All posts by Randy Russon

Cross border to Kam River


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January 18, 2022

About half of the roster of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League is made up of local players from the Thunder Bay area. But Fighting Walleye general manager Kevin McCallum and his hockey operations staff have also gone across the Prairies and into British Columbia to recruit players to Kam River. And at the recent junior hockey trade deadline, McCallum and the Fighting Walleye added three American-born skaters.

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On and off in the ‘O’


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January 17, 2022

Multiple games have been postponed and rescheduled. But the Ontario Hockey League has soldiered on through Omicron as battles rage on in both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference.

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NOJHL, SIJHL top contestants


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January 16, 2022

It is a pause relative to Omicron, not a postponement. As such, there is good reason to believe that junior A hockey activity in Ontario will resume from provincial government exile either later this month or by early February. Which — for those of us from the north — seems to suggest that play in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League will recommence for the 2022 segment of the season sooner than later.

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Lumberjacks, Norskies split four


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January 16, 2022

Their five Ontario members remain in provincial government pause relative to the Omicron variant. But the 2022 segment of the regular season schedule in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League began last week with four games between the SIJHL’s two American squads.

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Dryden sets up for ’22 segment


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January 14, 2022

Nakoda Thunderchief

They won 10 of 11 games prior to a holiday break that has extended into a pause in the schedule relative to the Omicron variant. And when the Dryden Ice Dogs resume play in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League — the return from provincial government exile is being pegged at later this month or early next — it will be with several notable newcomers obtained at the January 10 trade deadline.

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Walleye star signs up for school


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January 14, 2022

Standout forward Alex Enegren of the first place Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has a school commitment for the 2022-2023 season.

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Noteworthy win for Norskies


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January 13, 2022

Interim head coach Brenden Gust has his first win as bench boss of the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. And it came at the expense of the Norskies’ American rivals, the Wisconsin Lumberjacks.

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Thief River Falls makes a point


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January 12, 2022

It was their first game action since December 11, a month to the day. And despite that and having only 14 skaters in the lineup, the Thief River Falls Norskies took the fully manned Wisconsin Lumberjacks through three periods and overtime before losing in a shootout.

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Hearst, Timmins trade intrigue


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January 12, 2022

It was a shocking trade if only because of the fact that it involved arch-rival teams who are just two points apart atop the standings of the East Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Soo Eagles on steady pace


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January 12, 2022

They have overachieved with a record of 17-6-1 and their 35 points has them in second place in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And as the other 11 members of the NOJHL are on pause relative to COVID-19 and Ontario government shutdown, the Michigan-based Eagles were able to play a pair of recent exhibition games against the Wisconsin Lumberjacks of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Wisconsin at Thief River Falls


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January 11, 2022

Ontario may be in a temporary junior A hockey pause relative to the Omicron virus. But having two teams that are based in the United States will allow the Superior International Jr. Hockey League to return to regular season game action tonight.

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SIJHL teams out of their league


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January 11, 2022

Junior A hockey trade winds were blowing from northeastern and northwestern Ontario across the Prairies. That is, two of the top teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League went elsewhere to add players ahead of the recent Canadian Jr. Hockey League trade deadline.

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Patrick Boivin to Blind River


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January 10, 2022

Patrick Boivin

He is heading home to Blind River. Stalwart rookie goalie Patrick Boivin has been traded by the Espanola Express to the Blind River Beavers in a noteworthy Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cash transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Creo Solomon to Wellington


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January 10, 2022

Creo Solomon

A top defenseman with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has been traded to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash transaction.

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T-Birds deal Ty Doucette


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January 10, 2022

Tyson Doucette

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have moved on from their third leading scorer in a trade deadline transaction.

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Espanola, Dryden make a deal


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January 10, 2022

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a 20-year goalie from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Big d-man heads to Dryden


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January 10, 2022

Already the biggest team in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, the Dryden Ice Dogs have added a 6-foot-4, 230 pound defenseman in a trade with the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Walleye snags pair from Wolves


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January 9, 2022

The first place team in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has added two 19-year old forwards from the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League in a cash exchange.

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Eagles edge Wisconsin again


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January 8, 2022

Jack Mortson

A buzzer beater goal by Jack Mortson with 10 seconds left in the third period — and overtime looming — lifted the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to a stunning 4-3 triumph over the Wisconsin Lumberjacks of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League in an inter-league exhibition match today.

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NOJHL, SIJHL at a glance


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January 8, 2022

Storylines figure to be flush and flowing in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League when the 2021-2022 season recommences.

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Birds down to two goalies


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January 8, 2022

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have whittled their goalie group to a pair of local puck-stoppers.

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Beavers are dam good


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January 6, 2022

They are the epitome of sustained success as a small market franchise in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And as they have been ever since hiring Kyle Brick as their head hockey honcho in 2016, the Blind River Beavers are once again an NOJHL contender.

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SIJHL returning to play


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January 6, 2022

Having two teams that are based in the United States will allow the Superior International Jr. Hockey League to return to regular season game action next week.

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Wisconsin v. Soo Eagles


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January 6, 2022

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will play host to the Wisconsin Lumberjacks of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League in a pair of exhibition games this weekend.

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Nick Porco on the Attack


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January 5, 2022

Nick Porco

Sault Ste. Marie native Nick Porco is on the move in an Ontario Hockey League trade, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Kam River goalie has school deal


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January 5, 2022

Austin Madge

The goalie with the best numbers in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has a school commitment for the 2022-2023 season.

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Mario Culina back in the pros


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January 5, 2022

Mario Culina

Sault Ste. Marie product Mario Culina has left the hockey program at Brock University to sign with the Fort Wayne Komets of the minor pro ECHL, Hockey News North has confirmed. A former standout goalie in the Ontario Hockey League, the 24-year old Culina previously played in the ECHL during the 2018-2019 season before going to school.

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Good trades for all parties


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January 3, 2022

Dayton Clarke

In a perfect junior hockey world the best trades are the ones that benefit all who are involved. Case in point being recent swaps between teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Big NOJHL-SIJHL trade


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January 2, 2022

Owen Lancaster

Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have completed a multi-player trade, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Beavers land Jake Kovacs


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January 2, 2022

Jake Kovacs

Skilled, medium size forward Jake Kovacs is back in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Resch on a rush to Red Lake


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January 2, 2022

Caleb Resch

Red Lake Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have added an offensive minded, puck moving defenseman via cash transaction with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Centennial years in North Bay


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January 1, 2022

They have a secure spot in the Ontario Hockey League history books as a quintessential small market franchise that was the frenzied talk of the town for many a cold winter. The Centennials were North Bay’s first OHL team, arriving from Niagara Falls in 1982 only to leave for Saginaw 20 years later.

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Cam Baber dealt to London


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December 31, 2021

Camaryn Baber

In a stunning move, the Saginaw Spirit has traded overage captain Camaryn Baber to the London Knights for a fourth round pick at the 2025 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Fighting Walleye on the PK


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December 30, 2021

Ethan Lang

Kam River Fighting Walleye only has the fourth best power play in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League with a 17.5 per cent efficiency. But the Fighting Walleye penalty kill ranks as the best among the seven teams of the SIJHL.

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Superior on the power play


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December 30, 2021

Red Lake Miners have the best power play success rate of the seven teams of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. And, to be sure, there are multiple engine parts to the high octane Red Lake PP.

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Hounds return with a win


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December 30, 2021

They may have cancelled — or perhaps just postponed — the World Junior Championships but the Ontario Hockey League has returned to play in some venues, including Sault Ste. Marie.

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NOJHL power play production


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December 29, 2021

There are three teams among the 12 members of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League that have a power play success ratio of better than 25 per cent.

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Czech into Flint


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December 28, 2021

Import draft pick Simon Slavicek has signed with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Tall boys on tap in Dryden


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December 28, 2021

Max Rath

Suffice to say that they like ’em big up in Dryden. For starters, no less than 17 players on the current 24-man roster of the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League are at least six feet tall.

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Up and down in Elliot Lake


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December 27, 2021

There have been bumps and bruises on what has been a winding road of new adventure for the Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Bright lights of Superior


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December 26, 2021

A writer’s pick of eye-catching and under-the-radar performers and performances from the first segment of the 2021-2022 Superior International Jr. Hockey League season:

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Early years of OHA Hounds


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December 24, 2021

It was 1972. I was still in high school at Sir James Dunn. I was also working 36 hours a week — 6 p.m. to midnight Monday to Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday — in the men’s bar at the Windsor Hotel. (Um, not being the scholarly type, I definitely preferred working and making money over attending regular classes at SJD.) 1972 was also the year that the Soo Greyhounds became members of the Ontario Hockey League as an expansion team.

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Solid as a Rock in net


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December 23, 2021

Timmins Rock is atop the overall standings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with 48 points in 30 games and an .800 winning percentage from a record of 23-5-2. And as the Rock can light it up offensively, its goals against average of 2.36 is the best in the 12-team NOJHL.

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High, low levels of Superior


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December 23, 2021

A form of disparity between the top four teams and the bottom three of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League is rather evident at the current stage of the 2021-2022 season.

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Soo teams lead the wild West


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December 22, 2021

Soo Thunderbirds and Soo Eagles are one-two in the standings of the West Division with the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League on a holiday hiatus. But the Blind River Beavers and Sudbury Cubs are in close pursuit of the best of the West and the Espanola Express and Elliot Lake Red Wings cannot be taken lightly.

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Hearst to Sudbury


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December 21, 2021

Liam Doyle

Seasoned skater Liam Doyle is on the move in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League future considerations transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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