluth Clydesdales

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Duluth Clydesdales
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City Duluth, Minnesota, United States
League Superior International Junior Hockey League
FoundedJuly 12, 2010
Home arena Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Colors Black, Steel, Red, and White
                
General manager Butch Williams

The Duluth Clydesdales were an American Junior ice hockey team based in Duluth, Minnesota. They are former members of the Canadian-based Superior International Junior Hockey League.

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History

The Duluth Clydesdales applied for entry into the Superior International Junior Hockey League in the Summer of 2010 along with the Wisconsin Mustangs of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Both teams were summarily rejected by the USA Hockey Junior Hockey Council, but after an appeal to the USA Hockey Appeals Council, the decision was overturned. The Clydesdales became official members of the SIJHL on July 12, 2010. [1]

Superior International Junior Hockey League

The Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) is a Junior A ice hockey league that belongs to the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada. Winners of the SIJHL playoffs compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

Minnesota Junior Hockey League

The Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) was a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III junior ice hockey league operated out of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

USA Hockey Ice hockey governing body in the USA

USA Hockey is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for organized ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Founded on 29 October 1937, in New York City, New York, the organization is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has a total membership exceeding one million. Its mission is to promote the growth of ice hockey in the U.S. and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.

On September 16, 2010, the Clydesdales played their first ever regular season game, on the road, against the Sioux Lookout Flyers. Sioux Lookout won the game 6-1. On September 24, 2010, the Clydesdales won their first ever game, while on the road, defeating the Dryden Ice Dogs 4-1. On October 3, 2010, the Clydesdales played their first ever home game. They dropped the game 5-4 in a shootout to the Wisconsin Wilderness. The game also marked the first regulation game in the SIJHL where both the home and away teams were American.

Sioux Lookout Flyers

The Sioux Lookout Flyers were a junior ice hockey team from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League for parts of five seasons.

Dryden Ice Dogs

The Dryden Ice Dogs are a junior "A" ice hockey team from Dryden, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Wisconsin Wilderness

The Wisconsin Wilderness were an American Junior ice hockey team based in Spooner, Wisconsin. The Wilderness played in the Canadian-based Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Clydesdales goaltender Cody Stocker (2010). Clydesdales goalie.jpg
Clydesdales goaltender Cody Stocker (2010).

Their first home win came on October 10, 2010, a 4-3 win over the Dryden Ice Dogs.

The 2012-13 season began with much controversy. The defending champion Wilderness decided to relocate from Spooner, Wisconsin to Cloquet, Minnesota. [2] Cloquet is within Duluth's metropolitan area. The move was approved by both the league and USA Hockey, leaving the weaker Clydesdales organization fighting for local talent, fans, and player personnel against the tuition-free league champions. The Clydesdales barely had enough players to start the season and only put up two wins in thirty-six league games. After having to cancel a road trip for the second time that season due to player injuries and the movement of players to the Amateur Athletic Union's Western States Hockey League, the league voted to remove them as league members on January 19, 2013 and confirmed that vote on January 20, 2013. [3] The team claims to have had enough players to field a team and was still expecting to stay financially afloat, but the league feared the opposite. [4]

Minnesota Wilderness

The Minnesota Wilderness are an American Tier II junior ice hockey team based in Cloquet, Minnesota, and play in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The organization formerly fielded teams in the Canada-based Junior A Superior International Junior Hockey League for three seasons and in the American-based Tier III Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

Spooner, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

Spooner is a city in Washburn County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,682 at the 2010 census. The city is located mostly within the southwest corner of the Town of Spooner, with a small portion extending into the Town of Beaver Brook on the south, the Town of Bashaw on the southwest, and the Town of Evergreen on the west. The city's nickname, Crossroads of the North, is a reference to the city's location at the junction of two U.S. highways, 53 and 63, and State Highways 70 and 253.

Cloquet, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Cloquet is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 33. A portion of the city lies within the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and also serves as one of three administrative centers for the Indian Reservation. The population was 12,124 at the 2010 census.

Season-by-Season Results

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResultsPlayoffs
2010-11561141-4127261266th SIJHLLost Quarter-final
2011-12562033-3200247436th SIJHLLost Quarter-final
2012-1336232-29421266th SIJHLSuspended from play

Playoffs

Dryden Ice Dogs defeated Duluth Clydesdales 4-games-to-none
Duluth Clydesdales defeated Iron Range Ironheads 2-games-to-none
Thunder Bay North Stars defeated Duluth Clydesdales 4-games-to-none

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References

  1. "Hockey USA allows American teams to join SIJHL".
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2013-01-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. http://www.sijhlhockey.com/news_article/show/213255-sijhl-revokes-duluth-clydesdales-franchise-%5B%5D
  4. "Duluth Clydesdales Out Of SIJHL – Clydesdales Look To Continue Playing - The Junior Hockey News". thejuniorhockeynews.com.