Birds knock on Wood

Caleb Wood is crossing back over the International Bridge from the Soo Eagles to the Soo Thunderbirds in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League exchange. Hockey News North has confirmed that the 2000 birth year forward has been dealt from the Michigan-based Eagles to the Ontario-based Thunderbirds for future considerations. […]

Incoming on the Express

Two seasoned scouts — both based in Sault Ste. Marie — and a coach with major junior experience represent a trio of newcomers who have hopped aboard the Espanola Express during the summer. Brad Boyer and Chad Vresk have brought their scouting skills and command to the Express while Brent […]


St. Paul, Minn. – July 29, 2020 – The Central Collegiate Hockey Association Board of Directors has voted unanimously to welcome the University of St. Thomas as the league’s eighth program beginning with the 2021-22 season. “On behalf of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, I am pleased to welcome the […]

Laker Hockey Announces 2020-21 Captains

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State hockey program has announced that senior defenseman Lukas Kaelble has been named captain for the 2020-21 season. Senior defenseman Will Riedell, senior forward Hampus Eriksson and junior forward Ashton Calder will serve as alternate captains for the Lakers.  Kaelble has recorded […]

Return of the Rock stars

Rock and roll with a band of four. Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has a firm, formidable foundation to build on ahead of the 2020-2021 season. Hockey News North has confirmed that four Rock stars — goalie Ty Masternak and forwards Derek Seguin, Josh Dickson and […]

Six locals in the Bird house

Shop local. Stay local. Play local. Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have been playing the local theme thus far this off season. To be sure, the Thunderbirds now have commitments from six local skaters — four returnees and two newcomers — ahead of the 2020-2021 season. […]

Business as unusual

These are unusual times. And in the hockey world, the so-called ‘new normal’ means the phrase ‘business as usual’ may no longer be applicable. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way lives are being led and how business is being conducted. And in the instance of hockey — which literally […]

Two more for the Birds

Another day. Another pair of returning commitments. Soo Thunderbirds general manager Trev Zachary has confirmed to Hockey News North that veteran forwards Avery Rebek and Kurtis Rogers will be returning to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team for another season. The return of Rebek and Rogers follows the day […]

D-man Daca to Soo Eagles

Soo Eagles have committed to free agent defenseman Hayden Daca, Hockey News North has confirmed. The December, 2001 birth year skater spent the 2019-2020 season with the Elliot Lake Wildcats, who finished in last place in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The Wildcats have since ceased operations ahead of […]

Back in the Bird house

A pair of local products have confirmed their planned return to the Soo Thunderbirds for the upcoming season. They are forwards Cooper Smyl and Brock Santa Maria. Both were rookies on a Thunderbirds team that finished in third place in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League […]