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Ironmen of the North Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 5 May 2013  
By: Randy Russon

Jamestown had finished in last place and out of the playoffs in 2011-2012.
The Ironmen followed a script similar to the one the Port Huron Fighting Falcons wrote in going from last place in 2010-2011 to the North Division title in 2011-2012.
As erstwhile coach-general manager Bill Warren fashioned the outhouse-to-penthouse ascent in Port Huron, Dan Daikawa is the overseer of a similar turnaround in Jamestown.
Nico Sierra and ace defenceman Dylan Zink while re-acquiring goalie Joe Ballmer from the United States Hockey League.
"Not only did he do a good job with that team as coach but as the GM too," praised Bruno Bragagnolo, the coach-general manager of the Soo Eagles squad that lost to Daikawa's Ironmen in the North Division finals.
A legend in his native Japan from his playing days, Iwamoto is regarded as somewhat of a coaching genius for his ability to break down and plan a game according to the strengths of his team and the weaknesses of the opposition.
Now it is off to the Robertson Cup tournament with the champs of the NAHL's Central, South and West divisions for the Ironmen of the North, a relentless team of resolve, resilience and respect.
Not a single player on the Jamestown roster was born in 1995 and only two were born in 1994. The remainder of the Ironmen players were born in either 1993 or 1992.
To be sure, it is by design and determination that Daikawa and Iwamoto assembled and programmed this Jamestown team.
A team does not go 6-0 in the playoffs against top NAHL teams like the Soo and K-Zoo without being a groomed, gritty, gang of gamers.
As for potential new ownership of the Ironmen, sources are saying that a local group of investors from Jamestown has recently partnered with a separate faction that includes former NAHL coaches David Cole and Todd Watson plus Bob Peters and Paul Ziter from Checkmate Hockey and has finalized a deal to buy the team from Yamada.

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