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Minnesota Junior Hockey League

Illiana Blackbirds advance to MJHL finals

DYER | In their final home game of the 2014 season at Midwest Training and Ice Center on Sunday, the Illiana Blackbirds defeated the Tri City Icehawks 5-3 to claim the deciding game in their best-of-three series and advancing to the final-four round-robin for the Minnesota Junior Hockey Leag…

March 17, 2014 10:00 pm

Illiana Blackbirds facing Tri-City in second round of MJHL playoffs

While hosting the Wisconsin Rampage in the first round of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League Great Lakes Division playoffs, it was the Illiana Blackbirds who went on a rampage, rolling over their foes 10-4 in the first game of a best-of-three series on March 7 at Midwest Training and Ice Cen…

March 11, 2014 5:00 pm

Illiana Blackbirds ride winning streak into playoffs

DYER | Just after the midway point of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League season, the Illiana Blackbirds took an extended holiday break.

March 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Illiana Blackbirids go 1-2 in return from break

Illiana Blackbirids go 1-2 in return from break

DYER | Joe Keenan's overtime goal lifted the Illiana Blackbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Tri City Icehawks in Illiana's first game back from the Minnesota Junior Hockey League holiday break, Jan. 17 at Midwest Training and Ice Center.

January 24, 2014 5:00 pm
Illiana Blackbirds defeat Fort Wayne in home opener

Illiana Blackbirds defeat Fort Wayne in home opener

DYER | It's good to be back home after starting nearly a quarter of the regular season on the road.

October 14, 2013 10:00 pm

Illiana Blackbirds soar into postseason

ST. JOHN | After experiencing some growing pains at the start of the season, the Illiana Blackbirds have soared into the Minnesota Junior Hockey League playoffs.

March 01, 2013 10:00 pm
Blackbirds take break after OT loss to Rampage

Blackbirds take break after OT loss to Rampage

DYER | When Damon Reeves mentioned the weather this time of the year is much better here than in his hometown of Portage La Prairie in Manitoba, Canada, it had to be pointed out that the Midwest is in the midst of an unusually mild December.

December 28, 2012 10:00 pm
Illiana Blackbirds return to Midwest for productive homestand

Illiana Blackbirds return to Midwest for productive homestand

DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds started their inaugural season in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League at home.

November 02, 2012 10:00 pm
Illiana Blackbirds fall in junior hockey season opener at Midwest

Illiana Blackbirds fall in junior hockey season opener at Midwest

ST. JOHN | Illiana Blackbirds coach Dino Vulpitta referred to it as "nervous energy."

September 17, 2012 5:08 pm
Illiana Blackbirds seek host families for upcoming Junior hockey season

Illiana Blackbirds seek host families for upcoming Junior hockey season

ST. JOHN | During his professional hockey career, former Blackhawks winger Reid Simpson was more of an "intimidator" than an "intimidatee."

August 20, 2012 10:00 pm
Illiana Blackbirds build nest at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Illiana Blackbirds build nest at Midwest Training and Ice Center

ST. JOHN | "Kids are so moody these days," Dino Vulpitta observed after an Illiana Blackbirds prospect ignored post-practice pleasantries while walking away with a surly look on his face.

July 06, 2012 10:00 pm
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