Vikings of Northern Ontario


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June 15, 2024

Make that four highly regarded northern lads among the veteran players who have thus far made approved commitments to return to the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2024-2025 season.

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OHL draft pick to Espanola


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June 13, 2024

High scoring forward Kaden Wicklander has signed with the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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One division for the NOJHL


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June 12, 2024

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has finalized its regular season schedule and playoff format for the 2024-2025 campaign.

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Owen Sound via Powassan


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June 10, 2024

He was the first head coach for the Powassan Voodoos and led the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team to the 2017 championship in just its third season of existence. Now, after a six year apprenticeship as an assistant coach with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, Scott Wray has his first OHL head coaching gig as the new bench boss of the Owen Sound Attack.

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T-Birds sign four locals


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June 9, 2024

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have stayed in their own backyard to sign four local forwards ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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Eagles goalie to Oswego State


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June 7, 2024

Anthony Zolezzi is moving on from the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with nothing but glowing words for general manager Bruno Bragagnolo and the program.

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Player to coach in Blind River


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June 7, 2024

Tyson MacLeod’s association with his hometown Blind River Beavers is coming full circle. A former productive forward with the Beavers, the 29-year old MacLeod has been hired as a new assistant coach for the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team.

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Beavers, Birds and baptism


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June 6, 2024

It has been up and down and all around since I really got into close up coverage and insight on the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. I had covered the NOJHL here and there over time but began year round coverage of it in earnest back in 2004 when well known coach Jim Capy parted ways with the Soo Thunderbirds after taking them to the league championship series in four successive seasons.

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NOJHL transactions …


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June 4, 2024

As the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has officially opened for business ahead of the actual 2024-2025 playing season, there are a number of early bird trades to report.

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New gig for an old scout


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June 4, 2024

Charly Murray is getting back into the game he loves. Now in his mid 70s and with his commitment to the sport not lacking in energy or enthusiasm, Murray has joined the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as their Sault Ste. Marie-based scout.

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Vikings assemble for battle


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June 1, 2024

Jef Jarmovitch has had time on his side as he prepares for his second season as the owner and president of the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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EL Vikings prospect camp


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May 27, 2024

Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are holding an upcoming prospects camp in Ajax. See below for details.

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Ahead of a new NOJHL season


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May 25, 2024

June 1 marks the official start to the 2024-2025 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season. Among other new business, player signings and transactions can be confirmed and finalized. And the league will settle its regular season schedule and revamped playoff format for the ’24-25 campaign at its annual general meeting.

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Best of the NOJHL champs


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May 22, 2024

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acknowledged their top performers from their 2023-2024 championship season.

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Mazzuca sits in CJHL chair


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May 17, 2024

The Canadian Jr. Hockey League has confirmed its executive committee for the 2024-2025 season. And Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Rob Mazzuca has been acclaimed as CJHL chair of the board for another season.

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New coach for EL Vikings


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May 15, 2024

Hopefully this is a breath of fresh air for Elliot Lake. That is, there is a new head coach and general manager on board with the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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In and out of the Eagles nest


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May 13, 2024

It has been a hectic off season to date for Bruno Bragagnolo, who is the president and general manager of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Eagles d-man off to Marian


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May 11, 2024

A sixth player from the 2023-2024 edition of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has a school commitment for the 2024-2025 season. Defenseman Lane Janssen is headed to Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Marian is a Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association program.

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Miller time for Soo Eagles


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May 10, 2024

Joey Miller, who played in more than 190 games for the Soo Thunderbirds as a high scoring forward and later became an assistant coach with the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team, has himself a new gig.

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Fox of the Eagles to school


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May 8, 2024

Three full seasons with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has turned into a National Collegiate Athletic Association school commitment for 2003 birth year defenseman Coby Fox.

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Rebek to coach Soo Eagles


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May 7, 2024

He was the first choice of president and general manager Bruno Bragagnolo to become the new head coach of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. So, suffice to say that Bragagnolo got what he wanted in Jeremy Rebek.

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OHL, NOJHL coach vacancies


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May 5, 2024

There are prime head coaching opportunities available in both the Ontario Hockey League and Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Adding on in Elliot Lake


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May 4, 2024

What goes around has come around for John Buchanan. Having briefly served as general manager of the erstwhile, rag-tag Elliot Lake Red Wings in 2021, Buchanan is back in town as the assistant GM for the since rebranded Elliot Lake Vikings.

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Sudbury Cubs at the top


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April 28, 2024

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are led by a pledged, philanthropic proprietor in Mark Burgess whose decades-long commitment to the game as the former owner of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League is without question.

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Blind River to Sault College


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April 26, 2024

Two high end graduates of one of the top programs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have committed to the Sault College Cougars of the American Collegiate Hockey Association ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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Cubs are NOJHL champs


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April 25, 2024

Sudbury Cubs are the big bears of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Under the committed ownership of Mark Burgess and his chief lieutenant Blaine Smith, the Cubs have brought a junior hockey championship to Greater Sudbury.

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Soo Eagles off to school


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April 24, 2024

Four members from the 2023-2024 edition of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have school commitments effective the 2024-2025 season.

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NOJHL finals tied at one


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April 20, 2024

Powassan Voodoos will play host to the Sudbury Cubs on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening with the best of seven Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series tied at a game apiece.

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Soo Eagles to Soo Indians


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April 19, 2024

Doug Laprade has got himself a new head coaching gig ahead of the 2024-2025 season. But the 55 year old bench boss will not be leaving Sault Ste. Marie.

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Paper Kings assisted Spitfires


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April 18, 2024

Hulking defenseman Conor Walton is being projected for continued progress as a 2006 birth year performer for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. Notably, prior to his rookie OHL season with Windsor in 2023-2024, Walton developed over a full schedule with the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2022-2023.

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On to the NOJHL finals


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April 17, 2024

And now there are two. It will be the Sudbury Cubs from the West Division and the Powassan Voodoos representing the East Division in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series.

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Sudbury Cubs off to finals


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April 12, 2024

Back to back playoff series conquests of the Soo Thunderbirds and Blind River Beavers have the Sudbury Cubs headed to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series.

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Props to the Paper Kings


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April 2, 2024

Their season ended in a junior hockey heartbreak. Espanola Paper Kings held a 3-1 playoff series lead on the favoured Blind River Beavers only to lose the next three matches including the seventh and deciding game.

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Beavers await the Cubs


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April 1, 2024

Two teams that combined for 180 points during the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season will face off in the West Division playoff finals. It will be the no. 1 seed Blind River Beavers up against the second seed Sudbury Cubs.

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Beaver fever in Blind River


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March 31, 2024

Blind River Beavers are moving on to the finals of the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Before a packed house of more than 550 fans at the Blind River Community Centre, the top seed Beavers capped a frantic series comeback over the fourth ranked Espanola Paper Kings today in the seventh and deciding game.

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Cubs clinch … bye, bye Birds


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March 30, 2024

Sudbury Cubs have completed a playoff series comeback over the Soo Thunderbirds. Backed by a second successive shutout by goalie Noah Metivier — a Sault Ste. Marie product no less — the visiting Cubs blanked the Thunderbirds 4-0 tonight to take the opening round, best of seven Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League series four games to two.

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Nothing quite like a Game 7


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March 30, 2024

Blind River Beavers have forced a seventh and deciding game in their opening round, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series with the Espanola Paper Kings.

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Rock around the playoff clock


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March 29, 2024

Reigning champion Timmins Rock has become the first team to proceed to the second round of this year’s Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoffs.

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Along the NOJHL playoff path


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March 27, 2024

Four more more games were played on the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s first round playoff slate on Tuesday.

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Paper Kings up on Beavers


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March 25, 2024

First week of playoffs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are in the books. And of the four first round sets, Espanola Paper Kings are the only lower seeded team with a series lead.

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EL Vikings … against all odds


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March 20, 2024

There are times when sports — in this case junior hockey — is not about wins and losses. In the case of the Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, this is a story of survival — not to mention perseverance, courage, strength, commitment and dedication in the face of adversity. 

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Lots of NOJHL award winners


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March 20, 2024

The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed a lengthy list of award recipients for the 2023-2024 regular season.

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Dearing boys and Gartshore


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March 16, 2024

Three members of the AA Under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds made impressions as affiliate players when the Blind River Beavers and Espanola Paper Kings faced off in a recent Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League game.

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Lake State via Blind River


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March 13, 2024

Another player from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has a future Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association commitment with the Lake Superior State University Lakers. Blind River Beavers scoring sensation Daniel Vasic is projected to be at LSSU effective the 2026-2027 college hockey season.

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Blind River v. Espanola


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March 13, 2024

The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed dates for the West Division semi-final playoff series between the no. 1 seed Blind River Beavers and the fourth place Espanola Paper Kings.

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Chitaroni is off the charts


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March 9, 2024

Suffice and suit to say that Hudson Chitaroni is an impact player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League while up against skaters who are as much as four years older than he is.

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Sault College via Espanola


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March 7, 2024

Leadership. Experience. Involvement. That is some of what defenseman Liam McDonald is poised to bring to the varsity men’s hockey team at Sault College effective the 2024-2025 season.

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Frantic finish for fourth


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March 6, 2024

Espanola Paper Kings and Soo Eagles are in a frenzied race for fourth place and the final playoff position in the wild West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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NOJHL confirms playoff set up


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March 3, 2024

Here we go. The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has officially confirmed its format and time line for the looming playoffs.

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Sudbury Cubs; Nickel City Cubs


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March 1, 2024

Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have formed a brand partnership with the Nickel City Hockey Association ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

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20 goals for Tyson Doucette


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February 29, 2024

It is a milestone attainment for a player who was never drafted into the Ontario Hockey League only to in due course make it as an improbable long shot by way of a free agent tryout.

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186 points in 89 NOJHL games


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February 26, 2024

Pint size forward Lucas Signoretti has been a prolific points producer ever since signing with the Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League early last season.

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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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