Cade Nolan on the Attack

June 23, 2014

Batchewana Attack of the new Canadian International Hockey League has committed to its second player in as many days.

Cade Nolan, a 6-foot-2, 170 pound, 1996 birth-year defenceman from Garden River First Nation, confirmed that he will play for the Batchewana entry in the new CIHL in 2014-2015.

Batchewana became the latest member of the CIHL on Saturday, bringing the number of teams in the new league to seven.

Nolan, who played for the cross-river Soo Indians major midgets of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association in 2013-2014, said he is excited to be moving up to the junior ranks with the Batchewana entry — and to be playing out of Rankin Arena, which is located on First Nation land in Sault Ste. Marie.

As an eight-year old youngster, Nolan wore the Batchewana Attack uniform while playing in “Little NHL” First Nation tournaments.

“It’s really exciting and special at the same time,” Nolan told “As a little kid I played for the Batchewana Attack and now I will be again.”

Nolan said he is ready to make the jump from major midget to junior hockey in 2014-2015 and credits his coach with the Indians in 2013-2014, Pat Carricato.

“He was tough on the players, he was really hard on me but I needed that push to help me improve and make me a better player,” Nolan said of Carricato.

David Maciuk, president and director of hockey operations for the Attack, likes what Nolan will bring to Batchewana’s CIHL team.

“Cade represents the type of player we are proud to have in our program,” said Maciuk. “His hard work on and off ice will provide opportunities for his future in the game.”

Nolan, who had two goals, 10 assists, 12 points in 50 games with the major midget Indians in 2013-2014, joins 1997 birth-year forward Jake Palmerio of Sault Ste. Marie as the first two players to commit to the Attack for 2014-2015.

Palmerio, a small-but-speedy forward known for his hustle and heart, has played two seasons of midget hockey — one with the minor midget Soo Thunder and another with the major midget Nickel City Sons.

PHOTO: Cade Nolan, now of the Batchewana Attack, in action with the Soo Indians during the 2013-2014 season. (photo by Mark Krupiarz.)

What you think about “Cade Nolan on the Attack”

  1. I wanted to start by saying I don’t have an issue with private enterprise ,and the advent of the CIHL .Where I have an issue is players and families not knowing the sanctions they face playing in a non HC sanctioned league like the CIHL or GMHL.The following sanctions come from John Kastner, OHF Junior Council, and HC unsanctioned hockey committe. After sept 30 a player can not leave to register with any HC team until sept 1 of the following year after re-applying to HC and there is no appeal process. This means in the summer after playing in the CIHL or GMHL a player can not skate ,tryout or be registered with any HC sanctioned team until Sept 1 the following season.If a player is an OHL draft pick ,they would have to wait until sept 1 to skate with that team ,or any tier 2 or jr B team .Not being able to tryout with anyone in the summer would make it very difficult to make a team IN MY OPINION. If you wish to confirm these, you can contact me at,and I will send you Mr Kastners phone # and you can speak directly with him. Thanks

  2. In my opinion , I find it a bit suspicious that ever since the signing of Palmerio ,the discussion has turned to sanctions. All the opponents of the new CIHL have been spewing for months about owners lining their pockets, poor quality of players etc but it took the signing of a high end player ( two in fact) to change the discourse to sanctions. It certainly made me go hmmmm when I read the post by Mr. Cain this morning, Palmerio and Nolan would have been great additions to either the Thunderbirds ( if they had spots for new forwards) or the Sault Ste Marie AAA program run by the Thunderbirds. I guess the debate on sanctions wasn’t important to the naysayers when we were only talking about mediocre players they were predicting would play in the new league. You must admit that it does seem a bit suspicious that the barrage of posts regarding sanctions happened immediatly after the Palmerio signing. The optics are bad, just saying, Mr. Cain.

  3. Nojhl fan where is the barrage of post regarding sanctions. In terms of high end players are concerned , no disrespect to nolan or palmerio but they are not high end players in my opinion. Infact the tbirds had a chance to sign palmerio and chose not to for whatever reasons. As many of you continue to pound the nojhl and mazzuca the league has bloated to 9 teams . While some of these teams will definitely struggle financially the same can and will be said about the teams in this new league. What kind of gate can this batchewana team expect when the number one rated team in the nation cannot get a big fan base. The best of luck for this new league as it gives more kids an opportunity to play but the jury will still be out on the quality of hockey that this new league produces.

    1. hockey critic,

      I am willing to bet you that the Batchewana Attack will draw well at Rankin Arena. To me and others, it is the perfect rink for Jr. A hockey.

      Also, as a hockey dad yourself, I don’t think it is very respectful of you to opine that Jacob Palmerio and Cade Nolan are “not high-end players.” You say “no disrespect intended” but methinks you did disrespect Palmerio and Nolan.

      Would you like it if someone referred to your son as not being a high-end player?

      Just asking.

  4. hockey critic (dad) , are you on twitter ? and if you are, do you follow all nojhl teams and all the nojhl propped online junior hockey news blogs? I’m guessing the answer is no because if you did you would understand what barrage I am speaking about. In regards to the pounding of the NOJHL, I’m guessing here and can only speak for myself, that if the NOJHL and it’s supporters just worried about their own league as opposed to consistently trying to tear down the new league, the pounding would likely stop. I am a LONG time NOJHL fan but what has turned me off complelty is the pounding that I see done to the CIHL, this is not one sided hockey critic. I do wish the NOJHL well in the upcoming season just as I hope that the CIHL can get off the ground smoothly and have a great inaugural season. In the end , more communities in northern Ontario will get to watch some great junior hockey, win win methinks.

  5. Well the first mentions on sanctions on this blog were as follows :
    ” Junior Hockey Fan
    JUNE 23, 2014 AT 2:55 PM
    I see this CIHL as a very good option for Canadian players who may want to play in the USHL or the NAHL since they can go there in the future free of compensation. / / Also, by the way there is no sanctions from HC to play in this league. That is propaganda I think this will be a very good developmental league and give the players freedom to go play where he wants. ”
    Ii edited the main body for brevity . you can check it out yourself under the article “NOJHL aftermath” . So who started this I don’t know but I do know that Mr. Cain is correct in his statements . Yes the CIHL is sanctioned by the AAU but it is not sanctioned by Hockey Canada , Hockey USA or the IIHF so it technically is an outlaw league . As a result it will be subject to sanctions by these organizations . The desire by the CIHL to use unlimited 15 and 16 year old’s players as well as 12 European imports and ignoring Canada and American regulations on Nationality restrictions are the reason . I wish the CIHL best of luck but they are choosing to play by their own rules so lets agree that the truth is important and state matters factually . It’s a business lets let the consumer decide based on all the facts and stop the lies and name calling on both sides .

    These two leagues are what they are . One sanctioned by the national bodies that oversee hockey in their respective countries and the IIHF . The other is an independent league sanctioned by the AAU under it’s United hockey union . The hockey union has existed since 2011 . It has it’s own insurance and provides oversight to members . The AAU was once recognized by the US Federal government as International Sport Federation but that was changed in 1978 . It is what it is and no amount of talk here will change that . Make a choice and follow the path you like but don’t ignore the truth and make up your own version of it . There will be some very good players in both leagues and the players will develop and improve . Go enjoy the games and leagues you want to . It’s a game for fans but as I said previously it’s a business for teams and players .

  6. to Mr. Kevin Cain:
    My guess is that if any team that is part of Hockey Canada wanted a player that was with a team in the CIHL they would committ to that player without him having to try out. So in that regard your September 1st date means nothing.
    Quit trying to scare off players and there parents who want to play in the CIHL. You are not acting very professionel here at all Mr. Cain. Do not ruin good reputation that you have by resorting to “scare tactics”. It is not worth loosing your good reputation! In my opinion.

  7. The NOJHL has been nothing but a dictatorship over the last few years. If they changed their ways a bit I am sure that people like Tim Clayden would still remain within the loop. Mr.Cain I think by following your beloved commissioner your reputation could be tarnished. You are a smart hockey guy but going down a slippery slope. The scare tactics layed out by the NOJHL means they are scared sure none teams but with how many on the edge of being broke. I have asked before why would the T Birds play out of a such a big arena. The Batchawana team will more than likely thrive at the Rankin,so time for the NOJHL to get over it and worry about their league instead of everyone else’s.

  8. You are right randy i do owe nolan and palmerio an apology. I have seen both play and they are very good hockey players.They were probably the best players available for their age group and good signings for the batchewana team.. And the answer to your question randy is i would not be offended if someone referred to my son as not high end as i believe everyone should be allowed to offer an opinion even if it rubs some people the wrong way.
    In terms of the venue , the rankin, no objection, it is the perfect rink for junior A hockey. The question as to whether two junior teams can be successful at the gate remains to be answered. I think that the teams in nojhl have always struggled financially but to think that this same problem will not be duplicated in the CIJHL is naive. The Nojhl is not a perfect league but it is sanctioned by hockey canada and it has allowed alot of northern kids the opportunity to play hockey close to home.

    Just remember those of you who constantly attack mazzuca, he answers to the board who hired him, that being the owners of the nojhl teams and they obviously endorse him. Live with it. Also nojhl fan i am not on twitter so i have not seen the barrage of posts about sanctions. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

  9. In response to the following post found regarding “NOJHL Aftermath” I would like to say point out that the $4000 amount is a cap on fee’s paid between the teams . Such development fees are prevalent from minor hockey to junior levels in Canada . In Ontario an OHL team will pay a minor team a development fee of $1000 for a player and a junior team of lower classification will get $1500 . According to the official form any Junior A player transfer fee is a max $4000 , Junior B fee is up to $2000 and all other junior players a max of $1500 . I would guess that the CIHL would fall under the others categoryso if a player plays there he would draw a fee of up to $1500 to transfer to a USA Hockey sanctioned team . i have yet to find any regulations regarding transfer fees between AAU teams or leagues .

    Junior Hockey Fan
    JUNE 23, 2014 AT 2:55 PM
    I see this CIHL as a very good option for Canadian players who may want to play in the USHL or the NAHL since they can go there in the future free of compensation. What Canadian junior teams don’t tell their Canada players is that once they play even one game and they want to go play in the States there is a 4000 dollar price tag on their head for any US team that wants them. A lot of US teams won’t want to pay that unless the player is something special. Playing in the CIHL eliminates that fee. Also, by the way there is no sanctions from HC to play in this league. That is propaganda I think this will be a very good developmental league and give the players freedom to go play where he wants.

  10. Mike – I think you doth protest to loud!!!
    Guys like you just cant seem to handle that the CIHL is a breath of fresh air to all the stale air that we have been breathing in as NOJHL Fans AND Advertisers.
    My advertising dollars AND support is going from the Soo Thunderbirds to the Batchawana Attack.
    I have made my choice so let the kids * parents make there choice without having to hear all the BS coming from the “Olde Boy’s Club”!!

  11. Really Birds Fan . I have wished the new league nothing but good luck from the start and I’m man enough to use my real name and not hide behind some handle . I am not involved with any junior organization in any way and didn’t watch a game all last season . I agree that everybody should be free to choose where they play as I have stated . I dislike the politics that hockey has become more than you could know .Because I chose to post facts, that you don’t like , based on research that I take my time to do you chose to insult me . The truth is always the first casualty when people try to serve their own agendas .

    I agree that organized hockey in this country needs to be changed . I have chosen not to involved in hockey because of the politics and the fact it’s not about kids it’s about business .You feel free to support who you want , as I’ve stated before that people should . Try to enjoy the games and make the players experiences enjoyable as well . Just try to remember that ignoring the facts or insulting the people who point them out won’t change them . Good luck to you , the CIHL and all who participate in what it offers .

  12. Hey Kevin,Mike etc… what do you think of this:
    Ottawa, ON, June 4, 2009- Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of
    Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka, today celebrated
    a win for minor hockey players right across Canada.
    Until recently young hockey players who participated in outlaw leagues, or leagues not
    sanctioned by Hockey Canada, were penalized from playing in a sanctioned leagues
    for up to two subsequent seasons. Local Members of Parliament and others found this
    rule unfair and complaints were sent to the Competition Bureau.
    “In Canada, hockey is our birthright!” said Minister Clement. “Now, thanks to the
    individuals who put pressure on Hockey Canada, the obstacles faced by some of our
    young players are gone. We have restored the right of every Canadian to play hockey
    wherever and whenever they like. We have taken our local teams,
    like the South Muskoka Shield, out of the penalty box.”
    The Competition Bureau received complaints about Hockey Canada sanctioning
    against so-called outlaw hockey leagues, and the players and arenas in which they
    play. The Bureau examined the bulletin and concluded that some aspects of the
    sanctions gave rise to issues under section 79 of the Competition Act,
    otherwise known as the abuse of dominance provision.
    As a result of the dialogue initiated by the Bureau,
    Hockey Canada has eliminated three major sanctions:
    1) Municipalities and arenas may now offer ice time to non-affiliated leagues without
    the fear of losing the business of Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities.
    2) The suspension period for a player that participates in an outlaw league can no
    longer extend beyond the season in which that participation takes place.
    3) The third sanction was changed to make it clear that a Hockey Canada team
    would not be in violation of the bulletin
    merely by playing in the same arena as an outlaw league.
    “I’m thrilled about this historic decision,” said Minister Clement. “This just goes to
    show that the system works. Now it is time to get back to doing what we do
    extremely well here in Parry Sound-Muskoka: play hockey!”

  13. Well Well read the date ,2009 . If you’re just finding this out now you’ve really been out of touch . It was in regards to the GMHL . The following rule is the current interpretation .
    2) The suspension period for a player that participates in an outlaw league can no
    longer extend beyond the season in which that participation takes place.

    Not a problem for me as it’s been deemed fair by government and has been in place for almost 5 years . All I have ever written regarding sanctions is exactly what you put in your post . The only other comment was to clarify the US transfer fee’s which were incorrectly posted by another poster . Thank you for providing the proof of what I wrote . As for my comments being warranted , mention me in a post and I will reply . Whether you think it’s warranted or not is up to you . Feel free to respond or not , I’m good with it either way .

  14. Hockey Canada and its member Branches view all leagues that operate outside the auspices/sanctioning of Hockey Canada programs to be classified as “outlaw” leagues. This
    currently does not include summer hockey leagues/teams, adult recreational hockey
    leagues/teams, high school hockey, and/or hockey schools.


    1) Any individual who participates (knowingly or otherwise) in “outlaw” programs after
    September 30 of the season in question (“the Cut-Off Date”) will lose all membership
    privileges with Hockey Canada for the remainder of that season, and may only reapply for
    membership with Hockey Canada after the end of that season. “Participation” in an
    “outlaw” program will be considered to have occurred if the individual takes part in one
    game (including an exhibition, tournament, league or playoff game) after the Cut-Off Date.
    If a participant makes the choice to participate in these “outlaw” programs, they must
    understand the ramifications of that choice and that the sanctions described in this
    paragraph will remain in effect even if the league or team folds, or the individual is
    released, suspended or fired.

    2) Hockey Canada and its member Branches across the country will make every effort to
    ensure that local minor hockey and female hockey associations in areas where “outlaw”
    leagues exist are not supporting these leagues in any manner whatsoever. For greater
    certainty, “supporting” includes, but is not limited to, assisting an “outlaw” league directly or
    indirectly through advertisement, promotion, ticket sales, volunteer activities, assigning
    Officials, sharing resources or enabling such a league to participate in Hockey Canada
    sanctioned activities. We will withhold tournament sanctions and will preclude such
    associations from benefitting from any Hockey Canada/Branch/CHL sanctioned event by
    whatever means necessary, including the withdrawal of any such event from any
    community within the geographic boundaries of that association if need be to stress this
    This policy is aimed at those leagthat choose to operate outside the hockey structure
    established by Hockey Canada, its member Branches and the Canadian Hockey League.
    Link to full release from Hockey Canada:

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