Memorial Cup & French River

  Rapids forward Chase Lefebvre in action versus the Timmins Rock during April 7, 2022 playoff game at the “Mac” | Photo: Thomas Perry –  The Daily Press/Postmedia Network By Randy Russon – Hockey News North May 25, 2023 This looks good — really good — on both the French River Rapids and the Northern Ontario Jr. […]

Meet the Canadian hockey legend who defied danger to help Soviet Jews

Sherry Bassin and his teams won five J. Ross Robertson Cups. in 1982 Bassin helped the Canadian National junior team win its first gold medal. Sherry Bassin smuggled Jewish prayer books into the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. CBC News – Gary Waleik (freelance journalist) Growing up in a small Jewish community in Semans, […]

Community celebrates as player brings Memorial Cup home to Noelville

It was standing room only inside the Noelville Community Centre on Friday morning as Memorial Cup winner Philippe Daoust made a triumphant return home to French River. Ian Campbell Videojournalist Follow | Contact Published Aug. 12, 2022 6:43 p.m. EDT The 20-year-old was a part of the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Sea Dogs […]

A first for French River

By Randy Russon February 24, 2022 At last, there is cause for celebration on the French River. For the first time in their Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League history, the French River Rapids will be a part of the playoff picture. With a record of 19-18-1 and with 10 games to play in the regular season, […]

‘It has been fantastic’ — French River Rapids make most of outdoor opportunity

Players from the French River Rapids take part in a scrimmage on the outdoor rink at the Noelville Community Centre on Friday January 21, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network PHOTOS BY JOHN LAPPA /John Lappa/Sudbury Star Municipality set up rink in Noelville during COVID shutdown Ben Leeson – The Sudbury Star More from Ben Leeson Far from fading […]

French River on a playoff flow

Photo: Dal Photography By Randy Russon – Hockey News North November 7, 2021 They have never made the playoffs since entering the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2015. Their best full season was the 2018-2019 campaign when they won a mere 14 of 56 games. But the French River Rapids appear to be on a playoff […]

Former Rapids coach advances to the pros

The Cincinnati Cyclones have named Alex Bezerra the team’s new Assistant Coach ahead of the 2021-22 ECHL season. Bezerra, 32, joins Jason Payne, who previously assumed the role since 2018 before being named Head Coach of the ‘Clones earlier this offseason. “I would like to thank Kristin Ropp, Jason Payne, and the Cyclones management for […]

Alban boys to play key roles for French River Rapids this season

French River Rapids forward Dominik Godin, left, and defenceman Brandon Hass, both of whom hail from Alban, are expected to play important roles for their hometown French River Rapids during the 2021-22 NOJHL season. PHOTO BY BEN LEESON/THE SUDBURY STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK Team prepares to open exhibition schedule on Sunday Ben Leeson – The Sudbury Star More from […]