The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will move to the frozen stage of the Ottawa River town of Mattawa today in the form of the transplanted North Bay Trappers.
The Trappers will play their next three home games of this 2013-2014 NOJHL season at Mattawa’s Mike Rodden Arena and Community Centre.
With a population of just over 2,000, the historic northeastern Ontario town of Mattawa is about 40 miles east of North Bay along Highway 17.
The City of North Bay recently advised the Trappers that their facility agreement will not be renewed for the 2014-2015 season, thus forcing the long-time NOJHL franchise to seek relocation.
Trappers president David Beauchamp is of the notion that Mattawa looks to be a good fit beyond the three games that have been scheduled.
In fact, so confident is Beauchamp of the move that plans are to officially rename the North Bay Trappers the Mattawa Blackhawks as the franchise looks ahead to the 2014-2015 campaign.
As for the three Trapper home games that have been moved to Mattawa, the first is today at 4:10 p.m. against the visiting Soo Thunderbirds.
The Trappers will then play host to the Elliot Lake Bobcats on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
The third Trappers game in Mattawa will be on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. against the Espanola Rivermen.