All posts by Randy Russon

Paper Kings roll in a goalie


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August 12, 2022

Jake Marois

Espanola Paper Kings — formerly the Espanola Express — have stayed in the neighbourhood to acquire an experienced goalie ahead of the 2022-2023 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Net of the Eagles nest


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August 11, 2022

Logan Raffaele

The graduation to the college ranks of 20-year old goalies Gabe Rosek and Ryan Gilmore has left the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with a combination of fledgling puck stoppers.

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Soo Eagles v. Kam River


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August 9, 2022

It looms as an inter league prelude to the 2022-2023 regular season. As in, Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League are slated to face off in a three game set on Labour Day weekend.

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Smith moves up a rung


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August 8, 2022

Sault Ste. Marie product Jordan Smith will carry on with his ascent up the hockey coaching ladder at the next par of the game. The 36-year old Smith, who has advanced from head coach in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to associate coach in the Ontario Hockey League, is inching one step closer to the National Hockey League.

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Rock lands another Miner


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August 6, 2022

Kenyon Nyman

Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has traded for yet another high performance skater from the reigning Superior International Jr. Hockey League champion Red Lake Miners, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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New GM in Espanola


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August 6, 2022

As the Espanola Express has become the Espanola Paper Kings, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team also has a new general manager.

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New moniker in Espanola


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August 5, 2022

Out with the Express. In with the Paper Kings. Espanola’s Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team has a new name.

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Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury


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August 5, 2022

Two players from the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Hockey Association Under 16 AA champion Soo Jr. Greyhounds have signed with the Sudbury Nickel Capitals of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2022-2023 season.

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To the fore of a looming season


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August 4, 2022

Symmetry was somewhat suggestive among the top four teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League over the course of the 2021-2022 regular season. Kam River Fighting Walleye, Red Lake Miners, Dryden Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars all finished above the .500 mark with respective winning percentages of .818, .797, .622 and .561. Projections for the looming 2022-2023 season are not as clearly expressed.

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Cubs get a Wolves draft pick


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August 2, 2022

North Bay product Marshall McCharles will continue his hockey development close to home. A 6-foot-1, 180 pound forward and 2022 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, McCharles has signed with the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Player to coach in Dryden


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August 1, 2022

Jake Gushue

Few are those in the junior A hockey world who get to head half way across Canada from their home to help coach the team that they once played for. But that is the extraordinary adventure that awaits Jake Gushue as the new assistant coach of the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Building up the Express


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July 31, 2022

A second half swoon cost the Espanola Express a playoff position in 2021-2022. Espanola finished six points back of the Elliot Lake Red Wings for the fifth playoff spot in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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North winds of junior hockey


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July 28, 2022

There are a mingle of 19 teams that compete within the ranks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. In true north form, 11 are based in northeastern Ontario, six are situated in northwestern Ontario towns, one operates in northern Michigan and another is stationed in the north region of Wisconsin. All are working towards the looming 2022-2023 season with ranging measures of outlook and probability.

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Miners to the Rock


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July 27, 2022

This can be classified as a blockbuster deal. Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has acquired a high performance duo of 2002 birth year forwards from the reigning Superior International Jr. Hockey League champion Red Lake Miners in a cash exchange, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Red Lake to Sweden


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July 26, 2022

Geoff Walker is headed to Sweden to take over as head coach of Vannas HC, which is a Division 1 program. The 34-year old Walker becomes a pro coach after piloting the Red Lake Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League to the 2022 playoff championship.

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Soo T-Birds to Soo Eagles


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July 25, 2022

Kenny Belanger

Call it a cross-border transaction. Soo Thunderbirds and Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have made a player exchange.

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Here are the U18 Jr. Hounds


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July 25, 2022

Soo Jr. Greyhounds have confirmed the names of 18 players who have been offered positions on the 2022-2023 edition of the reigning Great North Under 18 Hockey League regular season and playoff champions.

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Dryden to Cochrane


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July 24, 2022

Tie Jacobs

Hulking defenseman Tie Jacobs is back in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League after part of a season in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Rock on at the Cottage Cup


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July 23, 2022

Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has been invited to be a part of a pre season tournament involving teams from the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Central Canada Hockey League.

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Brothers of the Walleye


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July 21, 2022

There will be another Vanska playing for the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League come the 2022-2023 season.

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Raftis has managed well


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July 20, 2022

Kyle Raftis

Sam McMaster and Sherry Bassin are the only general managers in the 50-year Ontario Hockey League history of the Soo Greyhounds to win a championship. And even though he has yet to manage the Greyhounds to an OHL crown, current GM Kyle Raftis has overseen his share of winning as the Soo’s hockey boss.

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Newfoundland to Cochrane


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July 20, 2022

Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has reached out all the way to Canada’s east coast to sign a high scoring skater.

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Kam River to Kirkland Lake


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July 20, 2022

Dealing from strength at both the blue line position and potential overage players, the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has traded a 2002 birth year defenseman to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Simmering story lines


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July 19, 2022

Once the 2022 calendar flips to September it will only be eight days into the month before the first puck is played and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season is underway. And a glance ahead has a choice number of readable story lines looming.

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Back in the Walleye net


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July 18, 2022

Kam River Fighting Walleye had as good a goalie tandem as there was in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League en route to a first place finish in the 2021-2022 regular season.

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Dunbar gets NHL look


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July 17, 2022

Sault Ste. Marie product Ty Dunbar received a look-see at the recent National Hockey League summer development camp of the Colorado Avalanche.

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Porco off to Italy


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July 17, 2022

Sault Ste. Marie product Nick Porco, who played four full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League as a speedy winger, has signed with Asiago HC of the International Central European Hockey League.

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Birds nest at Sault College


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July 16, 2022

Russell Oldham

Yet another Soo Thunderbirds grad will be a part of the men’s hockey program at Sault College when the Cougars take to the ice for the 2022-2023 season.

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Kings to the Walleye


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July 16, 2022

Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has snagged a plum homegrown defenseman from the Thunder Bay Kings AAA Under 18 elite program.

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Seven up for the SIJHL


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July 15, 2022

In with the Sioux Lookout Bombers. Out with the Thief River Falls Norskies. Seven teams will make up the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2022-2023 season.

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Wisconsin to the Soo


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July 15, 2022

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added experienced depth to their forward lines with the acquisition of Ryan Blackburn from the Wisconsin Lumberjacks of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Adding punch to the Crunch


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July 15, 2022

What he may lack in size he makes up for with grit and grind and heart and hustle and the dogged determination of a relentless pest.

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OHL still a league of choice


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July 9, 2022

Shane Wright

Considering that the annual National Hockey League draft has become a global affair with players from all over the world among the select 225 who are chosen on a given year, the Ontario Hockey League again did quite well at the 2022 event.

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Indigenous education fund


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July 7, 2022

Keaton Mercredi

Forward Keaton Mercredi is off to play for the Maryville University Saints of the Division 1, American Collegiate Hockey Association in the fall. Notably, Mercredi has become the first recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from a post secondary education fund initiated by the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Warrior Supplies.

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Cougar men of the den


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July 6, 2022

It is the middle of the summer season. The actual playing of ice hockey matches are still a few months away. And the summer side of life aside, fall and winter are what the Sault College Cougars are planning for as they continue to commit to returning and incoming players ahead of the 2022-2023 men’s hockey season. 

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NOJHL to QMJHL


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July 6, 2022

Mason Chitaroni

A pair of 2004 birth year stalwarts are moving up from teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.

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Cougars bolster blue line


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July 5, 2022

Austin Griffin

Sault College Cougars have signed a young defenseman to their American Collegiate Hockey Association men’s team assembly ahead of the 2022-2023 season. He is Austin Griffin, a 2004 birth year defender who heads to Sault College after a full season of junior hockey in 2021-2022.

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Powassan to Flint


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July 5, 2022

Hulking forward Alex Bradshaw has signed with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League following a productive season with the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Soo boys off to UNB


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July 4, 2022

Camaryn Baber

One of the very best Canadian university programs has finalized the recruitment of a pair of high end Sault Ste. Marie products who are also Ontario Hockey League graduates and young men of exceptional character.

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Dmytruk and the Express


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July 3, 2022

He has played the game at the junior A, major junior, Canadian university, minor pro and European pro levels and also has ample coaching experience. And now, Rob Dmytruk is offering his considerable knowledge to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Off season movement


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July 2, 2022

There has been measurable, observable activity since the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League officially re-opened for business on June 1 ahead of the 2022-2023 season.

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Returnees to Kam River


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July 2, 2022

A trio of 2002 birth year performers — a goalie, a defenseman and a forward — have opted to return to the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2022-2023 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Marc Lafleur to the Q


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June 30, 2022

Championship coach Marc Lafleur is moving up from the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.

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Lang on the Kam River gang


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June 30, 2022

High scoring forward Ethan Lang has opted to return to the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for his final season of eligibility, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Nolan Newton of the North


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June 29, 2022

Nolan Newton

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have stayed in their own back yard to sign the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Hockey Association player of the year. He is 2006 birth year forward Nolan Newton, who was a fifth round pick of the Barrie Colts at the 2022 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Sudbury Nickel Capitals of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Express to Sioux Lookout


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June 28, 2022

The newest team in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has added a seasoned defenseman with prior experience in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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More roar for the Cougars


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June 27, 2022

It may be summer. But fall and winter are what the Sault College Cougars have eyes on as they continue to commit to returning and incoming players ahead of the 2022-2023 men’s hockey season.

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Attack on the Voodoos


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June 27, 2022

Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed a prospect of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League by way of the North Bay AAA Trappers of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Big d-man heads to Hearst


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June 26, 2022

Ethan Kitsch

An inter-league cash transaction has landed the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League a good size defenseman.

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Eagles sign two Ontario boys


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June 24, 2022

A pair of highly touted Ontario born skaters have been swooped up by the Michigan-based Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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