All posts by Randy Russon

Soo trio on Team NOHA


Randy Russon
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January 22, 2019

Three members of the Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League have been named to the Team NOHA squad that will compete at the upcoming OHL Cup and OHL Gold Cup showcase events, Hockey News North has learned.

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Soo alters midget program


Randy Russon
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January 22, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie will be represented by one team, rather than two, in the Great North Midget Hockey League for the 2019-2020 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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NHL scouts like Firebirds


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January 22, 2019

Flint Firebirds may be in last place in the Ontario Hockey League but it is a testament to their young talent that four of their players are ranked on the latest Central Scouting list of the National Hockey League.

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Atom AA Hounds level it up


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January 21, 2019

Playing up a level resulted in a credible showing for a Sault Ste. Marie team at the International Silver Stick Hockey Tournament that was held in Sarnia on the weekend.

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Trappers take tourney title


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January 21, 2019

North Bay Major Trappers of the Great North Midget Hockey League skated home with the winners banner from the prestigious Steve Richey Tournament of Champions in Peterborough.

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Birds of different feathers


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January 20, 2019

They are two teams that represent the AAA midget hockey level in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Having said that, the Soo Major Thunderbirds and Soo Minor Thunderbirds are studies in contrast.

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Saginaw adds to its bench


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January 19, 2019

Veteran bench boss Darren Rumble has joined the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League as an assistant coach for the balance of the 2018-2019 season.

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London duo in Hearst


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January 18, 2019

They were born two months apart in 1999 in the sprawling southwestern Ontario city of London. They are life long friends who grew up together in their hometown and played hockey together. And now they are teammates again, far from home, in the small northeastern Ontario town of Hearst.

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Flint in good draft shape


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January 17, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft has plenty of plum potential for the Flint Firebirds.

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There’s a new ‘A’ in Flint


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January 17, 2019

Seasoned skater Jack Phibbs has joined the leadership group of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League as an alternate captain.

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Soo Eagles soar to .500


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January 16, 2019

Four straight victories have lifted the Soo Eagles to the .500 mark for the first time since the early going of the 2018-2019 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Best of the Minor Birds


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January 15, 2019

Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League figure to have two players chosen within the higher rounds of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Tournament of Champions


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January 15, 2019

More than 40 major and minor midget teams — including the Sault Major Thunderbirds and Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League — will be in Peterborough this week for the prestigious Steve Richey Tournament of Champions.

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Modest movement in Flint


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January 14, 2019

Barring a miracle on ice, Flint Firebirds are going to miss the Ontario Hockey League playoffs for a second successive season. But the last-place team in the Western Conference is showing steady signs of improvement.

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Hurrah to novice Hounds


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January 14, 2019

Soo Jr. Greyhounds have skated home with the novice AA division championship from the prestigious International Silver Stick Hockey Tournament that wrapped up in Pelham on the weekend.

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Soo boy to Sudbury midgets


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January 12, 2019

2002 birth year forward Nick Jameus of Sault Ste. Marie is joining the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the Great North Midget Hockey League for the balance of the 2018-2019 season.

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GMHL all-star day


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January 12, 2019

Next Tuesday in Ville-Marie, Quebec will mark the 13th annual all-star day for the Greater Metro Hockey League.

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Laprade all in on NOJHL


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January 11, 2019

He has been a player and a coach — and been on national championship teams as both — at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association level. Suffice to say that Doug Laprade, who is in his first season as head coach of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, knows a good level of the game when he sees it.

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Fearsome foursome


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January 10, 2019

London Knights, Soo Greyhounds, Saginaw Spirit and Guelph Storm are set up for what should be a furious fight for supremacy in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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North Bay to Hamilton


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January 10, 2019

Northern Ontario product Payton Vescio is headed south to the Hamilton Bulldogs. North Bay Battalion dealt the 2001 birth year defenseman to the reigning Ontario Hockey League champions at today’s trade deadline.

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Wolves add another vet


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January 9, 2019

Making his second trade of the week, Sudbury Wolves general manager Rob Papineau has added another 1999 birth year skater.

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Spirit rising under Lazary


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January 9, 2019

A coaching change appears to be working for the Saginaw Spirit. The latest win for Saginaw, a 3-1 victory over the reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs tonight, has the Spirit rising under new bench boss Chris Lazary.

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Net gains in Hearst


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January 8, 2019

It has been quite a difference in goalie play for the Hearst Lumberjacks from the 2017-2018 season to the 2018-2019 campaign. …[read more]

Divine intervention


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January 7, 2019

The owner, general manager and coach of the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League told Hockey News North that he saw his life flash before his eyes when the team bus recently barrelled off the highway and went down an eight-foot embankment and almost tipped over. “All I could think of is that we were going to die,” said Paul Frustaglio in the aftermath of the Saturday morning accident that occurred when French River was returning home from a Friday night game in Kirkland Lake against the Gold Miners.

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Retro night in Hamilton


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January 6, 2019

Reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs held a retro night on Saturday. And as part of the attraction for the game against the visiting Sarnia Sting, the Bulldogs invited members of the 1976 OHL and Memorial Cup champion Hamilton Fincups to be part of the festivities. …[read more]

Ready for a run in Saginaw


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January 5, 2019

Saginaw Spirit seems serious about taking a shot at Ontario Hockey League supremacy. The addition of Team Canada right winger Owen Tippett in a swap with the Mississauga Steelheads has solidified Saginaw as it sets sights on the stretch run of the 2018-2019 season. …[read more]

Top story: Hamilton over Soo


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January 4, 2019

To be sure, it was an upset of epic proportions. Thus, it gets the nod from Hockey News North as our top story from the year 2018. …[read more]

A first for Austin Holmes


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January 4, 2019

It took Timmins, Ontario product Austin Holmes only a few days into 2019 to score his first goal as a member of the Kanata Lasers of the Central Canada Hockey League. …[read more]

Saginaw snags Ryan McLeod


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January 3, 2019

Saginaw Spirit, with a record of 11-2-2 in its last 15 outings, has further strengthened itself with the acquisition of high-end forward Ryan McLeod via Ontario Hockey League trade with the Mississauga Steelheads. …[read more]

Two assists for Cam Baber


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January 2, 2019

Speedy Saginaw Spirit center Camaryn Baber had a helping hand in an Ontario Hockey League win over the Flint Firebirds tonight. The Sault Ste. Marie product assisted on two goals as Saginaw breezed past Flint with a resounding 9-1 triumph. …[read more]

West, East in the NOJHL


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January 2, 2019

The 12 member teams of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are slated to return to game activity within the next few days following an extended Christmas holiday hiatus. …[read more]

New Firebird has high IQ


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January 2, 2019

Potential prime-time pivot Cody Morgan is getting another shot at putting his supreme skill set to use after being acquired by the Flint Firebirds from the Windsor Spitfires in a New Year’s Day deal. …[read more]

Wheeling, dealing in Flint


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January 1, 2019

Flint Firebirds general manager Barclay Branch has ushered in 2019 by completing a pair of Ontario Hockey League trades. …[read more]