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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 […]

Rapids well underway in building NOJHL entry for 2021-22

French River Rapids head coach Paul Frustaglio speaks to his players during first-period NOJHL action against the Espanola Express at Noelville Community Centre on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. PHOTO BY BEN LEESON/THE SUDBURY STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK Knowing that September can creep up quickly, Paul Frustaglio has set to work early in preparing the French River Rapids for […]