Flint, Guelph make a deal


Randy Russon
By
June 16, 2020

Flint Firebirds have bolstered their blue line brigade via Ontario Hockey League trade with the Guelph Storm.

Highly-touted defenseman Zack Terry is on the move from Guelph to Flint for a pair of 2023 draft picks.

In confirming the trade, Firebirds general manager Barclay Branch referred to Terry as “both an impressive player and person.”

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Kingston trio makes music


Randy Russon
By
June 2, 2020

A troika of forwards stands tall in the talent pool that is poised to help elevate the Kingston Frontenacs into future Ontario Hockey League contention.

Shane Wright

Center Shane Wright and wingers Zayde Wisdom and Martin Chromiak are first line pieces of the puzzle that have Kingston ticketed for emergence within the Eastern Conference come the next OHL season.

All three were major points producers with the Frontenacs during the 2019-2020 season — and they all have time on their side in the form of remaining OHL eligibility.

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Hounds have 50-50 shot


Randy Russon
By
June 1, 2020

Soo Greyhounds have a better chance of being in the 2021 Memorial Cup tournament than they do of winning next spring’s Ontario Hockey League championship. To be sure, the Greyhounds have to beat out only one team — the Oshawa Generals — to gain automatic entry into the 2021 national championship event.

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Schlueting to Saginaw


Randy Russon
By
June 1, 2020

Saginaw Spirit general manager Dave Drinkill has started the Ontario Hockey League trade season with a bargain pickup.

Pacey Schlueting

Drinkill has obtained 2002 birth year defenseman Pacey Schlueting from the North Bay Battalion for a fourth round draft pick in 2024 and a 12th round pick in 2023.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Schlueting was a first round pick of the Battalion, ninth overall, at the 2018 OHL priority selections draft from his hometown North Bay Trappers of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

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Dressed for the Knights


Randy Russon
By
May 29, 2020

He has the hat. He has the t-shirt.

Mason Chitaroni

Next, it is the jersey of the London Knights that Mason Chitaroni wants to wear.

That’s because Chitaroni is a plum prospect of the Knights, who took the 5-foot-10, 150-pound defender in the fifth round, 99th overall, at this year’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

“I want to show London that they made the right choice in drafting me,” the 15-year old youngster relayed to Hockey News North.

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Top 12 OHL rookies are …


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
May 27, 2020

Ontario Hockey League has confirmed its first and second team all-rookie selections from the 2019-2020 season. General managers from the 20 OHL teams conducted the voting process.

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Two teams on the upswing


Randy Russon
By
May 26, 2020

When a team has been at the bottom of the standings, it figures that there is no place to go but up.

Two years ago, the 2018-2019 season, it was the Kingston Frontenacs who finished in last place in the 20-team Ontario Hockey League. And this past season, the 2019-2020 campaign, it was the North Bay Battalion which had the dubious distinction of having the worst record in the OHL.

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Lambert to lead T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
May 20, 2020

This is a multiple coaching hire of well known local hockey people.

Denny Lambert

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will have a new look coaching staff for the 2020-2021 season, Hockey News North has confirmed. And leading the way as the new bench boss of the T-Birds is a man who played the game at its highest level.

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Guarding the Greyhound net


Randy Russon
By
May 20, 2020

A pressing question relative to the Soo Greyhounds ahead of the 2020-2021 Ontario Hockey League season correlates with the most paramount position of all.

Nick Malik

Who will be the goalies for a Greyhound team that sees itself as a contender to the extent that it is bidding to play host to the 2021 Memorial Cup tournament and be a participant?

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Ryan Dugas has the numbers


Randy Russon
By
May 19, 2020

On a Kingston Frontenacs team that posted the worst overall record in the Ontario Hockey League over the past two seasons, it was their youngest goalie who had the best numbers of any puck stopper. By far.

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Famine of the Frontenacs


Randy Russon
By
May 17, 2020

General manager Darren Keily has a distant goal of bringing a long-awaited Ontario Hockey League championship to Kingston. So too does head coach Paul McFarland. But that may be much easier said than done considering the Kingston Frontenacs have never — ever — won an OHL title.

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Top dog in the Hound pound


Randy Russon
By
May 15, 2020

Soo Greyhounds have confirmed the signing of their first round pick from the 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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More of the future in Flint


Randy Russon
By
May 15, 2020

Fresh from their finest season in a franchise history that began in 2015, Flint Firebirds have added fuel to the future with the signing of two more players from the 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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OHL scouts put in the time


Randy Russon
By
May 13, 2020

It can be a time consuming job as a nightly gig that also includes morning and afternoon assignments on the weekend. But passion and perseverance lies within the pores of the average Ontario Hockey League scout.

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Chitaroni has a flip side


Randy Russon
By
May 12, 2020

It is destination unknown for Mason Chitaroni relative to the 2020-2021 hockey season. That is, the 15-year old defenseman with the world-class speed — he does not turn 16 until October 2 — could be playing in the Ontario Hockey League, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, or for any one of four teams in the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League when the 2020-2021 campaign gets going.

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Porco in the Nick of time


Randy Russon
By
May 10, 2020

As dictated by the COVID-19 crisis, time is standing still in the hockey world. Still, as for time away from the hockey rink, Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco is putting it to good use.

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Coaching rerun in Kingston


Randy Russon
By
May 9, 2020

It took the Kingston Frontenacs less than two weeks to fill their vacant head coach position. And it will be a familiar face manning the bench in Kingston when the next Ontario Hockey League season begins.

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Sting operation nets another


Randy Russon
By
May 7, 2020

Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League has snagged a second American skater away from the Michigan State Spartans of the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Northern lights of the OHL


Randy Russon
By
May 6, 2020

It has been said that hockey players from northern Ontario are, on average, overlooked when compared to those from the Greater Toronto Area and the southwestern and eastern parts of the province.

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Trying for an OHL tryout


Randy Russon
By
May 4, 2020

Landon Deforge is not what one would call a big kid, standing in at 5-foot-8 and tipping the scales at 155 pounds. Nonetheless, the skilled, smart, speedy skater played a big role for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season.

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Mason has Knight vision


Randy Russon
By
May 3, 2020

He is working out on his own, in the family basement and in the garage. He jogs alone through his neighbourhood — and thinks of the season ahead. A 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the London Knights, Mason Chitaroni has a vision of where he wants to be when training camp opens.

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Seca to manage the Sting


Randy Russon
By
May 1, 2020

An educator with a long-time link to the Ontario Hockey League, Dylan Seca has been promoted to general manager of the Sarnia Sting.

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Frontenacs fire Foster


Randy Russon
By
April 29, 2020

Kingston Frontenacs general manager Darren Keily has made head coach Kurtis Foster the fall guy for the failures of the Ontario Hockey League team over the past two seasons.

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Firebirds click top pick


Randy Russon
By
April 28, 2020

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have confirmed the commitment of 2020 first round draft pick Gavin Hayes.

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