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I.F. Storm president happy with team so far, has a plan to maintain high attendance

With attendance at almost 1,000 for their first-ever NOJHL regular season home game, the president of the Iroquois Falls Storm is happy.

“Excellent night. Overtime win and can’t ask for better,” says Tom Nickolau. He says so far, one of the Storm’s biggest strengths is skating.

“We do have growing pains because we do have 13 rookies on the team. But Kevin Walker and staff and our general manager have done a great job of recruiting the players, and they’ve all bought in. They’re a tightknit group, and they’re exciting to watch.”


An earlier home exhibition game at the Igloo drew more than 500 fans. Nickolau is confident of maintaining those high attendance numbers.  He plans to accomplish that with chuck-a-puck, shoot-the-puck, and a wide variety of other entertainment during the games.

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“My goal here is to make it Las Vegas of the North,” he boldly states. “Make it an entertainment for everybody, not just the on-ice product, the off-ice product and that’s what’s lacking, I believe, in junior hockey.”

This Friday, the Soo Thunderbirds are in the Falls to face the Storm at 7:00pm.  The same time the next night, it’s the Elliot Lake Vikings.

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