All posts by Randy Russon

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


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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


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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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Birds of high flight


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April 26, 2019

Having the best record during the 2018-2019 regular season did not carry over to winning the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff championship for the Soo Thunderbirds.

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RV is ACHA MVP


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April 26, 2019

Scoring machine forward Ryan Vendramin of the Sault College Cougars has capped a championship season with a major individual honour. The 23-year old captain of the Cougars has been named most valuable in the Division 3, American Collegiate Hockey Association ranks.

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From Hearst to first


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April 25, 2019

What a difference one season can make. A year ago, the Hearst Lumberjacks used seven different goalies en route to a fifth-place finish during the regular season and a quick ouster in the preliminary round of the playoffs.

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Hearst wins the NOJHL!


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April 24, 2019

A small-market franchise in only its second season of existence — with a town population of about 5,000 — the Hearst Lumberjacks are the champions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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NOJHL is down to the wire


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April 23, 2019

It was before the start of the playoffs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and I was having a casual chat with commissioner Rob Mazzuca.

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Nine signed in Timmins


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April 22, 2019

Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League have signed nine players ahead of the 2019-2020 season including six returnees and three newcomers.

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Saginaw pair suspended


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April 22, 2019

Saginaw Spirit will have to do without starting goalie Ivan Prosvetov and overage defensemen Justin Murray via lengthy suspensions handed down by the Ontario Hockey League today.

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Wright played the right way


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April 21, 2019

He was a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who took a long and winding road from Sault Ste. Marie and back again to play four full seasons of hockey at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association level.

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