They have played the most regular season games of any team in the Great North Midget Hockey League. Add in multiple tournaments that they have also participated in to date and suffice to say that the Soo Jr. Greyhounds are on a well-deserved break from the action.
“It has been a grind and a lot of time on the road and I think we as a team are enjoying this bit of a break,” said Jr. Greyhounds head coach Jamie Henderson, appearing on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show, which airs weekly on Sault Ste. Marie radio station ESPN 1400.
The most recent activity for the Jr. Greyhounds was four games at a tournament in Kitchener. They return to regular Great North action with a three-game road trip on the Nov. 22 weekend.
“We have played a lot of hockey to date and we like where we are at in league play,” relayed Henderson, whose Jr. Greyhounds are atop the standings of the eight-team Great North with 21 points from a record of 10-3-1.
The 21 points that the Soo has are five more than the second-place Kapuskasing Flyers. But the Flyers, with a record of 8-4-0, have two games in hand on the Jr. Greyhounds.
Then there are the third-place Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, who have 15 points from a record of 7-3-1 while holding three games in hand on the Jr. Greyhounds.
And, of further example, the sixth-place New Liskeard Cubs have nine points from a record of 4-4-1 with five games in hand on the Soo.
“There is a lot of balance in the league this year,” Henderson agreed. “The gap between the top and bottom teams isn’t much.”
Jr. Greyhounds winger Dylan Szabo has also taken note of the parity within the Great North.
“There are no easy games,” Szabo relayed. “As Coach Henderson tells us, we have to be ready for every team we play.”