NOJHL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF PREVIEW

It’s playoff season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

The post-season begins on various fronts this weekend with two best-of-seven sets in the East Division and a round-robin format in the West Division in which all three teams will play one another twice.

Here is how I have the first round pegged.

EAST DIVISION

SUDBURY-KIRKLAND LAKE. Led by 70-goal scorer and league MVP Jordan Carroll, the first-place Cubs are overwhelming favourites to dispose of the last-place Gold Miners. While Kirkland Lake could surprise and win a game or two backed by rookie goaltending sensation Ken Appleby, it’s a stretch to think the Gold Miners can beat Sudbury four times. PREDICTION: Sudbury in 5.

ABITIBI-NORTH BAY. The Eskimos have home-ice advantage over the Trappers and like many fans from both teams, I am thinking this series will go seven games. Abitibi features 121-point scorer Marc-Alain Begin but let’s not forget Richard Therrien and his 44 goals. North Bay has eight players who scored in double figures led by Matthew Salituro, Brad Edwards, Brad Gehl and rookie plum Danny Desrochers. The key to this series for me is what temperature Abitibi’s hot-and-cold goalie J.P. Fecteau plays at at. If Fecteau is on, the Trappers will be out. PREDICTION: Abitibi in seven.

WEST DIVISION

The two teams with the best records will emerge from the round-robin and advance to a normal, best-of-seven, second round series. Soo Thunderbirds and Soo Eagles finished 1-2 in the NOJHL’s overall standings while the Blind River Beavers won just eight of 50 regular-season games. But beating Blind River will not be easy as the Beavers are a hard-working, well-coached team. In the goaltending department, the Thunderbirds have the edge in experience with third-year stopper John Kleinhans but I also really like the Eagles two-man tandem of 20-year old Luis Puig and 18-year old Chris Truehl. PREDICTION: I’ll go with the Thunderbirds to finish with a 3-1 record, the Eagles 2-2 and the Beavers 1-3.

91 thoughts on “NOJHL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF PREVIEW

  1. Beavers1

    This will be Capy’s exit from Blind River as Beavers fans get ready for Mr. Brian Verrault and a new Chapter in Beavers Hockey!

  2. Trapperfan

    I agree that it will take 7 games between the Eskis and the Trappers but like I said earlier the Trappers will come out on top. One thing J.P. does not handle well is players in his face and traffic in front of the net. In order for the Eskis compete the D will need to be sharp.

  3. Sec2RowP

    Can’t argue with your predictions for the East RR. A Sudbury-Abitibi showdown is looming and the Cubs should be able to do it. This is getting to be like the OUA East where McGill will be facing UQTR for the 5th year in a row.

  4. eski01

    Trapperfan,
    Last time the Traps were here they lost because they got penalties for running JP. If the ref decide to let them do that then yes it may work but last game Gehl got called 3-4 times for this and it back fired on them.
    Eskis are a more disiplined team and I think in the end it will be the difference.
    I say Eskis in 6 games

  5. kenadian

    All NB needs to do is play a physical/clean game and key on Begin and they will be sucessful. Begin doesn’t like the “rough stuff or even getting hit” IMO.
    That’ll be the TSN turning point if the Trappers can shut Begin down with a physical prescence IMO.

  6. kurlydo2000

    Kenadian…..Alain Begin is the key man to send the big goon Gehj to the sin box .It happen the last game and will happen again GO ESKIES GO

  7. shutterbug

    The Beavers are determined to be the upset team in this weekends semi-finals …all those that I have talked to are eager to go and give it their best …they have something to prove as the underdogs ….hopefully the arenas will have lots of fans for both sides.

  8. eskisfan

    Begin is hard to contain and it’s easier said then done. Pretty teams have been concentratig on him all saeson long but he still enede up withte highest PPG total in Canadian tier hockey for the season. The fact that he’s not a big player or very physical seems to draw sympathy from the refs. you have to be very careful not to go too far with Begin.

    It’ll be an entertaining series. If all kids are board playing Gagne hockey and we get goalteding, it shoud be eskis in 6. If they still have a few individuals and so-so goaltending it’ll be Trappers in 6.
    Final prediction Eskimos in 7

  9. Pascal

    Begin has the highest phantom assist per game in junior history! Ha Stills couldnt catch Carroll! But begin should have been MVP as he wins games and makes his team better and Carroll loses games but looks good on paper

  10. bruin19

    Congratulations to Josh Hicks for rookie of the year. Didn’t see him on the radar. Danny Desrocher or Jacob Kord I thought would of won this award. I only saw Josh Hicks play twice and both times he was good. Desrocher with 49 points and second leading scorer on his team was my first choice. He was a exciting player to watch and I am sure he will be with the Wolves next year.

  11. Bradster

    Also I see the Eagles/Beavers play on March 14, the last game of the round robin tournament. If the Eagles and Thunderbirds already have two wins and Blind River has none, would the game just get canceled since Blind River would have nothing to play for? Or could Blind River forfeit?

  12. Five Toes

    The rivalries in the NOJHL are great. With the Eagles bolting to the NAHL the Western Division Playoffs take on a huge new meaning. Hope the NOJHL survives and prospers without the Eagles.

  13. kurlydo2000

    The Trappers sure know how to fill the Arena for the playoffs.They lower the price . Adult 10.00 SENIORS 8.50 THERE YOU GO.

  14. northernlites

    Hey Pascal, if Begin would have played the full 50 games he would have been 20 points ahead of Carroll, but your right Begin plays with the team while Carroll plays for himself.

  15. Cassio

    Sudbury in 5 – I agree with RR – Appleby will steal 1 for KL.
    NB-AB – Mitchell Knight and JP Fecteau – 1 young goalie against 1 veteran goalie. Eskimos win in 6. Begin scores 10-12 points.

  16. North bay hockey

    Lol if the trappers had a goalie they would win in 5, sadly that’s not the case trappers in 7 !

  17. stick

    Kurly stop your crying, you don’t know how lucky you are to have a Jr A team in a town of less than 5000 with no major sponsor and hardly any merchants to support your team. When the team is forced to move back to Timmins we will remember people like you were one of the reasons.

  18. Pascal

    Darcy Haines had 48 points with no powerplay or top two line ice time. So desrochers would have needed more to be rookie of the year or else young Haines should be mentioned. He surpassed 20 goals and was on of top scorers on an elite cubs team.

  19. Bruin19

    Pascal

    Forgot all about Haines, he would of been a good choice also.
    Does anyone know how these awards are selected?

  20. Randy Russon Post author

    Dallas McLaughlin of the Soo Eagles would have been my choice for Rookie-of-the-Year. Scored 36 goals and finished second on the Eagles in scoring.

  21. sigs2012

    kurlydo , you’re entitled to your opinion, but your agruement holds no water

    NB has what, 50k population vs our 4-something-thousand here, with all the industry there and proportional greater number of businesses and sponsors, none of which the eskis have. as stick wrote, count yourself lucky.
    for a measly few bucks you get to see this caliber of hockey in your backyard. if/when the team moves, because it can’t be supported locally, you’ll have to gas your truck to go, and probably have a meal there, and there goes your $5 savings, friend.

    and have you been to a trappers game lately? memorial holds 4000, and they haven’t come NEAR to filling it in years.

  22. kurlydo2000

    Stick and Sigs dont forget if the price was a little bit less you would draw more from Timmins Cochrane Matheson and surrounding and probably Stick you are one that wears a yellow jacket with security on it i know Sigs is.if you want to save money get the Firemans with there nice uniforms on they would gladly volonteer like they were doing years ago.Case close.

  23. Trapperfan

    Good move for the Trappers organization to keep the ticket price reasonable. Since the Lakers were swept outta any play off contention the Trappers are the best thing going for hockey entertainment and they are making it affordable for all to come out to watch.

  24. Sec2RowP

    5 Toes:
    Losing the Eagles makes division play pointless since you can’t reasonably have a 2-team West Division. Reverting back to a league of six teams might improve the variety of opponents slightly but that comes with a corresponding increase in travel costs. Ideally a team would replace the Eagles but putting it in place for next season seems unlikely in terms of time.

  25. Bruin19

    It pains me to say this RR but you are right about McLaughlin. I am sure there are others who could be brought into this discussion. McLaughlin has the numbers and I love watching the Kid play. There are alot of good choices.

  26. northernlites

    For a small town we are very lucky to have this caliber of hockey, a big thank you to all that make this possible. Over the years we have grown to truly love our Eskis, a Saturday night at the igloo what more can you ask for in our small town. Support our home team, we are the envy of many towns.

  27. Hockeyfan

    I am picking the eskis in 6. Gagne is a better coach, and their powerplay is impossible to contain (atleast it seems that way when they play North Bay). You can knock Begin all you want for being small or soft, but he is the guy I would want on my team. He makes everyone else better.

    And the comment about North Bay not having good goaltending I beleive comes down to coaching. The young kid was doing well, and then they brought in a third goalie. Neither of the 3 have put on a good string of games, as neither of them get the nod from the coach. Hard to play good when your not in a groove, and when the coach has a proverbial gun to your head. It’s a “play well or the other 2 goalies will take your place” environment and it must be hard on a goalie.

    And I may be a little biased being from North Bay, but I can’t beleive Desrochers did not get the Rookie of the Year. Here’s a kid that is top 16 in league scoring, and only played 43 games. Plus, if you had a stat that showed points per minute on ice, I think he would be tops. This kid gets very little ice, very little power play time (although the last few games he’s been playing a bit more) and still puts up points. When you watch him, the play is most often in the opponents end. From October on, he and his linemates have created chance after chance. It took awhile for the puck to go in the net for him, but it came nonetheless. He’s had his share of defensive blunders, but his offence more than makes up for it. The games that I’ve watched, his plus/minus is better than any other line.
    If you look at his linemate Salituro, his point production increased dramatically when he was paired with Desrochers.

    I too would like to know how these awards are picked.

  28. eaglefan

    I am saddened by the decision of the Eagles, in their choice to move to the NA. As much as the TBird and Eagle fans chirp at one another, it will be boring without that rivalry stirring the juices. As a matter of fact, it makes the rest of this season feel like they are just ‘going through the motions’.

    I wish them well in their new venture, but it will make the trip to the Pullar a little further off my radar, I’m afraid to say.

  29. Fanman

    I’m just wondering if the Rookie of the Year Award has some rule about age built into it. Hicks is only 17 while some others mentioned are older.

  30. American Eagle

    RR – I respect you even more for having the balls to say that MacLaughlin should have won Rookie Of The Year!

    Eagles to the NAHL…I still don’t like it!

  31. Soo bird

    I’m just wondering if the Rookie of the Year Award has some rule about age built into it. Hicks is only 17 while some others mentioned are older.

    Yes I agree Fanman but Desrochers is only 16. He is the youngest in the league with 16 overall with 49 points in 43 games. We played agains him when he played for Sudbury a few years ago in Bantam and he was good.I had the chance to see him a few times this year when they were here.Hey I think maybe this kid deserve some reconition.

  32. Golden Bear

    American Eagle: This is a great day for Soo Eagle Hockey, in my opinion. Better league more college scouts, in my opinion.

  33. American Eagle

    Golden Bear
    Do you even know the difference between a puck and a bowling ball??? Every Village has an Idiot and it so sad to say that you are our’s!!!

    Eaglefan
    I am a fan of the Eagls as well but if they are not playing the ZOO BIRDS then I do not care to attend.

  34. northernlites

    Good night for the Trappers as they had much more desire and jump in their step than the Eskis. Eskis played like a bunch of candy asses. Only one thing number 17 for the Trappers, this has got to be the biggest morons I have ever seen in all my years of watching hockey, he could have and should have had at least 4 penalties, one for literally jumping in the air and landing on the Eskis net minder, one only hopes this idiot doest hurt someone seriously. A COMPLETE MORON.

  35. bayinfo

    Ya that 17 for Noth Bay averages 1.6 points per game, what a goon.Captain, arguable MVP., playoff hockey.
    Give and take.
    Is he the moron or who is over seeing the action?
    Careful for what you want to feed him, he thrives on adversity :)

  36. Soo bird

    Any prediction who will be # 1 in the playoff? My prediction will be for sure Thunderbirds. I can’t see them loosing any series.The will loose some games but not the series.

  37. northernlites

    Give your head a shake bayinfo the marbles are rolling around, this idiot is a complete moron, hes going to seriously hurt someone with his idiotic tactics. North Bay has to have a supply of Kleenex on the bench, never seen so much crying.. And if your looking for another moron check out your mirror.

  38. sigs2012

    Yesterday KV vs Cubs: Attendance: 66.

    I presume a weather issue, like that affecting the game @ Igloo last night. Interesting to note that still 400+ @ Igloo last night in spite of the weather. The natural thing would have been to stay home, not to venture out in an arctic blast and risk going off the road, so kudos to those who made it.

    Shots were close: 33 a side. Interesting observation re. Eskis: of late, the older players (19~20) are getting the bulk of the penalties, not so much the younger ones. I’d like to know why that is, in light of penalties costing the home team 3x goals last night (vs. 2x PPG’s for).

    Blue Liner: could be worst, like 12-1 @ another game, or 7-3 at yet another including 60+ minutes in penalties. With only a couple points separating these two clubs after the regular season, close games going either way are to be expected.
    Also keep in mind that not dressed for Eskis: Cummings (D, injured, out for season IMO), Gartner (F, concussion), Spendard (D, upper body, day to day), Lacasse ((4-game suspension) and Columbus left the game with a hand injury, status unkown at this time. That’s 5 bodies gone, and asking for a helluva lot of stepping up by the rest of the team, which will have to be done to get past the Traps.

  39. 63 T-Bird

    Can anyone confirm that Round Robin schedule, I have watched the last two games on Fasthockey and both games they indicated that the Eagles play Blind River on the 7th and the 10th, and then the T-birds on the 12th and 14th; yet the NOJHL schedule shows the Eagles and the T-Birds playing on the 10th. Who’s correct?

  40. stick

    As bad as the Eskimos played last night they get better goaltending and they win the game. North Bay used their size and aggressive forcheck to take the Eskis off their game. Vets have to stop taking stupid penalties or North Bay wins this series.

  41. kenadian

    Cubs scoresheet said 90 at the game, maybe they counted the players and officials……….

    But even 66 would have been a “good” crowd given the weather and the way the city plows roads here…..still waiting for my road to be done.

    And with the MESS the cubs are in attendance isn’t an issue, I see Gagnon is back playing (for what the 3rd time this year?) And with coaches/players quiting/leaving, I’m HOPING the rumored sale and move happens!

    And I wasn’t at the game, I asked at the 2nd last home game how much playoff tickets were and the girls selling tickets said they didn’t know……..and then they announced over and over that season passes were only good for reg season, which is fine but why not announce what the ticket prices are for playoffs then?

  42. northernlites

    Lacasse can stay home, I can go through the whole team and stupid penalties. Stay home we dont need you.

  43. Bayer

    that Moron Gehl 3 goals tonight including the game winner, great entertaining game but come the 3rd period the eskis are dead especially begin who is done by mid 2nd period then just stands at the side boards or the red line for every shift.

  44. sigs_2012

    Much better game for the Eskis. But the grind is taking its toll on many (mostly younger) players.

    Ryan & jacob kord missed latter 1/2 of game with upper & lower body injuries respectively.
    6 players out, (cummings, gartner, spenard, lacasse + ryan & jac kord) makes a major impact on club depth and ability to hold a lead.
    2 of those absences being better D doesn’t help.

    In spite of the tough loss, a much better showing by Eskis tonight.

    And kurlydo and other likeminded… 497 @ the Gardens is not much of a crowd. Weather was not a factor (not like @ Igloo on Saturday), so no excuse to not “fill the (4000 seat) arena”. Yup, $10 a head sure brought them out!

    I’m sure that the faithful can top 500, and then some, for critical game 3 @ the Igloo on Thursday.

  45. northernlites

    Regardless of how many goals or assists Gehl gets he,s still a moron, a cheap hit artist who is going to eventually seriously hurt someone with one of his cheap hits.

  46. Trapperfan

    Gehl definetly a huge presence on the ice tonight. The constant coverage of Begin did take it’s toll by mid 2nd. Will say this though when Begin breaks free of coverage he can be deadly. The Trappers just didn’t quit tonight and kept moving forward. There were times that the Eskis had the Trappers scrambling especially in front of the net, all around a good hockey game by both teams.

  47. kurlydo2000

    Sigs and others hipocrites lots of the fans you had at saturday night game were very suprise to pay 15.00 dollards at the gate. You wont see them there thursday. i for one will stay home and Sigs you are a reason why the old folks stays home .that stupid LOUDMUSIC OF YOURS. NO more money going to that club from me.Good luck eskies for the rest of the way .

  48. tbirdfan

    The beavers played much better Satuday night tied 2-2 with 5min to play. TBirds are playing well and should be tough to beat.

  49. kurlydo2000

    Sigs you are going to be minus 10 faithful at the game thursday .i was told today in Iroquois falls

  50. Beavers1

    Beavers played good game on Sat but just not enough talent. Next year should be good!

  51. Eskisfan

    Kurkly i understand your position. But try to think of thiers (eskimos) and then remember what your mother said. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.

    With all do respect if your not going to follow the club, why keep the negatives coming? no point getting yourself excited or stressed, but more importantly, please don’t our some best volunteers we have. Those fellows are unbelievable to this community and i’m not just talking about the Eskimos. the only entertainment this Town is what the volunteers give us. As you know, there are few left here and it’s the same ones over and over. Last thing i hope i to hear from either of those gentlemen say “is why bother”, like so many others have done over the years. Their good men and the town could use more like em. Try to understand they’ve invested more tiome into the club then you can imagine and financially they’ve invested more than you or i will ever pay back in admissions.

    keep fighting the Good Fight Sigs and Stick, see you thursday night

  52. Peachy

    I go for Piss now ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  53. kurlydo2000

    Eskis fan you tell Sigs what you just told me .If you dont have anything nice to say ,dont say anything at all. 15.00 dollars

  54. ABITIBIAN

    Kurlydo – Don`t be so bitter , Eskiefan has a point, it`s all about volunteers not only with this club but so many other functions in I-Falls . You know how it is , you have done mant hrs yourself. It`s a hard pill to swallow when you get shit on & don`t even get paid for it.
    This club & many others in this league wouldn`t manage without the volunteers.
    But I hear ya , $15.00 is plenty & I don`t think anyother club in this league charge as much , but it`s a decision they have made. It`s your choosing to go or not but don`t bring them down .

    From what I`m hearing is the Eskies have to go past first round to make some $$$…..hummm

  55. Peachy

    I go for Piss agan Labat 50 like skunk piss ahahahahahahahahaha
    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    now I go lissen to Doobie Brother ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  56. EX_NOJHLer

    From once having NOJHL team then going to not having an NOJHL team I’d be happy as a Peachy in a pub to shell out 15 bucks to have the opportunity to support my home team.
    To quote Joni Mitchell “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”

  57. sigs_2012

    Its ok, Eskisfan, KD’s using the only tools available @ his disposal to support his position(s).

    Here’s the sad part…

    All this is because of hockey, passion for our team and, ironically, the same one.

    For whatever reason(s), discussion and debate have deteriorated into opposition and debacle.

    It wasn’t that long ago when kd & I held a courteous relationship. Somewhere along the road, with the trappings of remote near-instant communication, actual and true communication took a back-seat to misunderstanding and pride.

    With that, what was in retrospect an excellent opportunity for rational folk to discuss concerns, and to cooperate for the improvement of a common goal and good, has perhaps been lost.

    And in realizing this now, I have mixed emotions about where this has gone, and where its headed.

    So in an attempt to try to get different players playing together again as members of a same team, I extend this olive branch (hockey stick?):

    > To meet with KD at a mutually agreeable time and place , to start the process. KD, if you’re not comfortable with meeting me one-on-one, and/or initiating first contact, I can work thru your rep. and work out a meeting of small (2 ppl) delegations if necessary.

    You know where I can found, or email eskishockey@gmail.com

  58. FormerEskimo#31

    kurlydo2000,

    I understand your frustrations with the loud music and the high prices for tickets. I also had those same frustrations and threatened many times to stop going to the games. But then I realized something. If I stopped going to the games I wouldn’t be hurting people like sigs or Eskisfan, or ABITIBIAN or any of the board of directors or the dedicated volunteers that worked there butts off on game days or behind the scenes No. The only people that I would be hurting that truly don’t deserve it was those 23 kids that wear the Abitibi Eskimos jerseys. So hey if you really want to hate sigs or Eskisfan, or ABITIBIAN or any of the board of directors or the dedicated volunteers or the music guy, the board of directors for making the price for admission high or whoever else you want to be mad at that’s fine, BUT really think about this and I mean think about it….If you leave and take 10 people away with you and they take 10 of their friends and so on. The only ones that will truly be hurt, in that decision will be those players that play their hearts out game in and game out.

  59. northernlites

    You have that right EX_NOJHLer, The people that work so hard for this community to have such a team should be congratulated on their work. I used to travel to Timmins to watch the bears, now they are in my back yard and are known as the Eskis. We have something here that is the envy of the league, For years now we have had the privilege of watching young men play for their home town fans, and what fans they are. Come on Iroquois Falls and surrounding area lets keep supporting this great entertainment that we have in our back yard. Show our team and the people who work so hard to give us this enjoyment just how much we appreciate it. GO ESKIS GO. See you on Thursday night and back again for game 5.

  60. Trapperfan

    Wow!!Feels like there is a small fire in the igloo. Year after year the Eskimo organization puts out quality hockey entertainment, and that all comes with costs. I am of the opinion that paying a little more now will help to ensure a team next year,the year after that and so on. I may be wrong but I’m sure it will cost more than $15.00 to run over to Timmins for an evening of hockey…. which may or may not be a Jr. team. I love this series between the Eskis and the Trappers each team (players) are giving it their all to advance I would thjink that would have to account for something in Eski Land :)

  61. Bruin19

    To run a Junior A program this day in age is very expensive. Alot of people dont realize the money doesn’t just roll in. There are many people who volunteer there time to raise money to operate the team. Gate receipts are just a small part of the budget. The Eskies are a great organization and have been very helpful to guide us in Kirkland Lake. We want to model ourselves after them. It amazes me how they do it in the small town of Iroquois Falls. The Eskies have a very positive economic impact in the town and losing them would definitly be felt by the local businesses. I know corporate support is tough for a small community like yours so paying an extra 5 bucks for a playoff game and keeping your team afloat is a small price to pay. Volunteer for the club if it is. I am sure this blog would be much more negative if you lose your team. Good luck Eskies!

  62. Bayer

    you gotta support your team or you will lose it plain and simple, winning or losing and at the cost of whatever, look at north bay who didnt support the centennials and they are gone.
    so dont support the eskis and they could be gone to, maybe back to timmins or wherever, its an extra $5 for what possibly 15-21 games if you make it to the finals so what maybe an extra $75 or $80 in the end for good entertainment and if they dont make it that far you might spend an extra $20-$30 which will help the team stick around for a while longer, they obviously need the money to make the team go or would not raise the prices like that.

  63. bayinfo

    well, said
    support your team , whether the raised their prices
    or lowered them, its all with the intentions to rasie more money and stay afloat
    enough bitchin and start pitchin………, in haha :)

  64. canadianjuniorhockeyfan

    15 is 3 lousy gallons of gas. and I would take my kids to so 45 is 9 gallons plus food and pop so 60 bucks yea I think i have dropped that at dinner junior hockey priceless. I wish we had a tier 2 program in our town maybe your team is headed to to na. I think fans should support the team or kiss it goodby I cost more to run the team then one would think.

  65. kurlydo2000

    I been giving a minimun of 350.00 ayear for the last 8 years or so . if they move to timmins ill be saving 350.00 dollards .Case CLOSE

  66. Trapperfan

    It is a lot easier easier to blame the fact the team has moved and save $350.00 then it is to sit at home and not support the hometown team and save the $350.00. Just sayin….

  67. northernlites

    Kurlydo, enough is enough, either come to the games and support a great organization or save your money, enough is enough. Lets get back to reality and support our team

  68. sigs_2012

    Correct me if wrong, re.max. # of playoff games @ igloo, as it stands:
    East semis=4
    East finals = 3
    League finals= 3
    So 10$ vs 15$ = $50 xtra for 10x games, were all series to go to the max.

    Were eskis to prevail vs trappers, they still would not hold homeice advantage for east finals, nor league finals, as cubs , birds, eagles all have better reg season records.

  69. kurlydo2000

    Northern lites I voice my opinion last week and everybody and SOME from the organisation jump me Just saying/

  70. kenadian

    Not sure if the NOJHL is the same as the OHL; but in the OHL the ticket prices go up each round…….it’s not a team directive but league wide

  71. Eskisfan

    I was told the eskis ticket pricing won’t go any higher for any other round, it’s a one time jump apparently. I have no relation/affiliation to the Eskis org so i could be wrong. Eskis will need to somehow get thier game together with a short bench before they or the fans can worry about any other round. Pretty big hole to climb out of.

  72. eaglefan

    kenadian,
    It works better if all the teams stick together, as the OHL does.

    The NOJHL teams are barely treading water, keeping their heads in breathing space. At 15 dollars, it is still relatively cheap entertainment. I look at my ticket cost as a donation to the cause of keeping the team going and supporting the players. I’ve been offered free tickets to the TBird games many times this year; the ones at the Essar Center, because the management was trying to promote the team and the Essar is a big empty building when the TBirds play there. I always turn them down. I’m not wealthy…I would just prefer to support the teams and pay the money. They don’t have to promote it to me. Worth every nickel.

  73. ABITIBIAN

    Well, we might have more fans this Thurs. at the Igloo.
    6 AP were at practice ,not sure if they will all dress .
    From N-L Cubs – Trevor McDonald
    -Chad Lemire Timmins Majors- Kerr
    Kap Flyers – Brandon Plourde
    – Brennan Nesrallah
    – Marc Dubé
    Dubé is a local, brother of former Eskimos Dan Dubé. So this might bring some extra fans out….even my wife wants to go !!!

    This is not official all hear say but they were at practice Tues.

  74. LeJib

    Many commenters have said it well – for a Junior hockey team, in any town/city, ‘support it or lose it’! When the Centennials left North Bay 10 long years ago, the cost of operating the team was well in excess of $500,000. per year. I’m sure the NOJHL costs are not that high, but don’t ever think that running a Junior hockey club is an inexpensive undertaking. If you’re a fan, then $15. per game is damn good entertainment value. Stick with it, all you Abitibi fans. You have a generally well-balanced and well-coached club, and you are damned lucky to have Jr.A in a small town like I.F. The NOJHL would be much the poorer for the loss of your franchise.
    P.S. Lack of fan support was a consequence, and only part of the mix, in the demise of the Cents. Managerial incompetence, leading to a consistently-losing record, and augmented by a ‘hired assassin’ over the last few years, were more key to the team’s eventual failing. It was ‘failure by design’.

  75. stick

    The word on the street is the Eskimos budget is $220,000 to operate their hockey club. Hard to believe they can raise that much money in their area? No wonder they have to raise ticket prices.

  76. sigs2012

    NOJHL: Five affiliate players added to lineup for Game 3 against North Bay
    By THOMAS PERRY – The Daily Press
    Abitibi Eskimos will have some reinforcements in the lineup as they look to get back in their best-of-seven NOJHL Eastern Division semi-final series with the North Bay Trappers Thursday at the Jus Jordan Arena.
    Defenseman Karl Spenard, the team’s fifth leading scorer during the regular season will make his series debut in Game 3, after recovering from a lower-body injury.
    His 12 goals and 32 assists should provide a boost to an already-effective power play.
    In addition, the Eskimos will also dress five more affiliate players for the critical contest.
    Three Kapuskasing Flyers — forwards Marc Dube, who led the Great North Midget League in scoring with 33 goals and 48 assists, and Brennan Nesrallah, along with defenseman Brandon Plourde — will be joined by New Liskeard Cubs forward Trevor MacDonald and defensemen Chad Lemire in the Abitibi lineup.
    Timmins Majors defensemen Ryan Kerr, who has played in the first two playoff losses against North Bay, will also remain in the lineup.
    Forwards Jake Ryan and Jacob Kord and defensemen Kevin Walker, who were all injured in Sunday’s game in North Bay, won’t play on Thursday.
    Neither will defensemen Kealey Cummings and forwards Chris Gartner and Troy Columbus, who are also injured, and forward Preston Lacasse, who will be serving the third game of the four-game suspension he picked up in the final regular season contest.
    Despite the lineup flux, coach and general manager Paul Gagne remains optimistic.
    “We haven’t even played that well and we took them to overtime in two games,” he said.
    “So, for me, that’s a positive. We played better in the second game than in the first game.
    “Now we are going to have a full squad. We only had eight forwards for half the game last Sunday.
    “We had injuries, so now we are going to bring in five affiliates. It will give us energy and we will be able to roll four lines.”
    The Trappers have been relatively successful in shutting down the Eskimos leading scorer Marc-Alain Begin during the first two games of the series, but that has only allowed his line mates more space to operate.
    “Our first line has been producing,” Gagne said.
    “I am not worried about that.
    “(Eskimos captain Richard) Therrien has been on fire because of it.”
    Therrien is seventh in league scoring in the playoffs, with three goals and an assist through the first two games of the series.
    Gagne doesn’t have any plans to employ a similar tactic against the Trappers’ top forwards, such as North Bay captain Brad Gehl who scored three times against the Eskimos Sunday — including the game-winning goal in overtime.
    “If we did that we would just have one guy stand beside him in the crease and the guy could play for 60 minutes,” Gagne said.
    “The kid just goes to the net and stops there. He scored three goals a foot from in front of the goal line. It was just one of those nights he got lucky, to score three goals.
    “He’

  77. eaglenews

    it is an expensive undertaking, the cost of the Dudley is $150K, tonite at the essar there were over 3500 fans to watch the carha cup, the north is about hockey, we should be proud of it.

  78. Trapperfan

    All scuttlebutt aside folks the Trappers are rolling into the Igloo tonight looking to win that all important 3rd game. Tough spot for the AP’s to be in but Mr. Gagne will defenitly be able to make it work. The Trappers will need to keep playing their game but this time will need to play for the full 60 mins. Having the ability to roll 4 lines may be the difference as the regular players may be getting timely breaks and stay a little fresher.
    Either way it will be a great hockey game well worth the ticket price, these young gentlemen play awsome hockey for their fans.
    GO TRAPPERS GO

  79. canadianjuniorhockeyfan

    It cost 15 bucks to go see a movie, 10 bucks for a beer and a burger. we should support the good things in life and I would like for my kid to see some good hockey vs a movie about sex or sit at home on xbox. Go kirkland

  80. spanky

    well for all your abittibi fans who seem to think brad gehl is a goon i think ya better look at the stats! lol! come to think of it even your coach thought the same thing and so what did bryce lipinksy do! he shadowed and iriitated begin and so did bean on who! therien! and guess what ! guess ya should have showded gehl! go ahead and stand in front of a freight train! i would have everyone of those guys on my team coaching staff included! classy team is abittibi and your town! but to watch begin unravel in game 4 and start swinging his stick in frustration at 38 seconds left well! that aint hockey! funny how home team fans see things! and that reffing of game 3! was an insult to both teams! not to proffesional! but im learning as a coach of girls hockey what goes around comes around eventually! congrats to the trappers!

  81. Old Viking

    Not to sure about the Standings cept to say that Blind River will finish in the Cellar….AGAIN.

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