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Minnesota Squatch Join United States Premier Hockey League, Will Play In Elk River

By Joshua Boyd /, 05/05/22, 8:00PM EDT


New Team Will Join Midwest West Division Of USPHL Premier

The United States Premier Hockey League is excited to announce the Minnesota Squatch will be joining the USPHL Premier’s Midwest West Division in 2022-23.

The new team, based in Elk River, Minnesota, will be co-owned by Chic Pojar and Sara Pojar.  Chic grew up playing in the “State of Hockey” and has been involved in the game his whole life. 

“Hockey is my passion. When we learned the USPHL was interested in expansion, we jumped at the opportunity,” he said. 

Pojar has been coaching for over 20 years at the high school level in Minnesota. He played NCAA Division I hockey at St. Cloud State University, followed by four years of minor professional hockey in the ECHL and SHL. Chic will be the General Manager and Head Coach of the new team. 

“I’ve been involved in Minnesota hockey at all levels, including coaching in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (a highly recruited fall league that showcases the best Minnesota High School players). Coaching in this league has allowed me to develop numerous relationships with Tier I and Tier II Junior Coaches, as well as NCAA Division I and Division III College Coaches.”  

Sara Pojar has been involved in her family business for more than 30 years and she will be the Business Manager for the new organization.

“The USPHL is very excited to work with Chic and Sara Pojar and we know they will be valuable additions to what is already an outstanding Midwest West Division,” added USPHL Commissioner Bob Turow.

Why the name “Squatch”?  

“We wanted to do something fun. There have been Sasquatch sightings in Minnesota in recent years and now in Elk River!” said Chic Pojar. “It works well with all the game day festivities, promotions, and giveaways we plan on doing. Plus, our mascot ‘Squatch’ will be a fan favorite!”

The Squatch have also hired assistant coaches, a corporate sales team, a strength coach, and a scouting staff to get them off on the right foot as they move towards their inaugural games in September. 

The Squatch will play their home games at the Furniture-and-Things Community Event Center in Elk River.  

“The facility is brand new and state-of-the-art. It is one of the top junior hockey facilities in the country,” said Chic Pojar. “It is listed as 1,600 seating capacity, has seating around the rink, a center ice scoreboard and first-in-class locker rooms. It includes a full restaurant and bar overlooking the playing surface. There are two regulation size ice rinks, a field house for dry-land training, a weight room and shooting area. The training opportunity for our players is off the charts.”

Another advantage of being in Elk River is the close proximity to dozens of NCAA Division I and III colleges. 

“If you are looking to play in the MIAC, NCHA or WIAC, it’s an easy drive for coaches and scouts to come watch our team play.”

Part of the excitement for the Pojar family was knowing they’d be playing in the Midwest West Division of the USPHL Premier, which has been consistently one of the most hard-fought divisions in the league, which counted 64 teams last year and continues to grow as the Nation’s Largest Junior Hockey League.

“[The Midwest West] is certainly strong, and we look forward to building the USPHL/NCDC brand here in Minnesota,” Chic added. 

“We want our players to know that when you become part of the Squatch family, you’re going to grow, develop and mature into a player who advances, whether it’s the NCAA, ACHA, CHF, Tier-1 or Tier-2 junior hockey,” he added. “The hockey is important, but we also need to develop these young men to be outstanding members in the community.”

The Squatch will be out in full force at the USPHL NCDC Combine Series in both Chicago and Detroit, as well as many of the established off-season recruiting events.

It’s a very busy and exciting time for Pojar and his staff as they continue to work with potential corporate sponsors and seek billet families for their players. 

“There is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, but we look forward to kicking it off in September!” 


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