Hockey

New name for Espanola’s NOJHL franchise

ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior A Hockey League’s Espanola franchise has announced a new team name for the start of the 2022-23 season, that will now see the club called, the Paper Kings. “Coming out COVID-19, we felt it was a right time for a fresh start and a […]

Soo Thunderbirds crowned NOJHL champions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Captain Brock Santa Maria’s goal, 3:26 into overtime, lifted the Soo Thunderbirds to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Hearst Lumberjacks Thursday evening in the seventh and deciding game of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy championship series at John Rhodes […]

Thunderbirds force game 7

An overtime win by the Thunderbirds in Hearst on Tuesday means a seventh game in the NOJHL final, which will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday night Though things may have looked bleak through the opening three games, the Soo Thunderbirds are one win away from capturing a […]

Thunderbirds facing elimination force game 5 on the road

HEARST, Ont. – The Soo Thunderbirds got goals from four different skaters to help them defeat the Hearst Lumberjacks 4-2 Friday night in Game 4 of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s championship series in front of a capacity crowd at Claude Larose Recreation Centre. With the outcome, the Lumberjacks still […]

Red Wings fire Blashill and two other coaches

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team will not renew the contracts of head coach Jeff Blashill, assistant coach Doug Houda and goaltending coach Jeff Salajko. Blashill recently completed his seventh season as head coach of the Red Wings and […]

Thunderbirds off to NOJHL final following sweep of Eagles

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The surging Soo Thunderbirds are off to the Northern Ontario Junior League championship series after they completed a four-game sweep of the rival Soo Eagles Saturday night, following a 5-2 victory at Pullar Stadium. With the triumph, the Thunderbirds won their eighth straight playoff game and […]

8th Ranked Thunderbirds on verge of eliminating Eagles

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Soo Thunderbirds got a goal in each period, including the game-winner, from Michael Chaffay to send them on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Soo Eagles Friday evening in a robust Game 3 of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division Final […]

Foster’s OT heroics lifts Thunderbirds over Eagles

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Cooper Foster’s second goal of the game, coming 14:42 into overtime, gave the Soo Thunderbirds a dramatic 4-3 triumph over the Soo Eagles Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division Final at John Rhodes Community Centre. The outcome gives […]

Thunderbirds strike 1st in series opener vs. Eagles

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Getting a goal in each period helped send the Soo Thunderbirds on their way to a 3-1 triumph over the Soo Eagles Tuesday in Game 1 of their Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division Final at John Rhodes Community Centre. The regular season title-holding Thunderbirds […]