All posts by Randy Russon

Spirit, Steelheads swap


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June 24, 2019

Frequent trade partners Saginaw Spirit and Mississauga Steelheads have completed another Ontario Hockey League transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Two takeaways from Flint


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June 24, 2019

Among the signs that the Flint Firebirds are an up-and-coming team in the Ontario Hockey League is that two of its players were selected at the recent National Hockey League draft.

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Stars align for Nick Porco


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June 23, 2019

As the fourth round of Saturday’s National Hockey League draft ended and the fifth round was about to begin, Nick Porco said he started to get restless and pace the floor of his family’s Sault Ste. Marie home.

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Porco an NHL draft pick


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June 22, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco has become a National Hockey League draft pick. Porco, who has played the past two seasons with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, was selected by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round, 142nd overall, of today’s NHL draft.

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Committed to the Sting


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June 21, 2019

Sarnia Sting now has signed commitments from its top three picks at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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More fuel for the Firebirds


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June 20, 2019

Another day, another commitment. Flint Firebirds have signed another top prospect ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Top pick signs up in Flint


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June 19, 2019

Brennan Othmann and the Flint Firebirds have made it official. Othmann, a supreme left winger who was the second overall pick at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, has signed up to play in Flint.

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Zeppa signs with Chatham


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June 19, 2019

Local product Noah Zeppa has a Plan B in place if he doesn’t crack the roster of the Soo Greyhounds for the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season. The 2002 birth-year goalie has signed with the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Matier in a good place


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June 16, 2019

To be sure, it would have been nice for the family if the Soo Greyhounds had used the 18th pick of the first round of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft to take homegrown defenseman Jack Matier.

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Flint, Leamington to affiliate


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June 13, 2019

A team that is seen as being on the rise in the Ontario Hockey League has formed an affiliation with a reputable member of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hounds add overage goalie


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June 12, 2019

Looking to replace the graduated Matthew Villalta with a veteran goalie, Soo Greyhounds have obtained overage puck-stopper Christian Propp from the North Bay Battalion.

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Good vibes in the NOJHL


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June 12, 2019

It is no longer a junior league of last resorts. The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League continues to attract, keep, and develop players for higher levels. It also features a bevy of good coaches and has solid ownership in the majority of its locales.

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Soo T-Birds on the market


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June 11, 2019

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League could be under new operation and executive management ahead of the 2019-2020 season.

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Porco poised to be an NHL pick


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June 9, 2019

He is seen as being somewhat of a wild card ahead of the upcoming National Hockey League draft. Depending on who one talks to, Saginaw Spirit winger Nick Porco could be drafted anywhere between rounds three and five of the June 21-22 NHL process.

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Into school and hockey


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June 8, 2019

After three solid seasons as an energetic, two-way forward with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Jake Palmerio is fresh from his freshman term with the Concordia University Falcons of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

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NL coach likes Soo goalie


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June 6, 2019

New Liskeard Cubs head coach Steve Polyblank likes both the ability and commitment of Sault Ste. Marie product Zachary Prusky. Not only did Prusky stand out at the Cubs recent spring tryout camp but the 2003 birth year goalie is willing to move 325 miles from his Soo home to play at the Great North Midget Hockey League level in New Liskeard.

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NL Cubs sign Soo goalie


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June 3, 2019

Looking to add a goalie ahead of the 2019-2020 season, New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League have signed a rookie puck-stopper from Sault Ste. Marie.

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More Eagles off to school


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June 2, 2019

Make that two more players from the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League who have secured Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association commitments ahead of the 2019-2020 season.

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Old Centennial back in the O


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May 31, 2019

Lee Jinman, who scored 134 points during his rookie season with the erstwhile North Bay Centennials, is back in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Takeaways from an OHL season


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May 30, 2019

The book has closed on the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League season. But ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign, there will be summer stories relative to player signings and trades and activity within the coaching ranks. Before that, however, we glance at six takeaways from the 2018-2019 term.

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PW Major AA Reps picked


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May 27, 2019

More than 60 players with 2007 and 2008 birth dates attended a series of recent tryouts for the Soo Pee Wee Major AA Reps. The roster of players picked to play for the Sault Major Hockey Association squad has been obtained by Hockey News North.

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CHL’s best rookie is a Wolf


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May 25, 2019

Standout Sudbury Wolves skater Quinton Byfield has followed up on being named Ontario Hockey League rookie of the year by being voted as the best freshman in the entire Canadian Hockey League.

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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?


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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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