Kam River lands a goalie


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July 8, 2021


Eric Vanska

This looms as a net gain.

That is, Eric Vanska has opted to return to the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Five Eagles off to school


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July 8, 2021


Bobby Price

Homegrown product Bobby Price tops a list of five graduates of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League who are moving up to the college ranks this fall.

A 6-foot, 190 pound forward who played three seasons with the Michigan-based Eagles, Price is heading to Trine University, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 3 school.

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Captain on the Express


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July 7, 2021


Josh Boucher

Josh Boucher will be returning to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for a third season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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In and out of Kam River


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July 7, 2021


Kevin McCallum has been wheeling and dealing ahead of the 2021-2022 junior hockey season. The general manager of the Kam River Fighting Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League has been involved in four separate transactions thus far this summer.

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Rayside adds to depth chart


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July 7, 2021


Alexander Dillon is moving up from the Little Britain Merchants of the Provincial Jr. C Hockey League to the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

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Back in the Beaver dam


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July 6, 2021


Blind River Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick has confirmed the signed return of nine players ahead of the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.

The nine veterans include one goalie, two defensemen and six forwards. They are as follows.

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Local look of the Birds


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July 5, 2021


Tyson Doucette

Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League are — as they should be — the big game in town. After all, the OHL is probably the best junior hockey development league in the world and the Greyhounds have a long history of producing players for the National Hockey League.

But the Soo is also home to the Thunderbirds of the lower level Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And the Thunderbirds are all about giving local lads a place to play and develop while staying at home.

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Resch to catch the Express


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July 3, 2021


Caleb Resch

Caleb Resch has ambitious plans for his final season of junior hockey. And he is willing to move far away from home to pursue his hockey goals.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 2001 birth year defensemen will be heading more than 1,000 miles from home to suit up for the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League come the 2021-2022 season.

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Flint promotes Sault scout


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July 2, 2021


Mike Oliverio has been named head scout of the Flint Firebirds.

The 54-year old Sault Ste. Marie resident has served as a long-time regional scout for the Ontario Hockey League franchise dating back to when the Firebirds were known as the Plymouth Whalers.

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Traffic on the Express route


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July 1, 2021


Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has made a flurry of player moves with the small market team making notable additions ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

The transactions involve teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League as well as the signings of three players from the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and another incoming rookie from Brantford.

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Hay says hey to Flint


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June 30, 2021


Flint Firebirds have now signed two of their top picks from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.

The most recent commitment to Flint is forward Ethan Hay, who was the Firebirds third round pick from the AAA Waterloo Wolves.

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Net gain for Espanola


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June 29, 2021


Patrick Boivin. (photo by Christophe Simard)

He is staying in the north.

Rookie goalie Patrick Boivin has signed with the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Walleye on the Express


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June 29, 2021


Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has acquired a trio of skaters from the Kam River Walleye of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

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Additions to the Express


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June 28, 2021


Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has signed three incoming rookie skaters, president and head coach Jason Rapcewicz has confirmed to Hockey News North.

Among the new additions to the Espanola lineup are a pair of northern Ontario products from nearby Sudbury.

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Over the Hill in Cochrane


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June 28, 2021


Cochrane Crunch president and head coach Tom Nickolau has confirmed a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction with the Soo Thunderbirds.

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Caufield was well schooled


By
June 27, 2021


Cole Caufield

He is one of hockey’s newest sensations, a 20 year old mighty mite who has already become a folk hero of sorts for the under dog Montreal Canadiens and their improbable Stanley Cup run of 2021.

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Local look in Elliot Lake


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June 25, 2021


Sporting the jersey of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings is local lad Teegan Dumont

The operators of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have already scored big without playing a game.

As Elliot Lake is poised to return to the NOJHL for the 2021-2022 season after being on leave of absence in 2020-2021, the rebranded Red Wings — formerly known as the Wildcats — have signed a pair of local lads.

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T-Birds bring Zeppa home


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June 24, 2021


Veteran goalie Noah Zeppa has been signed by the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a free agent, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Dumont deal is done


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June 24, 2021


Teegan Dumont

Hometown defenseman Teegan Dumont is officially a member of the new Elliot Lake Red Wings.

Formerly the Elliot Lake Wildcats, the rebranded Red Wings have acquired Dumont from the Blind River Beavers in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction that was initially reported by Hockey News North back on May 10.

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NOJHL expects a full season


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June 23, 2021


Gavin Disano, the Blind River Beavers and the other 11 NOJHL teams plan to play a normal 56 game regular season schedule.

Plans are for the 12 team Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to proceed with a full 2021-2022 regular season schedule and a start date of September 16.

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Whiteduck on the move


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June 22, 2021


Pineshish Whiteduck

Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a veteran skater via the trade route, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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Hockey North Show X 2


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June 22, 2021


Two special editions of the Hockey North Show on radio station Eagle 95.1 http://eagleradio951.com will air as a way of “catching up” on what has been a busy junior hockey off season. The special edition, half hour shows will air this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and next Tuesday, June 29 at 3:00 p.m.

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Majors go for Walker


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June 21, 2021


Kevin Walker

Homegrown product Kevin Walker will serve as the head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season.

Majors general manager Ron Holmes confirmed the appointment of Walker.

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Flint’s new coaching troika


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June 21, 2021


A trio of incoming coaches has been hired by the Flint Firebirds since owner Rolf Nilsen brought in 66-year old Terry Christensen on May 7 to be the president of hockey operations for the Ontario Hockey League team.

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Soo boys have twice the Spirit


By
June 20, 2021


Camaryn Baber
Calem Mangone

They both carry intangibles relative to character, relentless work ethic and perseverance.

Three years apart in age, Sault Ste. Marie products Camaryn Baber and Calem Mangone are poised to become first-time teammates in 2021-2022 as part of the latest contending edition of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Flint inks first rounder


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June 20, 2021


Any concerns that the new look Flint Firebirds would have difficulty signing their first round pick from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft have been addressed.

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Delarosbil is for the Birds


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June 18, 2021


Cole Delarosbil has been acquired by the Soo Thunderbirds from the Espanola Express. (photo by Bob Davies.)

It is a deal that is finally official after being in the works for more than a month.

That is, Hockey News North has confirmed that the Soo Thunderbirds have obtained homegrown product Cole Delarosbil from the Espanola Express in a cash exchange.

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Big d-man to the Crunch


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June 18, 2021


Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has added a young defenseman from the reputable Brantford 99ers program.

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Powassan via Oshawa


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June 18, 2021


Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed rookie forward Elliott Haigh from the Oshawa Generals under 18 program.

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Saginaw signs Soo skater


By
June 16, 2021


Wow. That didn’t take long.

A mere week after taking Calem Mangone with the second overall pick of the first round of the 2021 Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft, the Saginaw Spirit has signed the Sault Ste. Marie product to a standard player contract.

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EL Red Wings go local


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June 15, 2021


Alexandre Antoine is staying home to play junior hockey for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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New to the Flint Firebirds


By
June 15, 2021


Flint Firebirds associate coach Kris Sparre

Another week, another coaching addition.

Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League have tapped Kris Sparre as their associate coach for the 2021-2022 season.

Sparre is the third new coach to be hired in Flint since owner Rolf Nilsen brought Terry Christensen on board as president of hockey operations on May 7.

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Crunch time for Ingram


By
June 15, 2021


Junior C to Junior A.

Moving up from the Dundas Blues of the Provincial Jr. Hockey League to the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season is Ethan Ingram.

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Kam River to Elliot Lake


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June 14, 2021


The process of putting together a new team ahead of the 2021-2022 season has landed the Elliot Lake Red Wings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League a player from the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

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Feel good Habs have Soo link


By
June 13, 2021


The father and grandfather of Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield were both born in Sault Ste. Marie. (photo by Canadian Press)

Regardless of what happens through the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs the Montreal Canadiens will have had a successful National Hockey League season.

And as a bonus to Canadiens fans in Sault Ste. Marie, there is a link to the Soo from this Montreal team.

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Thunderbirds to Voodoos


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June 10, 2021


Alex Bugeja

Proven puck-stopper Alex Bugeja is on the move.

The 2001 birth year goalie has been traded from the Soo Thunderbirds to the Powassan Voodoos in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League transaction, Hockey News North has confirmed.

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High on Mangone, Barone


By
June 10, 2021


Calem Mangone of the under 18 Soo Jr. Greyhounds will get an opportunity to play for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. (photo by Bob Davies)

What a difference a year can make.

After being looked over and bypassed through the entire 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two blossoming players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds evolved to become top six picks at the three round, 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

And not only does their coach from the Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have glowing words for Soo boys Calem Mangone and Adam Barone but so too do the general managers who made them OHL draft picks in 2021 after they were disregarded in 2020.

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Jr. Hounds are U18 picks


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June 9, 2021


Better late than never. After being bypassed at the 15 round, 2020 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, two players from the Soo Jr. Greyhounds were high picks at today’s 2021 OHL under-18 draft.

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Saginaw to Flint


By
June 9, 2021


Jared Nightingale, now of the Flint Firebirds

This should add even more fuel to the Interstate 75 highway rivalry between the Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

That is, after one season as associate coach with Saginaw in 2019-2020, Jared Nightingale is taking a short trip a few exits down I-75 to become an assistant coach in Flint.

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Ex-OHL star in Espanola


By
June 8, 2021


Joey Talbot, as a member of the Sheffield Steelers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League. (photo by Marco Bertolini)

Joey Talbot, a former high scoring right winger with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League and part of their 1999 Memorial Cup championship team, has joined the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as an assistant coach/skills development coach.

The 41-year old Talbot later had a productive pro career, including four standout seasons with the legendary Sheffield Steelers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

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Riley is back on the Rock


By
June 7, 2021


Riley Brousseau

Hustle bustle crowd favourite Riley Brousseau has signed up to return to the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2021-2022 season, Hockey News North has confirmed.

A local Timmins lad, the 2001 birth year forward opted to sit out the 2019-2020 NOJHL season.

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New coach in Espanola


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June 5, 2021


Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is keeping it in house. That is, the Express has filled its vacant head coach position with a familiar name.

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