Traverse City North Stars to go Dormant in 2017-18

TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City North Stars junior hockey organization announced Tuesday that it will go dormant for the upcoming 2017-18 United States Premier Hockey League season.

The North Stars began their inaugural season as the Hartland Hounds in 2012-13, competing in the Midwest Junior Hockey League, before relocating to Traverse City and Centre Ice Arena for the 2013-14 season.

Following the MWJHL’s merger with the USPHL in 2015-16, the Hounds rebranded as the North Stars for the 2016-17 season.

“Unfortunately, due to the rising costs of operating a junior hockey franchise, we ultimately have no choice but to make this heartbreaking decision today,” North Stars owner Scott Gardiner said in a media release. “We will re-evaluate our situation over the course of next season and next offseason with the goal to bring junior hockey back to the best fans we could ask for in Hockeytown North.

“We would like to thank those fans that supported us from Day 1 and the staff from top to bottom of the organization that made us one of the elite programs in all of U.S. junior hockey.”

The organization won three MWJHL championships and captured the USPHL’s USP3HL Division championship in 2016-17, qualifying for the USPHL national tournament in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

The organization says that it will continue to keep its social media channels running to provide updates on the franchise and alumni.