New NHL role for Hartsburg


Randy Russon
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July 13, 2019

Good guy Craig Hartsburg is taking on an expanded, specialized role with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. The former standout defenseman and successful coach with the Ontario Hockey League Soo Greyhounds will do some amateur scouting for Columbus and assist in the development of top Blue Jacket defense prospects.

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Spitfires have a new pilot


Randy Russon
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July 12, 2019

Franchise icon Billy Bowler is taking over from three-time Memorial Cup champion Warren Rychel as general manager of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Let’s not forget Zeppa


Randy Russon
By
July 7, 2019

As the Soo Greyhounds seek to fill the roster spot of 1999 birth-year goalie Matthew Villalta — he is expected to turn pro within the National Hockey League farm system of the Los Angeles Kings — there are a number of newcomers in the mix ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Score one for the Sting


Randy Russon
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July 6, 2019

Swedish defenseman Eric Hjorth — a fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2019 National Hockey League draft — has signed with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Bobby Jones gets NHL job


Randy Russon
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July 5, 2019

Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League have rounded out their coaching staff with the hiring of Bobby Jones as an assistant, Hockey News North has learned.

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Between the pipes


Randy Russon
By
July 3, 2019

It is the most-scrutinized position in hockey. And if that isn’t enough, the goalie position is the toughest to project as far as overall ability and future development goes.

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OHL coaches corner


Randy Russon
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July 1, 2019

One vacant coaching position in the Ontario Hockey League has been filled and other plum jobs remain open as summer turns to July.

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A future Star


Randy Russon
By
June 26, 2019

Joe McDonnell is of the notion that Nick Porco will play for the Dallas Stars at some point in the future. McDonnell, who is the director of amateur scouting for the Stars, zeroed in on Porco to make the Sault Ste. Marie product the only forward that Dallas selected at the recent National Hockey League draft.

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Rangers net goalie vet


Randy Russon
By
June 25, 2019

Kitchener Rangers have gone out and acquired a veteran goalie — and National Hockey League draft pick — ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Spirit, Steelheads swap


Randy Russon
By
June 24, 2019

Frequent trade partners Saginaw Spirit and Mississauga Steelheads have completed another Ontario Hockey League transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Two takeaways from Flint


Randy Russon
By
June 24, 2019

Among the signs that the Flint Firebirds are an up-and-coming team in the Ontario Hockey League is that two of its players were selected at the recent National Hockey League draft.

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Stars align for Nick Porco


Randy Russon
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June 23, 2019

As the fourth round of Saturday’s National Hockey League draft ended and the fifth round was about to begin, Nick Porco said he started to get restless and pace the floor of his family’s Sault Ste. Marie home.

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Porco an NHL draft pick


Randy Russon
By
June 22, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco has become a National Hockey League draft pick. Porco, who has played the past two seasons with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, was selected by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round, 142nd overall, of today’s NHL draft.

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Committed to the Sting


Randy Russon
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June 21, 2019

Sarnia Sting now has signed commitments from its top three picks at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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More fuel for the Firebirds


Randy Russon
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June 20, 2019

Another day, another commitment. Flint Firebirds have signed another top prospect ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Top pick signs up in Flint


Randy Russon
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June 19, 2019

Brennan Othmann and the Flint Firebirds have made it official. Othmann, a supreme left winger who was the second overall pick at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, has signed up to play in Flint.

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Zeppa signs with Chatham


Randy Russon
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June 19, 2019

Local product Noah Zeppa has a Plan B in place if he doesn’t crack the roster of the Soo Greyhounds for the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season. The 2002 birth-year goalie has signed with the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Matier in a good place


Randy Russon
By
June 16, 2019

To be sure, it would have been nice for the family if the Soo Greyhounds had used the 18th pick of the first round of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft to take homegrown defenseman Jack Matier.

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Flint, Leamington to affiliate


Randy Russon
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June 13, 2019

A team that is seen as being on the rise in the Ontario Hockey League has formed an affiliation with a reputable member of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hounds add overage goalie


Randy Russon
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June 12, 2019

Looking to replace the graduated Matthew Villalta with a veteran goalie, Soo Greyhounds have obtained overage puck-stopper Christian Propp from the North Bay Battalion.

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Porco poised to be an NHL pick


Randy Russon
By
June 9, 2019

He is seen as being somewhat of a wild card ahead of the upcoming National Hockey League draft. Depending on who one talks to, Saginaw Spirit winger Nick Porco could be drafted anywhere between rounds three and five of the June 21-22 NHL process.

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Old Centennial back in the O


Randy Russon
By
May 31, 2019

Lee Jinman, who scored 134 points during his rookie season with the erstwhile North Bay Centennials, is back in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Takeaways from an OHL season


Randy Russon
By
May 30, 2019

The book has closed on the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League season. But ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign, there will be summer stories relative to player signings and trades and activity within the coaching ranks. Before that, however, we glance at six takeaways from the 2018-2019 term.

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CHL’s best rookie is a Wolf


Randy Russon
By
May 25, 2019

Standout Sudbury Wolves skater Quinton Byfield has followed up on being named Ontario Hockey League rookie of the year by being voted as the best freshman in the entire Canadian Hockey League.

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Wins but no championships


Randy Russon
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May 24, 2019

Somewhere at some point, the Soo Greyhounds must have offended the hockey gods. The Greyhounds have had seven straight winning seasons — averaging 45 victories a year during that span — but do not have a single Ontario Hockey League championship to show for it.

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New coaches in like Flint?


Randy Russon
By
May 22, 2019

Flint Firebirds could be closing in on the hiring of their new associate coach and assistant coach ahead of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Holmes is for the Hounds


Randy Russon
By
May 22, 2019

First came the selection. Then came the signing. Soo Greyhounds have inked their first-round pick from the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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