All posts by Randy Russon

Wins but no championships


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May 24, 2019

Somewhere at some point, the Soo Greyhounds must have offended the hockey gods. The Greyhounds have had seven straight winning seasons — averaging 45 victories a year during that span — but do not have a single Ontario Hockey League championship to show for it.

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New coaches in like Flint?


Randy Russon
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May 22, 2019

Flint Firebirds could be closing in on the hiring of their new associate coach and assistant coach ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Holmes is for the Hounds


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May 22, 2019

First came the selection. Then came the signing. Soo Greyhounds have inked their first-round pick from the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Kressler kids a few miles apart


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May 22, 2019

Neither Braeden Kressler or his older sister Bryanna will be living at home with their mom and dad come the fall. But as Braeden is slated to be playing hockey in Flint and with Bryanna about to enter her junior year as a softball standout at Wayne State University, the siblings won’t be far apart.

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New coach in Kirkland Lake


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May 21, 2019

Trevor Ritchie has been hired as the new head coach of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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School is in for Mulligan


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May 21, 2019

Workhorse defenseman Ryan Mulligan has parlayed a strong season with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League into a National Collegiate Athletic Association commitment.

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Job openings in Flint


Randy Russon
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May 20, 2019

Head coach Eric Wellwood will have two new coaching sidekicks to work alongside when the 2019-2020 season gets underway for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Following up in Flint


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May 20, 2019

It was a fast forward to the future in Flint as the Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League held their orientation camp.

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Pee Wee Major AA tryouts


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May 16, 2019

Coached by Frank Porco, the Soo Pee Wee Major AA rep hockey team will be holding its tryout camp next week, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Theriault going to the Dogs


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May 15, 2019

Better late than never. Three years after being drafted by the Niagara IceDogs, Sault Ste. Marie product Lucas Theriault has signed on with the Ontario Hockey League team.

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What’s up in Saginaw?


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May 14, 2019

Fresh from a 2018-2019 season in which the Saginaw Spirit set a franchise record for most points and then advanced to the Western Conference playoff finals for the first time ever, there is some disconnect being linked to the Ontario Hockey League team.

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Trades tilted Storm surge


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May 14, 2019

George Burnett has been a rather-successful coach over an Ontario Hockey League bench career that began in 1989. But it was the 57-year old Burnett’s work as the general manager (and coach) of the Guelph Storm that led it to a stunning OHL championship of this spring.

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Back coaching in the NOJHL


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May 13, 2019

Veteran coach Corey Bricknell is returning to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. French River Rapids of the NOJHL have hired the 43-year old Bricknell as their new bench boss.

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Camp calls for Soo Eagles


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May 13, 2019

Flying ahead of the 2019-2020 season, Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have an upcoming tryout camp on the slate.

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Guelph takes OHL by Storm


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May 12, 2019

The comeback kids are the improbable champions of the Ontario Hockey League. Against all odds, the Guelph Storm will represent the OHL at the upcoming Memorial Cup tournament.

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Heading out to camp in Flint


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May 11, 2019

First-round pick Brennan Othmann and a host of prospects from the past two drafts — including a pair from the Great North Midget Hockey League — will be among the 30 fresh faces in Flint next weekend as the Firebirds hold their orientation camp.

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Sault Major picks AA coaches


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May 11, 2019

The four coaches who will head the AA teams within the Sault Major Hockey Association for the 2019-2020 season have been selected.

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All signed up in Saginaw


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May 10, 2019

First-round draft pick Connor Punnett has wasted little time in signing with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Status quo in Blind River


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May 10, 2019

Fresh from three straight winning seasons in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Blind River Beavers are maintaining stability at the executive, management and coaching levels.

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What a goalie!


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May 9, 2019

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played a starring role in the major Ontario Hockey League turnaround that the Sudbury Wolves fashioned during the 2018-2019 season.

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Doc Vaughan passes away


Randy Russon
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May 9, 2019

The legendary founder and inaugural owner of the erstwhile Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League has passed away at the age of 81.

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NOJHL team dealt a blow


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May 7, 2019

The future of the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is murky in the aftermath of a City Council meeting from Monday.

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67’s will take time with Matier


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May 7, 2019

Ottawa 67’s are not just in a one-year mode of championship contention in the Ontario Hockey League. With a team of veterans slated to return in 2019-2020 — including five defensemen — Ottawa will be in position to properly develop first-round draft pick Jack Matier as the 67’s again pursue a title next season.

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OHL rookie sensations


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May 6, 2019

Import defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok, an early-season, waiver-wire acquisition by the Flint Firebirds from the London Knights, has been named an Ontario Hockey League first-team, all-star rookie for the 2018-2019 season.

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Nicholls is a Majors addition


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May 6, 2019

2003 birth year goalie Evan Nicholls is moving on from the Soo Minor Thunderbirds to the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Looking ahead to next season


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May 6, 2019

It is an annual refrain heard throughout the nation at all levels of the game. One hockey season ends and talk summarily begins about the next one.

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Clancy & crew on board


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May 4, 2019

Veteran Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League bench boss Dave Clancy has hopped aboard the Espanola Express via a new two-year contract extension, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Hearst has the fan support


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May 4, 2019

It figures to be like a home game for the Hearst Lumberjacks tonight when the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champions face off against the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in the Dudley Hewitt Cup title tilt.

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No doubt about Kyle Dubas


Randy Russon
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April 30, 2019

For the third straight spring with Mike Babcock making $6.25 million a season to coach them, the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

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Guelph storms back again


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April 29, 2019

Seven times in these Ontario Hockey League playoffs, the Guelph Storm has played an elimination game. And all seven times — lucky seven, perhaps? — it has been a perfect Storm.

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Going to Game 7


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April 28, 2019

No. 4 seed Guelph Storm has forced a seventh-and-deciding game with no. 2 seed Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference final of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

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Eagles and their camp


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April 27, 2019

Coming off a third-place finish in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League followed by a six-game, semi-final playoff series to end the 2018-2019 season, the Soo Eagles will get a head start on the 2019-2020 campaign with an upcoming camp.

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Parco suspension clarified


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April 26, 2019

Factions loyal to John Parco and the Soo Thunderbirds have been critical of Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Robert Mazzuca for a suspension that sidelined the Soo coach for Games 6 and 7 of the championship series against the Hearst Lumberjacks.

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