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Albert Lea Thunder rolls into NAHL

April 30, 2008

The North American Hockey League announced today that its Board of Governors has approved the membership application for the Albert Lea (Minnesota) Thunder to begin play for the 2008-09 season.

“We’re excited to welcome the Thunder to our league,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.  “Albert Lea is a great addition to our Central Division footprint and, behind a sound ownership group committed to both the local community and player development, the Thunder represents everything the NAHL stands for.”

The Thunder, which is owned by Chicago businessman Barry Soskin, will play its home games out of the Albert Lea Ice Arena.

“We couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a prestigious and storied developmental league as the NAHL, “ said Soskin, the Thunder’s president.  “Our top priority is to bring affordable, family entertainment to the Albert Lea community while providing our players with all of the necessary resources to advance both athletically and academically.”

The Thunder will hold its tryouts from June 14-16 (Albert Lea); June 20-22 (Chicago); June 27-29 (Canonsburg, Pa.); July 11-13 (Jamestown, N.Y.); and July 26-28 (Albert Lea).

The team will announce its head coach in the coming weeks.

Soskin can be reached by phone at (888) 983-2999 or e-mail at

The oldest and largest junior league in the United States, the North American Hockey League, a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 18 teams from across the country, including the esteemed USA Hockey National Team Development Program, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.


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