SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Soo Blue Liners Club, a support group for Laker hockey, invites one and all to its Laker Luncheon on Friday, October 13th from Noon until 1 p.m. in the Huron Room of the Cisler Center at Lake Superior State University.
A tradition for many years, the luncheons were an opportunity for fans to gather and meet the coaching staffs of both hockey teams, and to ask questions of the coaches. After going away for a while, the Blueliners are bringing back the event.
"We are very excited to bring back the luncheons," said Blue Liners president Howard Ledergerber. "These always went over well with fans and coaches in the past, and we hope to see a great crowd on hand Friday at Noon."
This Friday and Saturday, the Michigan Tech Huskies will be in town to take on the Lakers during Great Lake State Weekend (GLSW). In attendance at the luncheon will be Lakers head coach Damon Whitten and the head coach of the Huskies, Joe Shawhan.
Shawhan, a Sault Ste. Marie native, was a goaltender for the Lakers from 1983 to 87, and also served as an assistant coach with Lake State from 2005 to 2008. He also served as head coach of the Soo Indians of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) from 1995 to 2005, putting together a 474–162–43 record, and was an assistant at Northern Michigan from 2008 to 2014. He joined the Huskies in 2014 when then-assistant coach Whitten was tabbed for the head coaching position of the Lakers. When Huskies head coach Mel Pearson departed for Michigan, Shawhan was tabbed for the head coaching gig.
The cost to attend the luncheon is $10, and all proceeds from the event go to help sponsor Laker hockey. One does not need to be a member of the Blue Liners to attend.
The Soo Blue Liners commenced operations as a support group in 1982-83 with a membership of 75 people. The organization was developed for the specific purpose of supporting Laker hockey.
Soo Blue Liners memberships are: $5 college students, $15 single members, $25 couples, $30 families. Membership applications are available at the Norris Center Ticket Office or by calling (906) 248-5732.