Sticks to the Lumberjacks


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July 31, 2020

Overachieving defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais has signed with the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Keaston (Sticks) Blais

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

A character individual who hails from the northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls, Blais greatly advanced his game over two seasons with the Timmins midgets under the watchful eye of no-nonsense Majors coach Brandon Perry.

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The tree to the Bird house


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June 14, 2020

It is another branch on the hockey tree.

Michael Chaffay and Ty Zachary

The climb from major midget to junior A hockey is one that some opt to make sooner than others.

But in this case, a pair of more than capable forwards in Michael Chaffay and Ty Zachary took their time in 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 to look at local goalie


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June 8, 2020

Once they are cleared to hold their summer ice camp — dependent on restrictions being lifted relative to the COVID-19 pandemic — Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League plan to take a look at local goalie Zach Prusky.

Zach Prusky

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Prusky, who has a 2003 birth date, spent the 2019-2020 season as a rookie with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

Impressively, in true workhorse fashion, Prusky played the most minutes — 1,741 — of any goalie in the Great North loop in 2019-2020.

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T-Birds take in two locals


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June 6, 2020

It is a bonus when a junior hockey team can sign a local player.

Ty Zachary is one of two local rookies who have signed up to play for new Soo Thunderbirds coach Denny Lambert.

It is a double bonus when the team can add two locals at once.

Two of the top four scorers from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League will stay at home to suit up for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League come the 2020-2021 season.

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Dressed for the Knights


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May 29, 2020

He has the hat. He has the t-shirt.

Mason Chitaroni

Next, it is the jersey of the London Knights that Mason Chitaroni wants to wear.

That’s because Chitaroni is a plum prospect of the Knights, who took the 5-foot-10, 150-pound defender in the fifth round, 99th overall, at this year’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

“I want to show London that they made the right choice in drafting me,” the 15-year old youngster relayed to Hockey News North.

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Bulls call on Bronson


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May 25, 2020

Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák Steel Bulls have put in a call from Central Hungary to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to ask veteran defenseman Bronson Kovacs to play another season of professional hockey in Erste Liga.

Bronson Kovacs

And the 29-year old Kovacs — he will turn 30 in July — told Hockey News North that he has made a verbal agreement to return to the Steel Bulls for the 2020-2021 hockey season. The 2020-2021 campaign will mark the sixth season of pro hockey in Hungary for Kovacs.

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Great North to NOJHL


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May 21, 2020

Several skaters from the top team in the Great North Midget Hockey League from 2019-2020 are poised to progress to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2020-2021.

Dylan Forsyth

Forwards Michael Chaffay, Dylan Forsyth, Devin Mauro and Ty Zachary and defenseman Mateo Perri are among the stalwarts from the Great North’s Soo Jr. Greyhounds who may be headed to the NOJHL once the 2020-2021 season gets going.

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Chitaroni has a flip side


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May 12, 2020

It is destination unknown for Mason Chitaroni relative to the 2020-2021 hockey season. That is, the 15-year old defenseman with the world-class speed — he does not turn 16 until October 2 — could be playing in the Ontario Hockey League, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, or for any one of four teams in the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League when the 2020-2021 campaign gets going.

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Trying for an OHL tryout


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May 4, 2020

Landon Deforge is not what one would call a big kid, standing in at 5-foot-8 and tipping the scales at 155 pounds. Nonetheless, the skilled, smart, speedy skater played a big role for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season.

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Mason has Knight vision


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May 3, 2020

He is working out on his own, in the family basement and in the garage. He jogs alone through his neighbourhood — and thinks of the season ahead. A 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the London Knights, Mason Chitaroni has a vision of where he wants to be when training camp opens.

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Toms training for next term


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April 24, 2020

Plum, home grown prospect Connor Toms is running the local hub trails and working out in the basement gym of his family’s Sault Ste. Marie home as he preps for the next hockey season.

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Nickel Caps ‘D’ gets OHL nod


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April 14, 2020

Defenseman Teegan Dumont from the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the Great North Midget Hockey League has been invited to the Ontario Hockey League training camp of the London Knights, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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North country Knights


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April 12, 2020

Soo Greyhounds, Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Battalion are the northern teams of the Ontario Hockey League. But not to be outdone by geography, the powerhouse London Knights of southwestern Ontario have four skaters from northeastern Ontario in their system.

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Knights of the north


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April 8, 2020

Ontario Hockey League powerhouse London Knights have gone to the often-overlooked Great North Midget Hockey League two years in a row now to take a player within the first five rounds of the annual priority selections draft.

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Steal of the Knights


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April 6, 2020

Some projected him as a late third round pick. Others had him rated as an early fourth round selection who would not be available come the fifth round.

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Devin Mauro drafted


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April 4, 2020

Center Devin Mauro of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League has become an Ontario Hockey League draft pick.

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What a Knight for Chitaroni


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April 4, 2020

Mason Chitaroni said he was hoping the London Knights would draft him. And the Soo Jr. Greyhounds defenseman got his wish at today’s Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Mason Chitaroni drafted


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April 4, 2020

A good day has turned into a good Knight. Slick defenseman Mason Chitaroni of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League has become an Ontario Hockey League draft pick.

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Connor Toms drafted


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April 4, 2020

Standout defenseman Connor Toms of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League has become an Ontario Hockey League draft pick.

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OHL draft and Jr. Hounds


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April 1, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League have no less than eight players with 2004 birth dates who are eligible for the upcoming 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Best of the Great North


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March 22, 2020

The eight-member Great North Midget Hockey League — which is comprised of six major midget teams and two minor midget entries — has confirmed its award winners for the 2019-2020 season.

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Toms is top minor midget


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March 21, 2020

Defenseman Connor Toms of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League has been named the Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s minor midget (2004 birth date) player of the year.

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Great North playoff slate


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March 11, 2020

The playoff tournament in the Great North Midget Hockey League — which will eventually conclude with the medal games — will begin on Thursday of this week and carry on until Sunday.

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Zachary ignites Jr. Hounds


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February 27, 2020

Soo Jr. Greyhounds have started a hectic week of play with their arch-rival Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves the right way. Heart-and-soul forward Ty Zachary lit the lamp with a hat trick and added an assist for good measure as the Jr. Greyhounds scored a 4-2 road decision over the Nickel Capital Wolves in Great North Midget Hockey League action from Wednesday.

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Small forward, Major impact


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February 26, 2020

At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Landon Deforge is not what one might call a big kid. But the 2003 birth year forward certainly plays a big role for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

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SMHA re: Jamie Henderson


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February 25, 2020

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hockey News North has obtained a copy of the decision made by the Sault Major Hockey Association to suspend head coach Jamie Henderson of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League for five games following an alleged verbal encounter with one of his players.)

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Jr. Hounds coach can return


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February 25, 2020

Jamie Henderson, who is the head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League, has been handed a conditional five-game suspension by the Sault Major Hockey Association, Hockey News North has confirmed. Henderson had been under indefinite suspension by the SMHA since the middle of last week.

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Jr. Greyhounds in turmoil


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February 21, 2020

The first-place team in the Great North Midget Hockey League has big issues. And as it currently stands, the Soo Jr. Greyhounds will not be playing their two scheduled home games against the Sudbury Minor Wolves this weekend.

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Major strides in Timmins


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February 21, 2020

It has been seven years — the 2012-2013 campaign — since the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League finished the regular season at the .500 mark.

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Hard work on the Express


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February 19, 2020

Brennen Martel is not known as a lamp lighter. He tallied just five goals in 32 games with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2018-2019 and has dented the twine three times in 31 outings with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League thus far in 2019-2020.

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Star goalie in the making


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February 14, 2020

The best young goalie in the Ontario Hockey League was born in 2003 and is a product of the Great North Midget Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.

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So good in the Great North


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February 12, 2020

Albert Corradini has a lengthy association with the Great North Midget Hockey League. Before becoming commissioner of the Great North loop in 2018, Corradini served the league’s Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves well as their general manager for many years.

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Chaffay churns out the goals


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January 16, 2020

He is one of six players on the Soo Jr. Greyhounds who have passed the 20-point plateau through 25 games of Great North Midget Hockey League play.

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Happy new year in Liskeard


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January 15, 2020

New Liskeard Cubs have taken to 2020 in style. The Cubs have a record of 3-1-0 thus far in the new year to move closer to their arch-rival Timmins Majors in the Great North Midget Hockey League standings.

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Ten for the Timmins Majors


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January 6, 2020

It is progress. Not great progress, perhaps. But positive progress, nonetheless. That is, the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League have now matched their victory total of last season.

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New Liskeard snaps skid


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January 4, 2020

An eight-game losing streak that produced but a single point from an overtime setback ended for the New Liskeard Cubs on Friday night at Don Shepherdson Memorial Arena.

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Back in the Great North


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January 2, 2020

There is a full slate of competition on the calendar as the Great North Midget Hockey League begins play in the 2020 portion of the schedule.

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Giroux and Giroux


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December 26, 2019

They were both taken in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Sudbury Minor Wolves of the Great North Midget Hockey League, one in 2016, the other in 2019. They are brothers — 19-year old Damien Giroux of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit and 16-year old Zacharie Giroux of the Flint Firebirds of the OHL and the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Top dogs of the Great North


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December 18, 2019

Soo Jr. Greyhounds are the sole occupants of first place in the Great North Midget Hockey League. On Christmas break and with a record of 17-4-2, the Jr. Greyhounds are on pace to post the Soo major midget program’s best mark since the 2016-2017 season.

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Flint calls on Zach Giroux


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December 5, 2019

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have promoted a pair of prospects — including forward Zacharie Giroux from the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League — for an upcoming three-game road trip to Barrie, Sudbury and North Bay.

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Majors at an 11-year best


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December 3, 2019

It has been quite a spell since the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League have been at the .500 level at this stage of a season. In fact, not since the 2008-2009 season — when the Majors finished with a record of 16-12-6 — has a Timmins team been at the .500 mark on the first of December.

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Soo midgets sweep NL


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December 1, 2019

There was no quit in the visiting New Liskeard Cubs. But New Liskeard nonetheless dropped a 4-2 decision to the Soo Jr. Greyhounds today as the home team completed a three-game, Great North Midget Hockey League weekend sweep.

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