The 2014-2015 junior hockey season is in prime time.
From where we operate, the Ontario Hockey League, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and North American Hockey League regular seasons are well underway.
Meanwhile, first pucks will drop on the new Canadian International Hockey League and the third-year Midwest Jr. Hockey League regular seasons next weekend.
Kingston Frontenacs are living up to their pre-season ranking as the top-rated team in the OHL.
With wins over the Peterborough Petes and Ottawa 67s to begin the ’14-15 term, Kingston is off to a 2-0 start under 28-year old rookie head coach Paul McFarland and his hand-picked, 53-year old assistant, former Soo Greyhound and OHL scoring champ John (Snake) Goodwin.
Goalie Lucas Peressini, finally an OHL starter at age 19, has blocked 58 of 62 shots to backstop Kingston to its pair of season-opening wins.
WILDCATS V. BIRDS
An expansion team in the NOJHL, Elliot Lake Wildcats have reeled off four straight wins after a season-opening setback.
A big test awaits the Wildcats as they head to the Soo to play the Thunderbirds on Sunday night at 7:30 at John Rhodes Community Centre.
The Thunderbirds, who have a record of 2-1, are reinforced with the return of third-year forward Joey Miller, who was re-acquired earlier in the week from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League.
Forward Trevor Cope is proving to be a valuable off-season pickup by the NAHL’s Soo Eagles from the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
In seven games with the Eagles thus far this season, Cope has seven goals.
The Eagles take a record of 4-3 into a 7 p.m. game tonight at Pullar Stadium against the visiting Keystone Ice Miners.
PHOTO: At age 28, Paul McFarland of the Kingston Frontenacs is the youngest head coach in the OHL. (Photo by Kingston Whig-Standard.)