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Northern Michigan University has announced a partnership agreement with Marquette Junior Hockey that will bring numerous benefits to the youth hockey program and its players. In addition to designating one of its hockey games each season as Youth Hockey Night, NMU will provide 20 complimentary tickets for each home game that can be distributed throughout the youth hockey organization.

As part of this partnership, Marquette Junior Hockey will be advertised in the Wildcats’ home Berry Events Center, and discounts will be provided for its players to join the Young Wildcat Club. Fundraising opportunities are also being offered, such as being group game ushers, 50-50 raffle ticket sellers and chuck-a-puck sellers.

“Marquette Junior Hockey appreciates the opportunities and visibility this agreement will provide for our players,” said Marquette Junior Hockey President Ryan Higbie in a recent news release. “We’d like to thank Coach (Grant) Potulny and (athletic director) Rick Comley for their enthusiasm for this partnership and look forward to a great season.”

NMU hockey coaches and players will also be involved in activities to enhance the development of MJH players and coaches as part of this win-win partnership. “We are excited to partner with Marquette Junior Hockey and are committed to helping grow the sport and develop young players locally,” said Comley, a former NMU head hockey coach himself.

For more information about Marquette Junior Hockey, visit, and to learn more about Northern Michigan University athletics, visit Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal

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