The four teams that comprise Sault Ste. Marie’s high school hockey program are less than two weeks away from the start of the playoffs.
League convenor Remi Gentes has confirmed to Hockey News North that the playoffs will begin on Monday, February 11.
All four teams will make the playoffs.
First-place and fourth-place finishers will face off in the opening round of the playoffs as will the second and third seeds. Playoff series will be best two-of-three.
As the regular season slate winds down, St. Mary’s Knights are in first place with a record of 11-4-0, just ahead of the 11-5-0 Korah Colts. Central Algoma Huskies are next with a record of 5-9-1 with the Superior Heights Steelhawks at the bottom of the rung with a 3-10-3 mark.
All four teams play an 18-game, regular-season schedule followed by the playoff slate.
Aforementioned league convenor Remi Gentes has also confirmed that the Northern Ontario Secondary School Association AAA championship tournament will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on March 4-5.
Gentes has a long association with high school hockey in Sault Ste. Marie.
Leading up to his retirement as a teacher, Gentes was a multiple-championship head coach of the erstwhile Sir James Dunn Eagles.
While coaching at the Dunn, Gentes helped develop a number of players for the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League including forwards Ryan McLean (Soo Thunderbirds) and Matt Irvine (Blind River Beavers.) Another Gentes alum and Dunn graduate is goalie D.J. Robertson, a former Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the London Knights.