Soo Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League will play host to the first-ever, minor midget, Northern Ontario Cup, which is slated to be staged next March 2-4, 2018 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The event will be held in collaboration with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and feature four minor midget teams — the Thunderbirds, North Bay Trappers and Sudbury Wolves of the Great North loop as well as the Thunder Bay Kings out of northwestern Ontario.
All teams will be guaranteed five games and will play towards an NOHA championship trophy.
The games will be held at the Essar Centre, John Rhodes Community Centre and Rankin Arena.
“We are excited to welcome the Thunder Bay Kings to our event,” noted Great North commissioner Darren Potvin. “The Kings representation approached our league about the possibility of hosting this type of event and this is certainly something we could not pass up on.”
Potvin is hopeful that the championship-style tournament will attract general managers and scouts from all 20 teams in the Ontario Hockey League
“Our goal is to have most, if not all of the OHL clubs have representation at our event and ensure that our players in northern Ontario receive the proper scouting and development they deserve,” Potvin added.