Early August brunch

August 4, 2014

Here ’n there on a Canadian holiday Monday:


Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League held a weekend tryout camp at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Soo with more than 100 players from both sides of the Canadian-American border strutting their stuff.

Not only were the players on hand out to impress Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo and a staff that includes associate coach Alex Sawruk and head scout Tom Farnquist but the flock of goalies, defencemen and forwards were also showcasing their skills to general managers, coaches and scouts from teams in other Tier 2 junior leagues.

To be sure, players who attended the Eagles camp who may not land a spot with the NAHL team this time around may well end up in either the Canadian International Hockey League or the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2014-2015.


Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL have signed 1997 birth-year goaltender Mario Culina.

The 6-foot-1, 165 pound Culina played at the major midget level with the Waterloo Wolves in 2013-2014.

Prior to that, Culina spent the 2012-2013 season with the Soo Thunder minor midgets.


Aaron Corbiere, who has coached in a number of lower-level junior leagues in the United States, has been tapped as the new head coach of the NOJHL’s Mattawa Blackhawks.

With the start of the 2014-2015 NOJHL regular season only about a month away, Mattawa owner-general manager David Beauchamp had to act quickly to find a new coach after former bench boss Zane Neily abruptly quit just a few days ago.

Neily became the second member of the Mattawa franchise to wave adios to Beauchamp since the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Earlier, general manager Chris Dawson left Mattawa and has since signed on in a similar position with the Powassan Voodoos of the NOJHL.

What you think about “Early August brunch”

  1. Don’t forget the wife… Geez! Who’s this Corbiere guy… Nothing but a low level coach desperate for a job!

  2. the NOJHL has 9 teams as of this day My BIG QUESTIONS are How many will start the Season and how many will finish the Season? Perhaps that Idiot on the Junior Network will give us the Scoop LOL LOL LOL LOL.

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