Family advisors of choice


Randy Russon
By
August 12, 2020

They are known as family advisors and/or player agents. And when I am asked by parents of hockey players — which is rather often — as to who I would recommend as a family advisor, I give them the names of three management groups that I have had good and lengthy dealings with.

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What’s with the handshakes?


Randy Russon
By
August 10, 2020

I fully expected the Toronto Maple Leafs to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth-and-deciding game of their preliminary round, National Hockey League playoff series.

Leafs and Blue Jackets shaking hands (during COVID-19) after Game 5 of their NHL playoff series

After all, the Leafs had stunned Columbus in Game 4 with an improbable 4-3 overtime win after rallying from a 3-0 deficit with less than four minutes to play in the third period.

But what I didn’t expect — aside from the Leafs coming up flat in a 3-0 loss in Game 5 — was that players from both teams would remove their gloves and shake hands following the decisive match.

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A good coach is a good coach


Randy Russon
By
July 29, 2020

Junior hockey and the way it operates and carries on can be cyclical, trendy and copycat.

Dan Cuomo

And while some may say or feel that junior hockey is a young man’s game when it comes to the art of coaching, that is simply not the case.

For example, as the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League both boast exceptional coaches who are in their 30s and 40s, so too do they feature high end bench bosses who are in their 50s and 60s.

In other words, when it comes to the NOJHL and OHL as two junior hockey leagues of illustration, a good coach is a good coach, regardless of age.

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Lafleur to Carleton Place


Randy Russon
By
July 28, 2020

The best team in the Central Canada Hockey League from the 2019-2020 season has added a crackerjack coach to its staff.

Marc Lafleur

Hockey News North has confirmed that Marc Lafleur has joined the staff of the Carleton Place Canadians as an assistant coach under owner, general manager and head coach Jason Clarke.

The 45-year old Lafleur and the Hearst Lumberjacks recently parted ways, just over a year after he led what was a second-year franchise to the 2018-2019 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship.

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Return to play proposals


Randy Russon
By
July 27, 2020

Junior hockey leagues throughout Ontario have been working on various proposals relative to a return to play at some point in the 2020-2021 season.

Soo Thunderbirds and Blind River Beavers are division rivals in the NOJHL.

Under the Canadian Jr. Hockey League umbrella there are four junior A leagues that are based in Ontario. They are the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Central Canada Hockey League, the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

The province is also home to the Ontario Hockey League, which is part of the major junior level, Canadian Hockey League.

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Rhodes Centre arenas open


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
July 23, 2020

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has implemented a number of modifications for the two arenas that are housed within John Rhodes Community Centre. The Rhodes Centre is located in the Sault’s east end on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Rhodes to re-open next week


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
July 9, 2020

The City of Sault Ste. Marie continues to re-open facilities by employing a phased approach as it tries to ensure appropriate safety measures for the community and limiting public health risks.

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Business as unusual


Randy Russon
By
July 5, 2020

These are unusual times. And in the hockey world, the so-called ‘new normal’ means the phrase ‘business as usual’ may no longer be applicable.

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Chris Thorburn: What a story


Randy Russon
By
June 29, 2020

Chris Thorburn had what might be called an improbable National Hockey League career.

Chris Thorburn, as a member of the Winnipeg Jets

Thorburn was nearing the end of his four-year Ontario Hockey League run in 2003 and had yet to be signed by the Buffalo Sabres, who had taken him two years earlier, in the second round of the 2001 NHL draft.

But the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product would finish his OHL career with a flourish after being dealt by the Saginaw Spirit to the Plymouth Whalers at the 2003 trade deadline.

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Bulls call on Bronson


Randy Russon
By
May 25, 2020

Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák Steel Bulls have put in a call from Central Hungary to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to ask veteran defenseman Bronson Kovacs to play another season of professional hockey in Erste Liga.

Bronson Kovacs

And the 29-year old Kovacs — he will turn 30 in July — told Hockey News North that he has made a verbal agreement to return to the Steel Bulls for the 2020-2021 hockey season. The 2020-2021 campaign will mark the sixth season of pro hockey in Hungary for Kovacs.

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Toots Kovacs to Sault College


Randy Russon
By
May 13, 2020

It is another level of the game for Zoltan (Toots) Kovacs. A fixture within the local hockey community for decades, the 60-year old Kovacs has enrolled with the Sault College Cougars men’s team as an assistant to head coach Mike Hall.

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Self isolating, hockey writing


Randy Russon
By
April 19, 2020

Many around the globe have left their office work stations to set up shop at home as a health precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. But I was already ahead of the game as someone who has been working and writing from home for a number of years now.

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New gig for Michael Kantor


Randy Russon
By
April 15, 2020

Hard-driven Michael Kantor, who played in more than 200 Ontario Hockey League games for Saginaw Spirit, Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves despite never being drafted, is turning to the business side of the game.

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Sault Major coaches


Randy Russon
By
April 15, 2020

Head coaches have been selected for seven rep teams that will compete on behalf of the Sault Major Hockey Association for the 2020-2021 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Very good, Ryan Vendramin


Randy Russon
By
April 14, 2020

Simply stated, Ryan Vendramin of the Sault College Cougars had an American Collegiate Hockey Association season like no other in 2019-2020.

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Flashback: Glavota v. Parco


Randy Russon
By
March 31, 2020

What are the chances that two hockey players from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario would face off on a world stage representing two countries other than Canada?

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As hockey is cancelled …


Randy Russon
By
March 15, 2020

The games will not be played for a while. In fact, while some leagues are simply in a hold pattern, others have downright cancelled the balance of the current season due to the global pandemic.

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Vendramin is ACHA’s best


Randy Russon
By
March 13, 2020

Local product Ryan Vendramin of the Sault College Cougars is the national player of the year for the Division 2 level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

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SPWHL shuts down


Randy Russon
By
March 13, 2020

Soo Pee Wee Hockey League has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 season for all teams at all levels due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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T.J. Aceti goalie award


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

Six years after his sudden passing at age 31, Sault Ste. Marie native T.J. Aceti is being honoured and recognized by the Sault Major Hockey Association with an award that will bear his name.

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High school hockey nobelman


Randy Russon
By
March 10, 2020

Remi Gentes, a true gentleman known for his soft heart and dedication, is ending a 35-year association with high school hockey in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Soo Reps in Timmins


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 7, 2020

Pee wee major AA Soo Reps split a pair of opening day matches at the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s tournament of champions that is taking place in Timmins.

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PW Major Hounds edged out


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 2, 2020

Soo Pee Wee Major AAA Soo Jr. Greyhounds won two games and lost three as the Northern Ontario Hockey Association representative at the Ontario Winter Games that were held on the weekend in Orillia.

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High school award winners


Randy Russon
By
February 26, 2020

Sault Ste. Marie’s high school hockey league, via retiring convenor Remi Gentes, has revealed its list of award winners for the recently completed 2019-2020 season.

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