Mauro boys in Beaver dam


Randy Russon
By
September 25, 2020
Justin Mauro

They are a pair of high performance players with speed and a smart skill set.

And they just happen to be siblings.

To be sure, a brother act is prepared to take the stage for the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

As in, Devin Mauro will join his older brother Justin Mauro in Blind River for the upcoming NOJHL season.

Devin, who has a 2004 birth date, finished second on the Great North Midget Hockey League scoring chart in 2019-2020 in netting 30 goals, 32 assists, 62 points in 38 games for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds.

A 5-foot-6, 150-pound forward, Devin was subsequently taken by the Sudbury Wolves in the 11th round of this year’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

Justin, meanwhile, has already played two full seasons in the NOJHL for Blind River and in impressive fashion, has totaled 26 goals, 54 assists, 80 points in 92 games while battling injuries.

A 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward with a 2002 birth date, Justin was picked by the Erie Otters in the 15th round of the 2018 OHL priority selections draft.

The Mauro boys are the sons of Tom and Rachel Mauro of Sault Ste. Marie.

Kyle Brick, who is the successful coach and general manager of the NOJHL entry in Blind River, told Hockey News North that the Mauro brothers just may end up playing on the same line once the 2020-2021 season gets underway.

Devin Mauro, in action for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds midgets

“Justin has been really good for us and we look forward to him having a big year for the Beavers,” Brick began. “The last two seasons he has had to battle injuries, which was tough for him.

“We are definitely going to be leaning on Justin to be a major points producer for us this season,” Brick noted.

Devin, meanwhile, has Brick excited about what the younger Mauro will bring to the Beavers lineup.

“Devin has the staff very excited,” Brick continued. “Any time you can land a player who put up numbers like that in midget, it’s a huge get. Unlike his brother, Dev is a shoot first guy and we like our goal scorers here in Blind River. 

“And who knows, Brick summed up, “maybe Justin and Devin will even be line mates for us this coming season.”

Meanwhile, under Brick and a staff of assistants that includes Dylan King and Craig MacDonald, the Beavers have established themselves as a top end NOJHL franchise with four straight winning seasons, including a 37-15-4 mark during the 2019-2020 campaign.


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