All posts by Randy Russon

Mauro boys on the move


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July 23, 2021

Justin Mauro

From one junior hockey league to another.

Justin Mauro and his younger brother Devin Mauro are on the move from the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Coaching the Thunderbirds


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July 16, 2021

Jeremy Rebek once played for the Austrian national team

A new look hockey staff has been finalized and put into place for Sault Ste. Marie’s junior A hockey team.

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have confirmed the all-local coaching staff that will assist new head coach and part owner Cole Jarrett for the 2021-2022 season.

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Birds ink Hounds pick


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July 15, 2021

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed a prospect of the Soo Greyhounds from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

He is 6-foot-2, 195 pound, 2005 birth year defenseman Andrew Gibson. Hailing from the Windsor area town of LaSalle, Gibson was a fourth round pick of the Greyhounds at this year’s draft.

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Fighting Walleye gets a Tiger


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July 15, 2021

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has added a veteran forward with a 2001 birth date from the Campbellton Tigers of the Maritime Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Voodoos cast spell on O’Dell


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July 15, 2021

Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed a 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the Oshawa Generals. He is 6-foot-4, 200 pound defenseman Ryan O’Dell. 

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Junior hockey up north


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July 14, 2021

They are the two primary junior A hockey leagues of the expansive, sweeping northern Ontario region.

As of now, in total, there are 19 teams from northeast and northwest Ontario, northern Michigan, northern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin that span the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Good news for hockey diversity


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July 12, 2021

Trevor Iserhoff

This can and should be seen as a step forward relative to diversity and inclusion in junior A hockey throughout Ontario and across Canada.

That is, the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has confirmed the appointment of Trevor Iserhoff as its first ever director of diversity and inclusion.

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Kam River goes with the flow


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July 12, 2021

Kevin McCallum

There are committed returning players and incoming skaters who have signed up — with room to still add to the roster.

Indeed, the part owner and general manager of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League likes the promising look of the second year franchise ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

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Days of Sault sportscasters


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July 10, 2021

I have been writing sports — mostly hockey — day in and week out since February of 1982.

Before that, starting in October of 1975, I was a sportscaster, first in radio, then in both radio and television.

There were a lot of us sportscasters in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout northern Ontario back then.

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Kam River lands a goalie


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July 8, 2021

Eric Vanska

This looms as a net gain.

That is, Eric Vanska has opted to return to the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Five Eagles off to school


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July 8, 2021

Bobby Price

Homegrown product Bobby Price tops a list of five graduates of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League who are moving up to the college ranks this fall.

A 6-foot, 190 pound forward who played three seasons with the Michigan-based Eagles, Price is heading to Trine University, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 3 school.

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Captain on the Express


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July 7, 2021

Josh Boucher

Josh Boucher will be returning to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for a third season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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In and out of Kam River


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July 7, 2021

Kevin McCallum has been wheeling and dealing ahead of the 2021-2022 junior hockey season. The general manager of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has been involved in four separate transactions thus far this summer.

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Back in the Beaver dam


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July 6, 2021

Blind River Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick has confirmed the signed return of nine players ahead of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

The nine veterans include one goalie, two defensemen and six forwards. They are as follows.

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Local look of the Birds


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July 5, 2021

Tyson Doucette

Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League are — as they should be — the big game in town. After all, the OHL is probably the best junior hockey development league in the world and the Greyhounds have a long history of producing players for the National Hockey League.

But the Soo is also home to the Thunderbirds of the lower level Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And the Thunderbirds are all about giving local lads a place to play and develop while staying at home.

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Resch to catch the Express


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July 3, 2021

Caleb Resch

Caleb Resch has ambitious plans for his final season of junior hockey. And he is willing to move far away from home to pursue his hockey goals.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 2001 birth year defensemen will be heading more than 1,000 miles from home to suit up for the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League come the 2021-2022 season.

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Flint promotes Sault scout


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July 2, 2021

Mike Oliverio has been named head scout of the Flint Firebirds.

The 54-year old Sault Ste. Marie resident has served as a long-time regional scout for the Ontario Hockey League franchise dating back to when the Firebirds were known as the Plymouth Whalers.

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Traffic on the Express route


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July 1, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has made a flurry of player moves with the small market team making notable additions ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

The transactions involve teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League as well as the signings of three players from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and another incoming rookie from Brantford.

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Hay says hey to Flint


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June 30, 2021

Flint Firebirds have now signed two of their top picks from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

The most recent commitment to Flint is forward Ethan Hay, who was the Firebirds third round pick from the AAA Waterloo Wolves.

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Net gain for Espanola


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June 29, 2021

Patrick Boivin. (photo by Christophe Simard)

He is staying in the north.

Rookie goalie Patrick Boivin has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Walleye on the Express


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June 29, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has acquired a trio of skaters from the Kam River Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

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Additions to the Express


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June 28, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has signed three incoming rookie skaters, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

Among the new additions to the Espanola lineup are a pair of northern Ontario products from nearby Sudbury.

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Over the Hill in Cochrane


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June 28, 2021

Cochrane Crunch president and head coach Tom Nickolau has confirmed a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction with the Soo Thunderbirds.

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Caufield was well schooled


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June 27, 2021

Cole Caufield

He is one of hockey’s newest sensations, a 20 year old mighty mite who has already become a folk hero of sorts for the under dog Montreal Canadiens and their improbable Stanley Cup run of 2021.

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Local look in Elliot Lake


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June 25, 2021

Sporting the jersey of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings is local lad Teegan Dumont

The operators of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have already scored big without playing a game.

As Elliot Lake is poised to return to the NOJHL for the 2021-2022 season after being on leave of absence in 2020-2021, the rebranded Red Wings — formerly known as the Wildcats — have signed a pair of local lads.

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T-Birds bring Zeppa home


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June 24, 2021

Veteran goalie Noah Zeppa has been signed by the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a free agent, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Dumont deal is done


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June 24, 2021

Teegan Dumont

Hometown defenseman Teegan Dumont is officially a member of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings.

Formerly the Elliot Lake Wildcats, the rebranded Red Wings have acquired Dumont from the Blind River Beavers in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction that was initially reported by Hockey News North back on May 10.

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NOJHL expects a full season


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June 23, 2021

Gavin Disano, the Blind River Beavers and the other 11 NOJHL teams plan to play a normal 56 game regular season schedule.

Plans are for the 12 team Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to proceed with a full 2021-2022 regular season schedule and a start date of September 16.

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Whiteduck on the move


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June 22, 2021

Pineshish Whiteduck

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a veteran skater via the trade route, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Hockey North Show X 2


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June 22, 2021

Two special editions of the Hockey North Show on radio station Eagle 95.1 http://eagleradio951.com will air as a way of “catching up” on what has been a busy junior hockey off season. The special edition, half hour shows will air this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and next Tuesday, June 29 at 3:00 p.m.

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Majors go for Walker


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June 21, 2021

Kevin Walker

Homegrown product Kevin Walker will serve as the head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

Majors general manager Ron Holmes confirmed the appointment of Walker.

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Flint’s new coaching troika


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June 21, 2021

A trio of incoming coaches has been hired by the Flint Firebirds since owner Rolf Nilsen brought in 66-year old Terry Christensen on May 7 to be the president of hockey operations for the Ontario Hockey League team.

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Soo boys have twice the Spirit


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June 20, 2021

Camaryn Baber
Calem Mangone

They both carry intangibles relative to character, relentless work ethic and perseverance.

Three years apart in age, Sault Ste. Marie products Camaryn Baber and Calem Mangone are poised to become first-time teammates in 2021-2022 as part of the latest contending edition of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Flint inks first rounder


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June 20, 2021

Any concerns that the new look Flint Firebirds would have difficulty signing their first round pick from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft have been addressed.

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Delarosbil is for the Birds


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June 18, 2021

Cole Delarosbil has been acquired by the Soo Thunderbirds from the Espanola Express. (photo by Bob Davies.)

It is a deal that is finally official after being in the works for more than a month.

That is, Hockey News North has confirmed that the Soo Thunderbirds have obtained homegrown product Cole Delarosbil from the Espanola Express in a cash exchange.

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Big d-man to the Crunch


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June 18, 2021

Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a young defenseman from the reputable Brantford 99ers program.

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Saginaw signs Soo skater


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June 16, 2021

Wow. That didn’t take long.

A mere week after taking Calem Mangone with the second overall pick of the first round of the 2021 Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft, the Saginaw Spirit has signed the Sault Ste. Marie product to a standard player contract.

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