Talking up the OHL north


Randy Russon
By
September 21, 2018

I have never been reticent about trying to boost — when and where it is opportune and worthy — hockey in northern Ontario. And I had the occasion of doing that on television earlier this week during a guest segment on CTV News Northern Ontario. …[read more]

Setting it up in Sudbury


Randy Russon
By
September 20, 2018

It is an iconic Ontario Hockey League franchise that has been more than 45 years in the making. But since entering the OHL along with their since-more-successful, northern neighbour Soo Greyhounds in 1972, the Sudbury Wolves have never won a league championship and have never participated in the Memorial Cup tournament. …[read more]

Saginaw skates past Soo


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
September 19, 2018

Rookie centre Cole Perfetti potted a pair of goals as the Saginaw Spirit skated past the visiting Soo Greyhounds 5-2 as the regular season in the Ontario Hockey League opened tonight. …[read more]

Up north in the OHL


Randy Russon
By
September 17, 2018

At first blush, it would appear that the Soo Greyhounds, Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Battalion are all poised to at least make the Ontario Hockey League playoffs in 2018-2019. …[read more]

Into the Spirit of things


Randy Russon
By
September 16, 2018

Now this is what can be called a promotion. Beginning with its regular season opener against the Soo Greyhounds on Wednesday, Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League will introduce a 90 minute food and drink special that will be held before every home game at The Dow Event Center. …[read more]

Goals by Baber and Porco


Randy Russon
By
September 15, 2018

Sault Ste. Marie products Camaryn Baber and Nick Porco combined to score the tieing and winning goals as the Saginaw Spirit upended the Flint Firebirds 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League exhibition play from Friday. …[read more]

Hamilton hires Pat Jarrett


Randy Russon
By
September 8, 2018

Reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs have rounded out their coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season with the hiring of Sault Ste. Marie native Patrick Jarrett, Hockey News North has confirmed. …[read more]

OHL watchtower views


Randy Russon
By
September 5, 2018

A writer’s selection of storyline material ahead of the approaching 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League regular season. …[read more]

Wins for Flint, Saginaw


Randy Russon
By
September 1, 2018

Interstate 75 rivals Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit both posted victories on Friday as the Ontario Hockey League exhibition season got underway. …[read more]

Wolves at 29 players


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
August 30, 2018

Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League have trimmed their player roster to 29 ahead of a home-ice exhibition game against the Ottawa 67’s on Friday night. …[read more]

King of the Bulldogs


Randy Russon
By
August 30, 2018

Hulking defenseman D.J. King has signed on with the reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs. …[read more]

Working out in Flint


Randy Russon
By
August 28, 2018

Training camps are underway throughout the Ontario Hockey League preparatory to the 2018-2019 season. For example, the Flint Firebirds are hard at work with a goal of returning to the Western Conference playoffs after missing out in 2017-2018. Below are a few photos from the Flint training camp. …[read more]

Young pups of the Soo


Randy Russon
By
August 24, 2018

Call it a rebuild. Call it a youth movement. Whatever the words or phrase may be, the 2018-2019 version of the Soo Greyhounds will be decidedly different from the 2017-2018 edition. …[read more]

Saginaw shows strength


Randy Russon
By
August 23, 2018

The fact that the Saginaw Spirit has opted to allow three veteran skaters the opportunity to seek Ontario Hockey League employment elsewhere reads as a sign of strength for the looming Western Conference contenders. …[read more]

Saginaw goes Wilde


Randy Russon
By
August 20, 2018

Call it a walk on the Wilde side. Two years after choosing Bode Wilde in the second round of the 2016 Ontario Hockey League draft, the Saginaw Spirit has signed the 2000 birth-year defenseman. …[read more]

The legend of Mav


Randy Russon
By
August 18, 2018

He can be called an Ontario Hockey League legend and few — if any — would dispute that notion. He can also be termed gruff but pleasant, ornery but kind, a beer-drinking guy who coached and managed against the best of them. …[read more]

Oulahen, Findlay, Rutledge


Randy Russon
By
August 16, 2018

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have finalized their coaching staff ahead of the 2018-2019 season, general manager Barclay Branch has confirmed. …[read more]

This Bud’s for Sudbury


Randy Russon
By
August 16, 2018

A vacant coaching position has drawn former Ontario Hockey League bench boss Bud Stefanski out of retirement. Stefanski, who originally hails from the northeastern Ontario mining town of Timmins, has joined the Sudbury Wolves as an assistant on the staff of head coach Cory Stillman. …[read more]

Good for David Matsos


Randy Russon
By
August 15, 2018

He is known as a good guy in the inner and outer circles of the Ontario Hockey League. And the recent hiring of David Matsos as head coach is seen as a good move by the reigning OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs. …[read more]

Villalta has the numbers


Randy Russon
By
August 12, 2018

There are sidebars to the rebuild project that the Soo Greyhounds are undertaking after a bid to win the Ontario Hockey League championship came up short this past spring. …[read more]

Hamilton adds draft picks


Randy Russon
By
August 11, 2018

Reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs have acquired three future draft picks in a trade with the Guelph Storm. …[read more]

CCHL Nepean to OHL Flint


Randy Russon
By
August 10, 2018

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have gone to the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League to hire a new associate coach. …[read more]

Guelph coach is a Wiseman


Randy Russon
By
August 9, 2018

Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League has added to its staff with the hiring of Chad Wiseman as assistant coach. …[read more]

RBC at major junior camps


Randy Russon
By
August 8, 2018

No less than 13 players from the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will be headed to main camps of teams in the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]

Matsos is the man


Randy Russon
By
August 7, 2018

Reigning Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs have promoted from within to replace graduated head coach John Gruden, Hockey News North has confirmed. …[read more]

Good deal for Flint


Randy Russon
By
August 6, 2018

Apropos a position of consequence in hockey, it starts between the pipes. And where the stakes are high and there is parity within the two conferences, quality goalies are coveted in the 20-team Ontario Hockey League. …[read more]

Net gain for the Wolves


Randy Russon
By
August 2, 2018

Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League have signed world-class, Finnish-born goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. …[read more]

Flint nets big fella Vella


Randy Russon
By
August 2, 2018

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have bolstered their net balance with the addition of 1998 birth year goalie Emanuel Vella from the Mississauga Steelheads, Hockey News North has confirmed. …[read more]

OHL perusal, prognosis


Randy Russon
By
August 1, 2018

August has just arrived. Ergo, it might be referred to, in these dog days of summer, as pre-pre season in the Ontario Hockey League. …[read more]

Saginaw holds Wilde card


Randy Russon
By
July 30, 2018

Towering defenseman Bode Wilde has — through various media outlets — declared his intention to play in the Ontario Hockey League come the 2018-2019 season. But as of this date, Wilde has yet to sign with the OHL team that drafted him in 2016. …[read more]

Setting up in Saginaw


Randy Russon
By
July 29, 2018

It is being seen as a matter of when, not if. And it should happen within the next season or so. That is, there is a strong hockey Spirit that is set to rise. …[read more]

Houndtown transformation


Randy Russon
By
July 27, 2018

The slate in the coaches office has been wiped clean. As the Soo Greyhounds prep for the 2018-2019 season following a 2017-2018 campaign that did not result in expected victory, there are new coaches at the helm. …[read more]

Porco a top prospect add


Randy Russon
By
July 23, 2018

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco has a shot at playing for Canada’s under-18 summer hockey team. The 2001 birth-year left winger is fresh from his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League as a first-round draft pick of the Saginaw Spirit. …[read more]

Hamilton coach search


Randy Russon
By
July 23, 2018

For the second time in three summers, Hamilton Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios is conducting a search for a new head coach for the Ontario Hockey League team. …[read more]