Spitfires are setting it up


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April 11, 2024


The flight plan of the Windsor Spitfires is in ascent. The Spitfires, who missed the Ontario Hockey League playoffs in 2023-2024 after finishing in first place in the Western Conference in back to back regular seasons, have taken a big step ahead to next season by choosing 6 foot 5, 235 pound left winger Ethan Belchetz with the first pick of the 2024 OHL priority selections draft.

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Northern lights on OHL draft


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April 11, 2024


There has been moderate representation from the Northern Ontario Hockey Association branch relative to players being picked at recent Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft proceedings.

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Clock ticking on OHL draft


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April 10, 2024


The restless hands of time are clicking towards the 2024 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft that will be staged on Friday and Saturday of this week.

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Veteran coach departs Dryden


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April 9, 2024


Kurt Walsten is on the open market after nine successful seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Marson stands out for Hounds


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April 8, 2024


Soo Jr. Greyhounds were outshot, outscored and generally outplayed by the powerhouse Waterloo Wolves in their opening night match at the Central Region Under 18 AAA Hockey Championship Tournament at the Northern Community Centre.

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Silver for U13 AA Jr. Hounds


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April 8, 2024


TIMMINS — Soo Jr. Greyhounds gave the powerhouse host Timmins North Stars a mighty scare in the title tilt of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Under 13 AA Tournament of Champions that was held here on the weekend.

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Hounds, Spirit on the horizon


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April 6, 2024


This has become an intense, heated, hot blooded and extraordinary rivalry between two prime time Ontario Hockey League teams that are separated by the International Bridge, Mackinac Bridge and 240 miles in total. 

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Greyhounds have the Spirit


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April 5, 2024


No. 2 seed Saginaw Spirit and no. 3 seed Soo Greyhounds will face off in the second round of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference playoffs. Following is the schedule of games for the best of seven series.

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Western Conference sweeps


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April 5, 2024


London Knights, Saginaw Spirit and Soo Greyhounds have all punched their tickets into the second round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs following opening round sweeps in the Western Conference.

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Plausible OHL draft plums


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April 3, 2024


D-Day is looming. As in Ontario Hockey League draft day. Make that days. And two players from Sault Ste. Marie who headed to Pittsburgh to play in the Jr. Penguins AAA elite program this season are being projected as feasible first –or at least second — round picks at the April 12-13 OHL priority selections draft.

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Firebird signs with Ducks


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April 3, 2024


FLINT — Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League have confirmed the signing of 19-year old Flint Firebirds forward and captain Coulson Pitre to a three year entry level contract effective the 2024-2025 season.

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OT on the Knight shift


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April 3, 2024


FLINT — The London Knights finished 39 points ahead of the Flint Firebirds during the regular season but they needed to work overtime here on Tuesday to take a three games to none lead in their first round Ontario Hockey League playoff series.

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Props to the Paper Kings


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April 2, 2024


Their season ended in a junior hockey heartbreak. Espanola Paper Kings held a 3-1 playoff series lead on the favoured Blind River Beavers only to lose the next three matches including the seventh and deciding game.

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Beavers await the Cubs


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April 1, 2024


Two teams that combined for 180 points during the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season will face off in the West Division playoff finals. It will be the no. 1 seed Blind River Beavers up against the second seed Sudbury Cubs.

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Beaver fever in Blind River


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March 31, 2024


Blind River Beavers are moving on to the finals of the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Before a packed house of more than 550 fans at the Blind River Community Centre, the top seed Beavers capped a frantic series comeback over the fourth ranked Espanola Paper Kings today in the seventh and deciding game.

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Hounds hike to series lead


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March 31, 2024


They did not show dominance. But there was determination. And after escaping Game 1 of their best of seven, opening round, Ontario Hockey League playoff series with a narrow 4-3 decision over the Guelph Storm, the Soo Greyhounds skated to a more decisive 4-1 verdict over the visitors in Game 2.

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Cubs clinch … bye, bye Birds


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March 30, 2024


Sudbury Cubs have completed a playoff series comeback over the Soo Thunderbirds. Backed by a second successive shutout by goalie Noah Metivier — a Sault Ste. Marie product no less — the visiting Cubs blanked the Thunderbirds 4-0 tonight to take the opening round, best of seven Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League series four games to two.

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Nothing quite like a Game 7


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March 30, 2024


Blind River Beavers have forced a seventh and deciding game in their opening round, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series with the Espanola Paper Kings.

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Rock around the playoff clock


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March 29, 2024


Reigning champion Timmins Rock has become the first team to proceed to the second round of this year’s Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoffs.

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U16, U18 Jr. Hound coaches


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March 28, 2024


Sault Ste. Marie is poised to be represented by both Under 16 and Under 18 teams as members of the AAA level Great North Under 18 Hockey League effective the 2024-2025 season. And the head coaches of both programs are already finalizing their staffs ahead of the ’24-25 campaign.

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1st round OHL playoff forecast


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March 28, 2024


Opening face-offs in the 2024 Ontario Hockey League playoffs are slated to take place tonight. And following are one writer’s opening round predictions as to how the best of seven series will play out.

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Spitfires to pick first overall


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March 27, 2024


Windsor Spitfires have won the Ontario Hockey League draft lottery. The Spitfires will select first overall at the upcoming April 12 OHL priority selections draft.

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Along the NOJHL playoff path


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March 27, 2024


Four more more games were played on the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s first round playoff slate on Tuesday.

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U12 to U15 AAA go interlocking


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March 26, 2024


It is being lauded as additional and increased competition. That is, AAA level teams from the Under 12 to Under 15 age groups that represent the Northern Ontario Hockey Association will play games outside their region as part of an interlocking schedule effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Spitfires not bad in between


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March 25, 2024


WINDSOR — Between a bad start and a bad finish the Windsor Spitfires were not a bad team in the middle of this season. But after finishing atop the Western Conference standings the previous two seasons, the Spitfires failed to qualify for the Ontario Hockey League playoffs this time around.

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OHL playoff brackets set


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March 25, 2024


Playoffs in the Ontario Hockey League are slated to begin. this week. Following are the dates, places and times for the eight first round playoff matchups.

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Paper Kings up on Beavers


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March 25, 2024


First week of playoffs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are in the books. And of the four first round sets, Espanola Paper Kings are the only lower seeded team with a series lead.

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Best of the Great North


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March 24, 2024


Timmins Majors are the playoff champions of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League following a 2-1 title tilt triumph today over the host Sudbury U18 Wolves. Meanwhile, the GNU18HL has confirmed its award winners for the 2023-2024 regular season.

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On to the OHL playoffs


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March 23, 2024


What a difference one year can make. Twelve months ago the Soo Greyhounds were ending a lousy Ontario Hockey League season in which they missed the Western Conference playoffs by a wide margin with a mere 55 points from a record of 20-33-15.

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EL Vikings … against all odds


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March 20, 2024


There are times when sports — in this case junior hockey — is not about wins and losses. In the case of the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, this is a story of survival — not to mention perseverance, courage, strength, commitment and dedication in the face of adversity. 

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Lots of NOJHL award winners


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March 20, 2024


The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed a lengthy list of award recipients for the 2023-2024 regular season.

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Evans aids victorious Vipers


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March 19, 2024


Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans played a noteworthy role for the Windsor LaSalle Vipers in their recent Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League opening round playoff series triumph over the arch rival Chatham Maroons.

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NOHA champs: U12 AA Hounds


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March 18, 2024


Soo Jr. Greyhounds have returned from Timmins as Northern Ontario Hockey Association champions for the Under 12 AA level.

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OHL playoff perspectives


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March 17, 2024


Post season play in the Ontario Hockey League is looming. And writers and broadcasters and super fans are busy listing who they think is going to come out on top and join the host Saginaw Spirit as the two OHL teams at this year’s Memorial Cup tournament.

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Back to back for Lady Cougars


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March 16, 2024


Sault College Cougars have repeated as national champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 women’s program.

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Dearing boys and Gartshore


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March 16, 2024


Three members of the AA Under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds made impressions as affiliate players when the Blind River Beavers and Espanola Paper Kings faced off in a recent Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League game.

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Hounds set up for playoff run


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March 15, 2024


Fear The North. That is the slogan that the Soo Greyhounds have taken on and are boosting ahead of the looming Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

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Hey to Pro Shop Penguins!


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March 14, 2024


Pro Shop Penguins of the Sault Major Hockey Association recently returned from Barrie as champions of an under 15 tournament.

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Flint clicks playoff ticket


By
March 14, 2024


They have clinched the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. And with five games to play in the regular season, the Flint Firebirds could still finish as high as fifth place.

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Lake State via Blind River


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March 13, 2024


Another player from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has a future Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association commitment with the Lake Superior State University Lakers. Blind River Beavers scoring sensation Daniel Vasic is projected to be at LSSU effective the 2026-2027 college hockey season.

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Blind River v. Espanola


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March 13, 2024


The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed dates for the West Division semi-final playoff series between the no. 1 seed Blind River Beavers and the fourth place Espanola Paper Kings.

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Howls from the Great North


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March 11, 2024


Sudbury U18 Wolves have emerged from the pack as the regular season champions of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League. In what was a five team race for first place among the seven members of the Great North, the U18 Wolves skated past the Timmins Majors, Soo Jr. Greyhounds, New Liskeard Cubs and North Bay Trappers.

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Flint on verge of playoff spot


By
March 11, 2024


Playing at the .500 level over their past 10 games has the Flint Firebirds in compressed control of the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. 

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Kam River is first in Superior


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March 11, 2024


Another regular season, another first place finish. A model franchise among the eight teams of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, the Kam River Fighting Walleye has done nothing but finish atop the standings in each of its three full seasons of existence.

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Sounds of the OHL Hounds


By
March 10, 2024


This has a good feel. The feel of a good team that is positioned for post season progress and potential prosperity. With the regular season in the Ontario Hockey League clicking towards a March 24 closing date, Soo Greyhounds enter play this week in third place in a dog-eat-dog Western Conference.

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Chitaroni is off the charts


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March 9, 2024


Suffice and suit to say that Hudson Chitaroni is an impact player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League while up against skaters who are as much as four years older than he is.

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Spitfires set for future flight


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March 8, 2024


Their ascent to the top of the Western Conference standings over the past two seasons is in descent. Windsor Spitfires may be in a tailspin that will result in them missing the Ontario Hockey League playoffs this season but they are in position to be airborne effective next season.

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Sault College via Espanola


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March 7, 2024


Leadership. Experience. Involvement. That is some of what defenseman Liam McDonald is poised to bring to the varsity men’s hockey team at Sault College effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Frantic finish for fourth


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March 6, 2024


Espanola Paper Kings and Soo Eagles are in a frenzied race for fourth place and the final playoff position in the wild West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Firm hold for Flint Firebirds


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March 4, 2024


Tick, tick, tick. As the restless hands of time click away on the regular season schedule of the Ontario Hockey League, the Flint Firebirds have opened a six point lead on the Sarnia Sting and a 13 point margin on the Windsor Spitfires for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Two SFHA teams take titles


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March 4, 2024


Twelve teams from Northern Ontario and Michigan were in Sault Ste. Marie on the weekend as part of the Northern Ontario Women’s Hockey League playoffs. And two teams from the Sault Female Hockey Association skated away with championship victories.

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NOJHL confirms playoff set up


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March 3, 2024


Here we go. The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has officially confirmed its format and time line for the looming playoffs.

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Sudbury Cubs; Nickel City Cubs


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March 1, 2024


Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have formed a brand partnership with the Nickel City Hockey Association ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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20 goals for Tyson Doucette


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February 29, 2024


It is a milestone attainment for a player who was never drafted into the Ontario Hockey League only to in due course make it as an improbable long shot by way of a free agent tryout.

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Big news from Sault Major


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February 28, 2024


Quite clear and with no doubt, this is an exceptional hire. Sault Major Hockey Association has confirmed that former Ontario Hockey League and National Hockey League mainstay Jeremy Stevenson will take over as the head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Kam River is home to Kenora


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February 28, 2024


This is the team with the best winning percentage in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. And the Kam River Fighting Walleye can solidify its stake on first place in the SIJHL with a trio of home games against the Kenora Islanders this weekend.

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Spitfires of Sault Ste. Marie


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February 27, 2024


Should the Windsor Spitfires opt to take a player from Sault Ste. Marie at the upcoming April 12-13 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft it would lengthen a long lasting alliance with kids from the Soo.

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186 points in 89 NOJHL games


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February 26, 2024


Pint size forward Lucas Signoretti has been a prolific points producer ever since signing with the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League early last season.

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Hounds handle the top teams


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February 26, 2024


It has been stated that if a team aspires to be the best then it has to beat the best. That utterance certainly has basis relevant to the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Flint, Windsor home & home


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February 26, 2024


As they seek to try to preserve the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League the Flint Firebirds will face off against the Windsor Spitfires twice this week.

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Lighting it up in the NOJHL


By
February 25, 2024


Forward Lucas Signoretti of the Espanola Paper Kings has passed the 40 goal mark as the regular season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League heads towards the March 17 finish line. And a number of others have either passed or are closing in on the 30 goal mark.

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Coach, GM a good fit in Flint


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February 25, 2024


Rookie head coach Paul Flache and first year general manager Dave McParlan have been rewarded by the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League with multi-year contract extensions.

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Bulldogs and Alexanders


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February 24, 2024


After an absence of close to 20 years, the Ontario Hockey League returned to Brantford ahead of the 2023-2024 season in the form of the relocated Hamilton Bulldogs. Due to impending renovations and long term closure of the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, the Bulldogs officially moved to Brantford and the upgraded Civic Centre on a three year lease commencing with the current ’23-24 campaign.

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NOJHL boss was an OHL star


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February 22, 2024


These days, Rob Mazzuca is well known as the long serving commissioner of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. With deep northern Ontario roots, Mazzuca has been the league’s commander in chief since 2011. And during his playing days, Mazzuca was no slouch as a standout defenseman who was a first round pick (11th overall) of the Sudbury Wolves at the 1979 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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AA goalie makes Team NOHA


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February 22, 2024


Score a big one for the underdog. AA level goalie Sebastien Brassard from Sault Ste. Marie has clearly defied the odds in making the AAA Team NOHA squad that will compete at the prestigious OHL Cup Tournament that is designed for select prospects from the 2008 birth year group.

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Two games for Knight fighter


By
February 21, 2024


What was initially an indefinite suspension has turned into a mere two game ban for London Knights enforcer Sawyer Boulton.

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Ex Hounds fired up in Flint


By
February 20, 2024


Alex Kostov and Connor Clattenburg are putting up the points for the Flint Firebirds as they pursue a playoff position in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. Kostov and Clattenburg were obtained by Flint from the Soo Greyhounds in a block buster transaction at the January 10 OHL trade deadline.

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Rock star of the Firebirds


By
February 18, 2024


Rookie goalie Jacob Brown, formerly of the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, backstopped the Flint Firebirds to a clutch Ontario Hockey League victory on Saturday.

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To the OHL via the NOJHL


By
February 17, 2024


Those in the game who don’t take the time or make the effort to get to know the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League would thus be unmindful to the number of players that it develops for teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Knight assailant suspended


By
February 17, 2024


LONDON — The Ontario Hockey League has issued an indefinite suspension to London Knights forward Sawyer Boulton. Boulton was given an instigator penalty relative to a fight with Soo Greyhounds defenseman Matthew Virgilio during the final five minutes of Friday’s loss by the Knights.

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Hounds light up the Knights


By
February 16, 2024


LONDON — Soo Greyhounds turned out the lights on the unbeaten heights of the London Knights before more than 9,000 fans here tonight at Budweiser Gardens.

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Hounds on the Knight shift


By
February 16, 2024


LONDON — Soo Greyhounds will be out to try to halt a fast moving Knight train this evening when they face off against the London Knights in a 7:00 p.m. start here at Budweiser Gardens.

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Western wear of the OHL


By
February 14, 2024


Let us venture here and there in a Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League that features preferable story lines and much more punch and potency than the weak side Eastern Conference.

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Tales of an old hockey writer


By
February 13, 2024


EDITOR’S NOTE: The following passage is an excerpt from a chapter in my book, Tales Of An Old Hockey Writer, which is slated to be published and available for sale by March 1. Mature audiences only.

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