Drive-thru playoff preview


Randy Russon
By
March 19, 2019

Spring fever has struck the Ontario Hockey League in the form of the annual rite of the playoff season. Following is a Hockey News North drive-thru preview of the first round of the OHL playoffs.

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Sons of Hounds on Attack


Randy Russon
By
March 18, 2019

Two current members of the Owen Sound Attack have a rather unique Ontario Hockey League history with the Soo Greyhounds.

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Spirit v. Sting series sked


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 17, 2019

No. 2 seed Saginaw Spirit will face no. 7 seed Sarnia Sting in the first round of the best-of-seven, Ontario Hockey League playoffs. The series dates between the Western Conference rivals — who split their regular-season slate at three games apiece — have been confirmed.

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Soo/OS playoff dates


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
March 17, 2019

Soo Greyhounds and Owen Sound Attack will meet in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. The schedule in the best-of-seven, Western Conference series has been confirmed and is as follows.

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OHL playoffs looming


Randy Russon
By
March 16, 2019

As the regular season in the Ontario Hockey League ends this weekend, all 16 teams that will take part in the upcoming playoffs have been confirmed. And while who will finish where in the standings has not been totally finalized, a few first-round match-ups have been determined.

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Perfetti piling up points


Randy Russon
By
March 13, 2019

As Saginaw Spirit is playing at a torrid pace, rookie left winger Cole Perfetti is piling up the points for the streaking Ontario Hockey League team.

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Team NOHA at OHL Cup


Randy Russon
By
March 12, 2019

The four-division, 20-team OHL Cup is slated for this week in Toronto. The annual tournament of games features top minor midget aged talent who will be showing their skills to a bevy of general managers and scouts ahead of the April 6, Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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More points for Baber


Randy Russon
By
March 9, 2019

Opportunity has led to production for Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber. Having taken advantage of more ice time, the 2001 birth year center has two goals, seven assists, nine points in his last six games for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Exceptional status granted


Randy Russon
By
March 8, 2019

Shane Wright, a 2004 birth year forward, has been granted exceptional player status and is thus eligible for the April 6, Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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North Bay via New Liskeard


Randy Russon
By
March 5, 2019

Justin Brazeau has written quite a story since the North Bay Battalion took the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right winger in the 13th round of the 2014 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

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Four points for Cam Baber


Randy Russon
By
March 3, 2019

Rookie forward Camaryn Baber had the most prolific game of his young Ontario Hockey League career on Saturday night. The Sault Ste. Marie product assisted on four goals as the Saginaw Spirit cuffed the Kingston Frontenacs 7-1.

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NOJHL to OHL to NHL deals


Randy Russon
By
March 2, 2019

Goalies Evan Cormier and Ken Appleby have both gone from tending twine in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League to signing National Hockey League contracts.

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Saginaw takes Soo to school


Randy Russon
By
February 27, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco potted his 20th goal of the season and added an assist as the Saginaw Spirit out-scored the Soo Greyhounds 5-3 tonight en route to a well-deserved Ontario Hockey League victory.

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Porco in pursuit of 20 goals


Randy Russon
By
February 27, 2019

Saginaw Spirit already has five players with more than 20 goals this season. And having found the back of the net 19 times, Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco is closing in on a 20-goal season for Saginaw.

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High on the 2019 OHL draft


Randy Russon
By
February 23, 2019

Flint Firebirds or Kingston Frontenacs will have the first overall pick at the upcoming 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft. Either Flint or Kingston will finish in last place overall in the 20-member OHL and which ever team does will choose first at the April 6 priority selections draft.

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Branch on the rebuild ranch


Randy Russon
By
February 20, 2019

Having to rebuild an Ontario Hockey League team is nothing new for Flint Firebirds general manager Barclay Branch. In his first and prior gig as an OHL general manager, Branch was at the helm of the Sudbury Wolves rebuild.

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Saginaw extends its coach


Randy Russon
By
February 19, 2019

Chris Lazary has been rewarded for the coaching job that he has done for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. The 36-year old Lazary has had his contract extended through the 2020-2021 season.

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Dog days in Niagara


Randy Russon
By
February 15, 2019

Despite being an Eastern Conference championship contender this season, the Niagara Ice Dogs are in big trouble with the Ontario Hockey League.

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Spirit extends GM


Randy Russon
By
February 14, 2019

Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League has confirmed that it has extended the contract of general manager Dave Drinkill for two more seasons beyond the current one.

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Northern exposure


Randy Russon
By
February 13, 2019

No less than six players from the Great North Midget Hockey League — who are all members of Team NOHA (Northern Ontario Hockey Association) — are poised to be selected within the top three rounds of this year’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, multiple sources have determined.

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Come up and see the north


Randy Russon
By
February 11, 2019

Contrary to what many of the scouts in southern Ontario might think, we do have indoor hockey rinks in northern Ontario towns such as Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, New Liskeard, Timmins and Kapuskasing. Not only that, we also have our share of good hockey players up north.

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Baber shows rising Spirit


Randy Russon
By
February 3, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber is fresh from his most productive weekend in his young Ontario Hockey League career. The 2001 birth-year center had a pair of one-goal, one-assist games to spark the Saginaw Spirit to a sweep of the Flint Firebirds.

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First star, Camaryn Baber


Randy Russon
By
February 2, 2019

A regular spot in the lineup is giving Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber the opportunity to produce for the Saginaw Spirit.

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Old characters of the O


Randy Russon
By
February 2, 2019

I am not saying that the average coach in today’s Ontario Hockey League is boring. (Even if my friend George Burnett of the Guelph Storm — who is the dean of OHL coaches — defines dullsville.) It is just that the OHL of today seems to be lacking the colourful characters of yesterday.

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Wright pick for the OHL


Randy Russon
By
January 31, 2019

Smart, splendid, skilled skater Shane Wright has applied for exceptional player status ahead of this year’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Saginaw winger is winged


Randy Russon
By
January 29, 2019

Northeastern Ontario product Danny Katic is on the injured list and will be lost to the Saginaw Spirit for an indefinite period, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Coach under surprise Attack


Randy Russon
By
January 28, 2019

Saying that he is “not a big change guy”, Owen Sound Attack general manager Dale DeGray nonetheless fired head coach Todd Gill earlier today and replaced him with erstwhile assistant Alan Letang.

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Spirit rises to 30th win


Randy Russon
By
January 26, 2019

Saginaw Spirit has surpassed its victory total from the 2017-2018 Ontario Hockey League season and in the process solidified its hold on third place in the Western Conference.

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Guaranteed ice time clauses


Randy Russon
By
January 24, 2019

Ever wonder why certain players in the Ontario Hockey League get more ice time — as in, on the top power play unit, for example — at the expense of others who are just as deserving?

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Soo trio on Team NOHA


Randy Russon
By
January 22, 2019

Three members of the Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League have been named to the Team NOHA squad that will compete at the upcoming OHL Cup and OHL Gold Cup showcase events, Hockey News North has learned.

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NHL scouts like Firebirds


Randy Russon
By
January 22, 2019

Flint Firebirds may be in last place in the Ontario Hockey League but it is a testament to their young talent that four of their players are ranked on the latest Central Scouting list of the National Hockey League.

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Saginaw adds to its bench


Randy Russon
By
January 19, 2019

Veteran bench boss Darren Rumble has joined the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League as an assistant coach for the balance of the 2018-2019 season.

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Flint in good draft shape


Randy Russon
By
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
By
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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