Mangone makes his mark


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October 18, 2021

Calem Mangone

It didn’t take Sault Ste. Marie product Calem Mangone very long to begin a statistical history with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

A rookie forward with a 2004 birth date, Mangone earned an assist in his first regular season game in the OHL and then tallied his initial goal in a Saginaw uniform in his second career match as the Spirit split a two game opening weekend set with the visiting Erie Otters.

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Garden River to North Bay


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September 29, 2021

Landon Jones

Local lad Landon Jones has landed in North Bay and made the lineup of the under 16 Trappers of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

Hailing from Garden River First Nation just outside Sault Ste. Marie, Jones, who is a speedy forward with a 2006 birth date, earned a spot on the U16 Trappers that are coached by the legendary Guy Blanchard.

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U18 Hounds home to TB


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September 29, 2021

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League will play host to the Thunder Bay Kings of Hockey Northwestern Ontario in a three game exhibition series this weekend.

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Hendo has three hockey hats


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September 18, 2021

Jamie Henderson, at the recent Ontario Hockey League training camp of the Ottawa 67s. (Photo by Jon Halpenny)

Suffice to say that Jamie Henderson will be spending a lot of time in the various rinks of the north over the course of the 2021-2022 hockey season.

A Sault Ste. Marie native known for his thoroughness and relentless attachment and devotion to the game, Henderson has three diverse roles with three different teams in three separate hockey leagues.

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Here are the U18 Greyhounds


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September 12, 2021

Head coach Jamie Henderson has confirmed the roster for the 2021-2022 edition of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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New Liskeard to Espanola


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August 1, 2021

Adam Shillinglaw, formerly of the New Liskeard Cubs. (photo by Sue Nielsen)

Up and coming young defenseman Adam Shillinglaw is ready to board the Express train to Espanola from his hometown of New Liskeard.

That is, Shillinglaw is poised to move up from the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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It’s all about the Show


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July 25, 2021

Hockey dreams have turned into one aspect of reality for a number of youngsters with northern Ontario roots and associations.

As 30 players from 18 different Ontario Hockey League teams were selected at the recent 2021 National Hockey League draft, a number of them have a connection to the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Traffic on the Express route


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July 1, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has made a flurry of player moves with the small market team making notable additions ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

The transactions involve teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League as well as the signings of three players from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and another incoming rookie from Brantford.

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Net gain for Espanola


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June 29, 2021

Patrick Boivin. (photo by Christophe Simard)

He is staying in the north.

Rookie goalie Patrick Boivin has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Majors go for Walker


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June 21, 2021

Kevin Walker

Homegrown product Kevin Walker will serve as the head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

Majors general manager Ron Holmes confirmed the appointment of Walker.

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Saginaw signs Soo skater


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June 16, 2021

Wow. That didn’t take long.

A mere week after taking Calem Mangone with the second overall pick of the first round of the 2021 Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft, the Saginaw Spirit has signed the Sault Ste. Marie product to a standard player contract.

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EL Red Wings go local


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June 15, 2021

Alexandre Antoine is staying home to play junior hockey for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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High on Mangone, Barone


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June 10, 2021

Calem Mangone of the under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds will get an opportunity to play for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. (photo by Bob Davies)

What a difference a year can make.

After being looked over and bypassed through the entire 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two blossoming players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds evolved to become top six picks at the three round, 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

And not only does their coach from the Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have glowing words for Soo boys Calem Mangone and Adam Barone but so too do the general managers who made them OHL draft picks in 2021 after they were disregarded in 2020.

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Jr. Hounds are U18 picks


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June 9, 2021

Better late than never. After being bypassed at the 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds were high picks at today’s 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

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Fellinger falls to Hounds


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June 5, 2021

Austin Fellinger

Wawa, Ontario native Austin Fellinger has become the Ontario Hockey League property of the Soo Greyhounds.

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OHL still high on Soo boys


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June 4, 2021

For the third year in succession a player from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. has been picked within the first three rounds of the Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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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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Henderson is on the jobs


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May 5, 2021

Jamie Henderson

His zeal and zest for the game are clear and pronounced.

Talk hockey with him and chances are the conversation will be a long-lasting, long-winded one.

And not only has Jamie Henderson signed up for another term as head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for next season but he was recently hired as the new general manager for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Perry is solid as a Rock


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April 30, 2021

Brandon Perry

Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has stayed local in hiring hard driven, hard working Brandon Perry as its new coach and general manager, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Nicholls boards the Express


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February 25, 2021

He has served a full two year apprenticeship in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League. And now, 2003 birth year goalie Evan Nicholls has been granted the liberty to tend twine in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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NOJHL guest team scenario


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February 18, 2021

As amateur hockey teams and leagues try to stick handle around COVID-19 and return to game activity with the blessing of public health units, there are various scenarios in consideration.

One such suggestion would have, for example, the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League joining the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a guest team.

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Ready to play up north


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January 29, 2021

They are waiting for the go ahead from the provincial government and the respective public health units and municipalities of northeastern Ontario.

In the interim, players and coaches on teams from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are prepared to return to the ice should the provincial stay-at-home lock down be lifted on schedule on February 11 — and if the various public health and city officials subsequently allow indoor rinks to re-open.

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NE Ontario season scenarios


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January 23, 2021

Cameron Dutkiewicz of the Soo Thunderbirds and Devon Savignac of the Espanola Express both have eyes on the puck in NOJHL action from last month. (photo by Chelsea Solomon)

The best that hockey leagues in northeastern Ontario can hope for relative to the provincial government’s stay at home order is that the current lock down will be lifted on schedule on or about the weekend of February 12.

Hope is an operative word in this current climate of COVID-19. And given that northeastern Ontario is not home to any COVID-19 hot spot areas, a return to play in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Great North Under 18 Hockey League may be within reach at some point in February.

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Buffam moving on to KL


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January 7, 2021

Jackson Buffam

As the Powassan Voodoos have officially opted to take a leave of absence from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, players on their roster are free to sign with other teams for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.

One such player is Jackson Buffam, a highly regarded forward with a December, 2002 birth date who signed with Powassan prior to the start of the current ’20-21 campaign after three productive seasons with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Here ‘n there in the north


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December 28, 2020

Meaningful games have already been played.

Forty one regular season contests have taken place in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And the major teams from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have played as many as eight mini matches apiece.

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Hendo & Hounds on hiatus


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December 19, 2020

Jamie Henderson

They have shown well through eight games to date with their COVID-19 cohorts from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

To be sure, head coach Jamie (Hendo) Henderson and his Soo Jr. Greyhounds have posted an impressive record of 4-2-2 against the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves in eight mini matches thus far this season.

But aside from inter squad competition and scheduled skill sessions, the Jr. Greyhounds and the rest of the teams in the Great North are now on hiatus from game play until a yet to be determined date in January.

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Trio in tune for Jr. Hounds


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December 13, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds forward Calem Mangone with coach Jamie Henderson. (photo by Allana Plaunt)

Veteran Calem Mangone and rookie line-mates Lincoln Moore and Cooper Foster teamed up for seven goals and 12 points as the Soo Jr. Greyhounds put the finishing touches on the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves in Great North Under 18 Hockey League activity from Saturday.

Mangone netted three goals and two assists, Moore had the hat trick and a helper while Foster scored once and set up two others in a 7-2 Soo romp over Sudbury.

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Great North gets it going


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December 6, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds defenseman Kolby Fellinger, in season-opening action on Saturday. (Photo by Bob Davies)

Soo Jr. Greyhounds took two wins and a tie from the visiting Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves as regular season play finally got underway in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

In modified form, the rules were much different from the norm as the teams played four games with their respective 22-player rosters divided into groups of 11, featuring 10 skaters and one goalie per squad.

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Major returnees in Timmins


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December 4, 2020

Brandon Perry

Fourth year head coach Brandon Perry and his staff of assistants will look to the experience of a smattering of seasoned performers as the Timmins Majors skate into the 2020-2021 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season.

The 31-year old Perry, a hometown hombre who progressed to play four seasons of Canadian university hockey with the Queen’s Golden Gaels and a term at the minor pro level before returning to Timmins for work and to help raise what is now a growing young family, has a peerless, peppery passion as the coach of the Majors.

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Cross-river return for Szabo


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December 2, 2020

Dylan Szabo (20) and the Soo Indians celebrate a recent victory

After skating for several seasons on the Ontario side of the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie — including the past two in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League — Dylan Szabo has returned home to play for the AAA Soo Indians of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.

A 2003 birth year forward who is well known for his hustle and work ethic, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound Szabo developed his game over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 terms playing for coach Jamie Henderson and the Soo Jr. Greyhounds.

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Keaston ‘n Kobe in Cochrane


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November 30, 2020

Keaston Blais

They both hail from the resilient northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls.

Having both been born in the latter months of 2002, they played minor hockey together in their hometown and surrounding area as childhood friends.

Graduates of different programs from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League, they are now teammates again with the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Kobe Barrette

Separated for a couple of seasons, defenseman Keaston Blais and forward Kobe Barrette took different roads to get to the NOJHL in Cochrane, which is located about 30 miles from Iroquois Falls along rugged Highway 11.

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Here are the Timmins Majors


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November 29, 2020

Returning goalie Evan Nicholls of the Timmins Majors

Head coach Brandon Perry and his staff have selected the 22-player roster that will represent the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2020-2021 season.

By position, the Majors lineup, with players birth year in brackets, is as follows.

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Hendo is high on his Hounds


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November 27, 2020

Michael Beltrano, Kolby Fellinger, Adam Barone, Calem Mangone, Stephen Pszeniczny and Noah Metivier are all returning players for the U18 Hounds

An effervescent Jamie Henderson could barely contain his excitement as he talked rapidly into the microphone during a recent guest appearance on local radio station Eagle 95.1 and its Hockey North Show.

The chatty head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League was pumped up big time as he talked about his team and the slated return to play after eight months of game activity shutdown relative to the coronavirus health crisis.

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These are the U-18 Hounds


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November 26, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League have finalized their roster for the 2020-2021 regular season, which is slated to begin play on the first weekend of December.

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Crunch time for Keaston


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November 12, 2020

Keaston Blais

A character kid with a work ethic to match, rookie defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais has been acquired by the Cochrane Crunch from the Hearst Lumberjacks in an exchange between the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cohorts, Hockey News North has confirmed.

An ever-improving, hard-working, right-hand shooting defender with a late October, 2002 birth date, Blais spent the past two seasons with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 AAA Hockey League.

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Getting ready to play up north


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November 4, 2020

The restless hands of time are ticking towards the return of good level hockey in northern Ontario.

As Hockey News North was first to report last week, the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Great North Under 18 AAA League has been approved for a modified version of play by public health officials representing the various districts.

And the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will soon make official its return to play format to begin the 2020-2021 season.

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Great North going cohort


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October 31, 2020

Pierre Racicot (26) and the Timmins Majors will form a cohort with the Kapuskasing Flyers. (Photo by Thomas Perry.)

Less is better than nothing.

In this case, the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Great North Under 18 AAA League has been approved for a modified version of play by public health officials representing the various districts, Hockey News North has confirmed.

To be sure, it is a return to play — albeit in cohort form relative to the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down amateur hockey across Canada since March of this year.

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On the NHL ‘watch list’


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October 27, 2020

Jack Matier

A pair of former Great North Midget Hockey League opponents and a scoring star from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are on the radar of the National Hockey League’s central scouting department.

They are among a few hundred prospects who are on the ‘preliminary players to watch list’ ahead of the 2021 NHL draft.

The list is a compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. It will be updated throughout the season as scouts further evaluate the players.

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Soo T-Birds stay local


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September 25, 2020

Tyson Doucette, a 2004 birth year forward, is moving up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds add Timmins d-man


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September 17, 2020

Cameron Dutkiewicz

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired smart, skilled 2001 birth year defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz in a cash exchange.

A Timmins native, the 6 foot, 190 pound Dutkiewicz spent the 2019-2020 season with the Renfrew Timberwolves of the Central Canada Hockey League 2 division.

He netted four goals, 11 assists, 15 points in 40 games for Renfrew.

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Deforge lands on the Rock


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September 10, 2020

Landon Deforge

A hometown standout is remaining at home in Timmins to play hockey this season.

A skilled, smart, front line skater, Landon Deforge is moving up from the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League to the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And both Deforge’s former coach with the Majors and his new coach with the Rock have plenty good to say about the 5-foot-8, 160 pound pivot who has a 2003 birth date.

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Toms is for the T-Birds


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August 29, 2020

One way or another, Connor Toms will be remaining at home to play junior hockey this season.

If the 16-year old defenseman does not make the roster of the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, he will man the blue line for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Thunderbirds general manager Trev Zachary has confirmed the signing of the medium sized defender, who was a third round pick, 44th overall, by the Greyhounds at the 2020 OHL priority selections draft.

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