French River Rapids, who will begin play as a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League expansion team in 2015-2016, have unveiled their team colours and logo.
The Rapids have adopted the blue-red-white colour scheme of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League and their newly-designed logo is pictured above.
A picturesque municipality of about 2,500 residents, French River is located between the much-larger northern Ontario communities of Sudbury and North Bay.
Allan Donnan, who also owns the Iroquois Falls Eskimos of the NOJHL, is the primary owner of the new French River team which will be coached and managed by former Ontario Hockey League and NHL defenceman Moe Mantha.
The 54-year old Mantha — who played in 673 NHL games as a journeyman defenceman and who coached the erstwhile Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League to two North Division championships over the past five years — has started to recruit players for French River.
One veteran junior who Mantha has already offered a sign is goalie George Hill, a 1995 birth-year who was with the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Tier 3, Midwest Jr. Hockey League (now the United States Premier Hockey League) in 2014-2015.
As part of an odd four-man goalie system with Detroit, Hill had a 6-5-1 record to go with a 3.66 goals against average and team-best .902 save percentage, regular season and playoffs included.