GRAHA (Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association) announced today the formation of a Midget Minor Tier 1 U15 team. According to an email released March 26, "The U15 team will provide the top 1999 birth year players an opportunity to compete in the most prestigious U15 tournaments in Ontario as well as in the top U16 tournaments in the USA." Compuware, Little Caesars, Honeybaked and Victory Honda all have a team set up for the U15 level for the upcoming season, and more area hockey associations are expected to field teams at this new level for 99 birth year players.
The Grand Rapids Griffins Midget Minor Tier 1 U15 team will participate in a number of showcases and play games against the other U15 and U16 AAA Midget Minor teams. The email stated, "The Grand Rapids Griffins U15 team will allow its players to compete at the highest level, to gain exposure of USHL, OHL and NCAA scouts, and to develop the on-ice skills, mental and physical strength and discipline that will be required for future success in high level hockey and in life."