"AAA" Midget hockey is the ultimate level in youth hockey. It is available to players age 18 and under by birthdates determined by USA Hockey. "AAA" Midget hockey is the stepping stone to Junior "A" and College hockey. The North American Junior Hockey League and the United States Hockey League are right now the primary sources for American hockey players used by College recruiters.
The Electricians "AAA" Hockey Team was formed in 1986 to provide an opportunity for Upper Peninsula hockey players to compete at the highest level possible without having to travel too far from home. Although we are an Upper Peninsula based team, players from Lower Michigan, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway, and Finland have called themselves Marquette Electricians.
Non-Resident players are housed with families from the Marquette community. Often these are families from the local hockey program who volunteer to take in a student-athlete for the hockey season. Temporary guardianship papers are filed with the local District court that give the housing parent the right to act in the players best interest, but does not remove custody from the legal parents. In keeping with NCAA regulations, room and board payments are charged.
One of the major benefits of playing hockey for the Electricians is the fact that all of the players attend Marquette Senior High School. This is important especially to the nonresident players who can interact with their teammates in both educational and social functions and not just see them at the rink.
The Electricians own a 43 passenger motor coach that has been fitted with study tables, 2 televisions and a VCR. Seats have been removed and realigned to allow for maximum passenger comfort
The Electricians play all of their home games at the 4,200 seat Lakeview Arena, which is also the old home of the 1991 NCAA National Champion Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Playing and practicing in the same area with one of the top College Hockey programs in the country gives the players a glimpse of what lies ahead of them, and what it takes to become a Division I player.
The Marquette Electricians have their own Team Locker Room at the Lakeview Arena. Dryland training, weight room, sauna, washer, dryer, skate sharpening and some equipment repair are also available.
The City of Marquette is located on the beautiful South shore of Lake Superior in Michigans' Upper Peninsula. It is accessible by air from Detroit and Minneapolis via Northwest Airlines, from Milwaukee via Midwest Express, and from Chicago via American Airlines. By car we are 8 hours from Detroit, 7 hours from Minneapolis, and 6 hours from Chicago. Marquette and its' surrounding townships have a population of about 36.000, and Northern Michigan University has an enrollment of about 8,500. Shopping malls, movie theaters, golf courses and both downhill and cross-country ski facilities, along with events that surround a major State University, including Division I and II athletic events and a major Regional Medical Center, all within 10 minutes of each other make Marquette an ideal place to spend the hockey season.
Our main purpose is to provide a showcase for our players to display their talents in front of Junior "A" and College scouts. Last season several former Electricians were playing on Junior "A" teams. The Electricians currently have former players competing at Michigan Tech, and St. Cloud State (WCHA); Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State, Ferris State, Notre Dame, and UA-Fairbanks (CCHA); and U. Mass. - Amherst (Hockey East), and Quinnipiac (MAAC) in Division I, and the University of Wisconsin - Stout in Division III.
This will be Mark Nebel's second year coaching the Electricians. He has over 20 years of coaching experience and has coached all levels, from mites to midgets, A, AA and AAA teams as well as high school hockey. He has a high knowledge of the game, and was a Midget AAA referee for 18 years and a NCAA Division 1 linesman for 15 years