It appears as though the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will not be leaving Iroquois Falls — home of the Abitibi Eskimos — after all.
While the NOJHL has already approved the relocation of the current Abitibi franchise to the bigger, nearby town of Timmins effective the 2015-2016 campaign, there could be another team setting up shop in Iroquois Falls next season.
A group of Iroquois Falls residents and longtime Eskimos volunteers, led by the husband-wife duo of Ron Blais and Allison Madden-Blais, have embarked on a campaign to attract another NOJHL team to the small northeastern Ontario town.
A de facto, town hall initiative meeting, held in Iroquois Falls this past Sunday, drew in about 300 locals who are interested in keeping an NOJHL presence in their town.
And where there is smoke, there seems to be fire.
To be sure, sources with knowledge of the situation have told HockeyNewsNorth.com that they think there will be an NOJHL team in Iroquois Falls in 2015-2016 via relocation of a current franchise.
Of note, the Iroquois Falls-based Eskimos led the entire nine-team NOJHL in attendance during the 2014-2015 regular season with a per-game average of 513 at venerable Jus Jordan Arena.