Noad in development mode
April 5, 2023
Elliot Lake Red Wings forward Sam Noad represents a good example of progress made by a young player from his first season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the next.
The 5-foot-10, 160 pound Noad was one of just a handful of players who skated in the NOJHL as a 16-year old during the 2021-2022 season. As a rookie skater playing for a first-year NOJHL team, Noad suited up in 46 games for the Red Wings and managed three goals, five assists, eight points.
The year of experience served Noad well for the 2022-2023 NOJHL season. After being invited to the rookie camp of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League and then advancing to the main camp, Noad returned to Elliot Lake for his second season under new Red Wings head coach Chris Keleher.
And the development in Noad’s game was noticeable from his first NOJHL season to his second. The youngster went from his 3-5-8 totals in ’21-22 to finishing second on the Elliot Lake scoring chart in ’22-23 with eight goals, 29 assists, 37 points in 57 games. Notably, Noad finished the ’22-23 campaign with 13 points over the last 10 games of the season.
Noad’s furtherance and advancement as a player is not only a credit to him and and the Red Wings but looks good on the NOJHL as well.