SMHA coaching program


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July 17, 2024

There is more game changing and ground breaking news emanating from the ranks of the Sault Major Hockey Association. Hockey News North has confirmed that world class former coach and player Craig Hartsburg is instituting a coaching program guide that all Sault Major coaches at the AAA and AA levels will be expected to follow.

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TC North wins it all


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July 15, 2024

Team Canada Black — with all 17 of its 2011 birth year hockey players from various towns in northern Ontario — returned home from Vaughan, Ont. as champions of the recent Sports Illustrated Prospects Challenge.

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Connor Toms to Carleton


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July 11, 2024

Former Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires defenseman Connor Toms is utilizing his Ontario Hockey League education package to begin his university schooling and playing career this fall.

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Timmins to Chatham


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July 3, 2024

Forward Ian Lachance, who led the Timmins Majors and the Great North Under 18 Hockey League in scoring in 2023-2024, has signed with the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Paul Maurice and Stanley


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June 26, 2024

I have been rooting for Paul Maurice ever since the 1984 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft when the Windsor Spitfires took the lanky defenseman in the third round from the Sault Ste. Marie Legion midgets.

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Hartsburg joins Sault Major


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June 25, 2024

This is really good news — as good as it gets — for minor hockey in Sault Ste. Marie. That is, Craig Hartsburg — world class as both a player and a coach — has been appointed to the position of AAA league director by the Sault Major Hockey Association.

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Road hockey heroes


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June 3, 2024

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from my next book — More Tales Of An Old Hockey Writer — which I plan on publishing later this year.)

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Here are the U14 AA Hounds


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May 6, 2024

Head coach Ryan Corcoran and his staff have selected the players who will represent the Soo Jr. Greyhounds at the Under 14 AA level of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association for the 2024-2025 season.

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Blind River to Sault College


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April 26, 2024

Two high end graduates of one of the top programs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have committed to the Sault College Cougars of the American Collegiate Hockey Association ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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So close for U15 AA Hounds


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April 24, 2024

Representing the Northern Ontario Hockey Association, the Soo Under 15 AA Jr. Greyhounds left a lasting impression at the recent Ontario Hockey Federation championship tournament that was held in Oakville.

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Soo Eagles to Soo Indians


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April 19, 2024

Doug Laprade has got himself a new head coaching gig ahead of the 2024-2025 season. But the 55 year old bench boss will not be leaving Sault Ste. Marie.

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U13 AA Hounds at OHF


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April 18, 2024

Two weeks after leaving Timmins with silver medals from the Under 13 AA Northern Ontario Hockey Association Tournament of Champions, the Soo Jr. Greyhounds are back in the same northeastern Ontario town this weekend for the Ontario Hockey Federation finals.

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North Channel to OHL Spitfires


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April 14, 2024

There are feel good stories aplenty in the hockey world. And this just could be another one in the making. It deals with a young goalie who started out playing hockey in the little farm town of Echo Bay — located 30 miles or so outside of Sault Ste. Marie — for a house league team called the North Channel Lightning.

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Marson stands out for Hounds


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April 8, 2024

Soo Jr. Greyhounds were outshot, outscored and generally outplayed by the powerhouse Waterloo Wolves in their opening night match at the Central Region Under 18 AAA Hockey Championship Tournament at the Northern Community Centre.

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Silver for U13 AA Jr. Hounds


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April 8, 2024

TIMMINS — Soo Jr. Greyhounds gave the powerhouse host Timmins North Stars a mighty scare in the title tilt of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Under 13 AA Tournament of Champions that was held here on the weekend.

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U16, U18 Jr. Hound coaches


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March 28, 2024

Sault Ste. Marie is poised to be represented by both Under 16 and Under 18 teams as members of the AAA level Great North Under 18 Hockey League effective the 2024-2025 season. And the head coaches of both programs are already finalizing their staffs ahead of the ’24-25 campaign.

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U12 to U15 AAA go interlocking


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March 26, 2024

It is being lauded as additional and increased competition. That is, AAA level teams from the Under 12 to Under 15 age groups that represent the Northern Ontario Hockey Association will play games outside their region as part of an interlocking schedule effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Evans aids victorious Vipers


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March 19, 2024

Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans played a noteworthy role for the Windsor LaSalle Vipers in their recent Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League opening round playoff series triumph over the arch rival Chatham Maroons.

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NOHA champs: U12 AA Hounds


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March 18, 2024

Soo Jr. Greyhounds have returned from Timmins as Northern Ontario Hockey Association champions for the Under 12 AA level.

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Back to back for Lady Cougars


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March 16, 2024

Sault College Cougars have repeated as national champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 women’s program.

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Hey to Pro Shop Penguins!


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March 14, 2024

Pro Shop Penguins of the Sault Major Hockey Association recently returned from Barrie as champions of an under 15 tournament.

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Sault College via Espanola


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March 7, 2024

Leadership. Experience. Involvement. That is some of what defenseman Liam McDonald is poised to bring to the varsity men’s hockey team at Sault College effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Two SFHA teams take titles


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March 4, 2024

Twelve teams from Northern Ontario and Michigan were in Sault Ste. Marie on the weekend as part of the Northern Ontario Women’s Hockey League playoffs. And two teams from the Sault Female Hockey Association skated away with championship victories.

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Sudbury Cubs; Nickel City Cubs


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March 1, 2024

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have formed a brand partnership with the Nickel City Hockey Association ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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Big news from Sault Major


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February 28, 2024

Quite clear and with no doubt, this is an exceptional hire. Sault Major Hockey Association has confirmed that former Ontario Hockey League and National Hockey League mainstay Jeremy Stevenson will take over as the head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League effective the 2024-2025 season.

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AA goalie makes Team NOHA


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February 22, 2024

Score a big one for the underdog. AA level goalie Sebastien Brassard from Sault Ste. Marie has clearly defied the odds in making the AAA Team NOHA squad that will compete at the prestigious OHL Cup Tournament that is designed for select prospects from the 2008 birth year group.

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Tales of an old hockey writer


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February 13, 2024

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following passage is an excerpt from a chapter in my book, Tales Of An Old Hockey Writer, which is slated to be published and available for sale by March 1. Mature audiences only.

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Mindset mentality of the goalie


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February 12, 2024

They perform to the beat of a different drum. They are stationed between two pillars as solitary sentries who guard a net. In a book, they are a chapter of their own.

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AA goalie gets NOHA invite


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February 11, 2024

Sebastien Brassard of Sault Ste. Marie is the only AA level goalie among five others from the AAA category to get an invite to the February 16-17 Team NOHA selections camp to be held in Powassan.

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Private goalie sessions


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February 10, 2024

The venerable Bill Vanderleest, who has worked as a goalie coach for teams on both sides of the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie for multiple decades, is now offering private tutoring for and up and coming young net minders.

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Sault boys as top OHL picks


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February 8, 2024

Two players from Sault Ste. Marie who headed to Pittsburgh this season to play in the Jr. Penguins AAA elite program are being projected as possible first or second round picks at the April 12-13 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Lambert and U16 AAA Hounds


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January 29, 2024

Sault Major Hockey Association has confirmed that it intends to have an Under 16 AAA team next season that would — if officially approved by the Northern Ontario Hockey Association — be members of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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U13 AA Jr. Hounds win it all


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January 8, 2024

CHICAGO — Hey, hey, hey … they went all the way! In what was a truly inspiring total team toil, the Soo U13 AA Jr. Greyhounds won four of five games including the title tilt to head home as champions of a Sports Illustrated Prospects Showdown Hockey Tournament that was held here on the weekend.

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The travelling goalie coach


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January 5, 2024

Bill Vanderleest is an anomaly of sorts among goalie coaches. When he is not at home working with the net minders of the Sault College Cougars women’s team, Vanderleest is travelling 280 miles round trip for once a week practices as the goalie coach for the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Overcoming the odds


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December 20, 2023

Seattle Kraken scout Mike Dawson has a plain, simple and uncomplicated message for aspiring young players who were late round draft picks to the Ontario Hockey League or who were not drafted at all. “Keep working. Every one has setbacks. It’s how you deal with adversity,” Dawson relayed while home visiting family in Sault Ste. Marie and stopping by to make a guest appearance on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show podcast.

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Gage on the GOJHL stage


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December 18, 2023

WINDSOR — Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans is officially among the elite young players in the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League while patrolling the blue line here for the Windsor LaSalle Vipers.

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Sault College at the break


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December 14, 2023

They will both head into the 2024 segment of this season’s schedule with very impressive records within the ranks of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association. Sault College Cougars women’s team has a record of 10-0-0 while the men have a 15-3-0 mark.

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Goalie coaches old, young


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December 8, 2023

Terry Barbeau. Bill Vanderleest. Noah Zeppa. They are three reputable Sault Ste. Marie residents who are all performing goalie coach roles with high end hockey programs on both sides of the International Bridge and the St. Mary’s River.

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Local lad in Windsor LaSalle


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December 7, 2023

Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans is continuing his development with the Windsor LaSalle Vipers of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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The old Junior B days


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December 1, 2023

Northern Ontario has long had a prominent presence in the junior A hockey game. Nowadays it is the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. But from 1965 until 1981 it was the International Jr. B Hockey League that had a town filled existence in Northern Ontario and Northern Michigan.

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Maciuk family advisors


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November 29, 2023

Like father, like son. Long-time player agent and family advisor David Maciuk has spent more than 60 years in the game of hockey dating back to his childhood days growing up in Sault Ste. Marie. And as the age-less Maciuk — who has lived in Chicago for a number of years — continues to grow his JDM Sports Management company, he works alongside his 36-year old son Justin Maciuk.

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U13 AA Hounds win two of four


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November 13, 2023

LONDON — Soo Under 13 AA Jr. Greyhounds left here with a good takeoff following an above board showing at a high end weekend tournament that featured a whopping 18 teams in their age group alone.

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Sault College men are 10-2


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November 8, 2023

Nine straight victories have the Sault College Cougars roaring with a record of 10-2-0 through 12 games on the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association schedule.

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Lambert to coach U18 Hounds


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November 2, 2023

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have brought aboard the highly regarded and well respected Denny Lambert as their head coach.

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Red Wings radio legend


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October 20, 2023

Paul Woods was certainly no slouch as a hockey player. He captained the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and once scored 119 points in a season. And before Steve Yzerman came along, Woods was the youngest captain in the National Hockey League history of the storied Detroit Red Wings. But it is as a Red Wings radio broadcaster that Woods has become an unlikely legend.

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SC Cougars in command


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October 15, 2023

A pair of home ice weekend wins over their cross-river American Collegiate Hockey Association rival Lake Superior State University Lakers has the Sault College Cougars with a record of 5-2-0 through their first seven games of the 2023-2024 season.

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Cougars home to Lakers


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October 12, 2023

Having played four of their first five games of the 2023-2024 American Collegiate Hockey Association season on the road, the Sault College Cougars have a pair of upcoming home matches on the slate.

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Leading the Soo Indians


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September 26, 2023

So far, so good. They are already 11 games into the 2023-2024 season as members of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. And it has been a strong showing thus far for the Soo Indians, who have a record of 8-3-0.

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U18 Indians v. Jr. Hounds


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September 11, 2023

It will be a cross-border, home and home exhibition set of games between the Soo Indians of the USA Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League and the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Jameus to Sault College


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September 9, 2023

Sault College Cougars of the Division 2 American Collegiate Hockey Association have added a local lad as a late recruit ahead of the 2023-2024 season.

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Indians sweep Green Bay


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September 3, 2023

Michigan Soo Indians capped a perfect exhibition series weekend to begin the 2023-2024 hockey season today with a decisive 5-1 drubbing of the visiting Green Bay Bobcats.

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Soo Indians open with a ‘W’


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September 3, 2023

Nathan Maguire made 25 saves and fellow Ontario Hockey League draft pick Deven Jones McDonald scored a goal as the Soo Indians of the USA Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League began the 2023-2024 season on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the visiting Green Bay Bobcats.

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Calling all 60 plus players


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August 27, 2023

Sault Senior Men’s Hockey League is looking to add a 60 and over division for the looming 2023-2024 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Summer in the hockey towns


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July 18, 2023

Officially, in a given year, the average hockey season runs from September to May. Unofficially, it never really ends. Following is a choice selection of notable junior, college and under 18 hockey happenings — as they relate to the north region — thus far this off season.

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Boys of Team Canada North


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July 14, 2023

It has been said. It has been written. That is, hockey season never really ends. And it is true. As an example, for several players from Northern Ontario in the 2011 birth year category, they are spending mid July in Vaughan, Ontario as part of the Sports Illustrated Hockey Prospects All Star Challenge.

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Jr. Greyhounds v. Soo Indians


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July 13, 2023

A cross-border under-18 hockey rivalry is in position to be rekindled for the 2023-2024 season. Personnel from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and the Soo Indians of the USA Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League are upbeat and eager to face off in a series of exhibition matches over the course of the ’23-24 campaign.

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U18 AAA Hounds, Indians


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July 9, 2023

They are similar Under 18 AAA hockey programs that are separated by a mere two miles of International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie. One team plays in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League under the umbrella of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. The other is a participant in the USA Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League as members of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.

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Nest of Eagles off to school


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July 8, 2023

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have confirmed the ascension of several graduated players to the American college hockey ranks ahead of the upcoming school season.

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Lined up at Sault College


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July 7, 2023

This has the makings of being a good season. Potentially, at the very least. That is, the Sault College Cougars continue to add on to what is being set up as a lusty lineup ahead of the looming 2023-2024 varsity men’s hockey season. 

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Net gain for Sault College


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July 6, 2023

Following a strong showing at their spring skate tryout camp in June, the Sault College Cougars of the Division 2 American Collegiate Hockey Association have since confirmed the commitment of goalie Kaylan Campbell ahead of the 2023-2024 season.

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Cole Crowder to Sault College


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July 4, 2023

Cole Crowder

Sault College Cougars have added a huge presence to their lineup ahead of the looming 2023-2024 varsity men’s hockey season. Cole Crowder, a hulking 6-foot-5, 220 pound forward, is headed to Sault College from the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Brothers of Sault College


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June 23, 2023

There will be a brother act among the brotherhood of players on the 2023-2024 edition of the Sault College Cougars varsity men’s hockey team. Following the earlier commitment of 21-year old defenseman Jackson Jacques, 19-year old forward Jeremiah Jacques will line up with his older brother at Sault College this coming season.

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Paper Kings add goalie coach


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June 20, 2023

Sault Ste. Marie resident Bill Vanderleest is taking his goalie instructor skills a few hours down the highway. The affable, ageless Vanderleest has been hired as the goalie coach for the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Registered at Sault College


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June 14, 2023

Smooth skating, free wheeling, right-hand shooting defenseman Jackson Jacques is another player with high level junior hockey seasoning to recently commit to the Sault College Cougars of the American Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Spring roar of the Cougars


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June 5, 2023

This speaks volumes to the status of the program and the recruiting efforts of the staff. That is, more than 50 players showed up for the recent spring skate of the Sault College Cougars varsity men’s hockey team.

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Top U18 goalies in the area


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May 30, 2023

There is a net worth of goalies from northern Ontario born in either 2006 or 2007 who have the tools to be top performers at the Under 18 AAA level come the 2023-2024 season.

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U15 Majors get their man


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May 29, 2023

The newly-formed U15 AAA Timmins Majors of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association have hired their first-ever head coach. The U15 AAA Majors — who will be an affiliate team for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League — have stayed local in hiring Steve Surcon as their bench boss.

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T-Birds to Sault College


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May 25, 2023

A pair of fine forwards are moving on from the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Sault College Cougars of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association effective the 2023-2024 season.

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U13 AA Jr. Hounds roster


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May 19, 2023

Head coach Ryan Corcoran has confirmed the roster for the Under 13 AA Soo Jr. Greyhounds ahead of the 2023-2024 hockey season. 

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Hanmer … NHL … NTAAA


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May 17, 2023

Over the years, venerable Centennial Arena in Hanmer has been the home of hockey development for many young hopefuls. And there have been a number of players from the Hanmer/Valley East area who have gone on to play professional hockey. 

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No U16 AAA team for Sault


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May 3, 2023

Sault Ste. Marie will not ice an Under 16 AAA hockey team for the 2023-2024 season after all. The executive of the Sault Major Hockey Association released the following statement.

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Sault boys in key NHL roles


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May 2, 2023

Six Sault Ste. Marie products hold prominent positions on five of the eight National Hockey League teams that are still active in this year’s National Hockey League playoffs.

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Hounds exit to Soo Indians


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April 30, 2023

The reasons are not exactly clear. And really, why would anyone want to say anything publicly for fear of possible reprisal? But the fact is that no less than four local lads who suited up for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League in 2022-2023 have opted to exit the program to sign with the Soo Indians of the Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League ahead of the 2023-2024 season.

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Four Jr. Hounds to Soo Indians


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April 27, 2023

Make that four local lads who suited up for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League in 2022-2023 that have opted to sign with the Soo Indians of the Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League ahead of the 2023-2024 season.

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