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Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Junior Hockey Team

Griffin sign 2018-19 tender with the NCDC cyclones

Ironwood Fighting Yoopers by Slab Town Productions

Official Report date for all Yooper Players for the 2017-2018 season

All Yooper players will report to Ironwood at Gogebic Comunity College in the Lobby of the gym at 5:00 Monday August 28th. We will have orientation and room assignments. August 29th weight room and dryland will begin.

If you have any questions call Scott Kellett 906-364-4030 or email at 

Yooper Defenseman Shane Tetzlaff makes NCAA D-3 Commitment

Former Yooper standout defenseman Shane Tetzlaff has committed to the St. Scholastica Saints NCAA D-3 hockey program for the coming season.  Shane is from Superior Wisconsin and balanced college and a rigorous Junior A hockey schedule last season when he anchored the blue line as a defenseman for the Fighting Yoopers.  Please join us in congratulating Shane for moving forward and accomplishing his educational and hockey goals.  Shane will do well.  We are proud of you Shane!  

Yoopers move to the USPHL Midwest Divison

We are proud to announce that the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers have been promoted by the USPHL to the Premier Midwest Divison. The Yoopers are also proud to announce that we will be a direct affiliate of the Norther Cyclones of the USPHL NCDC their website is . We are looking forward to these huge changes that will help the players advance and progress into their hockey careers.

Scouts are out looking for players!!! 2017-2018 team

Our scouts are out looking for players! Feel free to contact us if you want us to scout your team.

The following is our scouting team:

Jim Mark 218- 259-1136  Northern Minnesota,Manitoba, and Western Canada scout

Tim and Corey Foley  651-274-9363 Twin cities southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin scout

Tom Budisalovich 218-348-6132 Duluth-Superior scout

Mark McAler  517-980-6052  Michigan scout

Joe Varius 906-370-3906 Northern Michigan scout

Jerry Pickar (206) 909-2400 West Coast Scout

Tom Younghans 612-703-4378 Central United States scout

Gary Huset 651-325-1649 Minneapolis, North-South Dakota scout


The Yoopers would like to thank everyone assisting us in building a strong team.



Yooper Mission Statement

      Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Junior Hockey Team


Our Mission Statement:


The mission of the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers is to promote and provide a high quality organized hockey experience for all of its players, coaches and fans.

The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers will be participating in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). The league is a college preparatory league, and we are proud to be a part of it.

The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers will endeavor to continuously improve through the support and development of all participants in their desires to become the best that they can be in their form of participation.

The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers will provide this quality hockey experience all the while respecting its own By-Laws and Rules and Regulations and, where applicable, the philosophical ideals and the rules and regulations of the USPHL and USA hockey.

The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers will provide this quality hockey experience with the highest standards possible within our means and with reasonable regard to cost for the participants. We will endeavor to continuously find ways to measure its success in accomplishing this mission and vision.


Our ultimate vision of success would include the following:

1. To have 100% of all participants in The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers rate their experience as excellent, and continue on with their education.

2. To become publicly known in USA Hockey as one of the best junior hockey programs in the country.

3. To have each player be successful on and off the ice, and each player achieve their goals.

4. Players moving up to a Tier 2 level or higher or moving to a collegiate team.





The Ironwood Fighting Yoopers and all of its participants will agree to and promote the following core values:

  • Safety
  • Fun for All
  • Physical, Mental and Social Development
  • Development of Hockey Skills and Hockey Knowledge
  • Truth, Honesty and Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Goodwill & Discipline
  • Beneficial Outcomes
  • Advance their education
  • Lifelong friendships

Tickets and Season Passes

Game tickets can be purchased at the door - ADULTS $5 / CHILDREN $3. 

We will also have PUNCH PASSES (good for 5 admissions) available this year - ADULTS $21 & CHILDREN $12.  They make great gifts for hockey fans. 

Ironwood Fighting Yoopers SEASON TICKETS are available for $65 per person.  They will be available at each game or you can contact our Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Booster Club at


Yoopers & AAA players making their marks in the hockey world!!

Levi Wunder who previously played for the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers and our AAA summer teams has accepted a scholorship to play for the University  Huntsville Alabama NCAA D1.

Jordan Swenson made Lakeview South's Varsity squad in Minnesota.

Nick Sherek made the Egan Varsity team in Minnesota.

Nathan Garnell Made the Varsity team in DeForest Wisconsin.

Camden Kalleward made the Fox Motors AAA.

Caleb Everett made Honeybaked AAA( National Champions)

Bobby Price made the Sault St Marie Varsity team in Sault Michigan.

For the AAA Soo Thunderbirds Midget Major's Keegan Stevenson, Brady Caruso, Josh Rouleau, Lucas Theriault, Caleb Wood, Steven Bellini, Noah Boman, Nic Gervasi congrats to all the players for making the team.

Warner Young for making the Green Bay Gambler's AAA u-16 team.

John Dern & Austin Chart on making Lakeland Wisconsin varsity team.

Alex Moustakis for making the Junior Dallas Snipers of the WSHL.

Josh Bohlin, Max and Sam Techel, and Max Zingler for making the Wausau West high school varsity squad.

Tucker Wittkopf, Tyler Hunt, Sammy Spencer, Dawson Penn, & Jack Brown for making the Eagle River High School team.

Caleb Baxter for making Waupun's Varsity squad.

J.J. Berdahl, Brendan Hoover, Matt Lukasik and Michael Janke for making D.C. Everest high school's Varsity team.

Zach Anderson for making the Varsity Squad for Eastview high school in Minnesota.

Derek Chailler for making NCAA D3 Finlandia University.

Nik Boyer for making the Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3



Fighting Yoopers Are College Bound!!!

The Yoopers would like to give a huge congratulations to PJ Nelson who will be playing hockey for Lewis University and Brennon Wachter & Ryan Hanson who have signed on to play for ACHA division 2 Northern Michigan University Hockey Team!

Good Luck!  We are proud of you all!

Become a Yoop Troop Volunteer! 

Click on the link below to go to our Sign-up Genius link to sign-up for one of our home game volunteer spots. 

If you are unable to sign-in, you can also send an email to or text Micki at 906-364-0887 if you'd like to volunteer. 

At every home game we need: 1 admission/ticket seller,  2 concession workers and 2 penalty box workers.


1/13 (Sat 4:00 pm) & 1/14 (Sun 12:00 pm) vs. Minnesota Blue Ox

1/20 (Sat 4:00 pm) & 1/21 (Sun 12:00 pm) vs. Wisc. Rapids River Kings

1/27 (Sat 4:00 pm) & 1/28 (Sun 12:00 pm) vs. Hudson Havoc

2/10 (Sat 4:00 pm) & 2/11 (Sun 12:00 pm) vs. Minnesota Moose

Game Volunteer Sign-up Schedule

The Yoopers are looking for people who are willing to share a few hours to help out at a HOME game this year. Games are played at the Pat O'Donnell Civic Center in Ironwood, MI. Click on the link above to pick what date and time works best for you. The Ironwood Polar Bears organization has graciously agreed to allow a portion of these volunteer times to count towards points for their season as well.