It’s mid June. In every single junior hockey league across Canada and the United States, all teams are unbeaten and in first place. While hockey fans would rather be watching and hockey players would rather be playing, there is something to be said about time away from the rink, even if there never really is time away from the game. [...]
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By Randy Russon, Mika Media The 2013 North American Hockey League draft is in the books and plenty of good came out...
By Randy Russon, Mika Media A former junior coach is back in the game after a three-year hiatus, taking the helm of...
Randy Russon, Mika Media Special Contributor to EUP News Jamestown Ironmen have an iron-clad hold on the Soo Eagles and are a win away from going to the North American Hockey League’s Roberston Cup, national championship tournament. The Ironmen head home to Jamestown for Game 3 (and if necessary, Game 4) of their best-of-five, NAHL North Division final series with [...]Read more ›
Randy Russon, Mika Media Contributing Columnist They finished 1-2 in the North Division of the North American Hockey League during the 2012-2013 regular season. Apropos, Soo Eagles and Jamestown Ironmen will play off to determine which team will represent the North Division at the NAHL’s Robertson Cup championship tournament next month. Former champions of the Northern Ontario Jr. [...]Read more ›
Randy Russon, Mika Media Adventurous, albeit aging lad that I am, I am on tour today while not leaving the comfort of my second-floor home office with its view of lower Pine St. and a mere 1,000 feet from the St. Mary’s River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada. Without need to pack my suitcase or change my Canadian money into [...]Read more ›
Led by coach-general manager Kevin Cain, the defending Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada champion Soo Thunderbirds are experiencing another banner season. After finishing in second place during the 2012-2013 regular season, the Thunderbirds have an 8-0 record through two rounds of the playoffs to punch their ticket into the NOJHL finals. Sault This Week sportswriter [...]Read more ›
Bigger may not always be better. But having size can cast eyes. And there are a few big guys in the North American Hockey League whose play of late has caused more than one Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association scout to consider a date. In alphabetical order, here is a sampling of five big boys: Hunter Anderson. A 6-foot-4, 215 pound, [...]Read more ›
He is a National Hockey League scout who wears more than one Stanley Cup ring. His word is trusted and respected and he doesn’t offer his opinions unless he is asked. And when asked to compare the caliber and level of play between the Tier 1, United States Hockey League and the Tier 2, North American Hockey League, he was [...]Read more ›
By Randy Russon Mika Media Soo Eagles have shrugged off a sluggish start to become a soaring success in their debut season in the North American Hockey League. Formerly of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Eagles started the 2012-2013 NAHL season with a 0-3-1 record at the league’s Showcase Tournament. But the Eagles have flown high. Since their [...]Read more ›
By RANDY RUSSON, Mika Media I am Canadian and our Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in October. But where I live, all that separates me from the United States is two miles of International Bridge that links Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. And since my wife and I and other family members usually spend American Thanksgiving in Detroit watching [...]Read more ›
By RANDY RUSSON, Mika Media SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - If the bottom line is winning, then Tony Curtale is an undisputed winner. Curtale has won no less than seven Robertson Cup championships, emblematic of supremacy in the North American Hockey League. Curtale won back to back Roberston Cup championships with the Springfield Jr. Blues in 1996 and 1997 and since then, [...]Read more ›
By RANDY RUSSON, Mika Media Soo Eagles continue an early-season homestand at Pullar Stadium with a pair of games this weekend. Jamestown Ironmen will provide the opposition for the Friday and Saturday night games which both start at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles are in their first season in the North American Hockey League after four years in the Northern Ontario [...]Read more ›
By RANDY RUSSON, Mika Media Prior to the start of this season, Soo North Stars coach Mike Hall called the 2012-13 edition of his Great North Midget Hockey League team ”the most-talented squad we’ve had in years.” Well, five games into the season, the North Stars do appear to have the makings of a GNMHL powerhouse. The North Stars added two more convincing [...]Read more ›