SIJHL at the break


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December 23, 2023


 Five of the eight teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League will take records well above the .500 level into the 2024 segment of this season.

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NOJHL at the break


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December 22, 2023


There are races for first place in both the West and East sides of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Just as there are teams in chases for the final playoff positions in both divisions ahead of the 2024 segment of the NOJHL regular season.

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Unforgettable Soo Indians


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December 21, 2023


This was a junior hockey team like no other that I have ever covered on a regular basis. It began with a good fellow of an owner who reminded me of any one of a number of characters from the classic hit television series The Sopranos.

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Overcoming the odds


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December 20, 2023


Seattle Kraken scout Mike Dawson has a plain, simple and uncomplicated message for aspiring young players who were late round draft picks to the Ontario Hockey League or who were not drafted at all. “Keep working. Every one has setbacks. It’s how you deal with adversity,” Dawson relayed while home visiting family in Sault Ste. Marie and stopping by to make a guest appearance on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show podcast.

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Best and rest of OHL West


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December 18, 2023


Soo Greyhounds are in first place in the West Division — and just three points back of the Kitchener Rangers for first overall in the Western Conference — with the Ontario Hockey League on the Christmas break. And while the Windsor Spitfires are at the bottom of the Western stage, they are within clear range of the eighth and final playoff spot.

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Gage on the GOJHL stage


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December 18, 2023


WINDSOR — Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans is officially among the elite young players in the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League while patrolling the blue line here for the Windsor LaSalle Vipers.

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Sault College at the break


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December 14, 2023


They will both head into the 2024 segment of this season’s schedule with very impressive records within the ranks of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association. Sault College Cougars women’s team has a record of 10-0-0 while the men have a 15-3-0 mark.

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U18 Hounds at the break


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December 13, 2023


It has been an inverted, up and down and back again season for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League. A major exodus in players from 2022-2023 to 2023-2024 also included the Sault Major Hockey Association moving on from last year’s bench and management crew.

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Sault boys in OHL West


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December 12, 2023


Four of the five teams in the West Division of the Ontario Hockey League have Sault Ste. Marie products on their respective rosters. Ironically, it is the Soo Greyhounds who do not have a single local lad on their team.

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Firebirds and Spitfires


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December 11, 2023


They are scheduled to face off against one another no less than five times in the 2024 segment of this Ontario Hockey League regular season. And those five matchups could go a long way towards deciding playoff spots for the Flint Firebirds and Windsor Spitfires.

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Vis to the Voodoos


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December 11, 2023


Powassan Voodoos have bolstered their blue line by way of a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cash exchange with the Elliot Lake Vikings.

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10 straight for Blind River


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December 11, 2023


A season high 10 game winning streak has the Blind River Beavers in a dam good position among the elite of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Torres and the Spitfires


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December 10, 2023


Windsor Spitfires are still at the bottom of the standings among the 10 teams of the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. But the Spitfires have now won more games with interim head coach Casey Torres at the helm than they did under his fired predecessor Jerrod Smith.

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Hudson and Hudson


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December 9, 2023


They are the two youngest players — impact ones at that — for the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. Both are 2023 Ontario Hockey League draft picks of the Sudbury Wolves. And both have connections to not only the Wolves but to Sault Ste. Marie.

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Goalie coaches old, young


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December 8, 2023


Terry Barbeau. Bill Vanderleest. Noah Zeppa. They are three reputable Sault Ste. Marie residents who are all performing goalie coach roles with high end hockey programs on both sides of the International Bridge and the St. Mary’s River.

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Spitfires continue ascent


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December 8, 2023


The recharged Windsor Spitfires are becoming a pretty good story in the making. After starting the 2023-2024 Ontario Hockey League season with a 4-16-1 record that led to the firing of first year head coach Jerrod Smith, the Spitfires have since gone 4-2-0 under interim bench boss Casey Torres.

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Local lad in Windsor LaSalle


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December 7, 2023


Sault Ste. Marie product Gage Evans is continuing his development with the Windsor LaSalle Vipers of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Rock adds power forward


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December 5, 2023


Reigning champion Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a power forward with the acquisition of Jack Kelly from the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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New d-man on the Rock


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December 4, 2023


The reigning champions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added to their blue line brigade with the acquisition of a dependable defenseman from the Maritime Hockey League.

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Majors of the Great North


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December 4, 2023


Who are these guys? They are the Majors from Timmins that’s who. And they made a Major statement on the weekend with a home-ice sweep of the first place team in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Spitfires are taking flight


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December 4, 2023


A change in head coaches has thus far led to a well timed turnaround for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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The old Junior B days


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December 1, 2023


Northern Ontario has long had a prominent presence in the junior A hockey game. Nowadays it is the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. But from 1965 until 1981 it was the International Jr. B Hockey League that had a town filled existence in Northern Ontario and Northern Michigan.

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Maciuk family advisors


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November 29, 2023


Like father, like son. Long-time player agent and family advisor David Maciuk has spent more than 60 years in the game of hockey dating back to his childhood days growing up in Sault Ste. Marie. And as the age-less Maciuk — who has lived in Chicago for a number of years — continues to grow his JDM Sports Management company, he works alongside his 36-year old son Justin Maciuk.

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U18 Hounds home for three


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November 28, 2023


This is a crucial set of games for the Soo Jr. Greyhounds. The Jr. Hounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League are home for three games in as many days this weekend as the New Liskeard Cubs are in town.

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Wolves of the Great North


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November 28, 2023


They are howling and are leaders of the pack atop the standings of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League. Sudbury U18 Wolves have a record of 11-2-1 ahead of three scheduled games this week.

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Ways of the Wild West


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November 27, 2023


Soo Greyhounds have maintained first place despite a record-setting win streak by the Saginaw Spirit. Flint Firebirds are holding serve in the middle of the court while fourth seed Sarnia Sting is on a skid and the last place Windsor Spitfires have responded well to a coaching change.

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Vikings will play in Massey


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November 26, 2023


The vagabonds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have officially secured a home away from home arena for the balance of the 2023-2024 season. Hockey News North has confirmed that the Elliot Lake Vikings will play the remainder of their ‘home’ games at the Massey and District Community Centre effective a December 1 match against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Kovacs is lighting it up


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November 26, 2023


It is sufficient to say that Jake Kovacs is having a career season as a 20-year old forward with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Spitfires alter flight plan


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November 24, 2023


WINDSOR — There has been some topsy turvy turbulence that has grounded the Windsor Spitfires this season following back to back first place regular season finishes atop the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Kam River via Elliot Lake


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November 24, 2023


Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have finalized a player for cash transaction.

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Modest surge for U18 Hounds


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November 23, 2023


They are still not close to where new head coach Denny Lambert has aspirations for them to be. However, after winning just one of five games to begin the 2023-2024 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season, the Soo Jr. Greyhounds have five points from a record of 2-2-1 since Lambert and his new staff of assistant coaches took over.

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Majors are on the move


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November 21, 2023


Timmins Majors are one of three teams in the seven member Great North Under 18 Hockey League with a winning record as November nudges towards December.

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Spitfires fire head coach


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November 20, 2023


Long-time assistant coach Jerrod Smith has lasted just 21 games as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Disparity in the NOJHL


By
November 20, 2023


For the second successive season there is clear disproportion between the East and West divisions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and a playoff format that is cause for consternation as a result.

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Fearsome OHL fighters


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November 19, 2023


Like it or not, fighting has a secure place in hockey history. There are fighters who were as popular — maybe more popular — than many of the star players. These days, fighting is virtually non existent in the game. But that does not change the fact that some of the most fearsome fighters in the history of — in this case — the Ontario Hockey League are still held in reverence by many with a nostalgic attachment to the game.

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Lambert has come full circle


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November 16, 2023


Denny Lambert skated in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons before eventually making it to the National Hockey League where he toughed it out for more than 500 games as a battling left winger. But the 53-year old Lambert, who recently stepped in to take over as head coach of the AAA Under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds, says it was his time with the program as a player in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League that went a long way to shape him for what was ahead.

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Count on Kam River, Dryden


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November 15, 2023


There is no such thing as a sure thing. But there are constants in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. Such as sustained success and perennial contention from the Kam River Fighting Walleye and the Dryden Ice Dogs.

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Spitfires are sputtering


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November 14, 2023


Windsor Spitfires are in a nosedive that requires imminent attention. Since scoring a big victory over the Western Conference-leading Kitchener Rangers, the Spitfires have dropped five straight games and are now in last place among the 20 teams of the Ontario Hockey League with a record of 4-13-1.

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U13 AA Hounds win two of four


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November 13, 2023


LONDON — Soo Under 13 AA Jr. Greyhounds left here with a good takeoff following an above board showing at a high end weekend tournament that featured a whopping 18 teams in their age group alone.

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Hello from the Great North


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November 13, 2023


Let us skate here and there in the good, old Great North Under 18 Hockey League with the middle of November now upon us:

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Latest on the U18 Jr. Hounds


By
November 11, 2023


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have decided on their coaching staff as they move ahead on the 2023-2024 season. Joining recently appointed head coach Denny Lambert on the new look staff of the Jr. Greyhounds are assistant coaches Jeremy Stevenson, Keegan Stevenson and Ty Zachary with added support from goalie coach Ryan Cook, trainer Dr. Kevin Caruso and equipment manager Louie Cuglietta.

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Svarich an NOJHL Rock star


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November 9, 2023


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.

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Sault College men are 10-2


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November 8, 2023


Nine straight victories have the Sault College Cougars roaring with a record of 10-2-0 through 12 games on the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association schedule.

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NOJHL & the all star challenge


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November 7, 2023


The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has confirmed the playing rosters and coaching staffs for the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, which is slated to be held November 13 to 15 in Trenton, Ont.

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Retentions of Windsor Arena


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November 6, 2023


Sault Ste. Marie is home. Windsor is my acquired home, initially through Croatian family on my mother’s side. As a journalist who has been writing about hockey for a living since 1975, my main passion is now with the various minor and junior teams of northern Ontario. But the Windsor Spitfiires of the Ontario Hockey League and its Windsor Arena home of 1975 to 2008 remain high on my chosen and close to one’s heart list of all time fondness and partiality.

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Winning ways of the Walleye


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November 5, 2023


They finished in first place in their first full season in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League before losing in the playoff championship series. They again placed first in their second season and then capped it off by winning the SIJHL championship. And now, in season no. 3 as members of the SIJHL, the Kam River Fighting Walleye has continued its winning ways.

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U18 Hounds moving forward


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November 4, 2023


The winds of change have altered the course of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds in what are still the early stages of the 2023-2024 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season.

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New GM for U18 Hounds


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November 3, 2023


As Denny Lambert is the new head coach of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League, he has brought a familiar sidekick on board to be the general manager of the program.

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Lambert to coach U18 Hounds


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November 2, 2023


Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have brought aboard the highly regarded and well respected Denny Lambert as their head coach.

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Sault Ste. Marie Spitfires


By
November 2, 2023


Recently acquired defenseman Connor Toms has become the latest in a long line of players from Sault Ste. Marie who have suited up for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League over the years. Indeed, the number of Sault boys who have become Spitfires is rather notable.

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Kowal is a Paper King


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November 1, 2023


Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have obtained hulking forward Cayden Kowal from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash transaction.

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Spitfires are high on Toms


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October 31, 2023


WINDSOR — Connor Toms has a good opportunity to go from being a fringe defenseman with the Soo Greyhounds to a stabilizing presence with the Windsor Spitfires. The 19-year old Sault Ste. Marie product is now a seasoned member of a rookie laden Spitfires blue line brigade after being obtained from the Greyhounds for a 12th round pick at the 2025 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

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Birds in a Wild West fight


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October 30, 2023


Winners of nine of their past 10 games, the Soo Thunderbirds are one of five teams in a frantic race for first place within the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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The return of classic Rock


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October 30, 2023


Whether it was a championship hangover or not, the Timmins Rock staggered and stumbled to begin the 2023-2024 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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U18 Wolves bank on Shank


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October 29, 2023


Sudbury U18 Wolves ran their record atop the Great North Under 18 Hockey League standings to 7-1-1 today with a decisive 10-2 win over the visiting New Liskeard Cubs.

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U18 Jr. Hounds cuff Kap


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October 28, 2023


Soo Jr. Greyhounds have their first win of the 2023-2024 Great North Under 18 Hockey League season. In their home opener today, the Jr. Greyhounds upended the travel-weary Kapuskasing Flyers by a 5-1 score. The Soo victory followed three straight road losses to the North Bay Trappers last weekend.

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A return to Blind River


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October 27, 2023


Jesse Dupuis is back with the Blind River Beavers by way of a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League cash transaction with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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Horgan a Paper King howitzer


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October 25, 2023


He is the highest scoring defenseman in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. As a matter of fact, Spencer Horgan of the Espanola Paper Kings is the top scoring defender throughout the entire Canadian Jr. A Hockey League.

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Vikings steal another one


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October 24, 2023


Elliot Lake Vikings are a distant last in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. But the upstart Vikings scored their second straight upset win tonight with a 4-3 road victory over the Soo Thunderbirds.

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Circling the Great North


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October 24, 2023


Sudbury U18 Wolves and the reigning champion North Bay Trappers are the pace setters in the early going of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League regular season.

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New heights for Soo Eagles


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October 22, 2023


Shrugging off a slow start to the 2023-2024 regular season, the Soo Eagles have taken over top spot with the best winning percentage in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. 

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Good for the EL Vikings


By
October 21, 2023


It has been a back and forth story of good news and bad news for the new Elliot Lake Vikings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League this season.

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Red Wings radio legend


By
October 20, 2023


Paul Woods was certainly no slouch as a hockey player. He captained the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and once scored 119 points in a season. And before Steve Yzerman came along, Woods was the youngest captain in the National Hockey League history of the storied Detroit Red Wings. But it is as a Red Wings radio broadcaster that Woods has become an unlikely legend.

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U18 Jr. Hounds ready to play


By
October 19, 2023


They are ready to skate into the regular season. And their coach is looking forward to the challenges ahead. With no less than 13 first year players on their roster, the new look Soo Jr. Greyhounds will finally begin 2023-2024 regular season play in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League this weekend when they are slated to head to North Bay for three games against the reigning champion Trappers.

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Local lad commits to Lakers


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October 18, 2023


Smart, steady defenseman Candon O’Neill has a verbal, future commitment to play at the Division 1 National Collegiate Athletic Association level for the cross-river Lake Superior State University Lakers.

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Sudbury Cubs are loading up


By
October 18, 2023


A well built team has become additionally reinforced. Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have served further notice of championship intentions for this season.

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SC Cougars in command


By
October 15, 2023


A pair of home ice weekend wins over their cross-river American Collegiate Hockey Association rival Lake Superior State University Lakers has the Sault College Cougars with a record of 5-2-0 through their first seven games of the 2023-2024 season.

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Wolves of the Great North


By
October 15, 2023


Sudbury U18 Wolves have picked up points in each of their four games to begin the 2023-2024 regular season in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Rock star Mason Svarich


By
October 14, 2023


It did not take recently acquired forward Mason Svarich very long to make an impact for the reigning Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champion Timmins Rock.

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Cubs add veteran d-man


By
October 13, 2023


The top team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has bolstered its blue line. Sudbury Cubs have added 2005 birth year defenseman Justin Seguin from the Caledon Admirals of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash exchange.

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Cougars home to Lakers


By
October 12, 2023


Having played four of their first five games of the 2023-2024 American Collegiate Hockey Association season on the road, the Sault College Cougars have a pair of upcoming home matches on the slate.

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Ice Dogs and Walleye


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October 11, 2023


They both carry good history as winning organizations with championship banners. Ergo, it should not be surprising that the Dryden Ice Dogs and Kam River Fighting Walleye are both off to good starts to the 2023-2024 Superior International Jr. Hockey League regular season.

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First star … Luc Dubois!


By
October 10, 2023


It has been quite an early season hockey ride for young Lucas Dubois. The 2007 birth year forward has already put up points for both the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and his hometown Espanola Paper Kings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Rock around the block


By
October 10, 2023


Scoring standout Mason Svarich is leaving his home province of Alberta to return to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, this time with the reigning champion Timmins Rock.

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