Gone fishing


Randy Russon
By
May 17, 2018

Good day, readers of Hockey News North. I will be away from here until early next week for some rest and relaxation. See you all next week, God willing.

Let’s celebrate in the Soo


Craig Hartsburg
By
May 13, 2018

We have been treated to some fantastic play this past season by coach Drew Bannister, his staff and every one of the players that put on the Ontario Hockey League jersey of the Soo Greyhounds. …[read more]

A hockey story a day …


Randy Russon
By
May 13, 2018

For players, the hockey season can vary in length from about six to nine months, depending on the age group and level. …[read more]

First shift for Sault girls


Randy Russon
By
May 9, 2018

Here’s to you, girls. Sault Female Hockey Association is poised to offer a cost-effective introduction to the sport for girls 6-10-years old, local president Elissa Plastino has confirmed. …[read more]

Pee wee minor Selects…


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
May 7, 2018

Head coach Jerry Lortie has confirmed the roster for the Soo pee wee minor AA Selects hockey team for the 2018-2019 season. …[read more]

Spring minor hockey scene


Randy Russon
By
May 5, 2018

Spring has sprung and the minor hockey season in Sault Ste. Marie is on session break until the fall. Or maybe it isn’t. …[read more]

Seeing the big picture


Craig Hartsburg
By
April 18, 2018

There have been a lot of things that I have really enjoyed about being involved this past year with minor hockey in Sault Ste. Marie. There are a lot of really good people out there, first and foremost. There are great parents, coaches, managers and, especially, great kids! …[read more]

Reaching out to offer help


Craig Hartsburg
By
April 12, 2018

Well, the coach selection process is done at the AAA hockey level in Sault Ste. Marie. And with that, I am sure there is a lot of anxiety, excitement, disappointment and some nervous people. …[read more]

Way to go Wildcats!


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
April 10, 2018

Maverick and Sons Exteriors Sault Wildcats have returned from Mississauga with an Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, pee wee BB division, provincial bronze medal. …[read more]

Sault Major picks coaches


Randy Russon
By
April 4, 2018

Sault Major Hockey Association and its coaching selection committee have confirmed the six AAA head coaches for the 2018-2019 season. …[read more]

Baber incident comment


Craig Hartsburg
By
April 2, 2018

The incident involving Camaryn Baber of the Soo Thunderbirds (who suffered a concussion after a blind-side hit from a Rayside-Balfour Canadians player in a recent Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff game) has once again put a damper on our great game. …[read more]

My Dunn birthday buddy


Randy Russon
By
April 1, 2018

My trusted friend Dr. Kevin Caruso is celebrating a birthday today. Not only is Kevin an April Fools Day baby but he gets birthday wishes and hugs on Easter Sunday. …[read more]

Coming up at Sault College


Randy Russon
By
March 25, 2018

Sault College Cougars will be making a move up within the Division 3, American Collegiate Hockey Association effective the 2018-2019 season. …[read more]

Playoff weekend in the Soo


Randy Russon
By
March 23, 2018

Tonight. Saturday night. Sunday afternoon. If you live in Sault Ste. Marie — and are into junior hockey playoffs — then this is a cool place to be this weekend. …[read more]

Dangerous hits to the head


Randy Russon
By
March 22, 2018

It is a contact sport that is played at high speed within the dimensions of an ice surface. And it seems the higher the level, the more danger there is of suffering a head injury. To be sure, concussions — and symptoms of them — are a concerning part of, in this instance, junior hockey. …[read more]

Writing the playoff story


Randy Russon
By
March 14, 2018

Given my druthers, I would be sitting under the soft breeze of a northern sky, wearing my classic blue jean jacket and reading Shakespeare while thinking faraway thoughts. But for the time being, it is playoff season in junior hockey. Thus, a writing I shall go. …[read more]

For the love of the game


Randy Russon
By
March 11, 2018

If only we could all see the game through the wide, innocent eyes of the little five-and-six-year old hockey players. …[read more]

Half ice for the kids


Craig Hartsburg
By
March 7, 2018

There is a new development program being issued by Hockey Canada that has had a lot of different reactions. Some like it, some don’t. …[read more]

Wildcat girls, Talk Today


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
February 21, 2018

A team of female hockey players from the AA midget level Sault Wildcats is likely more equipped to speak openly about mental health and suicide prevention courtesy a newly-developed partnership with the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. …[read more]

Focus on skill development


Craig Hartsburg
By
February 20, 2018

A hot topic throughout the hockey world is skill development. There is no question it is and should be the focus — along with loving the game — for our young players. …[read more]

Soo’s coach selection process


Craig Hartsburg
By
February 12, 2018

As our minor hockey season in Sault Ste. Marie is getting closer to the end of the 2017-2018 campaign, I would like to thank those who have given so much of their time to help our kids and the game. There have been a lot of good, positive things done by so many volunteers — board members, trainers, assistant coaches, head coaches et al. …[read more]

Why not be a defenseman?


Craig Hartsburg
By
February 6, 2018

I am obviously being a little biased in this article as I spent pretty much all of my playing days on the back end, except for one year as a 14-year old. …[read more]

The importance of practice


Craig Hartsburg
By
January 31, 2018

The part of coaching that I really loved the most was practice. It is the time you can have the biggest impact on a team and the players individually. …[read more]

EMU Eagles taking flight


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
January 23, 2018

It has been so far, so good in the early going of the 2018 portion of the season for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles of the Division 1, American Collegiate Hockey Association. …[read more]

Core values of our great game


Craig Hartsburg
By
January 22, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: This marks the second in what will be on ongoing series of columns written for Hockey News North by retired National Hockey League player and coach Craig Hartsburg. Hartsburg retired from the game in 2016 after an eventful 27-year coaching career that included 19 seasons in the NHL and successful stints in the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League. As a player, Hartsburg had a world-class career as an all-star defenseman with both the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL and the erstwhile Minnesota North Stars of the NHL. He was captain of the Greyhounds for two of his three OHL seasons and was captain of the North Stars for seven of his 10 NHL seasons. …[read more]

New identity for Soo hockey


Craig Hartsburg
By
January 17, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: This marks the debut column of retired National Hockey League player and coach Craig Hartsburg. Hartsburg retired from the game in 2016 after an eventful 27-year coaching career that included 19 seasons in the NHL and successful stints in the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League. As a player, Hartsburg had a world-class career as an all-star defenseman with both the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL and the erstwhile Minnesota North Stars of the NHL. He was captain of the Greyhounds for two of his three OHL seasons and was captain of the North Stars for seven of his 10 NHL seasons. …[read more]

Hartsburg to write a column


Randy Russon
By
January 16, 2018

Retired National Hockey League player and coach Craig Hartsburg has accepted an overture from Hockey News North to write a regular column relative to minor hockey development and putting more fun back in the game. …[read more]

Silver Sticks in Sarnia


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
January 12, 2018

The Silver Sticks International Hockey Tournament is being played in Sarnia this week and the Atom Major Selects of the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League are one of the many teams in a number of divisions from across North America that are taking part. …[read more]

Also, from Silver Creek


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
January 6, 2018

As the group of youngsters (see previous story) enjoyed a game of outdoor shinny hockey at Silver Creek Golf Course recently, so too did a gathering of family members and friends. …[read more]

Outdoors at Silver Creek


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
January 6, 2018

About 20 or so youngsters from the Sault Ste. Marie area spanning various divisions from local minor hockey circles took to the outdoor ice at Silver Creek Golf Course recently for a couple of hours of outdoor shinny. …[read more]

How I became an old writer


Randy Russon
By
December 30, 2017

This wasn’t part of the plan that mom envisioned for her only boy. No way that mom wanted me to be a sportswriter, of all things. …[read more]

Toots Kovacs joins Sault Major


Randy Russon
By
December 22, 2017

The experienced and reputable Zoltan (Toots) Kovacs has joined the executive of the Sault Major Hockey Association as a vice president, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed. …[read more]

Timmins to Rimouski


Randy Russon
By
December 22, 2017

1999 birth year defenseman Josh Anderson is moving up from the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]

Soo minor hockey accord?


Randy Russon
By
December 18, 2017

I am told that there is some good, positive news coming as it pertains to minor hockey in Sault Ste. Marie. As in a new level of co-operation between the Sault Major Hockey Association and the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League. …[read more]