All posts by Randy Russon

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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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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Hockey north watch tower


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September 14, 2021

We have teams, players and coaches to keep collective eyes on as junior hockey in the north puts its sticks on the 2021-2022 season.

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They call him Captain Cam


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September 13, 2021

Camaryn Baber

Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber has been named captain of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2021-2022 campaign will be an overage season for Baber, who has a 2001 birth date.

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Kam River takes Teleco Cup


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September 13, 2021

Kam River Fighting Walleye, Teleco Cup champs

Junior hockey returned to northwestern Ontario in game form on the weekend for the first time in nine months.

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Between the pipes


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September 11, 2021

Goalies. They represent the last line of defense at the most scrutinized and evaluated position in hockey.

In the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, there are no shortage of top flight goalies. And following is a look at several who figure to be difference makers this season.

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Here come the Sudbury Cubs


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September 10, 2021

It is a new chapter for junior hockey in Sudbury under the watch of a philanthropic owner and his right hand man — fellow locals who represent a time honoured history in the game.

Formerly the Rayside Balfour Canadians, now the Greater Sudbury Cubs, this is a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team that is experienced in community leadership, management and coaching — and with sights set on a championship.

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Sudbury’s new junior team


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September 9, 2021

Rayside Balfour Canadians are no more.

Owner Mark Burgess and his right hand man, managing director Blaine Smith, have opted to rebrand the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team.

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Fishing the Walleye net


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September 7, 2021

Austin Madge

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has opted to keep its net intact with two returning goalies.

At the same time, the Fighting Walleye has created an opportunity for a rookie net minding prospect.

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Cougars have a north look


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September 6, 2021

Parker Morgan

Skaters with recent experience in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League are among those who have signed up to play for the 2021-2022 edition of the Sault College Cougars.

The only Canadian men’s team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 ranks, Sault College has lined up a regular season schedule that is slated to begin on October 23.

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Coaching change in EL


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September 3, 2021

Brian Noad has stepped down as head coach of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League without having coached a game, Hockey News North has learned.

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Dual role in Thief River


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September 3, 2021

Elliot Bates

It will be double duty for the new guy.

That is, incoming head coach Elliot Bates will add the duties of general manager for the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Junior hockey outlook


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September 2, 2021

It was a season like no other relative to junior hockey in the province and coalitions such as the Ontario Hockey League, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

And hopefully there will never be another season like the 2020-2021 campaign that was so adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kartye gets Kraken in Seattle


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September 2, 2021

Tye Kartye

Soo Greyhounds overage candidate Tye Kartye is getting a pro opportunity, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A 6-foot, 200 pound left winger with a 2001 birth date, Kartye has been invited to the National Hockey League training camp of the expansion Seattle Kraken.

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Barnes in Blind River


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September 1, 2021

An Ontario Hockey League prospect of the Owen Sound Attack is slated to develop with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the upcoming season.

He is Jackson Barnes, a 6-foot-2 defenseman with a 2004 birth date.

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Signed up in Kam River


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August 31, 2021

Eric Vanska

Having signed 18 players to date, the lineup for the Kam River Fighting Walleye is just about set for the upcoming Superior International Jr. Hockey League season.

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SIJHL rivals make a deal


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August 31, 2021

Thunder Bay North Stars and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have finalized a trade, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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New boss in Thief River Falls


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August 31, 2021

A new head coach with prior bench experience in the North American 3 Hockey League will be at the helm of the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League once the 2021-2022 season begins.

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NOJHL expands vaccine policy


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August 31, 2021

Rob Mazzuca

Commissioner Rob Mazzuca and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have confirmed that, with the looming start of the 2021-2022 exhibition and regular season schedule, it will be adding to its current vaccination policy.

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D-man has Sudbury roots


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August 30, 2021

Cole Quevillon

Cole Quevillon is headed from the Brockville Braves of the Central Canada Hockey League to the Greater Sudbury-based Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash deal.

A 6-foot-1, 185 pound defenseman with a 2003 birth date, Quevillon has family in Greater Sudbury, which makes the move somewhat of a homecoming for the Oro-Medonite product.

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Here are the EL Red Wings


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August 29, 2021

The new kids on the block have signed 23 players ahead of the looming 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

Elliot Lake Red Wings have inked 14 forwards, six defensemen and three goalies.

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Lambert to scout for Wolves


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August 28, 2021

Denny Lambert

Fresh from a stint as head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Denny Lambert has joined the scouting staff of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

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RIP, Donny Gagnon


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August 26, 2021

Don Gagnon

Sault Ste. Marie’s hockey circle has lost an exemplary member. Don Gagnon passed away recently following health complications.

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Hat trick for Lafleur?


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August 26, 2021

Marc Lafleur

I am not saying that Marc Lafleur is the best coach in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. But I doubt there is anyone who is better than the 46-year old bench boss of the Powassan Voodoos.

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EL inks northern goalie


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August 25, 2021

Julien Lefebvre

A talented tender from Timmins has signed with the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Julien Lefebvre, a 6-foot, 160 pound goalie with a 2003 birth date, heads to Elliot Lake after guarding the net for the Cochrane Crunch of the NOJHL as a rookie backup during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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Now that’s a big Walleye!


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August 25, 2021

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has reeled in a big fish from rural Saskatchewan.

Hockey News North has confirmed that the Fighting Walleye has signed Jesse Swanson, who is a mammoth 6-foot-7, 230 pound rookie forward.

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Plugged into the NOJHL


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August 25, 2021

Major change will be in effect when regular season action in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League begins in the middle of September.

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Hounds’ new goalie coach


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August 22, 2021

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is following in some big foot steps as the new goalie coach for the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

As in, the previous four goalie coaches for the Greyhounds are now with pro hockey teams.

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All the way to Thunder Bay


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August 21, 2021

Raj Sangha

Raj Sangha will once again make a 20 hour trip from his home in Calgary to play junior hockey in Thunder Bay.

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Soo Eagles get Holy


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August 20, 2021

Sam Holy

Looking to add an experienced defenseman, Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired Sam Holy from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and with a 2001 birth date, Holy has size at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

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Lined up for Walleye


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August 19, 2021

Better days ahead? COVID-19 limited the expansion Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League to just four regular season games in 2020-2021.

Now, preparatory to the 2021-2022 regular season is a four team tournament that the veteran-laden Fighting Walleye will play host to.

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Dealing in Elliot Lake


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August 18, 2021

Mark Savery

Mark Savery has been a busy operator of late. The vice president of hockey operations for the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has finalized a series of transactions.

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Net plans in Blind River


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August 18, 2021

Blind River Beavers goalie Gavin Disano

Holdover net minder Gavin Disano will now be part of a three goalie system for the Blind River Beavers to at least begin the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

That is the word from Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick.

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Back in Thunder Bay


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August 18, 2021

Several seasoned performers have confirmed their return to the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

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