Birds, Beavers hit the Rhodes

February 1, 2017

Soo Thunderbirds will vacate the cavernous Essar Centre to return to their old home tonight — the cozy confines of John Rhodes Community Centre — to play host to the Blind River Beavers.

The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League rivals will meet in a 7 p.m. start at the Rhodes as the top two teams in the West Division.

With 64 points from a record of 31-11-2, the Thunderbirds are perched atop the West Division standings.

The Beavers are 10 points back of the Thunderbirds with a record of 26-16-2.

One of a number of feel-good stories within the 12-team NOJHL, this has been a turnaround term for Blind River, which in its previous three seasons combined, won only 20 of 162 regular-season games.

What you think about “Birds, Beavers hit the Rhodes”

  1. We will enjoy the friendly atmosphere at the Rhodes tonight.
    Attendance should be up from the Essar games.
    Come on out Beaver Fans and cheer our team on the way we always
    have at the Rhodes.

  2. Rhodes is a great rink to play in, we took our Son Johnnie to play there years ago!
    Both teams playing tonight are a pleasure to watch and are
    very competitive !
    The sole reason for “The Beavers turnaround” is COACH KYLE BRICK !
    Kyle, has put together a great staff , along with a great group of players that are doing the job!! Good job Coach Brick !
    The Rhodes will be an exciting place tonite !
    Go Beavers Go !!!

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