All posts by Randy Russon

Calem shows his local Spirit


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December 20, 2021

Calem Mangone is home in Sault Ste. Marie for the Christmas holiday break. And the rookie right wing sensation with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League helped to spread some holiday cheer to an under 11 team in the Soo.

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Kam River in command


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December 19, 2021

Jeremy Dunmore

This is the feel good story of the 2021-2022 Superior International Jr. Hockey League season. That is, the newest competing member of the seven team league is in first place at the Christmas holiday break.

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The iconic Manitoulin Islanders


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December 18, 2021

They won a mere fraction of the regular season games they played from 2005 to 2011. Yet, 10 years after their departure from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Manitoulin Islanders are still an iconic franchise, at least to me.

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Bailey Brkin gets AHL call


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December 17, 2021

Bailey Brkin

Utica Comets of the American Hockey League — the top farm club of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League — have confirmed that they have signed goalie Bailey Brkin to a tryout contract. The 22-year old Brkin is a former standout with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Great North takes a break


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December 17, 2021

Holiday season is here for the eight teams of the Great North Hockey League. And a return to play in 2022 will likely depend on a go-ahead from public health units in northeastern Ontario.

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Brkin is workin’ as a pro


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December 16, 2021

He ended his junior career in style after moving from the Western Hockey League to the Ontario Hockey League and the Soo Greyhounds. And now at age 22, goalie Bailey Brkin is off to a good start in his first season of professional hockey.

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Dryden rides into the break


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December 16, 2021

A record of 16-9-1 through 26 games will take the Dryden Ice Dogs into the Christmas holiday break with 33 points in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.

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Old scout still loves the game


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December 15, 2021

He is 70 years old and a cheerful, delightful fellow with plenty of colourful stories to tell from a lifetime in amateur hockey. And besides that, good guy Charly Murray still has much to offer in terms of time, experience, knowledge and a genuine love for the game, especially at the under 18, junior and college levels.

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Barnard boards the Express


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December 15, 2021

Eric Barnard

Hard hit by several long-term injuries, the Espanola Express recently added a young forward via Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade with the top-ranked Timmins Rock.

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Dryden on a 10-game tear


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December 14, 2021

It was a month ago and the Dryden Ice Dogs were at the 15-game mark of the 2021-2022 season and below the .500 level with a record of 6-8-1. But Dryden has since won 10 straight games to boost its record to 16-8-1 in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.

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20-year old stars of Superior


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December 13, 2021

They were all born in 2001. Which means as 20-year old players, they are all in their final season of Superior International Jr. Hockey League eligibility. And the way they are all playing at such a high level leads us to believe that their hockey careers will be far from over when the 2021-2022 season ends.

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Express gets back on track


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December 12, 2021

A trio of newcomers and a saving relief effort have managed to help the Espanola Express to get back on the right track in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Four-player NOJHL trade


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December 10, 2021

Espanola Express and Sudbury Cubs have pulled the string on a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade that involves four skaters.

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Good, old NOJHL coaches


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December 10, 2021

It is a junior league that has been a hockey focus of mine for more than 20 years, from around the time that the Soo Thunderbirds became members in 1999. And among the folks who I have encountered and got to know while writing and commentating about the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is a list of former head coaches.

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Hearst to Espanola


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December 9, 2021

Alexander Christopoulos is getting a fresh start to his junior hockey career as a 2002 birth year forward.

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Walleye fishes local ponds


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December 8, 2021

Local product Zachary Fortin is captain of the Kam River Fighting Walleye. (photo by Leith Dunick)

General manager Kevin McCallum has gone east and west across the nation to stock the first place lineup of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. But McCallum has also stayed true to his northwestern Ontario roots of the Thunder Bay district when going fishing for Walleye.

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Hot on the ice of Superior


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December 6, 2021

There are two teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League that are on extended winning streaks of impressive length.

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On the take in Elliot Lake


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December 5, 2021

Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are getting oh so very close to a potential takeover.

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Junior A leagues of parity


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December 4, 2021

There have been times, over the years, when both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League were ruled by one dominant team. Such imbalance often meant that the crowning of a champion in either league was a forgone conclusion by early in the season. But the times have clearly changed in both the NOJHL and SIJHL.

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Majors in the win column


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December 3, 2021

It was but a matter of time before the Timmins Majors would score their first victory of the 2021-2022 Great North Under 18 Hockey League regular season. After all, the Majors had been on the losing end of five close contests to the Soo Jr. Greyhounds and Sudbury U18 Nickel Capitals.

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Kam River via Amarillo


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December 2, 2021

Johnny McCollum is returning to his hometown roots. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound, 2003 birth year defenseman is now a member of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Elliot Lake chasing Espanola


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December 1, 2021

It is not quite yet the midway point of the 2021-2022 regular season but there is a potential chase in the making for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hectic week for Sault High


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December 1, 2021

It is a three game slate of activity for the Sault High Blue Devils this week with one road tilt and two home matches.

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Busy Beavers by trade


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November 30, 2021

Kyle Brick has been wearing his general manager’s hat over the past few days. As Hockey News North was first to report, the coach and GM of the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League made three separate transactions.

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Hounds shine at Silver Sticks


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November 30, 2021

Coached by former Ontario Hockey League standout Craig Kennedy, the Soo Jr. Greyhounds under 12 boys made some history at the recent Whitby Silver Sticks AAA hockey tournament.

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Stick-handling in the rinks


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November 30, 2021

I am not going to dwell on the recent head scratching, mind boggling, and downright maddening decisions made by the brain trust at Algoma Public Health as to which local hockey groups and teams can only practice while others that APH refers to as “elite” teams are allowed to continue to play.

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High tide of the East side


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November 29, 2021

Just call them the Big Three. Timmins Rock, Powassan Voodoos and Hearst Lumberjacks are in a frantic race for first place in the East Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Walleye heads up Superior


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November 29, 2021

Four points are all that separate the top four teams of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. And it is the league’s newest team, the Kam River Fighting Walleye, that leads the way.

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Blind River to Dryden


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November 29, 2021

Eric Clark

Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have netted a new goalie via the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Dogs of Dryden on road run


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November 28, 2021

Tristan Takats

Like ’em or not, the big, bad Dryden Ice Dogs are sledding their way towards the top of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.

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CCHL to the NOJHL


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November 27, 2021

He is headed north. James Ingram, a 2003 birth year forward and Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft pick of the Sarnia Sting in 2020, is moving on from the Central Canada Hockey League to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Notre Dame to Blind River


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November 26, 2021

Already in good shape with a record of 13-7-2 — which has them in second place in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League — Blind River Beavers have added a forward from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League.

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Dryden to Wisconsin


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November 25, 2021

Defenseman Mitchell Battersby is on the move in a Superior International Jr. Hockey League trade that has been confirmed by Hockey News North.

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Rock on in Timmins


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November 25, 2021

They are Rock solid up front and on the back end. Just past the one third mark of the 2021-2022 regular season, the Timmins Rock has the best winning percentage of any of the 12 teams of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Success beyond the game


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November 24, 2021

He got to live the hockey dream at the local level before playing in the university and minor pro ranks and — ultimately — on the international stage. And now, good guy John Glavota is firmly established in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie as a top producing real estate agent.

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Kam River has net worth


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November 23, 2021

This is as good of a goalie tandem as there is in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. To be sure, Austin Madge and Eric Vanska are two big reasons why the Kam River Fighting Walleye is in first place in the tightrope standings of the seven-team SIJHL.

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Crosstown SIJHL transaction


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November 22, 2021

Defenseman Brad Fortier won’t have to leave home despite being involved in a Superior International Jr. Hockey League trade.

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U18 Hounds are lead dogs


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November 22, 2021

Soo Jr. Greyhounds are in first place among the eight teams of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and also have players who are leaders on the individual statistics chart.

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Flint via northern Ontario


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November 22, 2021

They may be based in mid Michigan but the Flint Firebirds have a firm player and scouting connection to northern Ontario.

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Kam River, Dryden on a roll


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November 21, 2021

How sweep it is! Kam River Fighting Walleye and Dryden Ice Dogs both posted perfect weekends in making their own statements in the standings of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Big game for Camaryn Baber


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November 20, 2021

Saginaw Spirit overcame a 4-0 deficit with six goals in the final 27 minutes of the game to score a stunning 6-4 Ontario Hockey League road decision over the Kitchener Rangers on Friday.

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Spotlight on 10 north teams


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November 19, 2021

There is a tidy total of teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League that have stood tall through the first few months of the 2021-2022 season.

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DHC host officially confirmed


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November 18, 2021

We have known about this for several months. And now it has finally been made official as to who will be the host entry for next spring’s Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada junior A hockey championship tournament.

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Sault High skates into ’21-22


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November 17, 2021

Blue Devils. At Big Bear. On the Eagle. First pucks of the 2021-2022 hockey season will drop for the Sault High Blue Devils this weekend.

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East side contention


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November 16, 2021

Powassan Voodoos, Timmins Rock and Hearst Lumberjacks are the forces to be reckoned with in the East Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League while the fourth seed French River Rapids have remained within range of the big three.

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Kam River lands 270 lb. Walleye


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November 16, 2021

Hulking forward Colin McLeod has signed with the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League via the Lomond Lakers of the lower level Heritage Jr. Hockey League.

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