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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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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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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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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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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U14 Hounds are top dogs


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December 6, 2021

A team from Sault Ste. Marie has emerged as champions in their age division from among the 19 entries that took to the ice for the recent Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs AAA Classic Hockey Tournament.

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U10 Hounds rule Sudbury


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December 6, 2021

Head coach Craig Kennedy and his under 10 Soo Jr. Greyhounds will represent northern Ontario at next month’s Silver Sticks International Hockey Tournament.

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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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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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Silver lining for U13 girls


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November 26, 2021

Soo Jr. Greyhounds under 13 BB level girls now have silver medals to show off thanks to their recent performance at an out of town tournament.

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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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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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NB Trappers strike gold


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November 15, 2021

What a weekend it was for the North Bay Trappers. Venerable coach Guy Blanchard and the Trappers capped an unbeaten weekend with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Toronto Young Nationals to capture the gold medal in the under 16 AAA division at the Kitchener Blueline Hockey Tournament.

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Sault College is playing games


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November 11, 2021

They were celebrated national champions in their first season as the only Canadian men’s team in the entire American Collegiate Hockey Association. And the Sault College Cougars were poised for a title run at a second straight championship when COVID-19 abruptly ended the hockey season just before the national tournament in the spring of 2020.

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All about Ryan Vendramin


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November 6, 2021

Good kids generally come from good families. And this is a good kid from a good family. A young man who went from celebrated hockey star and academic standout at Sault College to a rookie police officer who was seriously injured in the line of duty, Ryan Vendramin was given due recognition on a night in his honour.

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Vendramin recognition night


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November 2, 2021

Scoring machine Ryan Vendramin will be honoured by the Sault College Cougars on Friday night when the men begin the 2021-2022 season with a home game against Trine University. Game time is 7:30 at Rankin Arena with opening ceremonies slated to begin at 7:00.

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JDM, Maciuk, make it happen


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October 21, 2021

David Maciuk

David Maciuk has been involved in hockey since he was a youngster growing up in Sault Ste. Marie in the mid 1950s and later playing for the Soo Greyhounds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and then the Ontario Hockey League.

Now living in Chicago and the president and founder of JDM Sports Management, Maciuk has grown his firm into one of North America’s top advisory agencies with over 100 Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association commitments during the past four years alone.

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Eagle to air Blue Devils


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October 20, 2021

Local radio station Eagle 95.1 will broadcast all games of the Sault High Blue Devils hockey team for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed. The games can also be heard live on line via http://www.eagleradio951.com

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Hockey North Show ’21-22


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October 5, 2021

Tonight from 5-6 p.m. marks the debut of the Hockey North Show on Eagle Radio 95.1 http://eagleradio951.com for the 2021-2022 season.

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The inimitable Paul Leonard


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September 25, 2021

Paul Leonard Sr.

Another legendary broadcaster has ascended to the ‘Sky Studio’ of the local radio-television industry.

In his 84th year, Paul Leonard Sr. passed away on September 23, 2021.

It was he who gave me my first media job back in October of 1975.

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I am in Malala land


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September 21, 2021

Malala

Hi folks, I will be away from the desk until the weekend. I am in southwestern Ontario, visiting my first grand child, a precious baby girl, Malala. I will be back writing again on Saturday of this week, God willing. Meantime, I am in Malala land.

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Thunder Bay via Sault College


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September 20, 2021

Sault College Cougars scout Charly Murray. (photo by Bob Davies)

This has the makings of being a feel good hockey story.

That is, goalie Trennis Riley has latched on with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League thanks to the efforts of scout Charly Murray and manager Mark Hebert of the Sault College Cougars varsity men’s team.

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Here are the U15 AA Hounds


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September 20, 2021

Head coach Jerry Lortie has confirmed the roster for the under 15 AA Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Sault Major Hockey Association.

Players and their positions are as follows.

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Hockey north watch tower


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September 14, 2021

We have teams, players and coaches to keep collective eyes on as junior hockey in the north puts its sticks on the 2021-2022 season.

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Cougars have a north look


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September 6, 2021

Skaters with recent experience in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League are among those who have signed up to play for the 2021-2022 edition of the Sault College Cougars.

The only Canadian men’s team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 ranks, Sault College has lined up a regular season schedule that is slated to begin on October 23.

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RIP, Donny Gagnon


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August 26, 2021

Don Gagnon

Sault Ste. Marie’s hockey circle has lost an exemplary member. Don Gagnon passed away recently following health complications.

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Tony O was a proud Soo boy


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August 15, 2021

The legendary Tony O.

You didn’t have to be from Sault Ste. Marie to know who Tony Esposito was.

But if you knew hockey, you knew who Esposito was. And if you knew hockey, you knew that Esposito was from Sault Ste. Marie.

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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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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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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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Feel good Habs have Soo link


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June 13, 2021

The father and grandfather of Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield were both born in Sault Ste. Marie. (photo by Canadian Press)

Regardless of what happens through the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs the Montreal Canadiens will have had a successful National Hockey League season.

And as a bonus to Canadiens fans in Sault Ste. Marie, there is a link to the Soo from this Montreal team.

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Espanola to Vermilion County


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June 2, 2021

Brent Hughes

Vermilion County Bobcats of the Southern Professional Hockey League have officially confirmed the former bench boss of the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as the first head coach in franchise history.

Brent Hughes leaves Espanola and the NOJHL after coaching the Express to a 5-4-3 record in 12 games during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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Ritchie opts for Sault College


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June 2, 2021

Jordan Ritchie, in action for the Espanola Express. (photo by Bob Davies)

Sault Ste. Marie product Jordan Ritchie is planning to forgo his final season of Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League eligibility. The 2001 birth year defenseman will stay in the game but also go to school.

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New recruit to Sault College


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May 31, 2021

Keaston Blais

He played two full seasons as a steady defender with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League. And he suited up for 16 games as a rookie for the Cochrane Crunch during the abbreviated 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

With that behind him, 2002 birth year defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais now has his sights set on attending Sault College in the fall and playing for the hockey Cougars.

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Big M, Duff, Leafs, Habs, Dad


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May 20, 2021

It may be the most talked about opening round playoff series in many years.

Original Six, National Hockey League fabled foes, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are facing off in a best of seven playoff for the first time since 1979.

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Cougars knock on Wood


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May 9, 2021

Caleb Wood

Graduated Soo Thunderbirds forward Caleb Wood is moving on to skate for the Sault College Cougars of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association for the planned 2021-2022 season.

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May days of junior hockey


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May 3, 2021

Justin Mauro has played three seasons for the Blind River Beavers and has two years of junior eligibility remaining.

Junior A level hockey leagues across Canada are closed for registry business until June 1.

Which, as an example, means that teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League can’t officially announce any new player transactions until June 1.

But, as they should be, NOJHL coaches and general managers will no doubt be busy throughout the month of May working on potential player recruitment and trades ahead of June 1.

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SMHA coaches for ’21-22


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April 28, 2021

Hockey News North has confirmed a number of the coaches who will lead Sault Major Hockey Association teams for the 2021-2022 season. The list of coaches is as follows.

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Love the all Canadian division


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April 25, 2021

Sault boy Kyle Dubas of the Toronto Maple Leafs

I have often wished that the National Hockey League would re-align and have an Original Six division of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

And while that has not happened — and likely never will — restrictions on travel relative to COVID-19 has created, temporarily at least, the formation of an all Canadian division of Montreal, Toronto, the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

I am loving the set up.

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Hockey North Show will return


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April 21, 2021

Currently on hiatus relative to the Ontario government’s stay at home order, the Hockey North Show will return to radio station Eagle 95.1 once its host site, Reggie’s Place Downtown, re-opens for business. The stay at home order is slated to be lifted during the third week of May.

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Leafs still not on my wish list


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April 15, 2021

The 1967 Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs

In my little town, I grew up believing that God and the Montreal Canadiens were good and non Catholic girls and the Toronto Maple Leafs were bad.

But some of that has changed for me from then to now.

While I still believe that God is good, I no longer depict the Montreal Canadiens in a religious way. And while all girls — not just Catholics — are good, the Toronto Maple Leafs um, you know, still haven’t made it to my list of top favourites.

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Summer tournament hockey


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April 1, 2021

Dependent on factors related to COVID-19 and a return to more controllable numbers, summer tournament hockey may be more prevalent this year given the low total of games that were played at the junior and under 18 levels during the 2020-2021 season.

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Oh, so close for Sault High


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March 20, 2021

Close but no cigar. All in all, though, it was a passing grade for a Sault High Blue Devils hockey team that extended a short season into two rounds of the playoffs.

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Devils season is over


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March 19, 2021

A last-minute goal lifted the Alpena Wildcats to a 3-2 win over the Sault High Blue Devils in Michigan high school hockey Region 18 semi-final action from Thursday.

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The file on Bobby Jones


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March 18, 2021

Bobby Jones, with D.J. Smith and Bob Boughner, behind the bench of the Windsor Spitfires.

There are not many who have an association to the Ontario Hockey League that can match the longevity of Bobby Jones.

Not only did Jones play in 240 OHL games from 1985 to 1990 as a dependable defenseman with the Soo Greyhounds but he coached in the league from 1995 through 2018 with six different teams and won a pair of Memorial Cup championships behind the bench of the Windsor Spitfires.

Jones has always been a favourite of mine. And not just because of the hockey and that he is a good kid from a good family but that he happened to go to the same elementary school in Sault Ste. Marie — St. Mark — that I, my two kids, and my younger sister did.

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High school semis tonight


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March 18, 2021

Michigan high school hockey will determine its Region 18 finalists tonight from a pair of semi-final matches at Tawas Bay Ice Arena.

Sault High Blue Devils will face off against the Alpena Wildcats in a 5 p.m. game ahead of a second semi-final contest between the Cheboygan Chiefs and Gaylord Blue Devils.

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