Kraken calls on MacKay


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September 18, 2021

Soo Greyhounds overage right winger Cole MacKay is off to the National Hockey League training camp of the expansion Seattle Kraken, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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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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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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They call him Captain Cam


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September 13, 2021

Camaryn Baber

Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber has been named captain of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2021-2022 campaign will be an overage season for Baber, who has a 2001 birth date.

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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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Kartye gets Kraken in Seattle


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September 2, 2021

Tye Kartye

Soo Greyhounds overage candidate Tye Kartye is getting a pro opportunity, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A 6-foot, 200 pound left winger with a 2001 birth date, Kartye has been invited to the National Hockey League training camp of the expansion Seattle Kraken.

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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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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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Hounds’ new goalie coach


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August 22, 2021

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is following in some big foot steps as the new goalie coach for the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

As in, the previous four goalie coaches for the Greyhounds are now with pro hockey teams.

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Drumm is one up on Gretzky


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August 12, 2021

Brian Drumm

As an underage 15-year old during the 1976-1977 Ontario Hockey League season, Wayne Gretzky played in three games for the Peterborough Petes before the Soo Greyhounds took him with the third overall pick of the 1977 OHL draft.

But not even the Great One can top fellow forward Brian Drumm when it comes to being the youngest player to ever skate in an OHL game. That is, Drumm first suited up for the Oshawa Generals as a 14-year old local affiliate during the 1971-1972 season.

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Hounds ink Russian defender


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August 10, 2021

Kirill Kudryavtsev signs up to play for the Soo Greyhounds

Kirill Kudryavtsev has officially signed with the Soo Greyhounds after the Ontario Hockey League team took the 2004 birth year defenseman in the first round, sixth overall, at the 2021 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

A native of Yaroslavl, Russia, he spent the 2020-2021 season with Loko Yaroslavl in Russia’s top junior hockey league and produced two goals, five assists, seven points in 20 games.

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Lussier lands in Flint


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August 8, 2021

Cole Lussier

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native Cole Lussier has been hired by the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League as their new video coach and administrative assistant.

The 24-year old Lussier was a top forward with the under 16 Soo Thunder and under 18 Soo Indians before moving on to play at the junior level in both the Central Canada Hockey League and North American Hockey League.

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Erie presence in Blind River


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August 6, 2021

Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are sending one of their top prospects to develop with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

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Hounds of summer into fall


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August 2, 2021

There is anxious anticipation ahead of the 2021-2022 Ontario Hockey League season. More so given that the entire 2020-2021 season was wiped out due to the coronavirus.

Now, with a return to a good degree of normalcy seemingly on the horizon, OHL teams such as the Soo Greyhounds have been spending the summer tending to internal and external business preparatory to the upcoming season.

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A steal for the Habs?


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July 30, 2021

Playing on the worst team in the Ontario Hockey League did not help the stock of North Bay Battalion goalie Joe Vrbetic for the 2021 National Hockey League draft.

Joe Vrbetic

Vrbetic, a former Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League star with the Powassan Voodoos, faced baptism by fire for the Battalion during the most recent OHL season in playing for a North Bay team that posted an awful record of 17-41-4.

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Slick has more Spirit


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July 30, 2021

One of the very best play by play announcers in the Ontario Hockey League has been given a promotion by his employer.

Joey (Slick) Battaino

Saginaw Spirit president and managing partner Craig Goslin has confirmed the appointment of Joey Battaino as vice president of communications and broadcasting.

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Tough guys of the north


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July 28, 2021

My roots are in northern Ontario. And as I am proud to be a northerner, I make no apologies for, when it comes to hockey, being partial to players who hail from the north.

Which brings me to compile my personal Top 10 list of the toughest customers from northern Ontario to play in the Ontario Hockey League during what I will call the rough and tumble decades of the 1970s and 1980s.

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It’s all about the Show


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July 25, 2021

Hockey dreams have turned into one aspect of reality for a number of youngsters with northern Ontario roots and associations.

As 30 players from 18 different Ontario Hockey League teams were selected at the recent 2021 National Hockey League draft, a number of them have a connection to the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Birds ink Hounds pick


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July 15, 2021

Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed a prospect of the Soo Greyhounds from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

He is 6-foot-2, 195 pound, 2005 birth year defenseman Andrew Gibson. Hailing from the Windsor area town of LaSalle, Gibson was a fourth round pick of the Greyhounds at this year’s draft.

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Flint promotes Sault scout


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July 2, 2021

Mike Oliverio has been named head scout of the Flint Firebirds.

The 54-year old Sault Ste. Marie resident has served as a long-time regional scout for the Ontario Hockey League franchise dating back to when the Firebirds were known as the Plymouth Whalers.

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Hay says hey to Flint


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June 30, 2021

Flint Firebirds have now signed two of their top picks from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

The most recent commitment to Flint is forward Ethan Hay, who was the Firebirds third round pick from the AAA Waterloo Wolves.

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Caufield was well schooled


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June 27, 2021

Cole Caufield

He is one of hockey’s newest sensations, a 20 year old mighty mite who has already become a folk hero of sorts for the under dog Montreal Canadiens and their improbable Stanley Cup run of 2021.

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Flint’s new coaching troika


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June 21, 2021

A trio of incoming coaches has been hired by the Flint Firebirds since owner Rolf Nilsen brought in 66-year old Terry Christensen on May 7 to be the president of hockey operations for the Ontario Hockey League team.

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Soo boys have twice the Spirit


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June 20, 2021

Camaryn Baber
Calem Mangone

They both carry intangibles relative to character, relentless work ethic and perseverance.

Three years apart in age, Sault Ste. Marie products Camaryn Baber and Calem Mangone are poised to become first-time teammates in 2021-2022 as part of the latest contending edition of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Flint inks first rounder


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June 20, 2021

Any concerns that the new look Flint Firebirds would have difficulty signing their first round pick from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft have been addressed.

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Saginaw signs Soo skater


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June 16, 2021

Wow. That didn’t take long.

A mere week after taking Calem Mangone with the second overall pick of the first round of the 2021 Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft, the Saginaw Spirit has signed the Sault Ste. Marie product to a standard player contract.

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New to the Flint Firebirds


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June 15, 2021

Flint Firebirds associate coach Kris Sparre

Another week, another coaching addition.

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have tapped Kris Sparre as their associate coach for the 2021-2022 season.

Sparre is the third new coach to be hired in Flint since owner Rolf Nilsen brought Terry Christensen on board as president of hockey operations on May 7.

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High on Mangone, Barone


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June 10, 2021

Calem Mangone of the under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds will get an opportunity to play for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. (photo by Bob Davies)

What a difference a year can make.

After being looked over and bypassed through the entire 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two blossoming players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds evolved to become top six picks at the three round, 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

And not only does their coach from the Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have glowing words for Soo boys Calem Mangone and Adam Barone but so too do the general managers who made them OHL draft picks in 2021 after they were disregarded in 2020.

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Jr. Hounds are U18 picks


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June 9, 2021

Better late than never. After being bypassed at the 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds were high picks at today’s 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

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Saginaw to Flint


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June 9, 2021

Jared Nightingale, now of the Flint Firebirds

This should add even more fuel to the Interstate 75 highway rivalry between the Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

That is, after one season as associate coach with Saginaw in 2019-2020, Jared Nightingale is taking a short trip a few exits down I-75 to become an assistant coach in Flint.

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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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Fellinger falls to Hounds


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June 5, 2021

Austin Fellinger

Wawa, Ontario native Austin Fellinger has become the Ontario Hockey League property of the Soo Greyhounds.

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OHL still high on Soo boys


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June 4, 2021

For the third year in succession a player from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. has been picked within the first three rounds of the Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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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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New coach for Flint


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June 3, 2021

Ted Dent of the Flint Firebirds

A new bench boss is in place for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League.

Ted Dent has been named head coach of the Firebirds.

The 51-year old Dent replaces Eric Wellwood, who recently resigned his position with the Michigan-based OHL team.

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Raffi Torres to Elliot Lake


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May 20, 2021

Raffi Torres

A former star winger who was an impact player in the Ontario Hockey League before going on to play in more than 700 National Hockey League games will assist the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a mentor.

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Branch resigns as Flint GM


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May 19, 2021

A widely respected person who led the Flint Firebirds to their best season in franchise history has stepped down as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League team.

Affable Barclay Branch, who orchestrated a three year rebuild in Flint that resulted in a 40-21-2 record for the Firebirds during a 2019-2020 season that was shortened by COVID-19, confirmed his resignation today to Hockey News North.

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1986 Memorial Cup champs


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May 15, 2021

It was 35 years ago this weekend that the Guelph Platers won the coveted Memorial Cup championship as the best team in Canadian major junior hockey.

Suffice to say that the Platers took the Ontario Hockey League by surprise during the 1985-1986 season.

The Platers had missed the playoffs in each of their first three seasons in the OHL. Starting out as an expansion team in 1982, the Platers posted successive records of 7-63-0, 20-46-4 and 21-40-5.

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Hounds missed on Matier


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May 14, 2021

Jack Matier

This one lies squarely on Soo Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis.

That is, the Greyhounds had a chance to choose local product and future world class gold medal winner Jack Matier in the first round of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft only to — for whatever reason — opt for another defenseman.

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Rat puke and Wolves


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April 27, 2021

They had their share of good players and character individuals, including two standouts who became high draft picks to the National Hockey League and 11 others who would go on to play at the minor pro and/or European pro levels.

But for whatever reason, the Sudbury Wolves of 1983-1984 would finish in last place overall with a record of 19-50-1 in what was a 15-team Ontario Hockey League back then.

And it didn’t help that the underachieving Wolves of 1983-1984 were coached by a rude, crude dude who would routinely tell his players “you are all rat puke” when he was dissatisfied with their play.

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Loss of an OHL season


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April 24, 2021

Soo Greyhounds forward Cole MacKay

Could the Ontario Hockey League have done more to start the 2020-2021 season back in November when COVID-19 cases were relatively low?

Did the OHL do wrong to its players when continuing to insist it was “not interested in playing games without fans in attendance” like other leagues were doing?

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Eight player trade of ’83-84


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April 14, 2021

Free traders Joe Drago of the Sudbury Wolves and Larry Mavety of the Belleville Bulls were never shy when it came to dealing players.

And the rival Ontario Hockey League general managers — Drago and Mavety were also good friends — more than proved that point early in the 1983-1984 season when they combined to make a massive eight player trade that featured three northern boys.

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