Want to talk about being an impact player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League? Well, among those who are making a major impact in the NOJHL this season is 20-year old forward Mason Svarich of the Timmins Rock.
Svarich is back in the NOJHL after beginning the 2023-204 season in the Alberta Jr. Hockey League. But despite scoring 13 goals, four assists, 17 points in only 10 games since arriving in Timmins, Svarich was not selected to represent the NOJHL East Division at the upcoming Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge.
This omission is hard to figure. Among the 12 forwards named to Team NOJHL East, Svarich was not selected despite having averaged 1.7 points per game for Timmins this season.
And oh, by the way, it is not as though Svarich is an NOJHL flash-in-the-pan. In 63 games — regular season and playoffs included — with the Hearst Lumberjacks as an NOJHL rookie in 2022-2023, Svarich lit it up with 33 goals, 25 assists, 58 points.
Thus, in 73 NOJHL games to date, Svarich has totalled 46 goals, 29 assists, 75 points. And this somehow is not good enough to be one of 12 all-star forwards from the NOJHL’s East Division alone?
Geez, someone needs to give their head a shake.