Austin Bruins and Rochester Grizzlies to introduce Southern Minnesota Bears U16 and U18 teams

The Austin Bruins and Rochester Grizzlies have become the preeminent force for junior hockey in Southern Minnesota over the past couple years and now the two organizations are increasing their impact even more. Introducing the Southern Minnesota Bears U16 and U18 teams to begin play this year.

Running from August to October, these teams are perfect for high school students looking to get more ice time in a competitive setting with coaching from both the Rochester Grizzlies and Austin Bruins organizations. Coaching the program is Austin native Mike Notermann with his brothers as assistants. They’ll also receive support from Grizzlies Head Coach Chris Ratzloff and Assistant Coach Mike Aikens, Bruins Head Coach Steve Howard, and Assistant Coaches Kenny Orlando and Keegan Asmundson.

Notermann brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to the program in both the junior and collegiate levels. After two seasons as a player in the USHL with Waterloo, Notermann played four seasons for St. Cloud State. He’s also the father of former Austin Bruin and Minnesota Golden Gopher Luke Notermann.

Included in the program is 20 hours of instruction on Monday and Wednesday nights in Austin, as well as video sessions, and scrimmages for players to showcase their talents in a game-like setting.

In addition to the weekly instruction, the Southern Minnesota Bears U16 and U18 teams will compete in three different tournaments throughout the state of Minnesota including the Wilderness Labor Day Tournament, and both the NAHL Showcase and NAPHL Showcases.

Players have the option of signing up for the full instruction including tournament participation or can opt-out of the tournaments while still enjoying the benefits of instruction from the devoted Bruins and Grizzlies coaches.

To get more information about becoming a Southern MN Bear, please email Rochester Grizzlies Head Coach Chris Ratzloff at [email protected]. More information can also be found on the teams website by visiting