Buffam moving on to KL


Randy Russon
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January 7, 2021

Jackson Buffam

As the Powassan Voodoos have officially opted to take a leave of absence from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, players on their roster are free to sign with other teams for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.

One such player is Jackson Buffam, a highly regarded forward with a December, 2002 birth date who signed with Powassan prior to the start of the current ’20-21 campaign after three productive seasons with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Here ‘n there in the north


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2020

Meaningful games have already been played.

Forty one regular season contests have taken place in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And the major teams from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have played as many as eight mini matches apiece.

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Hendo & Hounds on hiatus


Randy Russon
By
December 19, 2020

Jamie Henderson

They have shown well through eight games to date with their COVID-19 cohorts from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

To be sure, head coach Jamie (Hendo) Henderson and his Soo Jr. Greyhounds have posted an impressive record of 4-2-2 against the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves in eight mini matches thus far this season.

But aside from inter squad competition and scheduled skill sessions, the Jr. Greyhounds and the rest of the teams in the Great North are now on hiatus from game play until a yet to be determined date in January.

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Trio in tune for Jr. Hounds


Randy Russon
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December 13, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds forward Calem Mangone with coach Jamie Henderson. (photo by Allana Plaunt)

Veteran Calem Mangone and rookie line-mates Lincoln Moore and Cooper Foster teamed up for seven goals and 12 points as the Soo Jr. Greyhounds put the finishing touches on the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves in Great North Under 18 Hockey League activity from Saturday.

Mangone netted three goals and two assists, Moore had the hat trick and a helper while Foster scored once and set up two others in a 7-2 Soo romp over Sudbury.

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Great North gets it going


Randy Russon
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December 6, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds defenseman Kolby Fellinger, in season-opening action on Saturday. (Photo by Bob Davies)

Soo Jr. Greyhounds took two wins and a tie from the visiting Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves as regular season play finally got underway in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

In modified form, the rules were much different from the norm as the teams played four games with their respective 22-player rosters divided into groups of 11, featuring 10 skaters and one goalie per squad.

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Major returnees in Timmins


Randy Russon
By
December 4, 2020

Brandon Perry

Fourth year head coach Brandon Perry and his staff of assistants will look to the experience of a smattering of seasoned performers as the Timmins Majors skate into the 2020-2021 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season.

The 31-year old Perry, a hometown hombre who progressed to play four seasons of Canadian university hockey with the Queen’s Golden Gaels and a term at the minor pro level before returning to Timmins for work and to help raise what is now a growing young family, has a peerless, peppery passion as the coach of the Majors.

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Cross-river return for Szabo


Randy Russon
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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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Keaston ‘n Kobe in Cochrane


Randy Russon
By
November 30, 2020

Keaston Blais

They both hail from the resilient northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls.

Having both been born in the latter months of 2002, they played minor hockey together in their hometown and surrounding area as childhood friends.

Graduates of different programs from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League, they are now teammates again with the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Kobe Barrette

Separated for a couple of seasons, defenseman Keaston Blais and forward Kobe Barrette took different roads to get to the NOJHL in Cochrane, which is located about 30 miles from Iroquois Falls along rugged Highway 11.

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Here are the Timmins Majors


Randy Russon
By
November 29, 2020

Returning goalie Evan Nicholls of the Timmins Majors

Head coach Brandon Perry and his staff have selected the 22-player roster that will represent the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2020-2021 season.

By position, the Majors lineup, with players birth year in brackets, is as follows.

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Hendo is high on his Hounds


Randy Russon
By
November 27, 2020

Michael Beltrano, Kolby Fellinger, Adam Barone, Calem Mangone, Stephen Pszeniczny and Noah Metivier are all returning players for the U18 Hounds

An effervescent Jamie Henderson could barely contain his excitement as he talked rapidly into the microphone during a recent guest appearance on local radio station Eagle 95.1 and its Hockey North Show.

The chatty head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League was pumped up big time as he talked about his team and the slated return to play after eight months of game activity shutdown relative to the coronavirus health crisis.

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These are the U-18 Hounds


Randy Russon
By
November 26, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League have finalized their roster for the 2020-2021 regular season, which is slated to begin play on the first weekend of December.

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Crunch time for Keaston


Randy Russon
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November 12, 2020

Keaston Blais

A character kid with a work ethic to match, rookie defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais has been acquired by the Cochrane Crunch from the Hearst Lumberjacks in an exchange between the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cohorts, Hockey News North has confirmed.

An ever-improving, hard-working, right-hand shooting defender with a late October, 2002 birth date, Blais spent the past two seasons with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League.

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Getting ready to play up north


Randy Russon
By
November 4, 2020

The restless hands of time are ticking towards the return of good level hockey in northern Ontario.

As Hockey News North was first to report last week, the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Great North Under 18 AAA League has been approved for a modified version of play by public health officials representing the various districts.

And the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will soon make official its return to play format to begin the 2020-2021 season.

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Great North going cohort


Randy Russon
By
October 31, 2020

Pierre Racicot (26) and the Timmins Majors will form a cohort with the Kapuskasing Flyers. (Photo by Thomas Perry.)

Less is better than nothing.

In this case, the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Great North Under 18 AAA League has been approved for a modified version of play by public health officials representing the various districts, Hockey News North has confirmed.

To be sure, it is a return to play — albeit in cohort form relative to the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down amateur hockey across Canada since March of this year.

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On the NHL ‘watch list’


Randy Russon
By
October 27, 2020

Jack Matier

A pair of former Great North Midget Hockey League opponents and a scoring star from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are on the radar of the National Hockey League’s central scouting department.

They are among a few hundred prospects who are on the ‘preliminary players to watch list’ ahead of the 2021 NHL draft.

The list is a compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. It will be updated throughout the season as scouts further evaluate the players.

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Soo T-Birds stay local


Randy Russon
By
September 25, 2020

Tyson Doucette, a 2004 birth year forward, is moving up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds add Timmins d-man


Randy Russon
By
September 17, 2020

Cameron Dutkiewicz

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired smart, skilled 2001 birth year defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz in a cash exchange.

A Timmins native, the 6 foot, 190 pound Dutkiewicz spent the 2019-2020 season with the Renfrew Timberwolves of the Central Canada Hockey League 2 division.

He netted four goals, 11 assists, 15 points in 40 games for Renfrew.

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Deforge lands on the Rock


Randy Russon
By
September 10, 2020

Landon Deforge

A hometown standout is remaining at home in Timmins to play hockey this season.

A skilled, smart, front line skater, Landon Deforge is moving up from the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And both Deforge’s former coach with the Majors and his new coach with the Rock have plenty good to say about the 5-foot-8, 160 pound pivot who has a 2003 birth date.

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Toms is for the T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
August 29, 2020

One way or another, Connor Toms will be remaining at home to play junior hockey this season.

If the 16-year old defenseman does not make the roster of the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, he will man the blue line for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Thunderbirds general manager Trev Zachary has confirmed the signing of the medium sized defender, who was a third round pick, 44th overall, by the Greyhounds at the 2020 OHL priority selections draft.

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Mason Chitaroni has Plan B


Randy Russon
By
August 27, 2020

Mason Chitaroni

It is the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League that Mason Chitaroni wants to play for this season.

That is because Chitaroni is a plum prospect of the Knights, who took the 5-foot-10, 150-pound defender in the fifth round, 99th overall, at this year’s OHL priority selections draft from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

But if Chitaroni doesn’t make the Knights as a 16-year old, he has a Plan B in place with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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New Liskeard to Powassan


Randy Russon
By
August 7, 2020

On to the next level for this dandy duo.

Jackson Buffam

A pair of top performers from the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League have signed with the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

They are forwards Ben White and Jackson Buffam.

White and Buffam were New Liskeard’s top two point producers during the 2019-2020 season. They were also sixth and seventh, respectively, on the Great North scoring chart.

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Rayside signs rookie goalie


Randy Russon
By
August 7, 2020

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have stayed local with the signing of 2003 birth year goalie Jake Marois.

Jake Marois

As a member of the fourth place Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, the 6-foot, 175 pound Marois was the top goalie in the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2019-2020 with a 2.16 goals against average in 1,280 minutes of action.

Marois also played in the Great North in 2018-2019.

His work in the Great North loop was enough for Marois to earn an invitation to attend the upcoming Ontario Hockey League camp of the London Knights as a free agent.

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Sticks to the Lumberjacks


Randy Russon
By
July 31, 2020

Overachieving defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais has signed with the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Keaston (Sticks) Blais

An ever-improving, hard-working, right-hand shooting defender with a late October, 2002 birth date, Blais has spent the past two seasons with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

A character individual who hails from the northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls, Blais greatly advanced his game over two seasons with the Timmins midgets under the watchful eye of no-nonsense Majors coach Brandon Perry.

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The tree to the Bird house


Randy Russon
By
June 14, 2020

It is another branch on the hockey tree.

Michael Chaffay and Ty Zachary

The climb from major midget to junior A hockey is one that some opt to make sooner than others.

But in this case, a pair of more than capable forwards in Michael Chaffay and Ty Zachary took their time in moving up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds to look at local goalie


Randy Russon
By
June 8, 2020

Once they are cleared to hold their summer ice camp — dependent on restrictions being lifted relative to the COVID-19 pandemic — Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League plan to take a look at local goalie Zach Prusky.

Zach Prusky

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Prusky, who has a 2003 birth date, spent the 2019-2020 season as a rookie with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

Impressively, in true workhorse fashion, Prusky played the most minutes — 1,741 — of any goalie in the Great North loop in 2019-2020.

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T-Birds take in two locals


Randy Russon
By
June 6, 2020

It is a bonus when a junior hockey team can sign a local player.

Ty Zachary is one of two local rookies who have signed up to play for new Soo Thunderbirds coach Denny Lambert.

It is a double bonus when the team can add two locals at once.

Two of the top four scorers from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League will stay at home to suit up for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League come the 2020-2021 season.

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