Flint in good draft shape


Randy Russon
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January 17, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft has plenty of plum potential for the Flint Firebirds.

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There’s a new ‘A’ in Flint


Randy Russon
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January 17, 2019

Seasoned skater Jack Phibbs has joined the leadership group of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League as an alternate captain.

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Best of the Minor Birds


Randy Russon
By
January 15, 2019

Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League figure to have two players chosen within the higher rounds of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Modest movement in Flint


Randy Russon
By
January 14, 2019

Barring a miracle on ice, Flint Firebirds are going to miss the Ontario Hockey League playoffs for a second successive season. But the last-place team in the Western Conference is showing steady signs of improvement.

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Fearsome foursome


Randy Russon
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January 10, 2019

London Knights, Soo Greyhounds, Saginaw Spirit and Guelph Storm are set up for what should be a furious fight for supremacy in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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North Bay to Hamilton


Randy Russon
By
January 10, 2019

Northern Ontario product Payton Vescio is headed south to the Hamilton Bulldogs. North Bay Battalion dealt the 2001 birth year defenseman to the reigning Ontario Hockey League champions at today’s trade deadline.

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Wolves add another vet


Randy Russon
By
January 9, 2019

Making his second trade of the week, Sudbury Wolves general manager Rob Papineau has added another 1999 birth year skater.

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Spirit rising under Lazary


Randy Russon
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January 9, 2019

A coaching change appears to be working for the Saginaw Spirit. The latest win for Saginaw, a 3-1 victory over the reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs tonight, has the Spirit rising under new bench boss Chris Lazary.

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Retro night in Hamilton


Randy Russon
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January 6, 2019

Reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs held a retro night on Saturday. And as part of the attraction for the game against the visiting Sarnia Sting, the Bulldogs invited members of the 1976 OHL and Memorial Cup champion Hamilton Fincups to be part of the festivities. …[read more]

Ready for a run in Saginaw


Randy Russon
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January 5, 2019

Saginaw Spirit seems serious about taking a shot at Ontario Hockey League supremacy. The addition of Team Canada right winger Owen Tippett in a swap with the Mississauga Steelheads has solidified Saginaw as it sets sights on the stretch run of the 2018-2019 season. …[read more]

Top story: Hamilton over Soo


Randy Russon
By
January 4, 2019

To be sure, it was an upset of epic proportions. Thus, it gets the nod from Hockey News North as our top story from the year 2018. …[read more]

Saginaw snags Ryan McLeod


Randy Russon
By
January 3, 2019

Saginaw Spirit, with a record of 11-2-2 in its last 15 outings, has further strengthened itself with the acquisition of high-end forward Ryan McLeod via Ontario Hockey League trade with the Mississauga Steelheads. …[read more]

Two assists for Cam Baber


Randy Russon
By
January 2, 2019

Speedy Saginaw Spirit center Camaryn Baber had a helping hand in an Ontario Hockey League win over the Flint Firebirds tonight. The Sault Ste. Marie product assisted on two goals as Saginaw breezed past Flint with a resounding 9-1 triumph. …[read more]

New Firebird has high IQ


Randy Russon
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January 2, 2019

Potential prime-time pivot Cody Morgan is getting another shot at putting his supreme skill set to use after being acquired by the Flint Firebirds from the Windsor Spitfires in a New Year’s Day deal. …[read more]

Wheeling, dealing in Flint


Randy Russon
By
January 1, 2019

Flint Firebirds general manager Barclay Branch has ushered in 2019 by completing a pair of Ontario Hockey League trades. …[read more]

Soo has overage trade chips


Randy Russon
By
December 31, 2018

Should Soo Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis opt to recover some of the many high draft picks that he has dealt over the past few years he could use any of the team’s three overage skaters as valuable trade chips. …[read more]

Surging Spirit sweeps into 3rd


Randy Russon
By
December 30, 2018

Riding the crest of a three-game weekend sweep and with a record of 7-0-1 in its last eight outings, the Saginaw Spirit has surged into third place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. …[read more]

Kingston via French River


Randy Russon
By
December 29, 2018

Marshall Frappier is getting another shot at playing in the Ontario Hockey League. The 2000 birth year goalie, who had been tending twine for the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League this season, has had his OHL rights transferred from the Sudbury Wolves to the Kingston Frontenacs, as Hockey News North was first to report. …[read more]

Spirit lurks in win over Soo


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

Saginaw Spirit skulked out of Sault Ste. Marie tonight with a steal. Despite being out-skated and out-chanced for a good part of the match, Saginaw out-scored the Soo Greyhounds en route to a 4-2 victory as Ontario Hockey League play resumed following the Christmas holiday break. …[read more]

A flurry of OHL trades


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

No sooner was the trade freeze in the Ontario Hockey League lifted today that three separate transactions were finalized, Hockey News North has confirmed. …[read more]

OHL champs on the market


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

Ontario Hockey League teams in search of title glory could be in position to acquire players who have a championship background with the Hamilton Bulldogs. …[read more]

Is there more to the Spirit?


Randy Russon
By
December 27, 2018

How will the Saginaw Spirit set its roster for the second half of the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League season? The only person who probably knows the answer to that question is Saginaw general manager Dave Drinkill. …[read more]

Looking at Noah Zeppa


Randy Russon
By
December 24, 2018

Having just turned 16 years of age earlier this month, Noah Zeppa is one of the youngest major midget goalies in Ontario. And despite being bypassed at the 2018 priority selections draft, Zeppa has had the practice experience of facing Ontario Hockey League shooters this season. …[read more]

Top to bottom in the OHL


Randy Russon
By
December 18, 2018

Officially, the Ontario Hockey League is closed for business until December 28. That is when the regular season schedule resumes and the Christmas freeze on trades is lifted. …[read more]

No break for OHL managers


Randy Russon
By
December 15, 2018

Even when there are no games scheduled, there are games being played behind the scenes. For example, I doubt if there is a general manager in the Ontario Hockey League who is not plotting ahead of the looming January 10 trade deadline. …[read more]

OHL net shuffle


Randy Russon
By
December 13, 2018

Sarnia Sting and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League have both moved on from bigger, highly-touted goalies who were former early-round draft picks. …[read more]

Showing some holiday Spirit


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
December 12, 2018

American super-center chain Meijer, which has corporate headquarters in mid Michigan, is a sponsor of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. As part of a Christmas holiday season promotion, Meijer is sponsoring a ‘Shop with a Hero’ event that features, among others, Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Porco, a second year forward with the OHL Spirit. …[read more]

Wolves showing their teeth


Randy Russon
By
December 10, 2018

Don’t look now but the Sudbury Wolves are a contender. Yes, the same Wolves who missed the Ontario Hockey League playoffs three times in the past four years including the 2017-2018 season in which they finished in last place in the 20-team loop. …[read more]

Spirit continues to move


Randy Russon
By
December 9, 2018

Overage defenseman Justin Murray, acquired earlier in the day from the Barrie Colts, picked up a pair of assists and Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco scored his 12th goal of the season as the Saginaw Spirit continued its recent rise with a 5-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. …[read more]

Spirit adds seasoned d-man


Randy Russon
By
December 9, 2018

Saginaw Spirit has made a move to solidify its injury-riddled blue line brigade by acquiring overage defenseman Justin Murray from the Barrie Colts in an Ontario Hockey League trade confirmed this morning. …[read more]

Michael DiPietro to Ottawa


Randy Russon
By
December 4, 2018

The first-place team in the Ontario Hockey League has served notice that it is going all out on a championship bid. Ottawa 67s have acquired 2017 Memorial Cup championship goalie Michael DiPietro from the Windsor Spitfires in a blockbuster trade. …[read more]

OHL players well taken care of


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
December 1, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest column by Ontario Hockey League commissioner/Canadian Hockey League president David Branch originally appeared in The Toronto Star. It is reprinted by Hockey News North with the permission of Mr. Branch, the OHL and the CHL. …[read more]

Russian robber strikes again


Randy Russon
By
November 30, 2018

Ivan Prosvetov stole another game for the Saginaw Spirit on Thursday night. The Russian-born goalie stopped 39 of 40 shots to lead surging Saginaw to a 2-1 home-ice victory over the Sarnia Sting. …[read more]

Spirit rises to fourth place


Randy Russon
By
November 28, 2018

Sporting a 2-0-1 record under new head coach Chris Lazary, Saginaw Spirit has moved into fourth place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League ahead of a pair of home games this week. …[read more]