Truths and rumours

May 20, 2015

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? What’s the fun in that? Let’s spice the truth by sprinkling in a few rumours.

…One of the hottest coaching candidates to move up to the Ontario Hockey League for the 2015-2016 season is Jason Clarke, who has guided the Carleton Place Canadians to back-to-back, Central Canada Jr. Hockey League championships.

…Two coaches who I would like to see behind the bench in 2015-2016, either as an assistant in the OHL or the main man of a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team: Denny Lambert, formerly of the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds and the Batchewana Attack of the erstwhile Canadian International Hockey League, and Doug Laprade, who has prior experience as an assistant with the Lake Superior State University Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

…Formal approval is expected late this week or early next for the Espanola Express and Soo Eagles to join the NOJHL as its 11th and 12th teams. Coaches Tom McCarthy and Jason Rapcewicz and general manager Chad Clarke are the front men in Espanola. Majority owner Ron Lavin and general manager Bruno Bragagnolo are the Michigan Soo principals.

…NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada champion Soo Thunderbirds are for sale. Contact team operatorAlbert Giommi if interested.

…There is apparently no truth to the rumour that Iroquois Falls plans to name the road that leads out of town in honour of Timmins Rock president Scott Marshall.

…If I owned an NOJHL team or two (or three) I would hire Soo Thunderbirds GM Kevin Cain to oversee the entire hockey operations.

…If Rob Mazzuca decides not to return as NOJHL commissioner for next season the top candidate to replace him is Guy Blanchard, former owner, general manager, coach and mouthpiece of the erstwhile North Bay Skyhawks.

What you think about “Truths and rumours”

  1. Me to I Love the humor RR!!
    On a side note how about a nice Article about our new Owner that is in Town helping out fixing up the Igloo.

  2. Can’t wait for Espanola to be finalized with these three good guys involved it will restore the faith in junior hockey in Espanola. Three owners that will and do have a good repuation with players. Top of the class coaching.

  3. The “TIMMINS ROCK” are geting close to 300 Seasons Ticket’s!!!!!!!!!!
    274 and counting WOO HOO WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Love love love love this Site!
    Only RR can make JR Hockey this much fun. Keep up the Good Work RR and dont forget to by your Haweater Jam if you are back on the Island agan.

  5. Can’t wait to see the boys from Espo when they play up here in powassan, 3 great hockey guys involved there.

    agreed RR, Kevin Cain is a class act and one of the best to lead any program, can’t say enough good things about him.

    I think if Robert leaves the NOJHL then Guy Blanchard would be a good replacement for him, smart business man, knows his hockey and has somewhat done the job before if i remember correctly, him and scott marshall may have taken the reigns for a while when in between commissioners.

    great read as always RR.

  6. Rumors …. After the Babcock 6 M per signing Coaches in the NOJHL will go from $80,000 to $90,000 per on the average lol, just to keep up with the times.

  7. Truth…….there is going to be a very low percentage of Northern boys suiting up in the HWY 11 division. KL,Cochrane,Timmins,IF. Maybe call it the import division.

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