Q & A with NOJHL commish


Randy Russon
By
August 31, 2016

Questions and answers with HockeyNewsNorth.com and Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Robert Mazzuca. …[read more]

Another Red Wing with Spirit

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Randy Russon
By
August 31, 2016

As second-year general manager Dave Drinkill carefully positions the Saginaw Spirit to climb the Western Conference ladder, the front office of the 15-year old Ontario Hockey League team has added another Stanley Cup champion. …[read more]

Two Irish leaders


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
August 30, 2016

Detroit Fighting Irish of the U.S. Premier Hockey League’s Elite Division will have the services of two more veteran skaters for the 2016-2017 season. …[read more]

Firebirds GM in driver’s seat


Randy Russon
By
August 30, 2016

Montreal Canadiens draft pick Will Bitten and two of his teammates may have requested a trade out of Flint but it is Firebirds general manager George Burnett who holds the keys to any deal. …[read more]

No-show Bitten wants a trade

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Randy Russon
By
August 29, 2016

Will Bitten did not report to the opening of the Flint Firebirds training camp today and the 1998 birth-year centre has asked for a trade, specifically to the Ottawa 67’s, HockeyNewsNorth.com has learned. …[read more]

Learning from the master

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Randy Russon
By
August 29, 2016

It seems only fitting that a rookie Ontario Hockey League coach would spend eight years being developed and mentored by the dean of all OHL coaches. …[read more]

Hounds coach cites familiarity


Randy Russon
By
August 28, 2016

The head coach has expectations for the Soo Greyhounds in 2016-2017 that are designed to surpass what the Ontario Hockey League team achieved in 2015-2016. …[read more]

Pucci not yet at full strength

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Randy Russon
By
August 27, 2016

Having injured his knee earlier this summer, Sault Ste. Marie product Frankie Pucci will not be ready to participate in all drills when training camp opens for the Soo Greyhounds next week. …[read more]

Big guy back with Soo Eagles


Randy Russon
By
August 26, 2016

Having weighed a few options, power forward Chris Murphy has opted to return to the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2016-2017 campaign. …[read more]

Jimmy D shows his Spirit

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Randy Russon
By
August 25, 2016

When Little Caesars pizza baron Mike Ilitch bought the Detroit Red Wings back in 1982, one of his first moves was to hire Jimmy Devellano as general manager of what was then a downtrodden National Hockey League franchise. …[read more]

Wolves deal veteran goalie


Randy Russon
By
August 24, 2016

Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League have traded 1997 birth-year goalie Troy Timpano to the Erie Otters for considerations well into the future — a second-round draft pick in 2021, a third-round pick in 2020 and a 10th-round pick in 2018. …[read more]

Eagle eyes are on first place


Randy Russon
By
August 24, 2016

Soo Eagles co-coach/general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has set a lofty goal for the 2016-2017 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season. …[read more]

Hounds have the foot soldiers

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Randy Russon
By
August 24, 2016

They boast veteran forwards who can score — National Hockey League draft picks such as Zachary Senyshyn, Blake Speers, Boris Katchouk, Tim Gettinger and Jack Kopacka plus overage Bobby MacIntyre — but it’s the foot soldiers who may ultimately impact the success of the Soo Greyhounds in 2016-2017. …[read more]

Will Casey to Soo Eagles


Randy Russon
By
August 24, 2016

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a forward from the national under-18 champion Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed. …[read more]

Memories of Oshawa Generals

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Randy Russon
By
August 23, 2016

Think of the Oshawa Generals and a venerable history comes to the mind of a writer who has been covering the Ontario Hockey League for more than 40 years. …[read more]

Flint now at three overagers

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Randy Russon
By
August 23, 2016

Having dealt goalie Brent Moran to the North Bay Battalion on Monday, the Flint Firebirds have three overage players slated to report to their training camp on August 29. …[read more]

OHL rights of NOJHL goalie dealt


Randy Russon
By
August 22, 2016

Garrett Forrest, a 1997 birth-year goalie who starred for the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2015-2016, has had his Ontario Hockey League rights transferred from the North Bay Battalion to the Flint Firebirds. …[read more]

Wolves add Blues prospect


Randy Russon
By
August 22, 2016

Sudbury Wolves and Owen Sound Attack have finalized an Ontario Hockey League trade that features two veteran forwards who are also National Hockey League draft picks. …[read more]

Lars fills a Voit in Blind River


Randy Russon
By
August 21, 2016

Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed 1998 birth-year defenseman Lars Voit, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed. …[read more]

Ottawa 67’s overage shuffle


Randy Russon
By
August 17, 2016

Ottawa 67’s coach-general manager Jeff Brown has made three trades thus far this Ontario Hockey League off-season and all three have involved overage players. …[read more]

Express adds American scorer


Randy Russon
By
August 17, 2016

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has signed American-born, 1996 birth-year forward Nathan Viberg. …[read more]

Latest on Gustav Bouramman

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Randy Russon
By
August 16, 2016

Soo Greyhounds coach Drew Bannister talked to Gustav Bouramman via telephone today amid confirmation that the 1997 birth-year defenseman has been offered a contract to play pro hockey in his native Sweden for the 2016-2017 season. …[read more]

The changing game of hockey


Randy Russon
By
August 16, 2016

Man oh man have there been changes. If only I could count the number of ways that hockey has changed in the more than 40 years that I have been writing and talking about the sport. …[read more]

Two sides to the Soo Eagles

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Randy Russon
By
August 15, 2016

They are based on the Michigan side of the St. Mary’s River and the majority of their players are American but there’s also a Canadian contingent aboard the Soo Eagles. …[read more]

George Burnett: A hockey life

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HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
August 14, 2016

This is a man who has been a part of the Ontario Hockey League for almost half his life — a former standout player who has gained further respect as a coach and general manager. …[read more]

Want to play for Alpena Flyers?


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
August 13, 2016

Alpena Flyers of the U.S. Premier Hockey League Midwest Division are looking to add four forwards, two defensemen and a goalie for the 2016-2017 season. …[read more]

Rapids flowing in French River


Randy Russon
By
August 12, 2016

Busy at his day job in sales at Nickel Belt Camping, Jessy Landry has nonetheless found the time as president and general manager of the French River Rapids to put together the team that will soon begin its second season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]

Eagles ink big defenseman


Randy Russon
By
August 11, 2016

Veteran defenseman Matt Meininger is headed to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to suit up for the Soo Eagles. …[read more]

OHL trade front quiet, for now


Randy Russon
By
August 11, 2016

There has been no trade activity in the Ontario Hockey League since June 30 but that could change next week when management of member teams are together. …[read more]

New job for Kevin Cain


Randy Russon
By
August 11, 2016

One of the good guys in the game, Kevin Cain has a long association with hockey, particularly the junior level, where his stellar record of championship success speaks for itself. …[read more]

Express adds big piece of Rock


Randy Russon
By
August 11, 2016

As it preps for its second season as members of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Espanola Express has gained a premiere player via trade with the Timmins Rock. …[read more]

Busy Beavers

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Randy Russon
By
August 10, 2016

The faces of the franchise have changed from the players on the ice to the men making the decisions, all part of a master plan designed to make the Blind River Beavers competitive again. …[read more]

Big OHL season-ticket savings

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HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
August 9, 2016

Jeff Hunt, president of OSEG Sports, which is the ownership group of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League, says it’s all about the fans.. …[read more]

Waterloo to Voodoo-ville


Randy Russon
By
August 9, 2016

Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added some goal-scoring gain with the cash-exchange acquisition of forward Gary Mantz from the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]

Rayside signs Peterborough pick


Randy Russon
By
August 8, 2016

Chad Denault, a third-round selection of the Peterborough Petes at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League draft, has signed with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]