Spartans to stay in Medford!

by Melissa Sexton

As the previous owners of the Southern Oregon Spartans, Troy, John, and Forest are very pleased to announce that the Southern Oregon Spartans Hockey Program will be staying in the valley. The ownership of the program has been assumed by Dylan and Brie Martin. Dylan and his wife Brie have been approved by the WSHL to take over ownership of the Spartan organization effective immediately. We are very grateful that Dylan and his wife are interested in continuing the Spartan legacy. This will be a huge task to accomplish in time for the upcoming season. Dylan and Brie will be in town in 10 days and will need the support of everybody interested in the continued success of the Spartans in the valley. He will need help with volunteer's, sponsorship sales, billet families, and much more. We have one of the best fan bases in the WSHL and I know that our fans will continue to offer Dylan their support. All future social media correspondence will be at the direction of Dylan and Brie, as this is the last post that the previous ownership group will be making.  We thank you for all for your continued support and dedication.  We have truly enjoyed the last ten years. We hope to sit in the stands with the rest of you and enjoy many more years of hockey in Southern Oregon.

Here is a brief introduction of the new ownership team for the Southern Oregon Spartans:

Brie and Dylan Martin are newlyweds hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico and Evansville, Wisconsin. Brie, a longtime hockey fan, will serve as the team's President and Game Day Events Manager. She fell in love with the game watching the WPHL/CHL's New Mexico Scorpions. As a teenager, she worked in the pro shop at the local rink. Her education path took her to Chicago, Illinois to earn a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Dominican University. Chicago became the birth place of Brie and Dylan's relationship. While Dylan was attending and playing for Robert Morris University-Chicago, these two met at... you guessed it, an ice rink. Johnny's Icehouse remains a dear place in their hearts. It is where they learned to work together, got engaged, and hosted five successful charity hockey events, The Miller Show Hockey. The couple plans on continuing the annual tradition. Dylan, a hockey-player-turned-coach, started playing at the age of 5. After finishing his youth and high school career in Stoughton, Wisconsin, Dylan moved on to the junior ranks for three seasons before committing to RMU. He served as Graduate Assistant Coach at RMU while obtaining his Master's degree in Sports Administration. Since then, Dylan has coached with the University of New Mexico and the Midwest Blackbirds of the USPHL.

"Owning and operating a team has been a dream of ours for some time now. We are blown away that our dream has now became a reality, thanks in part to our family and friends. We would also like to thank Ron White, Bob Armando, and Mike Murphy of the WSHL, as well as Forest Sexton, Troy Irving, and John Hanson for their continual support during this transition time. We could not be more excited to move to Medford. We know this community loves and supports this team, which was a big part of the draw for us. Community involvement and volunteer commitment is a pivotal element in our organization's model. It is very important to us to develop these kids on and off the ice, as hockey players and as people. We look forward to helping each player reach their ultimate goals and get them to their next stage in life, be it the next tier of junior hockey, college, trade school, and beyond. We take this responsibility very seriously and are working hard to place a great team on the ice for the 2019-2020 season."