Traverse City
North Starts

Cam Fowler

I was reminiscing about the glory days of the Traverse City North Stars with a group of friends of mine, and we were brought to such fond memories about our beloved North Stars. I think its time to bring competitive hockey back to Traverse City! The North Stars may of never been the best team in the NHL, but it we loved going to watch them play. In the seven years that the team was here, we had the joy of watching guys like Nathan Urbaniak, Kyle Bonis, Eric Rivard, Tim Opie, and so many other wear the North Stars red and white jersey.

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When seeing these old video’s its hard not to remember those nights at Center ICE Arena watching the boys go and give their all for the town, and how proud they were to wear the Red and White of the North Stars. How thrilling each goal was, how you could almost feel every hit, and how good it felt to watch the team win some of those hard fought battles, and how heart breaking the tough losses were, especially in the playoffs when so much was on the line.

Then when the our rivals came into town we get to see players that we still see in the NHL today. Players like, Cam Fowler, Ian Cole, Connor Hellebuyuk, Justin Faulk, Kyle Palmiri, Bryan Rust, Brandon Saad, and James van Riemsdyk. Those are some great players, and players I still love watching today because it brings back great memories of going down to Centre ICE Arena and watching the North Stars, and selfishly because I love having these guys still help me make money playing DFS with the help of the best site available today!

But I digress, Traverse City is a hockey town, folks here still love hockey. In a normal year the Red Wings training camp is here and the NHL prospect tournament too, but after October, we only have minor hockey to watch. It is simply too far for us to have to travel, especially with our winters to travel to see a higher level of hockey. Its over two hours to get to Grand Rapids to see the Griffins, its over two hours to get to Saginaw to see the Spirit, and over two hours to get to Muskegon to see the Lumberjacks. My hope is that someday we will get major junior hockey back in Traverse City, whether that be tier 1, tier 2, or even something smaller. Not only will having a higher level of competitive hockey be good for Traverse City, it will be good for hockey in all of Michigan as we are able to further show off the wealth of hockey talent that fills this great state.