Kingston via French River


Randy Russon
By
December 29, 2018

Marshall Frappier is getting another shot at playing in the Ontario Hockey League. The 2000 birth year goalie, who had been tending twine for the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League this season, has had his OHL rights transferred from the Sudbury Wolves to the Kingston Frontenacs, as Hockey News North was first to report. …[read more]

Spirit lurks in win over Soo


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

Saginaw Spirit skulked out of Sault Ste. Marie tonight with a steal. Despite being out-skated and out-chanced for a good part of the match, Saginaw out-scored the Soo Greyhounds en route to a 4-2 victory as Ontario Hockey League play resumed following the Christmas holiday break. …[read more]

A flurry of OHL trades


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

No sooner was the trade freeze in the Ontario Hockey League lifted today that three separate transactions were finalized, Hockey News North has confirmed. …[read more]

OHL champs on the market


Randy Russon
By
December 28, 2018

Ontario Hockey League teams in search of title glory could be in position to acquire players who have a championship background with the Hamilton Bulldogs. …[read more]

Is there more to the Spirit?


Randy Russon
By
December 27, 2018

How will the Saginaw Spirit set its roster for the second half of the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League season? The only person who probably knows the answer to that question is Saginaw general manager Dave Drinkill. …[read more]

Merry Christmas …


Randy Russon
By
December 25, 2018

An outdoor hockey game on Christmas Eve. That is just one way that members of my family and I are celebrating the holiday season. …[read more]

Looking at Noah Zeppa


Randy Russon
By
December 24, 2018

Having just turned 16 years of age earlier this month, Noah Zeppa is one of the youngest major midget goalies in Ontario. And despite being bypassed at the 2018 priority selections draft, Zeppa has had the practice experience of facing Ontario Hockey League shooters this season. …[read more]

Major T-Birds work extra


Randy Russon
By
December 24, 2018

Soo Major Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League have ended the 2018 portion of the season in a winning way. …[read more]

Timmins Majors at the break


Randy Russon
By
December 23, 2018

A 4-3 home ice victory over the Soo Major Thunderbirds on Saturday has the Timmins Majors going into a one-week Christmas holiday break on a winning note. …[read more]

Division 1 deal for Sault girl


Randy Russon
By
December 22, 2018

She is only 14 years of age. But it speaks to the hockey and academic abilities of Ariella Merlino that the Sault Ste. Marie girl has already secured a Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarship effective the 2022-2023 season. …[read more]

Sign up for Soo ball hockey


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
December 21, 2018

There is a ball hockey tournament that will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on February 2 as part of Ontario Winter Carnival Bon Soo. …[read more]

Improbable NOJHL champs


Randy Russon
By
December 19, 2018

It was a dozen years ago at this time that the erstwhile Soo Indians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League made a surprising coaching change. …[read more]

Hearst not far from first


Randy Russon
By
December 18, 2018

There is a logjam in the East Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League that has the fifth-seeded Hearst Lumberjacks within range of the first-place, co-occupant, Timmins Rock and Cochrane Crunch. …[read more]

Top to bottom in the OHL


Randy Russon
By
December 18, 2018

Officially, the Ontario Hockey League is closed for business until December 28. That is when the regular season schedule resumes and the Christmas freeze on trades is lifted. …[read more]

Minor T-Birds at .500


Randy Russon
By
December 17, 2018

The surging Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League will take a record of 7-7-4 into the new year when play resumes in the 2019 portion of the schedule. …[read more]

Sault College keeps winning


Randy Russon
By
December 16, 2018

Put another win in the books for the Sault College Cougars. Sault College completed a weekend sweep of its American Collegiate Hockey Association rival Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals on Saturday with a 7-6 victory at GFL Memorial Gardens. …[read more]

No break for OHL managers


Randy Russon
By
December 15, 2018

Even when there are no games scheduled, there are games being played behind the scenes. For example, I doubt if there is a general manager in the Ontario Hockey League who is not plotting ahead of the looming January 10 trade deadline. …[read more]

Cougars cuff Cardinals


Randy Russon
By
December 15, 2018

Sault College Cougars scored six first period goals and roared to a 13-3 take down of the visiting Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals in American Collegiate Hockey Association action from Friday. …[read more]

Sault College moving up


Randy Russon
By
December 14, 2018

With success comes a promotion. Hockey News North has confirmed that the American Collegiate Hockey Association has granted a request of the Sault College Cougars to move up a level from Division 3 to Division 2 effective the 2019-2020 season. …[read more]

OHL net shuffle


Randy Russon
By
December 13, 2018

Sarnia Sting and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League have both moved on from bigger, highly-touted goalies who were former early-round draft picks. …[read more]

Mission to RPI Engineers


Randy Russon
By
December 13, 2018

Highly-regarded, 2002 birth year forward Max Itagaki has made an early commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. …[read more]

Minor Birds 3, Major Birds 2


Randy Russon
By
December 12, 2018

An inner-city Great North Midget Hockey League match tonight pitted the Soo Minor Thunderbirds up against the Soo Major Thunderbirds. …[read more]

Friendly foes: Beavers, Eagles


Randy Russon
By
December 12, 2018

The setting was a recent edition of the Hockey North Show that airs weekly on Sault Ste. Marie radio station ESPN 1400. At the same table, making guest appearances on the show were Blind River Beavers assistant coach/assistant general manager Craig MacDonald and Soo Eagles president/general manager Bruno Bragagnolo. …[read more]

Showing some holiday Spirit


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
December 12, 2018

American super-center chain Meijer, which has corporate headquarters in mid Michigan, is a sponsor of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. As part of a Christmas holiday season promotion, Meijer is sponsoring a ‘Shop with a Hero’ event that features, among others, Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Porco, a second year forward with the OHL Spirit. …[read more]

Sault College at the Gardens


Randy Russon
By
December 11, 2018

GFL Memorial Gardens in downtown Sault Ste. Marie is the slated site for a pair of weekend games involving the Sault College Cougars men’s hockey team. …[read more]

Wolves showing their teeth


Randy Russon
By
December 10, 2018

Don’t look now but the Sudbury Wolves are a contender. Yes, the same Wolves who missed the Ontario Hockey League playoffs three times in the past four years including the 2017-2018 season in which they finished in last place in the 20-team loop. …[read more]

Monday night in Milltown


Randy Russon
By
December 10, 2018

It will be a rare Monday night match in Blind River this evening when the Beavers play host to the Soo Eagles in a 7:00 start. …[read more]

Spirit continues to move


Randy Russon
By
December 9, 2018

Overage defenseman Justin Murray, acquired earlier in the day from the Barrie Colts, picked up a pair of assists and Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco scored his 12th goal of the season as the Saginaw Spirit continued its recent rise with a 5-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. …[read more]

Miller time for Soo T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
December 9, 2018

A Twin Soo junior hockey rivalry was revisited on the weekend. Soo Thunderbirds and Soo Eagles met up in a home-and-home series featuring the cross-border, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League rivals. …[read more]

Spirit adds seasoned d-man


Randy Russon
By
December 9, 2018

Saginaw Spirit has made a move to solidify its injury-riddled blue line brigade by acquiring overage defenseman Justin Murray from the Barrie Colts in an Ontario Hockey League trade confirmed this morning. …[read more]

Eagles clip visiting T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
December 8, 2018

Soo Eagles skated to their first victory of the season over the cross-border Soo Thunderbirds on Friday. Before just over 600 fans at Pullar Stadium in the Michigan Soo, the Eagles clipped the visiting Thunderbirds by a 3-2 margin. …[read more]

Border battle bandwagon


Randy Russon
By
December 7, 2018

Pace-setting Soo Thunderbirds will face off against the cross-border Soo Eagles in a home-and-home weekend series that begins tonight at 7:30 at Pullar Stadium in the Michigan Soo. …[read more]

A better program for our kids


Craig Hartsburg
By
December 6, 2018

We are just about halfway through hockey season here in Sault Ste. Marie and without getting into specifics, there have been positives and negatives that have gone on. …[read more]

NOJHL boosts Sault College


Randy Russon
By
December 5, 2018

Three of the top point producers on the high scoring Sault College Cougars of the American Collegiate Hockey Association are recent graduates of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. …[read more]