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This article is about the Superior International Junior Hockey League team. For the former American Hockey Association (1992-1993) team please see Minnesota Iron Rangers (AHA).

Minnesota Iron Rangers
Minnesota Iron Rangers logo.jpg
City: Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, United States
League: Superior International Junior Hockey League
Founded: July 12, 2011
Home Arena: Hoyt Lakes Arena
Colors: Blue, White, and Red
General Manager: Todd Kreibich (2017-18)
Head Coach: Todd Kreibich (2017-18)
Franchise history
2011-2012: Iron Range Ironheads
2012-2019: Minnesota Iron Rangers

The Minnesota Iron Rangers are an American Junior ice hockey team based in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. The Iron Rangers play in the Canadian-based Superior International Junior Hockey League.


On July 12, 2011, USA Hockey granted the Superior International Junior Hockey League an expansion team in the Iron Range Region of Northern Minnesota to begin play in September 2011.[1] The Ironheads' coach and general manager was Steve Chelios, brother of former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios.[2] Chelios was the franchise's managing partner, along with a group of investors from Vancouver, BC.[3]

On October 8, 2011, despite their first game being set back twice, finally stepped on the ice for their inaugural game. Their first game was against the Dryden Ice Dogs in Dryden, Ontario. Shamus O'Neill scored the franchise's first goal at 18:51 of the first period. The Ice Dogs won the game 5-1.

On December 10, 2011, the Ironheads defeated the Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 at home to win their first ever regular season game.

Iron Range Ironheads logo 2011-12

Iron Rangers (2012-2019)[]

On June 1st, 2012, It was announced via the Ironheads Facebook page that the team has folded, Steve Chelios had been let go, and will be restructured as the Minnesota Iron Rangers, Playing their games in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.

On June 19th, 2012, Chris Walby was hired as the team's Head Coach/General Manager. He would hold those positions until resigning on July 27, 2016.  He would lead the team to a 113-93-2-16 overall record during his tenure.

The team was close to another relocation just one season after moving from Cloquet.[4] Members of the community raised $30,000 to keep the team in Hoyt Lakes. The team would go on to their best season to-date falling in Game 7 of the 2014 Bill Salonen Cup Finals. Several players were honored by the SIJHL, winning post-season awards.

On June 12, 2019 it was announced the team would take a one year leave of absence for the 2019-20 season with the intention of relocating somewhere within the Iron Range of Minnesota.[5] Other sources indicate that the team may have in fact folded.[6]

Season-by-season results[]

Please note: unless noted otherwise playoff rounds are played in "best of" series.

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Pts Results Playoffs
2011-12 56 9 45 - 2 155 432 20 7th of 7 Lost Survivor Series, 0-2 (Clydesdales)
2012-13 56 26 28 - 2 161 194 54 5th of 5 Won Quarterfinals 2-1 (North Stars)
Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Wilderness)
2013-14 56 36 14 - 6 237 168 78 3rd of 6 Won Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Wilderness)
Won Semifinals, 4-2 (North Stars)
Lost Finals, 3-4 (Lakers)
2014-15 56 30 20 - 6 246 198 66 2nd of 5 Lost Semifinals, 2-4 (Ice Dogs)
2015-16 56 21 31 2 2 178 223 46 4th of 5 Lost Survivor Series, 2-3 (Miners)
2016-17 56 7 46 0 3 144 336 17 6th of 6 Did Not Qualify
Season GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Results Playoffs
2017-18 56 6 47 1 2 124 325 15 6th of 6 Lost First Round, 0-3 (North Stars)
2018-19 56 3 53 0 0 91 478 6 6th of 6 Lost First Round, 0-3 (Norskies)


Several players have moved on to college ice hockey programs. In June 2015 the Iron Ranges announced that eight members of the previous season would be playing for NCAA college hockey programs in the Fall.[7]


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