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New Twin Cities hockey team hosts Spirit Weekend

League Goaltender of the Year Claes Endre is one of the returning players anchoring this year’s lineup.

League Goaltender of the Year Claes Endre is one of the returning players anchoring this year’s lineup.

Lewiston-Auburn will have a new hockey team to cheer for this 2015-16 season when the L/A Fighting Spirit make the Androscogging Bank Colisee their home rink. The Fighting Spirit are primed for another successful season as a top team in the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League. The team boasts an impressive track record over the past three seasons, including 139 regular season victories and a national championship, two regular season championships, an Eastern Conference Championship and two league runner-up trophies. Returning players Mike Heffernan, David Fish and reigning League Goaltender of the Year Claes Endre will anchor this year’s lineup.

Head Coach Rod Simmons is excited to start the 2015-16 campaign. “We have a lot of young student athletes joining our Spirit family,” he said. “The coaching staff is ready to get them playing our brand of hockey and to continue our tradition of success in the upcoming season.”

The Fighting Spirit will introduce themselves to the community with a “Spirit Weekend” August 28 through 30. Festivities will kick off with an exhibition game on Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The fun will continue on Saturday when the Spirit will host a 3-on-3 street hockey tournament, with four age divisions, ranging from 8 and under to 16 and older, battling it out beginning at 8 a.m. At noon, the Spirit coaching staff will take part in a “Coaches Cook-Off Challenge,” where coaches will offer up their best chicken wing sauces for judging by Spirit Nation, with the winning sauce to be featured on the menu at Gridiron Restaurant. At 1 p.m., Z105.5 will host a “Battle of the Bands” that will feature local bands competing for cash prizes.

On Sunday, the team will host its first annual Spirit Scholarship Golf Scramble, with all proceeds going to the Spirit Player Benevolent Fund to help promote youth hockey in the L/A area. This rain-or-shine event will start at 9 a.m. at Turner Highlands Golf Course. After the tournament, a dinner and awards ceremony will take place at Fore Seasons Restaurant.

For more information on the Fighting Spirit, including details about “Spirit Weekend” events, see their website at http://fightingspirithockey.pointstreaksites.com.

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