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Release Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beavers, Nickel Barons, Thunderbirds reaffirm commitment to the NOJHL

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that the Blind River Beavers, Sudbury Nickel Barons and Soo Thunderbirds have all reaffirmed their commitment to play in the NOJHL for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

All three franchises have been long-serving members of the NOJHL and the league looks forward to working them and its other participating clubs for years to come.

Blind River Beavers President Bob Hawarth is excitedly looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

“With a strong base of dedicated volunteers and hockey people on board, we are anticipating big things for our franchise next season,” said Hawarth.

“We as a small-market club look to continue to build our presence in the NOJHL that makes us a viable franchise both on and off the ice,” added Hawarth. “The new season should be an exciting one for the hockey fans in Blind River and the league.”

A perennial contender each season, the Thunderbirds are also looking forward to the upcoming season.

“On behalf of the Soo Thunderbirds, it remains business as usual for us as organization and we are steadfast in our support of the NOJHL,” stated team owner Albert Giommi.

“With our operation of the new Thunderbirds major midget program, we have helped solidify our prospect base as we build upon the successes we had this past season as we look to compete with our fellow teams in what is sure to be another competitive season ahead,” added Giommi.

As for the Nickel Barons, they too are welcoming the 2014-15 season and maintaining their Jr. A foothold in the Greater Sudbury area.

“The NOJHL has been the focal point of Jr. A hockey in Northern Ontario for over a half a century and we at the Nickel Barons are extremely delighted to be back for this upcoming year and well beyond,” offered Sudbury owner Mike Mooney.

“Like all leagues right across the country, each organization faces challenges in varying degrees, but the core leadership on the NOJHL executive board and our respective staffs continue to adapt and improve as we look to make each new season even better than the last, in all avenues of the game.”

The NOJHL annual general meeting is slated for June 20-22 with a number of items on the agenda including expansion and scheduling.


National Day of Honour

05/09/2014, 8:00am EDT
By NOJHL Communications



Release Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

National Day of Honour

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League joins all fellow Canadians from coast-to-coast in honouring and remembering all those valiant members of the Canadian Forces and ancillary personnel that served our country in Afghanistan during Friday’s National Day of Honour.

Canadians are invited to take part in this National Day of Honour across our land to remember all those men and women who served our country in the mission in Afghanistan, which began in 2002, and cost the lives of 158 Canadian soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist and two civilian contractors.

“The NOJHL has a rich tradition of honouring those who have served, during Veteran’s Week and Remembrance Day ceremonies," offered NOJHL Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

The National Day of Honour and this worthwhile endeavour of honouring members of the Canadian Forces is supported wholeheartedly by the league,” added Mazzuca.

The Government of Canada has set aside this day to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan.

A national ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa will pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families.

Canadians are invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence.

“We at the NOJHL join all Canadians from all areas of this great land to honour and recognize all the men and women who so bravely served our country with such distinction,” said Mazzuca.

“We encourage all of you to pause, remember and thank all our members of the Canadian Forces present as well as the past for their dedicated service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom.”


Gold Miners’ Rust named NOJHL playoff MVP

04/22/2014, 10:30pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications



Release Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gold Miners’ Rust named NOJHL playoff MVP

KIRKLAND LAKE – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday evening that Kirkland Lake Gold Miners’ forward Austin Rust has been named the NOJHL’s most valuable player in the playoffs.

The announcement was made following game 6 of the NOJHL’s Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy final, which Kirkland Lake won 2-1 over the Soo Thunderbirds thus taking the best-of-seven final four games to two in a well-played, hard-fought series.

In 14 postseason contests Rust, who hails from Algonac, Mich., averaged a point-per-game with 14 in as many outings on seven goals and seven assists.

Four of his markers were game-winners, including two in the finals, led all skaters in the league.

Rust also finished tied for second overall in total playoff tallies.

He and his Gold Miners’ teammates will now advance to represent the NOJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

Joining Kirkland Lake in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup will be the host Wellington Dukes (OJHL) along with Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League team at the Dudley-Hewitt will be decided Wednesday as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers in game 7 of the Bill Salonen Cup final, which is knotted at three games apiece.