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Gold Miners’ Lafleur named to Canada East WJAC coaching staff

05/09/2013, 2:30pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA RELEASE

Release Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Gold Miners’ Lafleur named to Canada East WJAC coaching staff

SUDBURY – Hockey Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Thursday that Kirkland Lake Gold Miners head coach and general manager Marc Lafleur has been named to the coaching staff of Canada East for the 2013 World Jr. A Challenge, Nov. 5-11 in Yarmouth, N.S.

The 37-year-old Lafleur will serve as video coach on the four-man staff, which will be headed up by Ian MacInnis, head coach and GM of the Central Canada Hockey League’s Cornwall Colts.

Rounding out the group will be Billy McGuigan, (Summerside Western Capitals, CCHL) and Mario Chicchillo. (Toronto Jr. Canadiens, OJHL), who will act as assistants.

"I'm excited about this opportunity and will give everything I have to Team Canada East," stated Lafleur.

"I believe my selection to the Team Canada East staff is a true reflection of the major strides the NOJHL has made the last few years in being recognized as a major competitor in Canadian Junior A Hockey," added the Kirkland Lake bench boss.

“NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca and his colleagues, as well as the coaching and administration staffs of each team, are responsible for this."

Lafleur was chosen the 2012-13 recipient of the Mirl ‘Red’ McCarthy Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the NOJHL’s coach of the year.

In his first campaign at the helm behind the Gold Miners bench, he led Kirkland Lake to a more than respectable 25-18-2-3 record along with a fourth place finish in the regular season standings. His disciplined club also boasted a league-low 612 penalty minutes.

Lafleur was also earlier named a NOJHL first team all-star for his effort in guiding his club in their first full season in the league as the Gold Miners.

“This is a well-deserved opportunity for Marc and a strong reflection of the tremendous job he did in Kirkland Lake this season with the Gold Miners,” offered NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“It also shows that the efforts and accomplishments put forth by all our league coaches are not only being recognized within the NOJHL, but also at the national level,” added Mazzuca.

The following are the bios of the Canada East coaching staff members, as supplied by Hockey Canada:

Ian MacInnis, 51, will make his first appearance with Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. He has been owner, head coach and general manager of the Colts for the past six seasons. MacInnis guided the Colts to a league title in 2013 and a berth in the Fred Page Cup. He was also at the helm of the Colts in 2008 when they hosted the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship.
 
Mario Cicchillo, 55, will be an assistant coach for the first time with Canada East. Cicchillo just completed his first season as head coach of the Jr. Canadiens, leading the team to a 16-point improvement in the OJHL standings. Prior to coaching the Jr. Canadiens, Cicchillo coached in the OHL for six seasons with the Ice Dogs franchise, including two seasons as head coach in Niagara and four as an assistant coach when the team was in Mississauga.
 
Billy McGuigan, 37, will be an assistant coach for the first time with Canada East. McGuigan was head coach of Team East at last year’s CJHL Prospects Games. McGuigan has been head coach of the Western Capitals for the past two seasons, winning the MHL championship in 2013, and will be behind the bench at this year’s RBC Cup, which begins Saturday in Summerside. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Sledge Team. McGuigan, who played four seasons of professional hockey in the CoHL, CHL and WCHL, has also been an MHL head coach with the Charlottetown Abbies and Miramichi Timberwolves.
 
Marc Lafleur, 37, will make his first appearance with Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. Named NOJHL coach of the year this season, his first with the Gold Miners, Lafleur has also worked as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and in the NCAA with Bemidji State University. As a player, Lafleur spent two seasons with the USHL’s Thunder Bay Flyers, reaching the 1995 Centennial Cup, and won an NCAA Division II championship with Bemidji State in 1997.

Hockey Canada will announce details for Canada East camps in the near future.
 
Canada East has appeared in four of the seven gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, taking silver in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., 2007 in Trail, B.C., and 2010 in Penticton, B.C., as well as last year in Langley, B.C.

They also won bronze in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and finished fourth in 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I., and last year in Yarmouth.
 
For more information on the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac or www.twitter.com/hc_wjac.

North Bay - Kirkland Lake semifinal preview

03/30/2013, 11:00am EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA RELEASE

Release Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013

North Bay - Kirkland Lake semifinal preview

SUDBURY – While the Soo Thunderbirds – Sudbury Nickel Barons semifinal in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs has already began, the other postseason series between the No. 1 seeded North Bay Trappers and No. 4 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners gets underway tonight with game 1 at North Bay’s Memorial Gardens in a 7 p.m. start.

The following is a preview of the best-of-seven affair featuring the Trappers and Gold Miners.

After this evening’s opener game 2 goes Sunday, back in North Bay, and features another 7 p.m. face-off.

The series then shifts to the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex in Kirkland Lake April 5-6 for games 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Should they be required, game 5 will take place April 8 in North Bay, game 6 back in Kirkland Lake April 9 and once again if needed game 7 will be played April 11 in North Bay.

Schedule
NOJHL Playoffs: Round 2

Semifinals

Series D
No. 1 North Bay Trappers vs. No. 4 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Best-of-seven series tied 0-0

Game 1: Saturday, March 30 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 2: Sunday, March 31 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 3: Friday, April 5 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 4: Saturday, April 6 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 5*: Monday, April 8 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 6*: Tuesday, April 9 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 7*: Thursday, April 11 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)

This evening’s series opener will mark the first game North Bay has played since March 10 when they closed out regular season play with a 6-3 triumph over Elliot Lake.

The Miners meanwhile come into the series on a high after promptly sweeping Blind River in opening round playoff action.

North Bay earned the time off by virtue of claiming the NOJHL regular season crown with a league-best 34-7-3-4 overall record.

Their 75 total points were 20 more than Kirkland Lake, who ended up fourth in the standings at 25-18-2-3.

The two teams tangled eight times during the course of the 2012-13 regular season with the Trappers dominating the contests winning seven of the meetings while also outscoring the Gold Miners by a 30-16 margin.

As the home side North Bay won all four games at the Memorial Gardens against them and was 1-3 on the road.

Connor Gilmartin and Tait Seguin of North Bay both chipped in with two game-winning tallies apiece against Kirkland Lake.

Three of the goals the Trappers notched came on the power play with the Gold Miners netting seven of their 16 with the man advantage.

North Bay used a well-balanced attack against their semifinal opponents having eight skaters who registered five or more points against the Miners.

Leading that group were Tait Seguin and Justin Schneeberger with seven points each.

Trevor Hunt and Stephen Langford were next as the pair both picked up a half dozen points.

As for the Gold Miners four players on the squad topped the team with three points each.

They included Steven Babin, Jeremy Picard-Fiset, Jonathon Dionne and Ryan Scherer.

Of note, Babin was a force on special teams for his side as he scored a league-leading 15 times on the power play.

Trappers defenceman Cole Klippenstein was next in that department with 11, which helped him pace all NOJHL blueliners in offensive production with 37 points.

In the regular season North Bay netminder was unbeatable vs. Kirkland Lake going 7-0 in his time manning the net.

Chris Komma was 1-6 in his appearances against the Trappers on the campaign.

Overall the Traps led the league in power play proficiency at 23.7% while the G-Miners were third at 22.2%.

North Bay vs. Kirkland Lake regular season meetings

Sept. 16 @ Kirkland Lake (3-2 Trappers)
Oct. 5 @ North Bay (5-1 Trappers)
Nov. 24 @ Kirkland Lake (5-2 Gold Miners)
Dec. 7 @ North Bay (4-1 Trappers)
Jan. 5 @ Kirkland Lake (4-1 Trappers)
Jan. 6 @ North Bay (6-3 Trappers)
Feb. 1 @ Kirkland Lake (3-1 Trappers)
Feb. 10 @ North Bay (3-2 Trappers 2 OT)

So far in the playoffs Komma leads all NOJHL netminders in wins with four and sits second in goals-against average at 1.50.

His .937 save percentage is also second best overall.

Jean-Michel Naud has paced the team offensively in the postseason with eight points while Jean-Francois Silvestre is next with seven. His three tallies share the team lead with Steven Babin.

This marks the first-ever postseason meeting between the two clubs.

It also features the NOJHL’s last two coach of the year recipients leading their respective clubs with last season’s honouree Tom McCarthy behind the North Bay bench and this season’s winner, Marc Lafleur, guiding a well-disciplined group of Gold Miners, who boast a league-low 612 penalty minutes.

North Bay sat second in this category with 681 minutes in penalties accumulated.

The winner of this series will take on the club who comes out on top between the Thunderbirds and Nickel Barons for the NOJHL championship.

Sault Ste. Marie is up 1-0 in that best-of-seven set with game 2 going tonight at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff at 7:30 p.m.

NOJHL announces semifinal schedules

03/27/2013, 10:00pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA RELEASE

Release Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NOJHL announces semifinal schedules

SUDBURY -- The Northern Ontario Junior League announced Wednesday the schedules for the two upcoming semifinal series.

One match-up will feature the No. 1 North Bay Trappers taking on the No. 4 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners while the No. 2 Soo Thunderbirds will meet the No. 3 Sudbury Nickel Barons in the other.

Action in the Trappers – Gold Miners series will get underway Saturday at North Bay’s Memorial Gardens and features a 7 p.m. face-off.

Game 2 will go Sunday at the same time back in North Bay before they head to the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex in Kirkland Lake April 5-6 for games 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

As for action in the Thunderbirds – Nickel Barons series, it begins tomorrow night at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie at 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 is slated for Saturday at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff and also sees a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

The Soo will return to Essar Centre for game 3 on April 2 with the two sides returning to the Nickel Barons home venue the following evening, April 3 for game 4.

Each of those contests start at 7:30 p.m.

Both series will be best-of-seven affairs with the two winners meeting for the NOJHL championship.

NOJHL Playoffs: Round 2
Semifinals

Series D
No. 1 North Bay Trappers vs. No. 4 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Best-of-seven series

Game 1: Saturday, March 30 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 2: Sunday, March 31 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 3: Friday, April 5 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 4: Saturday, April 6 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 5*: Monday, April 8 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)
Game 6*: Tuesday, April 9 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 7*: Thursday, April 11 @ North Bay 7 p.m. (Memorial Gardens)

* - if necessary

Series E
No. 2 Soo Thunderbirds vs. 3 Sudbury Nickel Barons
Best-of-seven series

Game 1: Thursday, March 28 @ Soo 7:30 p.m. (Essar Centre)
Game 2: Saturday, March 30 @ Sudbury 7:30 p.m. (McClelland)
Game 3: Tuesday, April 2 @ Soo 7:30 p.m. (Essar Centre)
Game 4: Wednesday, April 3 @ Sudbury 7:30 p.m. (McClelland)
Game 5*: Friday, April 5 @ Soo 7:30 p.m. (Essar Centre)
Game 6*: Monday, April 8 @ Sudbury 7:30 p.m. (McClelland)
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 10 @ Soo 7:30 p.m. (Essar Centre)

* - if necessary

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Contact Information

Marc Lafleur

Marc Lafleur

Head Coach

Phone: (705) 570-1209

P.O. Box 262
Kirkland Lake, OntarioP2N3H7

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