Voodoos cast spell on O’Dell


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July 15, 2021

Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed a 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the Oshawa Generals. He is 6-foot-4, 200 pound defenseman Ryan O’Dell. 

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Junior hockey up north


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July 14, 2021

They are the two primary junior A hockey leagues of the expansive, sweeping northern Ontario region.

As of now, in total, there are 19 teams from northeast and northwest Ontario, northern Michigan, northern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin that span the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Five Eagles off to school


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July 8, 2021

Bobby Price

Homegrown product Bobby Price tops a list of five graduates of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League who are moving up to the college ranks this fall.

A 6-foot, 190 pound forward who played three seasons with the Michigan-based Eagles, Price is heading to Trine University, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 3 school.

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Captain on the Express


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July 7, 2021

Josh Boucher

Josh Boucher will be returning to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for a third season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Rayside adds to depth chart


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July 7, 2021

Alexander Dillon is moving up from the Little Britain Merchants of the Provincial Jr. C Hockey League to the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Back in the Beaver dam


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July 6, 2021

Blind River Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick has confirmed the signed return of nine players ahead of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

The nine veterans include one goalie, two defensemen and six forwards. They are as follows.

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Local look of the Birds


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July 5, 2021

Tyson Doucette

Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League are — as they should be — the big game in town. After all, the OHL is probably the best junior hockey development league in the world and the Greyhounds have a long history of producing players for the National Hockey League.

But the Soo is also home to the Thunderbirds of the lower level Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And the Thunderbirds are all about giving local lads a place to play and develop while staying at home.

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Resch to catch the Express


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July 3, 2021

Caleb Resch

Caleb Resch has ambitious plans for his final season of junior hockey. And he is willing to move far away from home to pursue his hockey goals.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 2001 birth year defensemen will be heading more than 1,000 miles from home to suit up for the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League come the 2021-2022 season.

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Traffic on the Express route


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July 1, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has made a flurry of player moves with the small market team making notable additions ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

The transactions involve teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League as well as the signings of three players from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and another incoming rookie from Brantford.

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Net gain for Espanola


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June 29, 2021

Patrick Boivin. (photo by Christophe Simard)

He is staying in the north.

Rookie goalie Patrick Boivin has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Walleye on the Express


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June 29, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has acquired a trio of skaters from the Kam River Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

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Additions to the Express


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June 28, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has signed three incoming rookie skaters, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

Among the new additions to the Espanola lineup are a pair of northern Ontario products from nearby Sudbury.

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Over the Hill in Cochrane


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June 28, 2021

Cochrane Crunch president and head coach Tom Nickolau has confirmed a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction with the Soo Thunderbirds.

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Local look in Elliot Lake


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June 25, 2021

Sporting the jersey of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings is local lad Teegan Dumont

The operators of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have already scored big without playing a game.

As Elliot Lake is poised to return to the NOJHL for the 2021-2022 season after being on leave of absence in 2020-2021, the rebranded Red Wings — formerly known as the Wildcats — have signed a pair of local lads.

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T-Birds bring Zeppa home


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June 24, 2021

Veteran goalie Noah Zeppa has been signed by the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a free agent, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Dumont deal is done


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June 24, 2021

Teegan Dumont

Hometown defenseman Teegan Dumont is officially a member of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings.

Formerly the Elliot Lake Wildcats, the rebranded Red Wings have acquired Dumont from the Blind River Beavers in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction that was initially reported by Hockey News North back on May 10.

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NOJHL expects a full season


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June 23, 2021

Gavin Disano, the Blind River Beavers and the other 11 NOJHL teams plan to play a normal 56 game regular season schedule.

Plans are for the 12 team Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to proceed with a full 2021-2022 regular season schedule and a start date of September 16.

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Whiteduck on the move


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June 22, 2021

Pineshish Whiteduck

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a veteran skater via the trade route, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Majors go for Walker


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June 21, 2021

Kevin Walker

Homegrown product Kevin Walker will serve as the head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

Majors general manager Ron Holmes confirmed the appointment of Walker.

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Delarosbil is for the Birds


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June 18, 2021

Cole Delarosbil has been acquired by the Soo Thunderbirds from the Espanola Express. (photo by Bob Davies.)

It is a deal that is finally official after being in the works for more than a month.

That is, Hockey News North has confirmed that the Soo Thunderbirds have obtained homegrown product Cole Delarosbil from the Espanola Express in a cash exchange.

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Big d-man to the Crunch


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June 18, 2021

Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a young defenseman from the reputable Brantford 99ers program.

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Powassan via Oshawa


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June 18, 2021

Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed rookie forward Elliott Haigh from the Oshawa Generals under 18 program.

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EL Red Wings go local


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June 15, 2021

Alexandre Antoine is staying home to play junior hockey for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Crunch time for Ingram


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June 15, 2021

Junior C to Junior A.

Moving up from the Dundas Blues of the Provincial Jr. Hockey League to the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season is Ethan Ingram.

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Kam River to Elliot Lake


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June 14, 2021

The process of putting together a new team ahead of the 2021-2022 season has landed the Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League a player from the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Thunderbirds to Voodoos


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June 10, 2021

Alex Bugeja

Proven puck-stopper Alex Bugeja is on the move.

The 2001 birth year goalie has been traded from the Soo Thunderbirds to the Powassan Voodoos in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Ex-OHL star in Espanola


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June 8, 2021

Joey Talbot, as a member of the Sheffield Steelers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League. (photo by Marco Bertolini)

Joey Talbot, a former high scoring right winger with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League and part of their 1999 Memorial Cup championship team, has joined the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as an assistant coach/skills development coach.

The 41-year old Talbot later had a productive pro career, including four standout seasons with the legendary Sheffield Steelers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

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Riley is back on the Rock


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June 7, 2021

Riley Brousseau

Hustle bustle crowd favourite Riley Brousseau has signed up to return to the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A local Timmins lad, the 2001 birth year forward opted to sit out the 2019-2020 NOJHL season.

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New coach in Espanola


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June 5, 2021

Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is keeping it in house. That is, the Express has filled its vacant head coach position with a familiar name.

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Toms signs with Hounds


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June 4, 2021

It is the next step in development.

Local lad Connor Toms is moving up from the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Victoria to Elliot Lake


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June 3, 2021

Dayton Clarke will head from west to east to continue his junior hockey journey.

The Victoria, British Columbia product has signed with the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Espanola to Vermilion County


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June 2, 2021

Brent Hughes

Vermilion County Bobcats of the Southern Professional Hockey League have officially confirmed the former bench boss of the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as the first head coach in franchise history.

Brent Hughes leaves Espanola and the NOJHL after coaching the Express to a 5-4-3 record in 12 games during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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Ritchie opts for Sault College


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June 2, 2021

Jordan Ritchie, in action for the Espanola Express. (photo by Bob Davies)

Sault Ste. Marie product Jordan Ritchie is planning to forgo his final season of Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League eligibility. The 2001 birth year defenseman will stay in the game but also go to school.

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Rock adds homegrown lad


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June 2, 2021

Cameron Dutkiewicz

Brandon Perry has made a good first move as the new coach and general manager of the Timmins Rock. Perry has confirmed to Hockey News North that the Rock has obtained homegrown defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade with the Soo Thunderbirds.

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Smyl is Alberta bound


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June 1, 2021

Cooper Smyl, in action for Soo Thunderbirds. (photo by Bob Davies)

“It’s a pleasure just to be Alberta bound … I long to see my next of kin … Alberta bound … it’s good to be Alberta bound …” — from the song Alberta Bound by legendary Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot.

High performance forward Cooper Smyl is moving on from the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Birds commit to rookie flock


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June 1, 2021

Defenseman Michael Beltrano, in action for the under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds during the 2020-2021 season. (photo by Bob Davies)

Soo Thunderbirds general manager Jamie Henderson has confirmed the commitments of several rookie players ahead of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

Included in the flock are top performers from both the Soo Jr. Greyhounds and Kapuskasing Flyers of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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RBC banks three locals


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June 1, 2021

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have stayed local by committing to three forwards from the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

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New recruit to Sault College


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May 31, 2021

Keaston Blais

He played two full seasons as a steady defender with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League. And he suited up for 16 games as a rookie for the Cochrane Crunch during the abbreviated 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

With that behind him, 2002 birth year defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais now has his sights set on attending Sault College in the fall and playing for the hockey Cougars.

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Fuel for the NOJHL rivalries


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May 30, 2021

Combat. Competition. Conflict. Confrontation. Contention.

Five words that are synonyms for rivalry.

And it is rivalry that fuels the healthy warfare between the nearby teams that comprise the 12-member Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Standing tall in Cochrane


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May 27, 2021

Cochrane goalie Michael Nickolau. (photo by Emily Martin)

He is a big one. And a good one.

Michael Nickolau was a huge presence in the net for the Cochrane Crunch during the abbreviated 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

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Bosses on the job in Hearst


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May 26, 2021

Hearst Lumberjacks are still the reigning NOJHL champions. (photo by Bob Davies)

Given that both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons did not end in completion relative to COVID-19, the Hearst Lumberjacks remain as the reigning champions heading into the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

Hearst won the 2018-2019 NOJHL title when the visiting Lumberjacks upset the heavily favoured Soo Thunderbirds in the seventh and deciding game of the league championship series.

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Reopening in Elliot Lake


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May 25, 2021

Junior hockey has had a presence in Elliot Lake since 1965, beginning with the old Jr. B Vikings.

And since 1997 there have been the Elliot Lake Ice, Elliot Lake Bobcats and Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. (The Bobcats were also part of the Greater Metro Jr. Hockey League.)

Now, after the Wildcats took a leave of absence from the NOJHL in 2020-2021, the franchise was recently rebranded as the Elliot Lake Red Wings with new operator, new general manager and new coaching staff in place ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

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