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Grix and North Stars held tryouts at Northern Lights Arena

ALPENA, Mich — The Alpena North Stars are one of 12 teams that will be competing in the International Hockey League this season thanks to North Stars Goalie and General Manager Myles Grix.

“The old International Hockey League Commissioner Drake MacKenzie contacted me and asked me if I can get something going up here,” said Grix. “We made a business plan, took it to the rink-management and the board and they said go with it.”

Grix then hired Ryan Hurst as the first head coach of the franchise.

“I heard about the league and found out about different teams,” Hurst said. “I sent out an email and here I am.”

Coach Ryan Hurst and Myles Grix liked what they saw with there new team at tryouts and believe that this years system will work very well in the IHL.

“If we buy into the coaches system then I don’t think there is any way we shouldn’t be at the top of the pack this year, said Grix.”

As the North Stars begin there first chapter, its providing an opportunity for some players to start there own chapters.

“It’s been a childhood dream to play and get paid at this level,” said David Hartline. “It gives me the opportunity to train and be committed to a healthier like style staying on the grind.”

“I’m looking to elevate my game,” said Santana Pinkert. “This is one of my goals of making it to the next level. I’m hoping to advance and keep moving up the pyramid.”

The North Stars regular season goes from November 2nd to March 22nd.