Defending SIJHL Champs Move to Cloquet

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM CST

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The two-time defeding champion of the Superior International Junior Hockey League is moving its organization to Cloquet, team officials announced at a news conference on Thursday.

The Wisconsin Wilderness, formerly based in Spooner, Wis., will move to Cloquet for the upcoming 2012-13 season, with head coach Rod Aldoff calling the move "somewhat economic" in nature.

The team's name will be changed to the Minnesota Wilderness in association with the move, and the organization will now be the third Northland-based team in the SIJHL, joining the Duluth Clydesdales and the Iron Range Ironheads.

"I think it can only be good for the other teams close by to create kind of a hometown team," Aldoff said. "They don't have far to travel if we're going to the Iron Range or Duluth, so hopefully we can get a good following and create a little rivalry amongst ourselves here."

Aldoff is a former UMD Bulldogs defenseman, totaling 20 goals and 62 assists during his four seasons with the program.

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