There is a multiple player connection between the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Sault College Cougars of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Notably, three high-end players totaling six full years of NOJHL experience in Blind River will suit up for Sault College this 2017-2018 season.
The trio includes defenseman Andrew Trowbridge and forwards Tyler Brown and Jason Uhl.
Trowbridge, who hails from the Blind River area, is fresh from three NOJHL seasons with the Beavers in which he played in 166 games, including playoffs. A solid, stay-at-home defender, Trowbridge also filled in on the forward lines during his time with the Beavers.
Brown, is who is from Echo Bay, just outside Sault Ste. Marie, played the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons in Blind River. In 96 games over two NOJHL seasons in Blind River, Brown scored 32 goals, 37 assists, 69 points before moving on to play in the Maritime Hockey League and the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.
Uhl, who is a Sault Ste. Marie product, suited up for Blind River during the 2015-2016 NOJHL season and produced 12 goals, 21 assists, 33 points in 46 games. His 33 points that season were second most on the Beavers.
The 2017-2018 campaign will mark Sault College’s first official season as members of the ACHA. The Cougars competed at the Division 3, ACHA level on an exhibition basis in 2016-2017, taking part in 12 games and winning 5 of them.
PHOTO: Forward Jason Uhl, while playing for the Blind River Beavers. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)