Grand Rapids Junior Owls Hockey Club
Grand Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kent County, Michigan. It is the second largest city in the state (after Detroit) and is the principal city in the region of West Michigan.
The Owls Ice Hockey Team
The original Grand Rapids Owls officially arrived in Grand Rapids on December 17, 1977, relocating there from Dayton Ohio mid-season. In the 1978/79 season the Owls set a International Hockey League (IHL) record winning 27 games without losing on home ice.
The following season was the last they played in Grand Rapids and the IHL. They finished with the second worst record in the league and were put into suspense hoping that a new home for them to play in would be built. A new stadium was never built for the team, and they never again played in the IHL.
The owners of the Junior Owls asked for and received permission to use the Owls name and logo. The Junior Owls compete as members of the Central States Hockey League (CSHL). The CSHL is considered by most to be the best, and most competitive Junior B league in the United States. Most of the players from the team come from the West Michigan area and are between 15 and 20 years old.
The club was formally admitted into the CSHL in November of 1998, becoming the seventh member of the league at the time.
Official Grand Rapids Owls website: http://gr-jrb-owls.com