All posts by Randy Russon

Flint Firebirds are on fire


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February 18, 2020

Winners of a franchise-record 13 straight games, the Flint Firebirds have caught up to arch-rival Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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61 goals for Ryan Vendramin


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February 17, 2020

Sault College’s scoring machine was firing on all cylinders again on the weekend. Local product Ryan Vendramin netted seven goals — giving him 61 on the season — as the Cougars roared to a pair of American Collegiate Hockey Association victories over the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

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Star goalie in the making


Randy Russon
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February 14, 2020

The best young goalie in the Ontario Hockey League was born in 2003 and is a product of the Great North Midget Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.

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Sault boy on the Express


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February 13, 2020

Hard-working Cole Delarosbil has been a positive presence as a rookie forward with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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So good in the Great North


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February 12, 2020

Albert Corradini has a lengthy association with the Great North Midget Hockey League. Before becoming commissioner of the Great North loop in 2018, Corradini served the league’s Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves well as their general manager for many years.

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Mauro on the mend


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February 12, 2020

Blind River Beavers are hoping to get speedy, high-scoring forward Justin Mauro back in the lineup before the start of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoffs.

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Eagles eyes on third goalie


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February 10, 2020

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are giving practice time to goalie Gabe Rosek of the major midget Soo Indians of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.

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RBC: 10-0-0 in 2020


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February 10, 2020

Rayside Balfour Canadians continue to be perfect during the 2020 portion of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular-season schedule.

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Scoring sensation Serre


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February 9, 2020

The best player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is a small-town kid who is skating and starring for his home-town team.

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Express lane to playoffs


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February 9, 2020

For the first time since the 2015-2016 campaign — which was its first season in existence as a franchise — the Espanola Express has qualified for a playoff spot in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hounds, Malik lose again


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February 7, 2020

Soo Greyhounds remained outside the Ontario Hockey League playoff picture tonight with a 5-1 loss to the visiting Guelph Storm. The defeat was the third straight for the Greyhounds, all with rookie goalie Nick Malik in the net.

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Hounds goalie controversy


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February 4, 2020

Soo Greyhounds are now on the outside looking in at a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. Instead of leaving well enough alone, the Greyhounds have started rookie goalie Nick Malik ahead of proven overage Bailey Brkin in seven of nine games since the Czech Republic import landed in Sault Ste. Marie during the second week of January.

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Good goalies galore in N.O.


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February 2, 2020

This could well be termed the year of the goalie in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. To be sure, there is net worth aplenty throughout the 12-team NOJHL.

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Sault Major elite coaches


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January 29, 2020

Four coaches have thus far been chosen to head up teams within the Sault Major Hockey Association’s elite program for the 2020-2021 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Win, win at Sault College


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January 29, 2020

Through 24 games thus far this 2019-2020 season, the Sault College Cougars have compiled a rousing record of 19-3-2. Glancing ahead, after an away weekend at Michigan State University on February 7 and 8, the Sault College men will be on the home ice of Rankin Arena for matches against West Virginia University on February 15 and 16.

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Rayside unbeaten in 2020


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January 27, 2020

Rayside Balfour Canadians have a perfect record of 7-0-0 through the 2020 portion of this Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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A hint of Flint in torrid race


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January 26, 2020

There is no clear-cut jewel among the multiple contenders in the wild Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. Cases can be made in favour of the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires. And in the middle of the pack are the Flint Firebirds.

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NCAA star to NOJHL coach


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January 23, 2020

Just 25 years of age, J.T. Henke has moved on from being a standout Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association center with the Lake Superior State Lakers to become a first-year assistant coach with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Hockey League.

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Locken did the blockin’


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January 21, 2020

A recent excursion to London allowed me the opportunity to meet up with my old friend Mark Locken, who was a standout Ontario Hockey League goalie from 1975 to 1978. Locken won a Memorial Cup as a rookie with the Hamilton Fincups before playing for the Soo Greyhounds and the Niagara Falls Flyers in the OHL.

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Soo kids shine in London


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January 21, 2020

Martineau Masonry, a novice major team representing the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League, opened a lot of eyes at a weekend tournament in London.

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Kanata Lasers for sale


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January 21, 2020

Three separate factions are in talks to take over ownership of the Kanata Lasers of the Central Canada Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Greyhound goalie numbers


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January 20, 2020

Since arriving in town about a week ago, import goalie Nick Malik has a received a virtual hero’s welcome from a faction of the local media. And that’s okay. But the numbers show that, over the course of this season, Soo Greyhounds have a much better winning percentage when overager Bailey Brkin is the goalie of record.

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Chaffay churns out the goals


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January 16, 2020

He is one of six players on the Soo Jr. Greyhounds who have passed the 20-point plateau through 25 games of Great North Midget Hockey League play.

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Happy new year in Liskeard


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January 15, 2020

New Liskeard Cubs have taken to 2020 in style. The Cubs have a record of 3-1-0 thus far in the new year to move closer to their arch-rival Timmins Majors in the Great North Midget Hockey League standings.

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Close quarters of the N.O.


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January 14, 2020

It is like the playoffs before the playoffs have even started. Regular-season play in the 12-team Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League carries through until March 1. But the close quarters of the NOJHL make it seem as though the playoffs have already arrived.

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OHL trade recap


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January 11, 2020

More than a dozen deals — several of an impact nature — were made over a frantic span of a few recent days as the annual Ontario Hockey League trade deadline came and went.

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