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Skills, drills on the Express


Randy Russon
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September 27, 2020

Second year skater Cole Delarosbil is taking to the approach of his new coach.

Brent Hughes

Delarosbil, a 2001 birth year forward from Sault Ste. Marie, was responding to being asked by Hockey News North how the first week of the skills and drills camp of the Espanola Express went under new bench boss Brent Hughes.

The 38-year old Hughes was hired as head coach of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team earlier this summer after three straight winning seasons as an assistant with the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.

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Nice local look for T-Birds


Randy Russon
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September 26, 2020

Scout local. Stay local. Play local.

The current operators have got it down pat.

Most recently, it was confirmed that Tyson Doucette, a 2004 birth year forward, is moving up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Soo T-Birds stay local


Randy Russon
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September 25, 2020

Tyson Doucette, a 2004 birth year forward, is moving up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Mauro boys in Beaver dam


Randy Russon
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September 25, 2020

Justin Mauro

They are a pair of high performance players with speed and a smart skill set.

And they just happen to be siblings.

To be sure, a brother act is prepared to take the stage for the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

As in, Devin Mauro will join his older brother Justin Mauro in Blind River for the upcoming NOJHL season.

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Birds go Young in the net


Randy Russon
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September 24, 2020

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have a new goalie. Hockey News North has confirmed the signing of a new Bird in the nest, er, net.

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Hockey is back in town


Randy Russon
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September 22, 2020

Across Canada, return to play guidelines are either in place or about to be observed as players in various levels of hockey are back on the ice.

As an example, minor hockey is back in Sault Ste. Marie, at least in the form of organized team sessions that have been slated at various local rinks.

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Flint deals with London


Randy Russon
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September 21, 2020

Once a Knight, now a Firebird.

Flint Firebirds have acquired highly touted forward Sahil Panwar in an Ontario Hockey League transaction with the London Knights.

Flint has transferred its fourth round pick at the 2021 OHL priority selections draft to London in exchange for the 6-foot-1, 180 pound Panwar.

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Net gain for Espanola


Randy Russon
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September 20, 2020

Goalie Owen Willis, a 2018 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the London Knights, has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Willis, who has a late 2002 birth date, was London’s 13th round pick in 2018.

The 6-foot-3, 175 pound Willis tended twine for the Toronto Titans under-18 team in 2019-2020.

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T-Birds sign two Soo boys


Randy Russon
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September 18, 2020

A pair of local products have flapped their way into the Bird nest, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Parker Morgan, a 2000 birth year forward, and Kaden Dundas, a defenseman with a 2003 birth date, have signed up to play for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds add Timmins d-man


Randy Russon
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September 17, 2020

Cameron Dutkiewicz

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired smart, skilled 2001 birth year defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz in a cash exchange.

A Timmins native, the 6 foot, 190 pound Dutkiewicz spent the 2019-2020 season with the Renfrew Timberwolves of the Central Canada Hockey League 2 division.

He netted four goals, 11 assists, 15 points in 40 games for Renfrew.

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OHL to Austria pro league


Randy Russon
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September 16, 2020

Daylon Groulx

A durable, honest, hard nosed, two way right winger has turned three full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League into a professional contract in Austria.

Daylon Groulx, who would be going into his overage season in the OHL, has instead opted to turn pro as a 20-year old.

The 6 foot, 185 pound Groulx finished up his OHL career with the Ottawa 67’s in 2019-2020 after being acquired from the Owen Sound Attack for three draft picks.

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Bibby boards the Express


Randy Russon
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September 15, 2020

Destination, Espanola.

A 15-year old youngster who was chosen at the 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

He is left winger Luke Bibby, a 13th round draft pick of the Owen Sound Attack from the Brantford 99ers under-16 team.

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Beavers give Jameus a shot


Randy Russon
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September 14, 2020

Nick Jameus

After originally committing to the Soo Eagles, Nick Jameus has instead signed with the Blind River Beavers.

A 2002 birth year forward, Jameus spent his rookie, 2019-2020 season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with the Elliot Lake Wildcats.

Elliot Lake has taken a leave of absence from the NOJHL for the 2020-2021 season.

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Express train runs north


Randy Russon
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September 13, 2020

Carson Boutin
Cole Delarosbil

No less than seven players with northeastern Ontario roots could very well be impact performers for the Espanola Express this season.

All are veterans with prior experience in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League who just might be a part of the Express having its first winning season in a franchise history that began in 2015.

Espanola is coming off of a 2019-2020 season in which it posted a record of 17-34-5 in sneaking into the West Division playoffs for the first time since its inaugural 2015-2016 NOJHL campaign.

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Kory is back in Kingston


Randy Russon
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September 11, 2020

Kory Cooper and Paul McFarland

K is for Kory. K is for Kingston.

Kory Cooper is back in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs, this time as their assistant general manager and goalie coach.

Cooper will work under Paul McFarland, who earlier this summer returned to the Frontenacs as coach and general manager after three seasons as an assistant in the National Hockey League.

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Deforge lands on the Rock


Randy Russon
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September 10, 2020

Landon Deforge

A hometown standout is remaining at home in Timmins to play hockey this season.

A skilled, smart, front line skater, Landon Deforge is moving up from the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And both Deforge’s former coach with the Majors and his new coach with the Rock have plenty good to say about the 5-foot-8, 160 pound pivot who has a 2003 birth date.

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New bench boss for Rayside


Randy Russon
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September 10, 2020

The reigning West Division pace setters from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have hired a new head coach.

Vagelli Sakellaris replaces Dan Cuomo as bench boss of the Rayside Balfour Canadians.

Cuomo, who held the position for the past two seasons, has opted to remain overseas in the Holland region of Netherlands with his family because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small market sizzle


Randy Russon
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September 9, 2020

Their combined population is less than 10,000 residents.

Located along rugged highways between the much bigger places of Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, the small market towns that house the Blind River Beavers and Espanola Express are separated by a mere one hour drive.

And looking ahead to the 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season, Blind River and Espanola seem set up to be formidable foes.

Which would be a boost for the Beavers-Express rivalry that has favoured Blind River over Espanola in the standings since the Express entered the NOJHL as a first year franchise in 2015.

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RBC picks up points in Perala


Randy Russon
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September 9, 2020

Owen Perala

Productive forward Owen Perala has joined the Rayside Balfour Canadians via future considerations trade with the Cochrane Crunch.

The 6-foot-4, 195 pound forward has already played two full seasons in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for Cochrane.

Hailing from the northwestern Ontario town of Nipigon, Perala netted 21 goals, 28 assists, 49 points in 55 games for Cochrane during the 2019-2020 campaign.

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NOJHL season will start …


Randy Russon
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September 8, 2020

When will Justin Mauro and the Blind River Beavers be up against Avery Rebek and the Soo Thunderbirds?

No one has the direct answer to the start date question.

No one can say with any certainty when the relatively free COVID-19 zones that encompass the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will be cleared to play.

But — and the word ‘but’ is a big word, more so than ever, perhaps, during these times of pandemic — there is a general feeling out there that if all goes well, the NOJHL will be playing games by early to mid November.

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Blind River to Espanola


Randy Russon
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September 7, 2020

Devon Savignac

One of the most talented young skaters in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has been traded.

Espanola Express has obtained highly skilled, 2003 birth year forward Devon Savignac from the Blind River Beavers in a cash exchange.

The 5-foot-10, 175 pound Savignac had asked to be traded from Blind River so he could remain at his family’s home in the Sudbury area during the season.

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Birds knock on Wood


Randy Russon
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September 6, 2020

Caleb Wood

Caleb Wood is crossing back over the International Bridge from the Soo Eagles to the Soo Thunderbirds in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League exchange.

Hockey News North has confirmed that the 2000 birth year forward has been dealt from the Michigan-based Eagles to the Ontario-based Thunderbirds for future considerations.

Hailing from Soo, Ontario, Wood has played the past two NOJHL seasons with the Eagles.

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Confirmations for Express


Randy Russon
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September 3, 2020

William Whelton

A returning defenseman and a rookie forward have signed to play for the Espanola Express.

Jason Rapcewicz, who is the owner, president and general manager of the small market Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team, told Hockey News North that holdover defenseman William Whelton and freshman forward Isaac Westlake have signed with the Express.

Whelton and Westlake have youth on their side as both have 2003 birth dates.

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