Michigan Grrrowl

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Michigan Grrrowl
City Allen Park, Michigan
League Midwest Junior Hockey League
Founded 2008
Operated 2008-10, 2012-13
Home arena Allen Park Civic Arena

Navy Blue, Red and Gold

General manager NA
Head coach NA
Franchise history
2008-2010 Findlay Grrrowl
2012 NWO Grrrowl
2013 Michigan Grrrowl
Playoff championships 2009 UJHL Championship

The Michigan Grrrowl was a tier III Junior "A" ice hockey team and a member of the Midwest Junior Hockey League. The franchise was previously known as the NWO Grrrowl and Findlay Grrrowl

Franchise History[edit]

Findlay Grrrowl era[edit]

The franchise was founded in 2008 as the Findlay Grrrowl based in Findlay, Ohio, United States at the Huntington Bank Arena at the Hancock Rec Center. The team was owned by Barry Soskin and Pat Pylypuik; while Dave Erickson served as head coach. The team was an inaugural member of the United Junior Hockey League (UJHL). The Grrrowl won the first and only UJHL Championship in the final game of the best-of-three final series with an OT win over the Jamestown Jets.[1] Following the 2008-2009 UJHL season The Grrrowl and many former UJHL teams left the United Junior Hockey League and joined the new Northern Junior Hockey League. After one season as the NJHL, the league disbanded after key members left the NJHL in late August 2010.

MWJHL era[edit]

The Grrrowl franchise was resurrected in 2012 by Pat Pylypuik as an inaugural member the AAU-sanctioned Midwest Junior Hockey League. The team changed name to the Northwest Ohio (NWO) Grrrowl to reflect the team's move to Toledo, Ohio and the Team Toledo Ice House.[2]

The team went through several large changes midway through the 2012-13 season. MR. Acquisitions and Management Group of Belleville, Michigan took the operation of the Grrrowl while Micheal Rumps begame the head coach.[3][4] The team also relocated to Allen Park, Michigan and the Allen Park Civic Arena midway through the season. The team changed its name to the Michigan Grrrowl.

The franchise again went dormant after the 2012-13 MWJHL season while owners attempted to join a USA Hockey-sanctioned league.[5]

Findlay Hockey History[edit]

The market was previously served by the Findlay Freedom a semi-pro team that played in Findlay, Ohio from 2006-2008. The University of Findlay fielded an ice hockey team in the CHA until 2004 and the city was the home of the Findlay Warriors of the Continental Hockey League in 1983-1984.

Regular season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA Finish League
2008-09 44 19 19 6 44 194 191 2nd UJHL
2009-10 46 9 36 1 19 154 282 7th NJHL
2012-13 48 18 28 2 38 178 236 8th MWJHL

External links[edit]

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ http://jamestownjets.com/news2.php?news_id=172757
  2. ^ MWHL Staff (3 Sep 2012). "MWJHL announces 10 member teams for 2012-13 season - Junior Hockey News". JuniorHockey.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "About". NWO Grrrowl. January 1, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coaches". NWO Grrrowl. January 1, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "MWJHL The Second Dream Season". The Junior Hockey News. May 22, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2014.