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Harrison offers historical look at NOJHL

SUDBURY, Ont. – Throughout the lengthy and storied past of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, no one has seen or played a more prevalent role in it than its long-time statistician and historian David Harrison. From being around in its infancy, to still providing vital information on the league to this day, Harrison has […]

Impressive rookie campaign for Canadians’ DeGrazia

SUDBURY, Ont. – Skating amongst an already rookie-laden roster, Nicholas DeGrazia of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians saw his efforts recognized as one of the premier first-year players in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in 2019-20. As a freshman with Rayside-Balfour, his exceptional initial campaign in the NOJHL saw the 17-year-old Thunder Bay product skate away […]

NOJHL well represented among CJHL save percentage leaders

CALGARY, Alta. – Plenty of the quality goaltenders across the Canadian Junior Hockey League posted some impressive save percentage numbers during the 2019-20 regular season. In all, 38 netminders registered a save mark of .915, or better, among those stoppers who saw a minimum of 1,400 minutes of game action. There were also 10 goalkeepers […]

Canadians’ Captain has treasured his time in Sudbury

Sudbury, ON – Greater Sudbury has grown on Zach Snow. Ben Leeson from The Sudbury Star  More from Ben Leeson   The Rayside-Balfour Canadians’ recently graduated captain has remained in the city since March, when the NOJHL suspended, then cancelled its playoffs, rather than return to his native Acton, Ont., and not just because he […]

Canadians sign Sedgwick

Sudbury, ON–  Having found northwestern Ontario to be a productive pipeline for junior hockey talent in the past, the Rayside-Balfour Canadians added another veteran of the Thunder Bay Kings program on Friday. Sudbury Star Staff For The Sudbury Star More from The Sudbury Star Staff   The Canadians announced the commitment of 17-year-old forward Mackenzie […]


At the Rayside Balfour Canadians game against the Blind River Beavers on February 27th, 2020, over 500 fans attended the game played at the Chelmsford Arena and participated in bidding on player jerseys in the first-ever SUPER HERO JERSEY PROMOTION. Rayside Balfour Canadian players wore SUPER MARIO themed jerseys in support of the NOFCC. The […]


CALGARY, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada. On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but […]

A Q&A with CJHL President Brent Ladds

CALGARY, Alta. – During these uncertain times, the Canadian Junior Hockey League continues to work diligently with its member leagues, partners, Hockey Canada, the National Hockey League as well as local, provincial and federal health organizations on potential ‘Return to Play’ scenarios and other areas of interest. With that in mind, CJHL President Brent Ladds […]

NOJHL Commitment Tracker: Matyasik, Hatanaka added

SUDBURY, Ont. – Two more Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League players have been announced as commitments to further their respective educations while continuing to play the game. Forward Zachary Matyasik of the Espanola Express will be heading to Northland College in Ashland, Wis., to attend school there and skate for the Lumberjacks, who are members […]

Rayside’s Graduate Ben Hatanaka Commits to LU Voyageurs

Coach Craig Duncanson and the Voyageurs Men’s Hockey program are excited to announce the commitment of eight players for the 2020-21 season.  After finishing the season near the bottom of the league in both offence and defence, both ends of the ice needed addressing and this list of incoming recruits checks off both boxes. Rayside-Balfour […]