Cochrane, Red Lake transfer


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October 20, 2021


Logan Arsenault

A three player trade between the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Red Lake Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has been finalized.

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Eagle to air Blue Devils


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October 20, 2021


Local radio station Eagle 95.1 will broadcast all games of the Sault High Blue Devils hockey team for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed. The games can also be heard live on line via http://www.eagleradio951.com

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Wild West and the Express


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October 19, 2021


A mere four points is all that separates the top five teams of the six members who comprise the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Indeed, the upstart, fifth place Espanola Express collected five of a possible six points last week to move within four points of the lead in the NOJHL’s version of the Wild West.

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Mangone makes his mark


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October 18, 2021


Calem Mangone

It didn’t take Sault Ste. Marie product Calem Mangone very long to begin a statistical history with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

A rookie forward with a 2004 birth date, Mangone earned an assist in his first regular season game in the OHL and then tallied his initial goal in a Saginaw uniform in his second career match as the Spirit split a two game opening weekend set with the visiting Erie Otters.

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Eagles set to Pullar together


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October 17, 2021


To be sure, the Michigan Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are looking forward to the early part of November when the United States will once again allow non essential travel from Canada.

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All even on the Kam River


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October 17, 2021


Zach Fortin

A record of 2-2-1 through five outings for the Kam River Fighting Walleye is more notable considering the Superior International Jr. Hockey League team has played its last four games far away from home.

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David Campbell is a Duke


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October 16, 2021


David Campbell

Local product David Campbell is on his way to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League via the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Life of Riley in T-Bay


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October 16, 2021


Sault College Cougars recruit Trennis Riley was impressive in stopping 28 of 30 shots for a .933 save percentage in his Superior International Jr. Hockey League debut.

Goalie Kyler Lowden of the Wisconsin Lumberjacks. (photo by Leith Dunick/TB News Watch)

But despite allowing just two goals, the Thunder Bay North Stars rookie goalie was tagged with the loss in his first SIJHL start as opposing net minder Kyler Lowden of the visiting Wisconsin Lumberjacks stopped all 38 shots he faced in posting a shutout victory on Friday.

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Walleye playing catch up


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October 15, 2021


Christian Veneruzzo

Having played just three regular season games to date — fewest among the seven teams of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League — the Kam River Fighting Walleye is in Dryden this weekend for a pair of road tilts versus the Ice Dogs.

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Hounds deal overage skater


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October 14, 2021


Soo Greyhounds have settled their overage situation and are now down to the maximum three 20-year old players.

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Clarke clicking for Wings


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October 14, 2021


Dayton Clarke

Dayton Clarke is on a goal scoring spin for the Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Cubs, SmartCell, food, support


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October 14, 2021


When the the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League take to the ice for a home game at Countryside Arena tonight it will signal the start of a partnership between SmartCell Communications and the Elgin Street Mission that will help bring good food and support to those living with hunger in the community.

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Baby Birds flap their wings


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October 13, 2021


A flock of young skaters are leading the way for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Young Tallaire is on a tear


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October 12, 2021


Chase Tallaire

Medium size forward Chase Tallaire has been a huge presence for the Michigan Soo Eagles through seven games of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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NOJHL to Fort Frances


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October 12, 2021


Looking to overcome a win-less start through four games of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League season, the Fort Frances Lakers have added another forward from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League via trade.

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Carleton Place to Kam River


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October 11, 2021


From the Central Canada Hockey League to the Superior International Jr. Hockey League goes a seasoned defenseman.

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the SIJHL has obtained 2002 birth year defender Kyle Lamoureux from the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL in a cash exchange.

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Thunder Bay leads the way


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October 10, 2021


Riding the crest of a splashy seven game winning wave, the Thunder Bay North Stars have a shiny record of 7-1-0 atop the standings of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

Trailing Thunder Bay as the slate of the 2021-2022 regular season schedule approaches mid October are the Red Lake Miners (4-2-1), Dryden Ice Dogs (3-2-1), Wisconsin Lumberjacks (2-3-1), Thief River Falls Norskies (2-2-0), Kam River Fighting Walleye (1-1-1) and Fort Frances Lakers (0-4-0).

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High flight of the NOJHL


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October 9, 2021


Nearby rivals, Blind River Beavers and Elliot Lake Red Wings. (Northern Exposures Photography)

It is without peer in terms of being an exceptionally well run junior hockey league from longstanding commissioner Robert Mazzuca through to outstanding website content and management that could well be a model for others to follow.

And on the ice, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is off to a fluid start to the 2021-2022 season with several serious contenders inching towards potential gain and glory.

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Porco can be Barrie good


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October 7, 2021


Nick Porco of the Barrie Colts. (photo by Terry Wilson)

As the Barrie Colts are being pegged as top contenders in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, their new general manager and coach is hoping for a breakout campaign from 20-year old left winger Nick Porco.

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Marc Lafleur is a winner


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October 6, 2021


Junior A hockey coaches just don’t come any better than the peerless Marc Lafleur. To be sure, there is one thing that the 46-year old Lafleur has displayed throughout his Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League coaching career — how to win.

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Hockey North Show ’21-22


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October 5, 2021


Tonight from 5-6 p.m. marks the debut of the Hockey North Show on Eagle Radio 95.1 http://eagleradio951.com for the 2021-2022 season.

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Cubs best in close NOJHL West


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October 4, 2021


Sudbury Cubs celebrating one of their five wins to date. (Sudbury Light Event Photography)

A mere six points are all that separate the six teams of the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League heading into play this week.

And it is the Sudbury Cubs who lead the pack in a hotly-contested west side where all six teams have won at least two games thus far.

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SIJHL preview for Sioux Lookout


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October 3, 2021


Sioux Lookout Bombers are slated to join the Superior International Jr. Hockey League as an expansion team for the 2022-2023 season. But ahead of that, Sioux Lookout will play host to an SIJHL regular season match on October 23 in a neutral site game between the Dryden Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars.

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Truth, reconciliation, hockey


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October 2, 2021


It was a history making junior hockey event at Dryden Memorial Arena in northwestern Ontario. To be sure, it was no ordinary regular season contest as the Dryden Ice Dogs faced off against the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars in Superior International Jr. Hockey League action — and at the same time hosted a landmark Truth and Reconciliation game.

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EL coach has NOJHL history


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September 30, 2021


Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDTanner Bowditch is the new head coach for the Elliot Lake Red Wings.
Tanner Bowditch

To be sure, Tanner Bowditch has come full circle as the head coach of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Not new to town, Bowditch played for the erstwhile Elliot Lake Wildcats several years back, during the 2014-2015 NOJHL season.

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Rookie goalie on the Express


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September 29, 2021


Patrick Boivin of the Espanola Express

Looking good between the pipes, kid.

Patrick Boivin has more than stepped up as the starting goalie for the rebuilt Espanola Express in the early going of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Garden River to North Bay


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September 29, 2021


Landon Jones

Local lad Landon Jones has landed in North Bay and made the lineup of the under 16 Trappers of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

Hailing from Garden River First Nation just outside Sault Ste. Marie, Jones, who is a speedy forward with a 2006 birth date, earned a spot on the U16 Trappers that are coached by the legendary Guy Blanchard.

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U18 Hounds home to TB


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September 29, 2021


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League will play host to the Thunder Bay Kings of Hockey Northwestern Ontario in a three game exhibition series this weekend.

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Return of the Soo Eagles


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September 26, 2021


Chase Tallaire

It had been a long time between Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League victories for the Michigan Soo Eagles.

In fact, the last time the Eagles won an NOJHL game was on Friday, March 6, 2020 when they scored a 2-1 road decision over the Espanola Express to sweep a best of three preliminary round playoff series.

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All even in Thief River Falls


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September 26, 2021


Chase Hapka and Jace Thompson of the Thief River Falls Norskies show off the pucks from their first SIJHL goals

A home and home series spanning four games with the Wisconsin Lumberjacks has the Thief River Falls Norskies off to a 2-2-0 start to begin the 2021-2022 Superior International Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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The inimitable Paul Leonard


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September 25, 2021


Paul Leonard Sr.

Another legendary broadcaster has ascended to the ‘Sky Studio’ of the local radio-television industry.

In his 84th year, Paul Leonard Sr. passed away on September 23, 2021.

It was he who gave me my first media job back in October of 1975.

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I am in Malala land


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September 21, 2021


Malala

Hi folks, I will be away from the desk until the weekend. I am in southwestern Ontario, visiting my first grand child, a precious baby girl, Malala. I will be back writing again on Saturday of this week, God willing. Meantime, I am in Malala land.

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Thunder Bay via Sault College


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September 20, 2021


Sault College Cougars scout Charly Murray. (photo by Bob Davies)

This has the makings of being a feel good hockey story.

That is, goalie Trennis Riley has latched on with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League thanks to the efforts of scout Charly Murray and manager Mark Hebert of the Sault College Cougars varsity men’s team.

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Here are the U15 AA Hounds


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September 20, 2021


Head coach Jerry Lortie has confirmed the roster for the under 15 AA Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Sault Major Hockey Association.

Players and their positions are as follows.

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Express lane to Sudbury


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September 20, 2021


Cameron Walker

Cameron Walker is now playing hockey at home in Sudbury after two seasons with the nearby Espanola Express.

Walker had his trade request granted by Espanola when Express general manager and coach Jason Rapcewicz dealt the third-year Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League skater to the Sudbury Cubs in a cash exchange.

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We see a coach in Elliot Lake


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September 19, 2021


Elliot Lake Red Wings have finally settled on a head coach one game into the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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‘Good bet Doucette’


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September 19, 2021


Tyson Doucette

Soo Thunderbirds forward Tyson Doucette more than lived up to his off season hype in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League 2021-2022 opening weekend match.

Pegged by Hockey News North as a rising NOJHL star in a series of summer stories, Doucette fired three goals and goalie Noah Zeppa pitched a shutout with 17 saves in his Thunderbirds debut as the Soo scored a resounding 7-0 road victory over the Blind River Beavers.

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SIJHL opening weekend


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September 19, 2021


So far, so good. First pucks dropped on the Superior International Jr. Hockey League’s 20th anniversary regular season on the weekend with five games and all seven member teams taking to the ice.

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Kraken calls on MacKay


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September 18, 2021


Soo Greyhounds overage right winger Cole MacKay is off to the National Hockey League training camp of the expansion Seattle Kraken, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Hendo has three hockey hats


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September 18, 2021


Jamie Henderson, at the recent Ontario Hockey League training camp of the Ottawa 67s. (Photo by Jon Halpenny)

Suffice to say that Jamie Henderson will be spending a lot of time in the various rinks of the north over the course of the 2021-2022 hockey season.

A Sault Ste. Marie native known for his thoroughness and relentless attachment and devotion to the game, Henderson has three diverse roles with three different teams in three separate hockey leagues.

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Cubs pitch shutout in debut


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September 17, 2021


Owen Perala of the Sudbury Cubs heads up ice in the NOJHL regular season opener. (Sudbury Light Event Photography)

Captain Owen Perala started the show with a goal, Joel Rainville completed the shutout and the rebranded Sudbury Cubs blanked the visiting Espanola Express 4-0 as the 2021-2022 regular season got underway on Thursday in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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For puck sakes


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September 16, 2021


Elliot Lake Red Wings v. Espanola Express is just one junior hockey rivalry in northeastern and northwestern Ontario. (photo by Northern Exposures)

Regular season play is getting underway in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

And as my heart has been sweetly stolen with the birth of my first grand child, Malala, we nonetheless have story lines to peruse relative to junior A hockey in northeastern and northwestern Ontario.

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