College Station welcomed a new hockey team this past spring, the College Station Spirit. Now the Brazos Valley plays host to an even wider array of sports and that is something worth celebrating.

The College Station Spirit is the newest member of the North American Tier III Hockey League, or the NA3HL. The team was previously located in Sugarland, but after being purchased by the Minnesota Junior Hockey Group was relocated to College Station. The team is the NA3HL affiliate of the Minnesota Magicians, a member of the North American Hockey League, or the NAHL.

The NA3HL functions to prepare young athletes to move into the NAHL and eventually to the NCAA Collegiate Hockey League and maybe even the NHL afterwards. The league has 48 teams spread around 21 states. Players participate in tournaments and league-wide showcases for exposure to college and professional scouts.

The College Station Spirit is a member of the NA3HL Southern Division in addition to the Atlanta Capitals, Euless Jr. Stars, the Louisiana Drillers, Point Mallard Ducks, and the Texas Jr. Brahmas.

All that to say: there is high probability for some rivalries to showcase players who could be drafted into your favorite NHL team.

Tickets to see the Spirit at home in Spirit Ice Arena on Holleman run at $8 for adults, though only $5 for college students with their student ID. The team has 22 total home games for the season, so there are plenty of chances to check out College Station’s newest team. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or over the phone.

The games are a smaller venue to an equally as powerful hockey fandom. It gets a little chilly in Spirit Ice Arena, so don’t forget to bundle up, but don’t let that be a discouraging factor. The Spirit turns out a nice little fan group and would love as many more to come out as possible. Games are filled with fun music and exciting hockey because each team plays to win. Even if you’re not a hockey fan, these guys will have you at the edge of your seat engaged in the action.

These guys don’t do anything halfway and watching them is guaranteed to be a blast, so come out to Spirit Ice Arena and check out College Station’s newest team. Keep an eye on the team on Twitter @CSSpiritNA3HL or on Facebook under College Station Spirit.