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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RBC gives $10K to NOFCC


Randy Russon
By
June 5, 2020

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have scored big for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer group.

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T-Birds will be set to go


Randy Russon
By
June 4, 2020

There is mindful optimism — even if it is from reading between the lines — that there will be a 2020-2021 junior hockey season.

And Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will be a nice mix of old and new once teams are able to stick handle around the COVID-19 obstacle.

Incoming head coach Denny Lambert and his bench staff will be looking to work from the inside and outside as the Thunderbirds move on from a 2019-2020 season in which they finished in third place in the West Division with a record of 30-19-7.

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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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NOJHL and the HCR


Randy Russon
By
May 24, 2020

Barring any late change or modification, the Hockey Canada Registry will open as usual on June 1 to the 130 or so teams that are a part of the Canadian Jr. Hockey League. CJHL membership includes the 11 teams of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey.

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Great North to NOJHL


Randy Russon
By
May 21, 2020

Several skaters from the top team in the Great North Midget Hockey League from 2019-2020 are poised to progress to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2020-2021.

Dylan Forsyth

Forwards Michael Chaffay, Dylan Forsyth, Devin Mauro and Ty Zachary and defenseman Mateo Perri are among the stalwarts from the Great North’s Soo Jr. Greyhounds who may be headed to the NOJHL once the 2020-2021 season gets going.

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Lambert to lead T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
May 20, 2020

This is a multiple coaching hire of well known local hockey people.

Denny Lambert

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will have a new look coaching staff for the 2020-2021 season, Hockey News North has confirmed. And leading the way as the new bench boss of the T-Birds is a man who played the game at its highest level.

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NOJHL is still a plus 11


Randy Russon
By
May 10, 2020

One way of looking at it is, with the Elliot Lake Wildcats announcing a leave of absence for next season, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is down one team.

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Serre to skate for Laurentian


Randy Russon
By
May 8, 2020

The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s most valuable player has confirmed his commitment to play for the Laurentian Voyageurs of Ontario University Athletics come next season.

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Nipissing knows the NOJHL


Randy Russon
By
May 2, 2020

Nipissing Lakers of Ontario University Athletics have recruited two more high end skaters from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the North Bay school.

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Hearst to Plattsburgh


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
April 14, 2020

Forward Spencer Silver of the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is headed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association ranks.

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Blind River Beavers, ’04-05


Randy Russon
By
April 10, 2020

Wins were few and far between for small-market Blind River when the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League first set up shop in the little town of 3,500 back in 2000. In fact, it was not until the 2004-2005 campaign when coach Jim Capy arrived in Blind River via the Soo Thunderbirds that the Beavers had a winning season.

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Flashback: RB Sabrecats


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
April 9, 2020

To be sure, from 1995-1996 through 2001-2002, there was no better team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League than the erstwhile Rayside Balfour Sabrecats.

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Jake Kovacs drafted


Randy Russon
By
April 4, 2020

Bypassed at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, the second time up proved to be a bonus for 2003 birth year forward Jake Kovacs.

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Espanola to Laurentian


Randy Russon
By
March 31, 2020

The best defenseman and first team all-star from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has committed to the Laurentian Voyageurs of Ontario University Athletics for the 2020-2021 season.

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Blind River goalie to ACHA


Randy Russon
By
March 30, 2020

Dominic Boily, who played two seasons in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, has a school commitment for the 2020-2021 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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NOJHL ’06-07 flashback


Randy Russon
By
March 27, 2020

To this day, from this corner, the 2006-2007 edition of the now-defunct Soo Indians remains the most improbable of all Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champions.

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Soo Eagles off to school


Randy Russon
By
March 24, 2020

A pair of graduating forwards from the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association commitments for the 2020-2021 season.

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Numbers on the NOJHL


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 22, 2020

The 2019-2020 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season ended unexpectedly due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the NOJHL’s communications department, along with esteemed league historian David Harrison, have compiled a by-the-numbers look at the season.

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Clancy steers the Express


Randy Russon
By
March 18, 2020

It conveys a great deal about Dave Clancy that his peers voted him coach of the year in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League despite the fact that the Espanola Express posted a record well below the .500 mark.

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Sincere sendoff from RBC


Randy Russon
By
March 17, 2020

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League finished the halted 2019-2020 season — per the COVID-19 virus — as West Division champions.

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Trine’s just fine for Brancato


Randy Russon
By
March 16, 2020

Workhorse goalie Shane Brancato, a three-year veteran of the Soo Eagles and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, has opted to play at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level for the Trine University Thunder effective the 2020-2021 season.

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NOJHL season officially over


Randy Russon
By
March 13, 2020

Via the commissioner’s office, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

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NOJHL playoffs on hold


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

Playoff activity in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is officially on hiatus, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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NOJHL playoff games PPD


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

Tonight’s scheduled playoff games in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have been postponed, Hockey News North has been advised.

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Rock limits Lumberjacks


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

The semi-final playoffs are underway in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And the Timmins Rock limited the reigning NOJHL champion Hearst Lumberjacks to a mere 14 shots on goal en route to a 5-2 win in the opening game of the best-of-seven, East Division series.

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RBC has top management


Randy Russon
By
March 11, 2020

Winning, it has been duly noted, starts at the top. And that notion relates well to the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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