NHL staffs plentiful Soo crew


Randy Russon
By
January 19, 2021

There is more to the current Sault Ste. Marie connection to the National Hockey League than the many players who are either from the Soo or who played for the Ontario Hockey League Greyhounds.

A lot more.

As a matter of fact, there are in excess of 20 guys with a link to the Soo who are part of NHL staffs as coaches, general managers and scouts.

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RIP, George Wood


Randy Russon
By
January 18, 2021

George Wood

We have lost another good one.

Just 53 years old, George Wood passed away suddenly on Sunday, leaving behind a loving family including parents, wife, sons and many others.

Quietly active in the community as a business owner and low-key hockey parent, George typified a good, simple, humble guy — someone who was happy just to talk about his family, fish, hunt and have a beer.

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SIJHL reacts to lock down


Randy Russon
By
January 16, 2021

Kam River Fighting Walleye and Thunder Bay North Stars, in action prior to the government lock down. (photo by Gary Moskalyk)

The commissioner of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League did not mince words in addressing the Ontario government’s latest lock down and state of emergency edict.

SIJHL commissioner Darrin Nicholas has issued a terse statement on behalf of the northwestern Ontario based league.

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At home on a back yard rink


Randy Russon
By
December 30, 2020

Brothers Brett and Nik Rossetto

No access to indoor arenas due to the current shutdown relative to COVID-19 hasn’t kept the Rossetto hockey family of the Sault off the ice.

To be sure, this could well define the classic ‘love of the game’ phrase.

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Noah Zeppa to Renfrew


Randy Russon
By
December 19, 2020

Noah Zeppa is an OHL draft pick of the Soo Greyhounds

At last, the wait and see game is over for Noah Zeppa.

A Sault Ste. Marie native, the 5-foot-11, 170 pound goalie with a December, 2002 birth date has signed with the Renfrew Wolves of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Zeppa will report to Renfrew in early January.

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Pee Wee Penguins on ice


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
December 18, 2020

Minor hockey may not be the same as it plays and practices in modified form relative to COVID-19.

But there are still many happy faces to be found.

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Christmas and the Canadiens


Randy Russon
By
December 10, 2020

It was 1958, when I was six years old — and still believed in Santa Claus — that I have my first memory of Christmas and hockey.

I had asked Santa Claus for a Montreal Canadiens jersey for Christmas and I remember my Dad and Mom telling me that they would try to make sure that I got one.

Puzzled, I said to my Dad that I thought it was up to Santa Claus whether I got the Canadiens jersey or not.

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RIP, Andy Mantha


Randy Russon
By
December 7, 2020

A true gentleman and a hockey legend from his playing days of many years ago with the Soo Greyhounds, Andy Mantha has passed away at age 94.

After retirement from the game, Andy would become a long-time fixture on Greyhound hockey broadcasts as a commentator alongside legendary CKCY Radio play by play man Harry Wolfe.

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Good old days of Jr. B hockey


Randy Russon
By
December 7, 2020

There were rabid rivalries with games that were high scoring and penalty filled as part of a rough and tumble junior B league with teams in towns that highlighted local and area hockey players.

Games were played in cold rinks where fans braved the chills of winter to hoot and root for the home team and boo and hiss the visitors.

Before there was the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, there was the International Jr. B Hockey League with teams such as the Blind River Beavers, Chapleau Huskies, Elliot Lake Vikings, Marquette Americans, Soo Indians, Soo Thunderbirds, Thessalon Flyers and Wawa Travellers.

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Denny digs the NOJHL gig


Randy Russon
By
December 3, 2020

Denny Lambert

He has played the game at its highest level, suiting up for more than 500 National Hockey League games in what was an inspiring, improbable rise to the top.

He was later an assistant and head coach of eight seasons in the Ontario Hockey League for the same team that he played for, the Soo Greyhounds.

And now, 50-year old Denny Lambert is combining a career as a police officer with being the first year head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Cross-river return for Szabo


Randy Russon
By
December 2, 2020

Dylan Szabo (20) and the Soo Indians celebrate a recent victory

After skating for several seasons on the Ontario side of the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie — including the past two in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League — Dylan Szabo has returned home to play for the AAA Soo Indians of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.

A 2003 birth year forward who is well known for his hustle and work ethic, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound Szabo developed his game over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 terms playing for coach Jamie Henderson and the Soo Jr. Greyhounds.

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Catch the ace for SMHA


Randy Russon
By
December 1, 2020

Mike Creedon, who is the first year president of the Sault Major Hockey Association, hopes to make the game more affordable to more players, especially at the elite level.

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Walleye shoots past the Stars


Randy Russon
By
November 28, 2020

Trenton Morriseau

Trenton Morriseau hit for the hat trick and Talon Thomas tallied twice as the expansion Kam River Fighting Walleye made its official debut on Friday with a 6-2 win over the defending champion Thunder Bay North Stars.

The game marked the start of the 2020-2021 regular season in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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SIJHL season set to start


Randy Russon
By
November 27, 2020

Red Lake Miners and Dryden Ice Dogs begin regular season play this weekend. (photo by Patrick Boucha)

Four of the five northwestern Ontario based teams from the Superior International Jr. Hockey League will begin regular season play this weekend.

Kam River Fighting Walleye and Thunder Bay North Stars will play a home and home set as will the Dryden Ice Dogs and Red Lake Miners.

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Flint to Leamington


Randy Russon
By
November 25, 2020

Top prospect goalie Chazz Nixon has been assigned by the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League to the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

The GOJHL has been cleared by the Ontario Hockey Federation to begin regular season play in January while the OHL has targeted February as its planned start date.

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Such a good, good man


Randy Russon
By
November 22, 2020

Jim McAuley

He defined kindness and generosity with a trademark, friendly smile and the warmest of hearts.

A much respected, benevolent gentleman who was well known and well liked, he shunned the limelight even though he was so active in the community as a businessman, volunteer and philanthropist.

He had a love for dogs and a soft heart for the less fortunate and he gave so much in so many ways and asked for nothing in return.

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Happy for hockey hoopla


Randy Russon
By
November 17, 2020

Celebrating the return of hockey, in this case, the NOJHL.

Covid-19 is a crisis, a change in the way we live our lives that can’t be under-stated.

How we cope with the pandemic and the so-called new normal of every day existence is a reality that we are facing and, hopefully, adapting and adjusting to in these uncertain times.

And while we do not know if the return to play of, for example, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League can be sustained over the course of the 2020-2021 regular season, it is at least a start.

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Indians blank Little Caesars


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
November 16, 2020

Goalie Logan Raffaele had back to back shutouts for the Soo Indians

What a weekend!

Soo Indians of the under 18 AAA Michigan Amateur Hockey Association fashioned a perfect 2020-2021 regular season set on the weekend with a pair of home ice triumphs.

The Indians blanked Detroit Little Caesars by 2-0 and 4-0 scores.

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SIJHL is returning to play


Randy Russon
By
November 2, 2020

Junior hockey is back in business in northwestern Ontario.

To be sure, the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has confirmed that is has received approval from Hockey Northwestern Ontario, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Northwestern Health Unit to begin play on a modified basis.

To that end, the SIJHL has set up a slate of exhibition games ahead of an anticipated regular season schedule.

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New scouting gig for Soo boy


Randy Russon
By
November 1, 2020

Mike Dawson

As a medium size defenseman at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Mike Dawson made it to the Ontario Hockey League through hard work and perseverance.

A seventh round pick of the Kingston Frontenacs from the Soo Legion midgets at the 1990 priority selections draft, Dawson went on to play three full seasons in the OHL.

He later played five seasons of Atlantic Canada university hockey in total at both Acadia and St. Mary’s followed by two years of pro hockey in Holland and another in the minor pro, Central Hockey League.

Now 47 years of age, the Sault Ste. Marie product has taken his work ethic and knowledge of the game to an ongoing full-time scouting position in the National Hockey League.

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Angelo Bumbacco passes away


Randy Russon
By
October 28, 2020

Angelo Bumbacco

Sault Ste. Marie and its wide ranging hockey family has lost an absolute legend of the game.

Hockey News North has confirmed that the iconic Angelo Bumbacco has passed away at the age of 88.

Born and raised in the Sault, Bumbacco was to undergo hip surgery on Tuesday but he died before going into the operating room, according to a family member.

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All new Hockey North Show


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
October 17, 2020

There will be significant changes to the Hockey North Show when the well established program returns to the airwaves in mid November for its annual 25 week gig.

For one, the Hockey North Show with Randy Russon and Brad Coccimiglio is moving to a new radio home, Eagle 95.1 — on line via www.eagleradio951.com — from its former ESPN 1400 spot.

As well, the Hockey North Show will be broadcast live on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. (as opposed to Tuesdays) and as a bonus, all editions will be recorded and archived on www.eagleradio951.com as well as the Eagle 95.1 Facebook page for replay on demand.

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Practice time at Soo Pee Wee


Randy Russon
By
October 12, 2020

Restrictions relative to the coronavirus have delayed the start of the minor hockey season as it pertains to the actual playing of league games.

But, for instance, in Sault Ste. Marie, teams in the various age categories have been holding weekly practice and skill sessions and scrimmages that are organized and under the watchful eyes of coaches.

Soo Pee Wee Hockey League has put together teams in age categories that include under 7, under 9, under 11 and under 13.

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No contact beats no hockey


Randy Russon
By
October 11, 2020

Remember the days, not so long ago, when fighting was such a big and entertaining part of junior hockey and goons and enforcers were just as popular — maybe more — than the skilled players?

Well, fighting is now a very small part of hockey to the extent that when a scrap breaks out, it almost looks awkward, not to mention foolish.

And as players and coaches and fans have adapted to the sharp decline in fighting, they can probably similarly adjust to hockey without contact for as long as the coronavirus remains the health risk that it currently is.

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Local talent a T-Bird priority


Randy Russon
By
October 8, 2020

When the Soo Thunderbirds were admitted into the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League back in 1999, the locally operated franchise had a firm mandate.

Led by Sam Biasucci and several other Sault Ste. Marie business people, the Thunderbird owners vowed to be a haven for local products who were ready to move up from the town’s minor hockey and high school hockey ranks.

To be sure, Biasucci et al stayed true to form for the first couple of years of the Thunderbirds existence in the NOJHL. And later, when Pat Egan and Al Jones took over as operators and moved on from Jim Capy to Toots Kovacs as their head coach, the Thunderbirds were again made up of 95 to 100 per cent local players.

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Ex-NOJHLer drafted to NHL


Randy Russon
By
October 7, 2020

Phillipe Daoust

This looms as a feel good story.

Speedy forward Phillipe Daoust, who skated for the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a rookie during the 2018-2019 season, has become a National Hockey League draft pick.

The 6-foot, 165 pound Daoust, who has a November, 2001 birth date, was a surprise pick of the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of today’s NHL draft.

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