The clock is ticking.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will have a different look to it come the 2014-2015 season.
For one, North Bay Trappers have reportedly been told by the City of North Bay to look for a new home in 2014-2015.
In fact, the Trappers have scheduled their next three home games of this 2013-2014 season for nearby Mattawa.
In Espanola, where the Rivermen top the NOJHL attendance chart with a per-game average of over 550 fans, owner Tim Clayden is seriously contemplating a move to another junior hockey league.
“We’re exploring some options,” Clayden said candidly.
Then there’s the northeastern Ontario town of Cochrane which is home to a nice arena facility and is ready to embrace a junior hockey team.
Folks in Cochrane have not been shy to say they will have a junior hockey team in town for the 2014-2015 season and it will be a part of the NOJHL via relocation.
Elliot Lake Bobcats to Cochrane?
We have been told it’s a done deal, pending approval of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.