Cochrane, Red Lake transfer


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October 20, 2021

Logan Arsenault

A three player trade between the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Red Lake Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has been finalized.

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Wild West and the Express


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October 19, 2021

A mere four points is all that separates the top five teams of the six members who comprise the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Indeed, the upstart, fifth place Espanola Express collected five of a possible six points last week to move within four points of the lead in the NOJHL’s version of the Wild West.

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Eagles set to Pullar together


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October 17, 2021

To be sure, the Michigan Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are looking forward to the early part of November when the United States will once again allow non essential travel from Canada.

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David Campbell is a Duke


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October 16, 2021

David Campbell

Local product David Campbell is on his way to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League via the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Clarke clicking for Wings


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October 14, 2021

Dayton Clarke

Dayton Clarke is on a goal scoring spin for the Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Cubs, SmartCell, food, support


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October 14, 2021

When the the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League take to the ice for a home game at Countryside Arena tonight it will signal the start of a partnership between SmartCell Communications and the Elgin Street Mission that will help bring good food and support to those living with hunger in the community.

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Baby Birds flap their wings


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October 13, 2021

A flock of young skaters are leading the way for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Young Tallaire is on a tear


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October 12, 2021

Chase Tallaire

Medium size forward Chase Tallaire has been a huge presence for the Michigan Soo Eagles through seven games of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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NOJHL to Fort Frances


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October 12, 2021

Looking to overcome a win-less start through four games of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League season, the Fort Frances Lakers have added another forward from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League via trade.

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High flight of the NOJHL


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October 9, 2021

Nearby rivals, Blind River Beavers and Elliot Lake Red Wings. (Northern Exposures Photography)

It is without peer in terms of being an exceptionally well run junior hockey league from longstanding commissioner Robert Mazzuca through to outstanding website content and management that could well be a model for others to follow.

And on the ice, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is off to a fluid start to the 2021-2022 season with several serious contenders inching towards potential gain and glory.

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Marc Lafleur is a winner


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October 6, 2021

Junior A hockey coaches just don’t come any better than the peerless Marc Lafleur. To be sure, there is one thing that the 46-year old Lafleur has displayed throughout his Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League coaching career — how to win.

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Cubs best in close NOJHL West


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October 4, 2021

Sudbury Cubs celebrating one of their five wins to date. (Sudbury Light Event Photography)

A mere six points are all that separate the six teams of the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League heading into play this week.

And it is the Sudbury Cubs who lead the pack in a hotly-contested west side where all six teams have won at least two games thus far.

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EL coach has NOJHL history


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September 30, 2021

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDTanner Bowditch is the new head coach for the Elliot Lake Red Wings.
Tanner Bowditch

To be sure, Tanner Bowditch has come full circle as the head coach of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Not new to town, Bowditch played for the erstwhile Elliot Lake Wildcats several years back, during the 2014-2015 NOJHL season.

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Rookie goalie on the Express


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September 29, 2021

Patrick Boivin of the Espanola Express

Looking good between the pipes, kid.

Patrick Boivin has more than stepped up as the starting goalie for the rebuilt Espanola Express in the early going of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Return of the Soo Eagles


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September 26, 2021

Chase Tallaire

It had been a long time between Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League victories for the Michigan Soo Eagles.

In fact, the last time the Eagles won an NOJHL game was on Friday, March 6, 2020 when they scored a 2-1 road decision over the Espanola Express to sweep a best of three preliminary round playoff series.

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Express lane to Sudbury


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September 20, 2021

Cameron Walker

Cameron Walker is now playing hockey at home in Sudbury after two seasons with the nearby Espanola Express.

Walker had his trade request granted by Espanola when Express general manager and coach Jason Rapcewicz dealt the third-year Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League skater to the Sudbury Cubs in a cash exchange.

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We see a coach in Elliot Lake


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September 19, 2021

Elliot Lake Red Wings have finally settled on a head coach one game into the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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‘Good bet Doucette’


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September 19, 2021

Tyson Doucette

Soo Thunderbirds forward Tyson Doucette more than lived up to his off season hype in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League 2021-2022 opening weekend match.

Pegged by Hockey News North as a rising NOJHL star in a series of summer stories, Doucette fired three goals and goalie Noah Zeppa pitched a shutout with 17 saves in his Thunderbirds debut as the Soo scored a resounding 7-0 road victory over the Blind River Beavers.

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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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Cubs pitch shutout in debut


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September 17, 2021

Owen Perala of the Sudbury Cubs heads up ice in the NOJHL regular season opener. (Sudbury Light Event Photography)

Captain Owen Perala started the show with a goal, Joel Rainville completed the shutout and the rebranded Sudbury Cubs blanked the visiting Espanola Express 4-0 as the 2021-2022 regular season got underway on Thursday in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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For puck sakes


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September 16, 2021

Elliot Lake Red Wings v. Espanola Express is just one junior hockey rivalry in northeastern and northwestern Ontario. (photo by Northern Exposures)

Regular season play is getting underway in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

And as my heart has been sweetly stolen with the birth of my first grand child, Malala, we nonetheless have story lines to peruse relative to junior A hockey in northeastern and northwestern Ontario.

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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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Elliot Lake has a nice look


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September 13, 2021

Tyson Bradford wears the colours of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings. (photo by Northern Exposures)

After a year away and sporting a new name, Elliot Lake is back in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Between the pipes


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September 11, 2021

Goalies. They represent the last line of defense at the most scrutinized and evaluated position in hockey.

In the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, there are no shortage of top flight goalies. And following is a look at several who figure to be difference makers this season.

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Here come the Sudbury Cubs


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September 10, 2021

It is a new chapter for junior hockey in Sudbury under the watch of a philanthropic owner and his right hand man — fellow locals who represent a time honoured history in the game.

Formerly the Rayside Balfour Canadians, now the Greater Sudbury Cubs, this is a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team that is experienced in community leadership, management and coaching — and with sights set on a championship.

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Sudbury’s new junior team


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September 9, 2021

Rayside Balfour Canadians are no more.

Owner Mark Burgess and his right hand man, managing director Blaine Smith, have opted to rebrand the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team.

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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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Coaching change in EL


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September 3, 2021

Brian Noad has stepped down as head coach of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League without having coached a game, Hockey News North has learned.

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Junior hockey outlook


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September 2, 2021

It was a season like no other relative to junior hockey in the province and coalitions such as the Ontario Hockey League, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

And hopefully there will never be another season like the 2020-2021 campaign that was so adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Barnes in Blind River


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September 1, 2021

An Ontario Hockey League prospect of the Owen Sound Attack is slated to develop with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the upcoming season.

He is Jackson Barnes, a 6-foot-2 defenseman with a 2004 birth date.

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NOJHL expands vaccine policy


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August 31, 2021

Rob Mazzuca

Commissioner Rob Mazzuca and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have confirmed that, with the looming start of the 2021-2022 exhibition and regular season schedule, it will be adding to its current vaccination policy.

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D-man has Sudbury roots


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August 30, 2021

Cole Quevillon

Cole Quevillon is headed from the Brockville Braves of the Central Canada Hockey League to the Greater Sudbury-based Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash deal.

A 6-foot-1, 185 pound defenseman with a 2003 birth date, Quevillon has family in Greater Sudbury, which makes the move somewhat of a homecoming for the Oro-Medonite product.

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Here are the EL Red Wings


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August 29, 2021

The new kids on the block have signed 23 players ahead of the looming 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

Elliot Lake Red Wings have inked 14 forwards, six defensemen and three goalies.

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Lambert to scout for Wolves


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August 28, 2021

Denny Lambert

Fresh from a stint as head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Denny Lambert has joined the scouting staff of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Bull heading to Cochrane


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August 27, 2021

Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a defenseman via the Quebec AAA Jr. Hockey League.

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Hat trick for Lafleur?


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August 26, 2021

Marc Lafleur

I am not saying that Marc Lafleur is the best coach in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. But I doubt there is anyone who is better than the 46-year old bench boss of the Powassan Voodoos.

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EL inks northern goalie


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August 25, 2021

Julien Lefebvre

A talented tender from Timmins has signed with the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Julien Lefebvre, a 6-foot, 160 pound goalie with a 2003 birth date, heads to Elliot Lake after guarding the net for the Cochrane Crunch of the NOJHL as a rookie backup during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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Plugged into the NOJHL


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August 25, 2021

Major change will be in effect when regular season action in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League begins in the middle of September.

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Three stars to Wisconsin


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August 24, 2021

University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils have recruited three graduated stars from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the upcoming season.

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Soo Eagles get Holy


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August 20, 2021

Sam Holy

Looking to add an experienced defenseman, Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired Sam Holy from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and with a 2001 birth date, Holy has size at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

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Dealing in Elliot Lake


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August 18, 2021

Mark Savery

Mark Savery has been a busy operator of late. The vice president of hockey operations for the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has finalized a series of transactions.

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Net plans in Blind River


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August 18, 2021

Blind River Beavers goalie Gavin Disano

Holdover net minder Gavin Disano will now be part of a three goalie system for the Blind River Beavers to at least begin the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

That is the word from Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick.

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