Welcome to the new home of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
A trio of North Bay Jr. Trappers alumni have packed their bags in hopes of playing pro hockey this season in the Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.
Sacha Guimond is on the West Coast at main camp with the expansion San Fransicso Bulls of the ECHL. Guimond was an NOJHL All-Star during his year and a half with the NOJHL club before jumping to the London Knights in December of 2010. Guimond finished off his junior career with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season.
Meantime, the North Bay twin towers, Nick and Will Laporte are heading to Denver for the CHL expansion Denver Cutthroats main camp. Nick Laporte, who has converted from defence to forward at the pro level, has already signed with Denver for the upcoming season while brother Will is still fighting for a spot.
“They basically have their team signed already so going down I'm going to have to take someone's spot from them,” said Will Laporte.
“It's going to be a very fast intense NHL style main camp with lots of talent present.”
The twins first made their impact on hockey with the North Bay Skyhawks/Trappers from 2008-2010. Their physical play and toughness kept them on a pair of heavily talented Junior ‘A’ teams. The past 2 seasons the pair have bounced between a handful of Federal Hockey League teams and Nick had a short stint with the Mississippi River Kings of the Southern Pro Hockey League.