Let the trades begin

June 6, 2022

Junior hockey is officially open for business ahead of the 2022-2023 season. Multiple transactions involving teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have received the proper approval.

To date, they are as follows.

• Looking to add a goalie following the graduation of workhorse Michael Nickolau to the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Division 1, American Collegiate Hockey Association ranks, Cochrane Crunch has acquired 2002 birth year net minder Jacob Dubinsky from the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Jr. B Hockey League. Dubinsky had a record of 5-14-4 with a .904 save percentage and 3.82 goals against average for North Okanagan, which missed the playoffs in the KIJHL in 2021-2022.

• Meanwhile, the Timmins Rock, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, French River Rapids and Blind River Beavers have all dealt players to teams in other Canadian Jr. Hockey League centres in cash exchanges. Timmins shipped defenseman Bode Dunford and forward Christopher Engelbert to the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Kirkland Lake moved Ryan Evenhuis to the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL and fellow forward Luciano Supino to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL, French River traded goalie Cole Sheffield to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League and Blind River transferred defenseman Nolan Connolly to the Pickering Panthers of the OJHL.

What you think about “Let the trades begin”

  1. Need to find a way to keep good players in the league! These are all very good players for their respective teams! Maybe a tiered team fee payment method based on years played so there is some incentive to stay! The CJHL should have a uniform team fee policyacross the country but unfortunately that is not the case! Hard to compete for players with that been the case!

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