All posts by Randy Russon

Blind River takes Game 3


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March 20, 2019

Upstart Blind River Beavers are back in contention with the Soo Thunderbirds in their Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series.

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Laker grad turning pro


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March 19, 2019

High-scoring senior forward Diego Cuglietta is moving on from the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

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Drive-thru playoff preview


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March 19, 2019

Spring fever has struck the Ontario Hockey League in the form of the annual rite of the playoff season. Following is a Hockey News North drive-thru preview of the first round of the OHL playoffs.

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Soo Indians coaching change


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March 18, 2019

The AAA major midget Soo Indians of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association have a new coach. Actually, the new coach is an old coach.

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Sons of Hounds on Attack


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March 18, 2019

Two current members of the Owen Sound Attack have a rather unique Ontario Hockey League history with the Soo Greyhounds.

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RBC banks on Bowen


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March 18, 2019

Backed by the goal-tending of David Bowen, the Rayside Balfour Canadians have taken a two games to none lead on the Soo Eagles in a best-of-seven, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League semi-final playoff series.

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OHL playoffs looming


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March 16, 2019

As the regular season in the Ontario Hockey League ends this weekend, all 16 teams that will take part in the upcoming playoffs have been confirmed. And while who will finish where in the standings has not been totally finalized, a few first-round match-ups have been determined.

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Team NOHA finishes 2-2


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March 15, 2019

Four games at this week’s OHL Cup in Toronto produced a 2-2 record for Team NOHA. Representing the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and made up of players from the Great North Midget Hockey League, Team NOHA was one of 20 entries in the Ontario Hockey League-sponsored event.

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Team NOHA goes to 2-1


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March 14, 2019

Team NOHA, representing the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and made up of players from the Great North Midget Hockey League, has improved its record to 2-1-0 at the OHL Cup tournament.

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Perfetti piling up points


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March 13, 2019

As Saginaw Spirit is playing at a torrid pace, rookie left winger Cole Perfetti is piling up the points for the streaking Ontario Hockey League team.

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Team NOHA at OHL Cup


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March 12, 2019

The four-division, 20-team OHL Cup is slated for this week in Toronto. The annual tournament of games features top minor midget aged talent who will be showing their skills to a bevy of general managers and scouts ahead of the April 6, Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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NOJHL has good coaches


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March 11, 2019

It was not that long ago — just a few years back, in fact — that the vast majority of head coaches in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League were seasonal, part-time workers.

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Korah crew came through


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March 11, 2019

All in all it was a good hockey season — team and player-wise — for the venerable high school from the west end of Sault Ste. Marie.

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Beavers wipe out Wildcats


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March 10, 2019

Blind River Beavers are moving on to the West Division semi-finals and a showdown with the no. 1 seed Soo Thunderbirds. The Beavers bested the Elliot Lake Wildcats 6-2 today to sweep the best-of-three, preliminary round, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series in two straight games.

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More points for Baber


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March 9, 2019

Opportunity has led to production for Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber. Having taken advantage of more ice time, the 2001 birth year center has two goals, seven assists, nine points in his last six games for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Soo high school to NOJHL


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March 8, 2019

Playing high school hockey in Sault Ste. Marie has proven to be far from the end of the line for a number of performers who have managed to move up an ice level over the years.

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Exceptional status granted


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March 8, 2019

Shane Wright, a 2004 birth year forward, has been granted exceptional player status and is thus eligible for the April 6, Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Elliot Lake v. Blind River


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March 7, 2019

A junior hockey rivalry between two neighbouring towns that officially dates back to 1971 will be revisited when the Blind River Beavers and Elliot Lake Wildcats face off this weekend.

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North Bay via New Liskeard


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March 5, 2019

Justin Brazeau has written quite a story since the North Bay Battalion took the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right winger in the 13th round of the 2014 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

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It shouldn’t be about the refs


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March 4, 2019

I watch a lot of hockey. It is what I do. I get to write and talk and make a nice living from a game that I first grew up watching on an old black and white television at mom and dad’s house on Maple St. in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Soo Eagles secure 3rd spot


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March 3, 2019

Third place in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is what it will be for the surging Soo Eagles.

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Four points for Cam Baber


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March 3, 2019

Rookie forward Camaryn Baber had the most prolific game of his young Ontario Hockey League career on Saturday night. The Sault Ste. Marie product assisted on four goals as the Saginaw Spirit cuffed the Kingston Frontenacs 7-1.

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D1 deal for Express forward


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March 2, 2019

Chase Lammi, a 2002 birth-year forward with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, has secured a future commitment to play at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association level, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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NOJHL to OHL to NHL deals


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March 2, 2019

Goalies Evan Cormier and Ken Appleby have both gone from tending twine in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League to signing National Hockey League contracts.

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Great North face-off finals


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March 1, 2019

North Bay Major Trappers and Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves will begin their best-of-five, Great North Midget Hockey League championship series on Saturday night in the Gateway City.

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Saginaw takes Soo to school


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February 27, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco potted his 20th goal of the season and added an assist as the Saginaw Spirit out-scored the Soo Greyhounds 5-3 tonight en route to a well-deserved Ontario Hockey League victory.

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Soo Eagles G nets NCAA deal


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February 27, 2019

Joseph Benedetto, a 1998 birth year goalie with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, has a college commitment for next season.

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Porco in pursuit of 20 goals


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February 27, 2019

Saginaw Spirit already has five players with more than 20 goals this season. And having found the back of the net 19 times, Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco is closing in on a 20-goal season for Saginaw.

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Best of the Great North


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February 26, 2019

Goalie Noah Zeppa of the lowly Soo Major Thunderbirds has been named most valuable player in the Great North Midget Hockey League for the 2018-2019 season.

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Rock adds Majors coach


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February 26, 2019

The head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League has joined the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the balance of this season.

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New ownership for Rayside


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February 25, 2019

The former owner of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League is poised to take control of the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Trappers oust Major T-Birds


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February 24, 2019

A humdrum season ended with a passable effort in defeat for the Soo Major Thunderbirds on Saturday night at John Rhodes Community Centre.

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High school award winners


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February 24, 2019

Among other award winners, Korah Colts goalie Dawson Hunter has been named the most valuable player from the four teams that comprise the high school hockey program in Sault Ste. Marie.

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