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COVID-19 restrictions cause season cancellations by Espanola, French River, Rayside-Balfour

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in the Greater Sudbury area, the Espanola Express, French River Rapids and Rayside-Balfour Canadians have all made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of their respective seasons, effective immediately. This news comes in lieu of the recent […]

CJHL Q&A with Brent Ladds

CALGARY, Alta. – In these unprecedented times, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, like so many others, continues to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, handed out for a second straight year while many of the CJHL leagues and member clubs remain in a state […]

NOJHL names its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that forwards Cooper Smyl (Soo Thunderbirds), Luke Bibby (Espanola Express) and Cooper Bowman (French River Rapids) have been named its Eastlink TV 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending February 28. COOPER SMYL, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – A tremendous return to the […]

Express – Rapids games this weekend postponed

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Friday that, out of an abundance of caution, that both tonight’s and tomorrow afternoon’s games between the Espanola Express and French River Rapids have been postponed. These postponements were initiated by the NOJHL once it was informed that a that a member from one of […]

Gallery: Espanola doubles up French River 4-2

ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Espanola Express saw Luke Bibby tally twice to help propel them to a 4-2 victory over the French River Rapids in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up Wednesday at the Regional Recreation Complex. After storming back to pull out an amazing late comeback victory Tuesday, French River continued their momentum […]

Rapids stun Express late, win in shootout

PHOTO BY BEN LEESON/THE SUDBURY STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FRENCH RIVER – Trailing by three goals with under two and a half minutes remaining in regulation, the French River Rapids stormed back with three unanswered tallies to tie it, then notched the lone marker in the shootout, to stun the Espanola Express and pull out an incredible […]

NOJHL to resume play

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday, in partnership and cooperation with its member clubs as well as the various regional Public Health Units (PHUs) in the region, that regular season play will resume, in certain areas, beginning Tuesday evening. Continuing to observe an over abundance of care and caution, it […]

CJHL celebrates Black History Month

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League, along with its member leagues across the country and areas of the northern U.S., takes great pride in recognizing and honouring Black History Month. Black History Month represents an important piece of the ongoing “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, put forth by the National Hockey League and […]

Hockey Canada cancels spring championships

CALGARY, Alta. — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all spring 2021 national championships, including the Esso Cup, TELUS Cup, Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, and Allan Cup. The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, […]

NOJHL: By the Names

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Gagne, Marc-Alain Begin, Eddie Davey – 2010 NOJHL Champion Abitibi Eskimos SUDBURY, Ont. – While the old adage goes: “You play for the logo on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back,” the storied history of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has produced a plethora of […]