Lighting it up in the NOJHL


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February 25, 2024

Forward Lucas Signoretti of the Espanola Paper Kings has passed the 40 goal mark as the regular season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League heads towards the March 17 finish line. And a number of others have either passed or are closing in on the 30 goal mark.

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NOJHL boss was an OHL star


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February 22, 2024

These days, Rob Mazzuca is well known as the long serving commissioner of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. With deep northern Ontario roots, Mazzuca has been the league’s commander in chief since 2011. And during his playing days, Mazzuca was no slouch as a standout defenseman who was a first round pick (11th overall) of the Sudbury Wolves at the 1979 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Rock star of the Firebirds


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February 18, 2024

Rookie goalie Jacob Brown, formerly of the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, backstopped the Flint Firebirds to a clutch Ontario Hockey League victory on Saturday.

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To the OHL via the NOJHL


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February 17, 2024

Those in the game who don’t take the time or make the effort to get to know the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League would thus be unmindful to the number of players that it develops for teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

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EL Vikings change coaches


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February 12, 2024

Chris Keleher is out as head coach and general manager of the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And Hockey News North has also confirmed that Jon Campbell has been brought in as the Elliot Lake bench boss for the balance of the 2023-2024 NOJHL season.

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55 saves for Jake Marois


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February 4, 2024

Espanola Paper Kings got a shutout of the sensational variety in stealing a 2-0 road victory from the Soo Thunderbirds in Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League action from Saturday.

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OHL drafted goalies in Timmins


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February 3, 2024

For the second successive season a 16-year old goalie who was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League is developing with the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Last season it was Jacob Brown, now with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. This season it is Erie Otters draft pick Dryden Riley.

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OHL shutout for NOJHL grad


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February 2, 2024

A season of development with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has led to 2006 birth year goalie Charlie Burns taking advantage of a good opportunity to tend twine for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

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77 saves in one game!


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January 27, 2024

Iroquois Falls Storm goalie Connor Hatfield put on a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League performance for the ages in a recent 6-5 loss to the Timmins Rock.

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60 goals for Mason Svarich


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January 26, 2024

He is a 20-year old gun slinger from Western Canada, a pure goal scoring machine who is in his second season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Young blood of the NOJHL


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January 24, 2024

To be sure, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League continues to be a prime training ground for young players on their way up the ladder. For instance, there are a good number of 2007 birth year players who are standing out this season as the young blood of the NOJHL.

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Cam Boville to Chicago


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January 19, 2024

Sault Ste. Marie product Cam Boville has joined the Chicago Cougars of the junior level United States Premier Hockey League for the balance of this season. The 2006 birth year goalie had been inactive since late October after being waived by the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hot to trot in the NOJHL


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January 16, 2024

Blind River Beavers. Sudbury Cubs. Espanola Paper Kings. Hearst Lumberjacks. Timmins Rock. They are what is hot in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Latest on the EL Vikings


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January 12, 2024

Out with one, in with another. Having honoured the trade request of goalie Matthew Vahramian and dealing him to the Sudbury Cubs, the Massey-based Elliot Lake Vikings have added veteran net minder Braydon Garnhart to their crease via the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Kenny B to the Blades


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January 12, 2024

Sault Ste. Marie product Kenny Belanger is settling into his new junior hockey home. The towering 2004 birth year forward joined the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League from the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League at the recent Canadian Jr. Hockey League trade deadline.

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Sudbury Cubs add firepower


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January 11, 2024

Two forwards with Ontario Hockey League experience have joined the pace setting Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Net gain for Sudbury Cubs


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January 11, 2024

There are now three goalies on the roster of the Sudbury Cubs as they wage war with the Blind River Beavers for first place overall in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The Cubs have picked up 2006 birth year net minder Matthew Vahramian from the last place Elliot Lake Vikings in a cash exchange.

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RIP, Paul Theriault


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January 9, 2024

This is a tough one to write. A really sad one. Paul Theriault, the smart, ahead of his time, former Ontario Hockey League coach with the Soo Greyhounds, Oshawa Generals and Erie Otters as well as the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, passed away recently at the age of 73.

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The travelling goalie coach


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January 5, 2024

Bill Vanderleest is an anomaly of sorts among goalie coaches. When he is not at home working with the net minders of the Sault College Cougars women’s team, Vanderleest is travelling 280 miles round trip for once a week practices as the goalie coach for the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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T-Birds deal three for cash


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January 4, 2024

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have traded away a trio of players in separate cash exchanges.

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Spitfires via Paper Kings


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January 2, 2024

Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League played a season long role in the development of hulking defenseman Conor Walton of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Trade deadline is looming


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December 31, 2023

D-Day is approaching in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. As in January 10 being the trade deadline in both the NOJHL and the OHL.

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Vikings of valour and valiance


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December 26, 2023

Forget about their low place in the standings. This is not about wins and losses. Rather, this is a story of courage, strength and commitment in the face of adversity.

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NOJHL at the break


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December 22, 2023

There are races for first place in both the West and East sides of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Just as there are teams in chases for the final playoff positions in both divisions ahead of the 2024 segment of the NOJHL regular season.

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Unforgettable Soo Indians


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December 21, 2023

This was a junior hockey team like no other that I have ever covered on a regular basis. It began with a good fellow of an owner who reminded me of any one of a number of characters from the classic hit television series The Sopranos.

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Vis to the Voodoos


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December 11, 2023

Powassan Voodoos have bolstered their blue line by way of a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cash exchange with the Elliot Lake Vikings.

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10 straight for Blind River


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December 11, 2023

A season high 10 game winning streak has the Blind River Beavers in a dam good position among the elite of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Hudson and Hudson


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December 9, 2023

They are the two youngest players — impact ones at that — for the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Both are 2023 Ontario Hockey League draft picks of the Sudbury Wolves. And both have connections to not only the Wolves but to Sault Ste. Marie.

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Goalie coaches old, young


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December 8, 2023

Terry Barbeau. Bill Vanderleest. Noah Zeppa. They are three reputable Sault Ste. Marie residents who are all performing goalie coach roles with high end hockey programs on both sides of the International Bridge and the St. Mary’s River.

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Rock adds power forward


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December 5, 2023

Reigning champion Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a power forward with the acquisition of Jack Kelly from the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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New d-man on the Rock


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December 4, 2023

The reigning champions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added to their blue line brigade with the acquisition of a dependable defenseman from the Maritime Hockey League.

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The old Junior B days


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December 1, 2023

Northern Ontario has long had a prominent presence in the junior A hockey game. Nowadays it is the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. But from 1965 until 1981 it was the International Jr. B Hockey League that had a town filled existence in Northern Ontario and Northern Michigan.

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Vikings will play in Massey


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November 26, 2023

The vagabonds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have officially secured a home away from home arena for the balance of the 2023-2024 season. Hockey News North has confirmed that the Elliot Lake Vikings will play the remainder of their ‘home’ games at the Massey and District Community Centre effective a December 1 match against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Kovacs is lighting it up


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November 26, 2023

It is sufficient to say that Jake Kovacs is having a career season as a 20-year old forward with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Kam River via Elliot Lake


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November 24, 2023

Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have finalized a player for cash transaction.

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Disparity in the NOJHL


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November 20, 2023

For the second successive season there is clear disproportion between the East and West divisions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and a playoff format that is cause for consternation as a result.

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Svarich an NOJHL Rock star


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November 9, 2023

Want to talk about being an impact player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League? Well, among those who are making a major impact in the NOJHL this season is 20-year old forward Mason Svarich of the Timmins Rock.

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NOJHL & the all star challenge


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November 7, 2023

The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed the playing rosters and coaching staffs for the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, which is slated to be held November 13 to 15 in Trenton, Ont.

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Kowal is a Paper King


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November 1, 2023

Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have obtained hulking forward Cayden Kowal from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash transaction.

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Birds in a Wild West fight


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October 30, 2023

Winners of nine of their past 10 games, the Soo Thunderbirds are one of five teams in a frantic race for first place within the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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The return of classic Rock


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October 30, 2023

Whether it was a championship hangover or not, the Timmins Rock staggered and stumbled to begin the 2023-2024 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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A return to Blind River


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October 27, 2023

Jesse Dupuis is back with the Blind River Beavers by way of a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cash transaction with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Horgan a Paper King howitzer


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October 25, 2023

He is the highest scoring defenseman in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. As a matter of fact, Spencer Horgan of the Espanola Paper Kings is the top scoring defender throughout the entire Canadian Jr. A Hockey League.

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Vikings steal another one


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October 24, 2023

Elliot Lake Vikings are a distant last in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. But the upstart Vikings scored their second straight upset win tonight with a 4-3 road victory over the Soo Thunderbirds.

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New heights for Soo Eagles


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October 22, 2023

Shrugging off a slow start to the 2023-2024 regular season, the Soo Eagles have taken over top spot with the best winning percentage in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. 

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Good for the EL Vikings


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October 21, 2023

It has been a back and forth story of good news and bad news for the new Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League this season.

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Local lad commits to Lakers


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October 18, 2023

Smart, steady defenseman Candon O’Neill has a verbal, future commitment to play at the Division 1 National Collegiate Athletic Association level for the cross-river Lake Superior State University Lakers.

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Sudbury Cubs are loading up


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October 18, 2023

A well built team has become additionally reinforced. Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have served further notice of championship intentions for this season.

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Rock star Mason Svarich


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October 14, 2023

It did not take recently acquired forward Mason Svarich very long to make an impact for the reigning Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champion Timmins Rock.

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Cubs add veteran d-man


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October 13, 2023

The top team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has bolstered its blue line. Sudbury Cubs have added 2005 birth year defenseman Justin Seguin from the Caledon Admirals of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash exchange.

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First star … Luc Dubois!


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October 10, 2023

It has been quite an early season hockey ride for young Lucas Dubois. The 2007 birth year forward has already put up points for both the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and his hometown Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Rock around the block


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October 10, 2023

Scoring standout Mason Svarich is leaving his home province of Alberta to return to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, this time with the reigning champion Timmins Rock.

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High scoring Sudbury Cubs


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October 9, 2023

Sudbury Cubs not only have the best record in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League at 10-1-0 but they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 67 to 28.

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Beavers are pretty dam good


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October 8, 2023

A record of 10-2-0 through their first dozen games of the 2023-2024 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season has the Blind River Beavers in contention with the Sudbury Cubs for first place in the West Division.

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Eagles fly high over Miners


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October 7, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan — Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League continued their high flight on Friday night before a noisy crowd of more than 1,000 fans here at venerable Pullar Stadium.

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Vikings of the north region


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October 5, 2023

Teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are no longer restricted to recruiting the vast majority of their players from various regions of the province. Rather, there are no limitations on teams that can now go across Canada and into the United States to put together their rosters. But the Elliot Lake Vikings are just one NOJHL team — Sudbury Cubs and Soo Thunderbirds are two others — that purposely focus on scouting and recruiting talent from northern Ontario towns.

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Prime prospect Chitaroni


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October 3, 2023

He has moved up from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League to the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And he is doing so as a coveted prospect of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Flight of the Soo Eagles


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October 2, 2023

Soo Eagles have shrugged off an 0-2-0 start to the 2023-2024 season by putting together a 4-0-1 streak over their past five games. Thus, the Eagles take a record of 4-2-1 into this week’s Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League slate of games.

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Iroquois Falls fires coach


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October 1, 2023

Kevin Walker has been ousted as head coach of the Iroquois Falls Storm of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The Storm won its first three games of this season but has since lost five straight, with four of the setbacks with Walker at the helm.

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Matthew Kallo to Elliot Lake


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October 1, 2023

Elliot Lake Vikings have added a veteran presence to their blue line via trade with their arch-rival Blind River Beavers.

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Soo boys make their points


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September 30, 2023

First pucks have dropped on the 2023-2024 Ontario Hockey League regular season. And several skaters with a link to Sault Ste. Marie picked up points in their respective team’s season opening games.

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EL Vikings explore Massey


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September 28, 2023

Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will continue to be without use of its shut down, home arena for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the Vikings are holding practice sessions 40 miles from Elliot Lake at the Massey and District Community Arena. As for where Vikings home games will be played while Centennial Arena in Elliot Lake is closed, Massey is a possibility.

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Espanola to Iroquois Falls


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September 28, 2023

Big defenseman Brayden Hindman is on the move in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade between the Espanola Paper Kings and Iroquois Falls Storm.

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Vikings add veteran forward


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September 21, 2023

Seasoned skater Liam Bridgeman will continue his Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League career with a new team after being acquired by the Elliot Lake Vikings from the Espanola Paper Kings in a cash transaction. Bridgeman becomes the latest player with northern Ontario roots to suit up for Elliot Lake.

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Cubs lead the NOJHL pack


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September 19, 2023

Four wins in as many outings have the Sudbury Cubs off to a perfect start to the 2023-2024 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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Working OT in Iroquois Falls


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September 18, 2023

This is the early season feel good story in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The new Iroquois Falls Storm has a perfect 3-0 record through three home ice victories that all came in overtime.

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EL Vikings take to the road


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September 14, 2023

Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are without a home, at least for the next while. The City of Elliot Lake recently decided to — until further notice — close Centennial Arena, which is where the Vikings of the NOJHL play their home games.

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Opening week in the NOJHL


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September 10, 2023

All 12 teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League saw action as 2023-2024 regular season play began over the past few days.

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NOJHL news and views


By
September 7, 2023

Tried. Tested. True. Twelve teams strong. Following is a seasoned writer’s selection of just some of what to consider, contemplate and envisage over the course of the 2023-2024 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Rock on the clock


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September 5, 2023

Reigning champion Timmins Rock will officially begin defense of its Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League crown when 2023-2024 regular season play begins this week.

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Hearst over Kam River


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September 3, 2023

Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League edged the host Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League today to skate away with the 2023 Telco Cup title.

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Vikings at Hounds camp


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August 31, 2023

There are a good number of players who are signed to play in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for this season who are attending Ontario Hockey League training camps either as draft picks or as free agent invitees.

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Another NOJHL season ahead


By
August 28, 2023

It remains 12 teams strong. Yes, there has been an off season ownership change and the relocation of a franchise — but both for the good, it would seem. And, to be sure, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is durable, well rounded, well grounded, set, stable, sound and valid ahead of the emerging 2023-2024 regular season.

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Hudson Martin to the Cubs


By
August 28, 2023

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a second player with a 2007 birth date who was picked by the Sudbury Wolves at the 2023 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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