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Monday, March 5
2012-2013 Tryouts

Tryouts for the Cleveland Barons Midget Minor Team (1996 and 1996 Birth Years) will be held at the Barons Rink: 

  • Sunday, April 15th from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
  • Monday, April 16th from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
  • Tuesday, April 17th from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
The cost for tryouts is $75 per player.  Please contact Wendy Brown ( with questions.  You may download the tryout form from here or the Barons website (
Brett Harkins will return as the Minor coach.  Brett was born in Cleveland and was a four year letterman at Bowling Green State University and played 15 years of professional hockey, including over 75 games in the NHL as a member of the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brett has coached the '96 Barons the last two season and currently has that team ranked 3rd in the United States.


Handout: Tryout Form

Friday, January 13
Study Hall in Syracuse!
With mid-terms on the horizon for many of the team, Coach Wells oversees Study Hall at the Spring Hill Suites in Syracuse in between games at the Syracuse Tournament.

Study Hall

Friday, September 16
Lottery Winners!

Thank you to all that supported the 97 Cleveland Barons Lottery fundraiser!  We really appreciate your support.

The winners are:

 Date Number  Winner 
 09/15/2011 041 The Ustorf Family
 09/16/2011 530 Joe Csizmadia
 09/19/2011 240 Larry Mickley 
 09/20/2011 202 The Ustorf Family 
 09/21/2011 778 Gail Cordy 
 09/22/2011 305 Jennifer Kauffmann
 09/23/2011 405 Marissa Shafer 
 09/26/2011 334 Win Valentine
 09/27/2011 369  Laurie Steckle 
 09/28/2011 759 Lori Riemer
 09/29/2011 248 Inda Mickley
 09/30/2011 649 Ardyce Powell
 10/03/2011 646 Todd Davis
 10/04/2011 505 The Kremer Family 
 10/05/2011 279  The Dickens Family 
 10/06/2011 519 Joe Csizmadia
 10/07/2011 558 The Dickens Family
 10/10/2011 275 The Dickens Family 
 10/11/2011 445  Beth Wilcox 
 10/12/2011 184 Brian Oskey 


214  Missy Pruszynski
 10/14/2011 114 Luke Ivers 

Thursday, July 14
Cleveland Barons Announce Jeff Wells as Head Coach for the 97 Barons

Parma, Ohio:   The Cleveland Barons Hockey Club today announced the hiring of a new head coach for the 2011 -2012 season.   Jeff Wells was hired to be the head coaches of the Cleveland Barons 1997 birth year team.


JEFF WELLS, born in Brockville, Ontario, four year hockey letterman and 1994 graduate of Bowling Green State University will be the new head coach of the baron’s 1997 birth year team. The two time member of Team Canada and NCAA All American defenseman played over 500 games professionally including as a member of the American Hockey Leagues Cleveland Barons. He has previously coached with the Barons, coaching the 1998 and 2000 birth year teams.  Jeff currently is a middle school, assistant principal and resides with his wife and 2 children in Canton, Ohio. Jeff takes over for Ryan Okicki who recently resigned to accept the head coaching position at Lake Catholic High School.

Thursday, May 19
Tier 1 League and USHL Announce Affiliation



May 18th, 2011  

Chicago, IL – The United States Hockey League and the Tier 1 Elite League today announced that they will enter into a national agreement that will make the Tier 1 Elite League the official youth hockey affiliate of the USHL. The Tier 1 Elite League, the top elite youth hockey league in the United States, is comprised of top-tier youth hockey organizations throughout the U.S. competing in multiple age groups – from Squirt all the way up to Midget Major levels.   From its base of 19 existing teams, the league recently granted membership to the D.C. Capitals, Milwaukee Junior Admirals, Oakland (Michigan) Junior Grizzlies, and the Thunder program based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Two youth programs affiliated with USHL Member Club ownership will also now join the expanding league, bringing the number of teams preparing for 2011-12 Tier 1 play to 25.  The Rocky Mountain RoughRiders program, based in Westminster, Colorado, is operated by Tony Sdao, owner of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  They commence play in 2011-12 season along with the Las Vegas Storm, operated by Kirk Brooks, who is also the owner of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm.  In the initial phase of the agreement, the USHL will bring its marketing, public relations, player development and organizational assets to the Tier 1 Elite League, and will work with the league’s nationwide web of youth programs to develop enhanced standards of coaching, training, academic progress, cost controls, and stability – reflecting the standards observed by USHL Member Clubs.  The USHL will have a consistent presence at the Tier 1 Elite League’s schedule of national showcases, and the two organizations will enter into a planning phase for more and enhanced events. “This represents the culmination of a lot of hard work with some of the most important development partners in youth hockey in the United States,” said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince.  “As with any partnership of this potential magnitude, we want to walk before we run, and see where we can be most effective with each other – but as you can see, this represents not only a commitment by the USHL to elite youth hockey at the league level, but the direct participation of our owners in Tier 1 League competition.  This is the most effective way we know to implement USA Hockey’s education-based development model at the elite level. We’re excited about what this can mean for the growth of hockey in the U.S.” The strength of the Tier 1 Elite League programs was reflected in Monday’s USHL Entry Draft, when a total of 56 players were selected from the league’s programs, representing 26% of the 216 players drafted. “The Tier 1 Elite Hockey League could not be more excited, as this affiliation has been in the planning stage for almost a year, said Larry Johnson, Commissioner of the Tier 1 Elite League.  “Our goal is to move our players to the very best junior program in the United States, and this will improve our player’s chances to make that next step.  A great number of our players move on to the USHL now but this should open a great opportunity for the parents and the players to learn what to expect and what is expected of them to move to this level.”  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With over 250 players from this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks that were on League rosters this season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at It’s not just hockey.  It’s the USHL.

Monday, October 5
"This is OUR time!"

A little Herb Brooks inspiration for all our fans.

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