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New junior hockey team approved for Missoula

(MISSOULA)- It hasn't even been 2-weeks since a break down in negotiations halted operations for the Missoula Maulers. But Missoula hockey supporters have moved quickly to get another junior team playing this fall.

The Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association announced over the weekend the MAYHA board of directors had approved plans for the Missoula Bruins to start play in September. The Bruins will play in the North American 3 Hockey League against other NA3HL teams in Montana and Wyoming. 

The Maulers had played in the larger Western States Hockey League. 

MAYHA leaders said they had received several offers from both the WSHL and NA3HL teams after the Maulers announced they wouldn't return next year. But they feel the Bruins, owned by Jason and Liz DiMatteo, are the best fit with Missoula's hockey community. 

MAYHA also expressed thanks to Mauler's owner Michael Burks for his "past contributions" to Glacier Ice Rink and Missoula hockey. 


Maulers reschedule Friday night game to avoid Griz conflict

(MISSOULA)- The Missoula Maulers will be avoiding the Grizzlies and tossing bears all in the same weekend.

The Maulers have decided to re-schedule its Friday night game to keep from conflicting with the University of Montana's FCS playoff game. The Maulers had been scheduled to play Great Falls.

In a press release, Maulers owner Michael Burks said the team has "no problem" resetting their game to Sunday. He explained the game would normally be re-set to the second half of the season, but the team has its second annual Teddy Bear Toss scheduled now so the team can start distributing the bears to kids around the area this coming week. 

The puck will drop Sunday at 7pm. 



Lace 'em up... hockey is back on in Missoula

(MISSOULA)- It's still the preseason, but the Missoula Maulers are back on the ice this week, kicking off their 5th Anniversary season.

The Maulers start out with a four day preseason road trip to Helena on Thursday to play in the DJ's Automotive Challenge Cup with 6-other teams.

Missoula starts by playing Bozeman Thursday morning. The regular season starts September 30th.

KPAX TV has more on the tournament, and the complete season schedule here.