Junior hockey has arrived in the Brainerd lakes area.
As a member of the North American Hockey League, the Breezy Point North Stars will open play against the North Iowa Bulls in Tier III play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Breezy Point Hockey Center.
Players from across the country reported Aug. 25 for practice. North Stars players will be lodged in the Breezy Point Hockey Center dorms for the 7-month season.
Austin Kline and Tyler Reichl of Chicago will be captain and co-captain, respectively, and Evan Anderson of Grand Rapids will serve as an assistant captain.
Two players are current seniors at Pequot lakes High School — Connor Cooley of California and Brandon Adler of Bloomington, Ill. Crosby Steen, a 2012 Moorhead High School graduate, is also on the team.
The Junior Stars will be coached by former Northern Lakes Lightning girls coach Brian Henrichs. He will be assisted by former Minnesota North Stars player Shawn Chambers.
All home games will be played at the Breezy Point Hockey Center.