Ex Hounds fired up in Flint


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Mindset mentality of the goalie


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February 12, 2024


They perform to the beat of a different drum. They are stationed between two pillars as solitary sentries who guard a net. In a book, they are a chapter of their own.

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EL Vikings change coaches


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February 12, 2024


Chris Keleher is out as head coach and general manager of the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And Hockey News North has also confirmed that Jon Campbell has been brought in as the Elliot Lake bench boss for the balance of the 2023-2024 NOJHL season.

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AA goalie gets NOHA invite


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February 11, 2024


Sebastien Brassard of Sault Ste. Marie is the only AA level goalie among five others from the AAA category to get an invite to the February 16-17 Team NOHA selections camp to be held in Powassan.

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Private goalie sessions


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February 10, 2024


The venerable Bill Vanderleest, who has worked as a goalie coach for teams on both sides of the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie for multiple decades, is now offering private tutoring for and up and coming young net minders.

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Scouting the Great North


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February 9, 2024


Welcome to our initial scouting report of the 2023-2024 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season ahead of the 2024 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft which is slated for April 12 and 13.

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Sault boys as top OHL picks


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February 8, 2024


Two players from Sault Ste. Marie who headed to Pittsburgh this season to play in the Jr. Penguins AAA elite program are being projected as possible first or second round picks at the April 12-13 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Sleeper of the Spitfires?


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February 6, 2024


Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League have two defensemen rated on the current rankings ahead of the 2024 National Hockey League draft. But more than one individual who is connected to an NHL team has relayed to Hockey News North that they are of the notion that it is an un-rated Spitfire who is the best pro prospect of any Windsor defenseman.

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Frantic race for eighth place


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February 5, 2024


Sarnia Sting, Flint Firebirds and Windsor Spitfires are in a three way race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. And with the regular season in the final third of the schedule, the three teams are gearing up for a frantic push at a playoff position.

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Fellinger a find for Firebirds


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February 4, 2024


Of the 11 players from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League who were picked at the 2023 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, Rylan Fellinger is an anomaly. Not only is the big defenseman the only one of the 11 to become a full time performer in the OHL this season as a 2007 birth year player but he made the Flint Firebirds as a 13th round draft pick.

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Bell rings for U18 Hounds


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February 4, 2024


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League continued their winning ways this weekend with a pair of home ice victories. And of the many players who stood out, Coulson Bell did particularly well.

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55 saves for Jake Marois


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February 4, 2024


Espanola Paper Kings got a shutout of the sensational variety in stealing a 2-0 road victory from the Soo Thunderbirds in Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League action from Saturday.

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OHL drafted goalies in Timmins


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February 3, 2024


For the second successive season a 16-year old goalie who was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League is developing with the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Last season it was Jacob Brown, now with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. This season it is Erie Otters draft pick Dryden Riley.

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OHL shutout for NOJHL grad


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February 2, 2024


A season of development with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has led to 2006 birth year goalie Charlie Burns taking advantage of a good opportunity to tend twine for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

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U18 Wolves v. Greyhounds


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February 1, 2024


First place Sudbury U18 Wolves head on the road this Saturday for a matinee match against the hottest team in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Spits down two forwards


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February 1, 2024


From 13 forwards to 11. Chasing the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League, the Windsor Spitfires will be minus two veteran forwards for the balance of the season.

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OHL ice chips and dips


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January 30, 2024


Here and there in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League with about one third of the 2023-2024 regular season schedule still on the slate:

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Lambert and U16 AAA Hounds


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January 29, 2024


Sault Major Hockey Association has confirmed that it intends to have an Under 16 AAA team next season that would — if officially approved by the Northern Ontario Hockey Association — be members of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Two more for the U18 Hounds


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January 29, 2024


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have finally climbed to the .500 mark. The U18 Jr. Hounds scored 6-0 and 4-2 home ice victories over the Timmins Majors and Sudbury Under 16 Wolves on the weekend to increase their winning streak to seven games.

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Spitfires are young on the D


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January 28, 2024


Rebuilding as a team after back to back Western Conference crowns, the Windsor Spitfires have one of the youngest defensive corps in the Ontario Hockey League.

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77 saves in one game!


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January 27, 2024


Iroquois Falls Storm goalie Connor Hatfield put on a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League performance for the ages in a recent 6-5 loss to the Timmins Rock.

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60 goals for Mason Svarich


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January 26, 2024


He is a 20-year old gun slinger from Western Canada, a pure goal scoring machine who is in his second season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Ice Dogs on a good run


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January 26, 2024


Five straight wins have lifted the Dryden Ice Dogs back into contention among the top five teams of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Glory days of Gavin Hayes


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January 25, 2024


Soo Greyhounds head coach John Dean is of the notion that prize Ontario Hockey League trade deadline acquisition Gavin Hayes is even better than what was expected.

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Young blood of the NOJHL


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January 24, 2024


To be sure, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League continues to be a prime training ground for young players on their way up the ladder. For instance, there are a good number of 2007 birth year players who are standing out this season as the young blood of the NOJHL.

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Spitfires d-man is a big deal


By
January 24, 2024


WINDSOR — It has been said — as it has been written — that any scout of ordinary repute can identify and rate a blue chip hockey player of plain to see, pronounced skill. Then there are the acute, astute scouts and talent judgers who can zero in on a player who is not on the radar or lighthouse. One such far fetched prospect is Tanner Winegard, a hulking defenseman with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Tough test for U18 Hounds


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January 23, 2024


Fresh from a tournament appearance in Peterborough, the surging Soo Jr. Greyhounds are back home this weekend for a pair of games including one against the second seed team in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Cam Boville to Chicago


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January 19, 2024


Sault Ste. Marie product Cam Boville has joined the Chicago Cougars of the junior level United States Premier Hockey League for the balance of this season. The 2006 birth year goalie had been inactive since late October after being waived by the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Western ways of the OHL


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January 17, 2024


Okay, so the Sudbury Wolves are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League with 47 points. But if the Wolves were in the Western Conference of the OHL, those 47 points would have them in sixth place. Yes, sixth place. Such is the balance of power difference between the Western world and the Eastern block.

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Symmetry of the Walleye


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January 17, 2024


Scoring balance among the forward lines has been a key this season for the reigning champion Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Hot to trot in the NOJHL


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January 16, 2024


Blind River Beavers. Sudbury Cubs. Espanola Paper Kings. Hearst Lumberjacks. Timmins Rock. They are what is hot in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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George is the top OHL goalie


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January 13, 2024


Five goalies from the Ontario Hockey League have made the mid season rankings list of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau ahead of the June 28-29 NHL Entry Draft. And at the top of the chart is Carter George of the Owen Sound Attack, a Thunder Bay product who has Sault Ste. Marie roots from his mother’s side.

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NHL scouts like three Hounds


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January 13, 2024


Three members of the Soo Greyhounds are among 53 players from the Ontario Hockey League who have made the mid season rankings list of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau.

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NHL scouts eyeing Spitfires


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January 12, 2024


Windsor Spitfires are frantically chasing a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League in what is a rebuilding season. But while the Spitfires may be near the bottom of the OHL standings, a number of their players are being eyed by National Hockey League scouts.

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Latest on the EL Vikings


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January 12, 2024


Out with one, in with another. Having honoured the trade request of goalie Matthew Vahramian and dealing him to the Sudbury Cubs, the Massey-based Elliot Lake Vikings have added veteran net minder Braydon Garnhart to their crease via the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Kenny B to the Blades


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January 12, 2024


Sault Ste. Marie product Kenny Belanger is settling into his new junior hockey home. The towering 2004 birth year forward joined the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League from the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League at the recent Canadian Jr. Hockey League trade deadline.

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Hear, hear, Oliver Peer!


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January 11, 2024


Flint Firebirds are in control of their playoff destiny in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. And a veteran player who Flint paid big to get at the OHL trade deadline with hopes of advancing to this spring’s playoffs is overage forward Oliver Peer.

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Sudbury Cubs add firepower


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January 11, 2024


Two forwards with Ontario Hockey League experience have joined the pace setting Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Net gain for Sudbury Cubs


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January 11, 2024


There are now three goalies on the roster of the Sudbury Cubs as they wage war with the Blind River Beavers for first place overall in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The Cubs have picked up 2006 birth year net minder Matthew Vahramian from the last place Elliot Lake Vikings in a cash exchange.

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Team NOHA news update


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January 11, 2024


Led by director of scouting Marc Gagnon, the 2024 edition of Team NOHA is well underway in preparation for the upcoming OHL Cup, which will be held the week of March 25.

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OHL trade deadline recap


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January 10, 2024


It was an Ontario Hockey League frenzied flurry for the books as close to 40 separate transactions were completed in the days leading up to the January 10 trade deadline. And Western Conference teams such as the contending Soo Greyhounds and Saginaw Spirit along with the playoff chasing Flint Firebirds and Windsor Spitfires all made multiple moves that included major exchanges of veteran players and future draft picks.

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RIP, Paul Theriault


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January 9, 2024


This is a tough one to write. A really sad one. Paul Theriault, the smart, ahead of his time, former Ontario Hockey League coach with the Soo Greyhounds, Oshawa Generals and Erie Otters as well as the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, passed away recently at the age of 73.

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Spitfires boost net worth


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January 9, 2024


On a day in which they made multiple transactions ahead of this week’s Ontario Hockey League trade deadline the Windsor Spitfires upgraded their goalie position.

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Firebirds deal with Spitfires


By
January 8, 2024


Flint Firebirds have flipped their own script. After dealing away some high-end veteran talent in recent days for future draft picks, the Firebirds have obtained overage defenseman Roberto Mancini from their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference rival Windsor Spitfires for future second and third round draft picks.

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Four straight for U18 Hounds


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January 8, 2024


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League will take a streak of four successive victories into play this week. The Jr. Greyhounds are fresh from a home ice weekend sweep of the league leading Sudbury U18 Wolves.

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Hounds add Team USA champ


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January 8, 2024


Soo Greyhounds are clearly all in as they chase an Ontario Hockey League championship. The Greyhounds have traded for 19-year old forward Gavin Hayes, acquiring the Team USA World Junior Hockey gold medal champion from the Flint Firebirds for two players and a house full of draft picks.

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U13 AA Jr. Hounds win it all


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January 8, 2024


CHICAGO — Hey, hey, hey … they went all the way! In what was a truly inspiring total team toil, the Soo U13 AA Jr. Greyhounds won four of five games including the title tilt to head home as champions of a Sports Illustrated Prospects Showdown Hockey Tournament that was held here on the weekend.

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Flint flips overage forward


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January 6, 2024


Flint Firebirds have parted ways with one of their top players ahead of the looming Ontario Hockey League trade deadline. The Firebirds have dealt overage forward Braeden Kressler and two draft picks to the Ottawa 67’s for five draft picks.

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The travelling goalie coach


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January 5, 2024


Bill Vanderleest is an anomaly of sorts among goalie coaches. When he is not at home working with the net minders of the Sault College Cougars women’s team, Vanderleest is travelling 280 miles round trip for once a week practices as the goalie coach for the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds deal three for cash


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January 4, 2024


Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have traded away a trio of players in separate cash exchanges.

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Spitfires via Paper Kings


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January 2, 2024


Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League played a season long role in the development of hulking defenseman Conor Walton of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Spitfires chasing Firebirds


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January 1, 2024


It is the midway point of the 2023-2024 Ontario Hockey League regular season. And five head to head matches between the Flint Firebirds and Windsor Spitfires could be major factors in deciding the eighth and final playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference.

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Trade deadline is looming


By
December 31, 2023


D-Day is approaching in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. As in January 10 being the trade deadline in both the NOJHL and the OHL.

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Hounds, Spitfires stay hot


By
December 29, 2023


Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires both returned from the Ontario Hockey League’s Christmas holiday recess on Thursday and picked up where they left off with impressive road victories.

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Net gain for Kam River


By
December 28, 2023


Following in the high marks crease class of graduated goalies Austin Madge and Eric Vanska over the past two seasons, the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has again come up with a top tender between the pipes.

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Vikings of valour and valiance


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December 26, 2023


Forget about their low place in the standings. This is not about wins and losses. Rather, this is a story of courage, strength and commitment in the face of adversity.

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Assistance for the Spitfires


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December 25, 2023


Twenty years after graduating from the Ontario Hockey League as a high scoring forward with the Sarnia Sting, Kris Newbury is back in the OHL as a newly hired assistant coach of the Windsor Spitfires.

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Test of the OHL West


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December 24, 2023


Hounds. Spirit. Firebirds. Sting. Spitfires. There is bark and there is a motivating force and there is combustion and there is buzz and there is a fiery temperament that lies within the West Division of the Ontario Hockey League.

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SIJHL at the break


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December 23, 2023


 Five of the eight teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League will take records well above the .500 level into the 2024 segment of this season.

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NOJHL at the break


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December 22, 2023


There are races for first place in both the West and East sides of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Just as there are teams in chases for the final playoff positions in both divisions ahead of the 2024 segment of the NOJHL regular season.

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Unforgettable Soo Indians


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December 21, 2023


This was a junior hockey team like no other that I have ever covered on a regular basis. It began with a good fellow of an owner who reminded me of any one of a number of characters from the classic hit television series The Sopranos.

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Overcoming the odds


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December 20, 2023


Seattle Kraken scout Mike Dawson has a plain, simple and uncomplicated message for aspiring young players who were late round draft picks to the Ontario Hockey League or who were not drafted at all. “Keep working. Every one has setbacks. It’s how you deal with adversity,” Dawson relayed while home visiting family in Sault Ste. Marie and stopping by to make a guest appearance on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show podcast.

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Best and rest of OHL West


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December 18, 2023


Soo Greyhounds are in first place in the West Division — and just three points back of the Kitchener Rangers for first overall in the Western Conference — with the Ontario Hockey League on the Christmas break. And while the Windsor Spitfires are at the bottom of the Western stage, they are within clear range of the eighth and final playoff spot.

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Gage on the GOJHL stage


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December 18, 2023


WINDSOR — Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans is officially among the elite young players in the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League while patrolling the blue line here for the Windsor LaSalle Vipers.

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Sault College at the break


By
December 14, 2023


They will both head into the 2024 segment of this season’s schedule with very impressive records within the ranks of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association. Sault College Cougars women’s team has a record of 10-0-0 while the men have a 15-3-0 mark.

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U18 Hounds at the break


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December 13, 2023


It has been an inverted, up and down and back again season for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League. A major exodus in players from 2022-2023 to 2023-2024 also included the Sault Major Hockey Association moving on from last year’s bench and management crew.

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Sault boys in OHL West


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December 12, 2023


Four of the five teams in the West Division of the Ontario Hockey League have Sault Ste. Marie products on their respective rosters. Ironically, it is the Soo Greyhounds who do not have a single local lad on their team.

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