Ten of the best of the North


Randy Russon
By
May 12, 2021

As we venture to take an early glance ahead of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season here is a Hockey News North look at 10 probable returnees who loom as impact players.

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North winds of change


Randy Russon
By
May 11, 2021

A late spring breeze has altered the makeup of four of the 12 teams that have membership within the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Cole Jarrett
Brandon Perry

From east to west, north winds of change have blown through Timmins, Powassan, Elliot Lake and Sault Ste. Marie within the past few weeks.

Will there be more to come?

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Local lad lands in Elliot Lake


Randy Russon
By
May 10, 2021

Teegan Dumont

On the job ahead of the 2021-2022 season are the all new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And sources with knowledge of the situation have told Hockey News North that the Red Wings are poised to make a home grown Elliot Lake product one of their first acquisitions.

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Rekindling the BR-EL rivalry


Randy Russon
By
May 9, 2021

This is an age old tug-of-war that I am so looking forward to writing up again.

That is, the rabid, often rowdy rivalry between the gritty, nearby junior hockey towns of Blind River and Elliot Lake is poised to be rekindled.

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Cougars knock on Wood


Randy Russon
By
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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Birds returning to nest


Randy Russon
By
May 7, 2021

A flock of Birds is intent on once again tapping sticks on the frozen pond of Sault Ste. Marie.

Michael Chaffay
Tyson Doucette

That is, seven local products and a fellow northeastern Ontario lad are among the skaters who have affirmed their return to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Staffing the Red Wings


Randy Russon
By
May 7, 2021

The hockey department of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings is taking shape. Rebranded from the erstwhile Elliot Lake Wildcats, the Red Wings are adding on to their staff in advance of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Henderson is on the jobs


Randy Russon
By
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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Malek is heading home


Randy Russon
By
May 5, 2021

Soo Thunderbirds graduated forward Andrew Malek is returning to his home state to play Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey for the Concordia University of Wisconsin Falcons.

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May days of junior hockey


Randy Russon
By
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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Message to EL Red Wings


HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
By
May 3, 2021

Elliot Lake will again have a presence in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League after being on hiatus for the 2020-2021 season. Formerly the Elliot Lake Wildcats — which had the worst record in the NOJHL during the 2019-2020 campaign — the franchise now has new operators and will begin play for the 2021-2022 season as the rebranded Elliot Lake Red Wings. Meantime, Hockey News North has obtained a letter from a long-time junior hockey fan in Elliot Lake that was sent to the new operators of the franchise.

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Smyl explains Bird exchange


Randy Russon
By
April 30, 2021

Darren Smyl

Local businessman Darren Smyl said he was not looking to sell the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

But Smyl, who had rescued the Thunderbirds from the verge of folding in 2017, said once he was approached by Trevor Daley and Cole Jarrett about buying the local NOJHL team, a deal gradually came into being.

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New operators for T-Birds


Randy Russon
By
April 30, 2021

Cole Jarrett

Two friends with prime time backgrounds have teamed up to take over the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Good citizens Cole Jarrett and Trevor Daley have obtained operational control of the Thunderbirds from local businessman Darren Smyl, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Smyl had presided over the Thunderbirds since 2017.

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Perry is solid as a Rock


Randy Russon
By
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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KL makes a Smart move


Randy Russon
By
April 30, 2021

Coach-general manager Kyle Smart is returning to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

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Fedorov assisting Soo Eagles


Randy Russon
By
April 23, 2021

Fedor Fedorov

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a full time skills and development coach to their staff, Hockey News North has confirmed.

He is 39-year old Fedor Fedorov, who starred in the Ontario Hockey League as a high scoring forward with the Sudbury Wolves during the 2000-2001 campaign before playing 18 games in the National Hockey League and multiple seasons in the American Hockey League prior to a nine-year career in the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League.

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Active, operative in NOJHL


Randy Russon
By
April 23, 2021

Rob Mazzuca

It is aware of COVID-19 as an opponent. And that hasn’t prevented the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League from being in mindful overdrive as it and its member teams make provisions for the 2021-2022 season.

At the top, 11th year commissioner Rob Mazzuca is in his home office bunker on a regular basis, ministering what needs to be governed.

To be sure, from coaches affirming their return to new coaches being hired to due process being conducted on other business, the NOJHL and its teams are being anything but listless.

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June camp in Elliot Lake


Randy Russon
By
April 22, 2021

Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are intent on getting a head start well in advance of the 2021-2022 season.

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Hockey North Show will return


Randy Russon
By
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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Marc Lafleur to Powassan


Randy Russon
By
April 20, 2021

Marc Lafleur

He is a celebrated coach who has won championships with two different teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

And now, Marc Lafleur is returning to the NOJHL to coach, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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NOJHL prepping for ’21-22


Randy Russon
By
April 19, 2021

Espanola Express coach Brent Hughes

In a sense, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is already ahead of the game as it plans and prepares for next season.

It includes the fact that Elliot Lake has confirmed a return from its 2020-2021 leave of absence for the 2021-2022 campaign — complete with a new name, a new coach and a new general manager.

Then there are examples of verity that elite full-time coaches such as Kyle Brick of the Blind River Beavers and Brent Hughes of the Espanola Express have affirmed their return for the 2021-2022 season to Hockey News North.

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BR boss welcomes EL return


Randy Russon
By
April 16, 2021

The rabid, sometimes rowdy rivalry between the nearby junior hockey towns of Blind River and Elliot Lake is poised to be rekindled.

With a new name, new management and a new coach, Elliot Lake is set to return to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season after having taken a leave of absence for what became an abbreviated 2020-2021 campaign.

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NOJHL rebrand in Elliot Lake


Randy Russon
By
April 16, 2021

After being on leave of absence for what became an abbreviated 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season, Elliot Lake is poised to return for the 2021-2022 campaign with new leadership and a new name.

Formerly the Elliot Lake Wildcats, the NOJHL team has changed its name to the Elliot Lake Red Wings.

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Northern boys of the NOJHL


Randy Russon
By
April 9, 2021

Teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are able to recruit players from all over Canada, not to mention the United States. But homegrown players from northern Ontario remain popular among NOJHL teams.

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Brick house in Blind River


Randy Russon
By
April 7, 2021

Beavers coach-general manager Kyle Brick

The most productive coach in franchise history is returning to the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for a sixth season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Kyle Brick, who will turn 35 years of age later this month, has re-upped with the Beavers as coach and general manager for the 2021-2022 season as per team president Robert Morningstar.

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Splash on the Beaver dam


Randy Russon
By
April 5, 2021

Blind River Beavers forward Nick Jameus, in 2020-2021 action against the Soo Thunderbirds. (photo by Bob Davies.)

A normal regular season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is 56 games for each of its teams.

Well, in what was an abnormal, offbeat 2020-2021 season relative to COVID-19, it nonetheless — for example — led to the Blind River Beavers being able to play 21 games against two cohort opponents.

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Return ticket to Espanola


Randy Russon
By
April 1, 2021

Cole Delarosbil of the Espanola Express, in action. (photo by Bob Davies)

He has paid dues of advancement along the way, going from the AA levels of minor hockey in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie to AAA status.

And as the time passages of the game tick on, Cole Delarosbil has committed to returning to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for what will be a third season, the 2021-2022 campaign.

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Summer tournament hockey


Randy Russon
By
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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Seguin heading to school


Randy Russon
By
March 31, 2021

Derek Seguin

Graduated Timmins Rock gunslinger Derek Seguin is headed to North Bay to play Ontario university hockey for the Nipissing Lakers next season.

Seguin’s family advisor, Adrian Gedye of Pinnacle Hockey Management, confirmed the commitment of his client to Hockey News North.

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NOJHL news, views, dues


Randy Russon
By
March 30, 2021

As a writer who writes up more than one team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, here are a number of notations as we move on from the 2020-2021 abbreviation of a season to what we can have faith in at what could lie ahead at some point.

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Beavers set in net with Disano


Randy Russon
By
March 29, 2021

Gavin Disano of the Blind River Beavers, in season ending action against the Soo Thunderbirds. (photo by Bob Davies)

He came through when called upon and earned the no. 1 job.

And along the way, Gavin Disano withstood baptism by fire as a young rookie goalie with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds retain tidy tradition


Randy Russon
By
March 28, 2021

Soo Thunderbirds forward Cooper Smyl, in close on Blind River Beavers goalie Gavin Disano, in NOJHL action from today. (photo by Bob Davies)

It was a season like no other, all due to COVID-19 and the restrictions and modifications that resulted from it. Among the nine Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League teams that saw action this 2020-2021 season, the Soo Thunderbirds were more fortunate than most as they got to play in 21 games. And along the way, the Thunderbirds maintained a tidy tradition of not having had a losing record since coming into existence as a member of the modern day NOJHL in 1999.

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NOJHL scores ‘E’ for effort


Randy Russon
By
March 27, 2021

French River Rapids and Espanola Express played each other eight times this NOJHL season with each team winning four games. (photo by Chelsea Solomon)

It stick handled around the COVID-19 opponent with a careful game plan and by following all the rules.

And while not all teams were able to finish what they started, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League stared down adversity and came away with an ‘E’ for effort in an abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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