Hockey north watch tower


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September 14, 2021


We have teams, players and coaches to keep collective eyes on as junior hockey in the north puts its sticks on the 2021-2022 season.

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They call him Captain Cam


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September 13, 2021


Camaryn Baber

Sault Ste. Marie product Camaryn Baber has been named captain of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2021-2022 campaign will be an overage season for Baber, who has a 2001 birth date.

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Kam River takes Teleco Cup


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September 13, 2021


Kam River Fighting Walleye, Teleco Cup champs

Junior hockey returned to northwestern Ontario in game form on the weekend for the first time in nine months.

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Elliot Lake has a nice look


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September 13, 2021


Tyson Bradford wears the colours of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings. (photo by Northern Exposures)

After a year away and sporting a new name, Elliot Lake is back in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Here are the U18 Greyhounds


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September 12, 2021


Head coach Jamie Henderson has confirmed the roster for the 2021-2022 edition of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.

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Between the pipes


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September 11, 2021


Goalies. They represent the last line of defense at the most scrutinized and evaluated position in hockey.

In the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, there are no shortage of top flight goalies. And following is a look at several who figure to be difference makers this season.

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Here come the Sudbury Cubs


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September 10, 2021


It is a new chapter for junior hockey in Sudbury under the watch of a philanthropic owner and his right hand man — fellow locals who represent a time honoured history in the game.

Formerly the Rayside Balfour Canadians, now the Greater Sudbury Cubs, this is a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team that is experienced in community leadership, management and coaching — and with sights set on a championship.

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Sudbury’s new junior team


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September 9, 2021


Rayside Balfour Canadians are no more.

Owner Mark Burgess and his right hand man, managing director Blaine Smith, have opted to rebrand the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team.

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Fishing the Walleye net


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September 7, 2021


Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has opted to keep its net intact with two returning goalies.

At the same time, the Fighting Walleye has created an opportunity for a rookie net minding prospect.

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Cougars have a north look


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September 6, 2021


Skaters with recent experience in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League are among those who have signed up to play for the 2021-2022 edition of the Sault College Cougars.

The only Canadian men’s team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 ranks, Sault College has lined up a regular season schedule that is slated to begin on October 23.

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Coaching change in EL


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September 3, 2021


Brian Noad has stepped down as head coach of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League without having coached a game, Hockey News North has learned.

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Dual role in Thief River


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September 3, 2021


Elliot Bates

It will be double duty for the new guy.

That is, incoming head coach Elliot Bates will add the duties of general manager for the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Junior hockey outlook


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September 2, 2021


It was a season like no other relative to junior hockey in the province and coalitions such as the Ontario Hockey League, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

And hopefully there will never be another season like the 2020-2021 campaign that was so adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kartye gets Kraken in Seattle


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September 2, 2021


Tye Kartye

Soo Greyhounds overage candidate Tye Kartye is getting a pro opportunity, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A 6-foot, 200 pound left winger with a 2001 birth date, Kartye has been invited to the National Hockey League training camp of the expansion Seattle Kraken.

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Barnes in Blind River


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September 1, 2021


An Ontario Hockey League prospect of the Owen Sound Attack is slated to develop with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the upcoming season.

He is Jackson Barnes, a 6-foot-2 defenseman with a 2004 birth date.

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Signed up in Kam River


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August 31, 2021


Having signed 18 players to date, the lineup for the Kam River Fighting Walleye is just about set for the upcoming Superior International Jr. Hockey League season.

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SIJHL rivals make a deal


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August 31, 2021


Thunder Bay North Stars and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have finalized a trade, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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New boss in Thief River Falls


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August 31, 2021


A new head coach with prior bench experience in the North American 3 Hockey League will be at the helm of the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League once the 2021-2022 season begins.

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NOJHL expands vaccine policy


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August 31, 2021


Rob Mazzuca

Commissioner Rob Mazzuca and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have confirmed that, with the looming start of the 2021-2022 exhibition and regular season schedule, it will be adding to its current vaccination policy.

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D-man has Sudbury roots


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August 30, 2021


Cole Quevillon

Cole Quevillon is headed from the Brockville Braves of the Central Canada Hockey League to the Greater Sudbury-based Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in a cash deal.

A 6-foot-1, 185 pound defenseman with a 2003 birth date, Quevillon has family in Greater Sudbury, which makes the move somewhat of a homecoming for the Oro-Medonite product.

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Here are the EL Red Wings


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August 29, 2021


The new kids on the block have signed 23 players ahead of the looming 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

Elliot Lake Red Wings have inked 14 forwards, six defensemen and three goalies.

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Lambert to scout for Wolves


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August 28, 2021


Denny Lambert

Fresh from a stint as head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Denny Lambert has joined the scouting staff of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Bull heading to Cochrane


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August 27, 2021


Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a defenseman via the Quebec AAA Jr. Hockey League.

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RIP, Donny Gagnon


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August 26, 2021


Don Gagnon

Sault Ste. Marie’s hockey circle has lost an exemplary member. Don Gagnon passed away recently following health complications.

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Hat trick for Lafleur?


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August 26, 2021


Marc Lafleur

I am not saying that Marc Lafleur is the best coach in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. But I doubt there is anyone who is better than the 46-year old bench boss of the Powassan Voodoos.

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EL inks northern goalie


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August 25, 2021


Julien Lefebvre

A talented tender from Timmins has signed with the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

Julien Lefebvre, a 6-foot, 160 pound goalie with a 2003 birth date, heads to Elliot Lake after guarding the net for the Cochrane Crunch of the NOJHL as a rookie backup during the abbreviated 2020-2021 season.

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Now that’s a big Walleye!


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August 25, 2021


Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has reeled in a big fish from rural Saskatchewan.

Hockey News North has confirmed that the Fighting Walleye has signed Jesse Swanson, who is a mammoth 6-foot-7, 230 pound rookie forward.

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Plugged into the NOJHL


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August 25, 2021


Major change will be in effect when regular season action in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League begins in the middle of September.

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Three stars to Wisconsin


By
August 24, 2021


University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils have recruited three graduated stars from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the upcoming season.

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Hounds’ new goalie coach


By
August 22, 2021


Matt Smith

Matt Smith is following in some big foot steps as the new goalie coach for the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

As in, the previous four goalie coaches for the Greyhounds are now with pro hockey teams.

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All the way to Thunder Bay


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August 21, 2021


Raj Sangha

Raj Sangha will once again make a 20 hour trip from his home in Calgary to play junior hockey in Thunder Bay.

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Soo Eagles get Holy


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August 20, 2021


Sam Holy

Looking to add an experienced defenseman, Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired Sam Holy from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and with a 2001 birth date, Holy has size at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

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Lined up for Walleye


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August 19, 2021


Better days ahead? COVID-19 limited the expansion Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League to just four regular season games in 2020-2021.

Now, preparatory to the 2021-2022 regular season is a four team tournament that the veteran-laden Fighting Walleye will play host to.

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Dealing in Elliot Lake


By
August 18, 2021


Mark Savery

Mark Savery has been a busy operator of late. The vice president of hockey operations for the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has finalized a series of transactions.

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Net plans in Blind River


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August 18, 2021


Blind River Beavers goalie Gavin Disano

Holdover net minder Gavin Disano will now be part of a three goalie system for the Blind River Beavers to at least begin the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

That is the word from Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick.

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Back in Thunder Bay


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August 18, 2021


Several seasoned performers have confirmed their return to the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

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NOJHL, SIJHL teams deal


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August 17, 2021


Mason Wesley

A pair of transactions involving teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Superior International Jr. Hockey League have been finalized.

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Summer fest in NOJHL West


By
August 16, 2021


Hot, humid and hazy weather aside, it is but a mere month before the first puck drops on the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League regular season.

September 16 is the planned start date to the upcoming NOJHL campaign. And ahead of that, it has been an eventful off season in the NOJHL, primarily in the West Division.

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Tony O was a proud Soo boy


By
August 15, 2021


The legendary Tony O.

You didn’t have to be from Sault Ste. Marie to know who Tony Esposito was.

But if you knew hockey, you knew who Esposito was. And if you knew hockey, you knew that Esposito was from Sault Ste. Marie.

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Cochrane is set in net


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August 13, 2021


Ben DiGiallonardo

Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has solidified its goalie tandem ahead of the looming 2021-2022 season.

The Crunch has added incoming goalie Ben DiGiallonardo by way of the Brantford Bandits of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Drumm is one up on Gretzky


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August 12, 2021


Brian Drumm

As an underage 15-year old during the 1976-1977 Ontario Hockey League season, Wayne Gretzky played in three games for the Peterborough Petes before the Soo Greyhounds took him with the third overall pick of the 1977 OHL draft.

But not even the Great One can top fellow forward Brian Drumm when it comes to being the youngest player to ever skate in an OHL game. That is, Drumm first suited up for the Oshawa Generals as a 14-year old local affiliate during the 1971-1972 season.

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Doucette on the rise


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August 11, 2021


Tyson Doucette

As he has grown several inches in height and become noticeably stronger, so too has he elevated his game.

Still very young, with a 2004 birth date, forward Tyson Doucette looms as a rising star for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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