OHL draft and Jr. Hounds


Randy Russon
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March 29, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League have no less than eight players with 2004 birth dates who are eligible for the upcoming 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Oulahen to lead the Troops


Randy Russon
By
March 25, 2020

North Bay Battalion has taken the interim tag off of Ryan Oulahen and given him a three-year contract to be the official head coach of the Ontario Hockey League team.

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Flashback: Hounds of ’75-76


Randy Russon
By
March 20, 2020

The record will show that the Soo Greyhounds were not a playoff team for the 2019-2020 season. Which has managed to stir the memory bank back to when the Greyhounds first made the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

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OHL playoffs still possible


Randy Russon
By
March 18, 2020

To the surprise of virtually no one, Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch has announced the conclusion of the 2019-2020 regular season — though leaving the door open for the possibility of the playoffs.

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OHL season “on pause”


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 12, 2020

Hockey News North has received the following media release from the Canadian Hockey League relative to the Coronavirus.

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T.J. Aceti goalie award


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

Six years after his sudden passing at age 31, Sault Ste. Marie native T.J. Aceti is being honoured and recognized by the Sault Major Hockey Association with an award that will bear his name.

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Flint extends GM, coach


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2020

The dandy duo of general manager Barclay Branch and head coach Eric Wellwood has received contract extensions from the Flint Firebirds through the 2021-2022 Ontario Hockey League season.

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A ‘what if’ season for Hounds


Randy Russon
By
March 9, 2020

What if the Soo Greyhounds were in the Eastern Conference instead of the Western Conference? What if Greyhounds coach John Dean hadn’t messed with goal-tending that was already in good hands?

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Baber has steadfast Spirit


Randy Russon
By
March 6, 2020

He is a valuable depth player, a third or fourth center on a high-octane Saginaw Spirit squad that is in a furious chase for first place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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What is with John Dean?


Randy Russon
By
February 23, 2020

Soo Greyhounds could quite possibly miss the Ontario Hockey League playoffs this season for the first time since the 2011-2012 campaign. And if that happens, a good chunk of the blame should fall on second-year head coach John Dean.

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Kevin Hodson reflects


Ernest Skinner Jr.
By
February 19, 2020

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League have applied to play host to the 2021 Memorial Cup tournament. With that in mind, Hockey News North contributor Ernest Skinner Jr. talked to Kevin Hodson, who as an overage goalie, backstopped the Greyhounds to the 1993 Memorial Cup championship.

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Flint Firebirds are on fire


Randy Russon
By
February 18, 2020

Winners of a franchise-record 13 straight games, the Flint Firebirds have caught up to arch-rival Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Star goalie in the making


Randy Russon
By
February 14, 2020

The best young goalie in the Ontario Hockey League was born in 2003 and is a product of the Great North Midget Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.

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Hounds, Malik lose again


Randy Russon
By
February 7, 2020

Soo Greyhounds remained outside the Ontario Hockey League playoff picture tonight with a 5-1 loss to the visiting Guelph Storm. The defeat was the third straight for the Greyhounds, all with rookie goalie Nick Malik in the net.

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Hounds goalie controversy


Randy Russon
By
February 4, 2020

Soo Greyhounds are now on the outside looking in at a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. Instead of leaving well enough alone, the Greyhounds have started rookie goalie Nick Malik ahead of proven overage Bailey Brkin in seven of nine games since the Czech Republic import landed in Sault Ste. Marie during the second week of January.

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A hint of Flint in torrid race


Randy Russon
By
January 26, 2020

There is no clear-cut jewel among the multiple contenders in the wild Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. Cases can be made in favour of the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires. And in the middle of the pack are the Flint Firebirds.

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Locken did the blockin’


Randy Russon
By
January 21, 2020

A recent excursion to London allowed me the opportunity to meet up with my old friend Mark Locken, who was a standout Ontario Hockey League goalie from 1975 to 1978. Locken won a Memorial Cup as a rookie with the Hamilton Fincups before playing for the Soo Greyhounds and the Niagara Falls Flyers in the OHL.

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Greyhound goalie numbers


Randy Russon
By
January 20, 2020

Since arriving in town about a week ago, import goalie Nick Malik has a received a virtual hero’s welcome from a faction of the local media. And that’s okay. But the numbers show that, over the course of this season, Soo Greyhounds have a much better winning percentage when overager Bailey Brkin is the goalie of record.

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OHL trade recap


Randy Russon
By
January 11, 2020

More than a dozen deals — several of an impact nature — were made over a frantic span of a few recent days as the annual Ontario Hockey League trade deadline came and went.

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Hounds add, subtract


Randy Russon
By
January 10, 2020

Here they go. Soo Greyhounds have set their roster for the stretch section of the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season.

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Spirit rising to the top?


Randy Russon
By
January 10, 2020

Of the many contending teams in the Ontario Hockey League’s powerful Western Conference, the Saginaw Spirit just may have become the favourite.

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Daylon Groulx to Ottawa


Randy Russon
By
January 9, 2020

The first-place team in the Ontario Hockey League has added to its skill, spunk and seasoning. In what sets up as a shrewd, calculated move, the Ottawa 67’s have obtained 2000 birth-year forward Daylon Groulx from the Owen Sound Attack.

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Akil Thomas traded


Randy Russon
By
January 9, 2020

The trade winds continue to blow through the Ontario Hockey League ahead of the fast-approaching deadline. In one of several moves made today, the Niagara IceDogs dealt Team Canada forward Akil Thomas to the Peterborough Petes.

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Here come the OHL trades


Randy Russon
By
January 8, 2020

As the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline approaches — Thursday for overage (1999 birth year) players and Friday for all others — the deals are happening in a fast and furious manner.

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Western Conference dog fight


Randy Russon
By
January 5, 2020

In what is an embarrassingly unbalanced Ontario Hockey League — the Western Conference is supremely superior to the Eastern Conference — Soo Greyhounds are above the .500 level.

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Home for the Hounds


Randy Russon
By
December 31, 2019

Soo Greyhounds will ring in the New Year with five straight games on home ice. The Greyhounds, who are 8-2-0 in their last 10 outings, ended the 2019 portion of the Ontario Hockey League schedule with a road setback in Saginaw.

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Taylor saves the Hounds


Randy Russon
By
December 29, 2019

It was an improbable win for the Soo Greyhounds. Down 3-0 to the visiting Sudbury Wolves in the first period of Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League match, the Greyhounds rode the relief goal-tending of forgotten backup Ethan Taylor to a 4-3 triumph.

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