The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday, July 4th it’s regular season schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
Each of the league’s 12 member clubs will compete in 56 contests with 27 apiece played at both home and on the road.
The other two games for the teams will be made up during the annual NOJHL Showcase October 15th – 16th, which for the first time will be held at Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
This two-day event will feature six match-ups per day with the results in each contest counting towards the regular season standings.
“Having the opportunity to hold our annual Showcase in Michigan should only help increase the number of NCAA scouts that will be in attendance and assist us in further showcasing our players who are looking to continue their careers by playing collegiately in the U.S.,” offered NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca.
“Also of note, being just across the bridge from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario it allows Ontario Hockey League clubs and Canadian university programs close access to check out the Showcase as well,” added Mazzuca.
Start times, the respective opponents and additional information for the NOJHL Showcase will be announced in the coming days.
Game action for the regular season will commence on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will conclude on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
The league’s playoff format will be released at a later date.
Also of note, the NOJHL has accepted an invitation from both the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to take part in their annual MJHL/SJHL Showcase, which will be held Jan. 21-22 in Regina, Sask.
The NOJHL will be sending two teams to compete in that event.
One squad will consist of players from within the league who are 16, 17 and 18 years of age while the second team will be made up of individuals who are either 19 or 20.
A director of operations and coaching staffs, as well as the rosters that will comprise the two NOJHL sides there will be named at a later date.
“The NOJHL is very excited for this tremendous opportunity to work with the SJHL & MJHL in this event as it gives our players the chance to further showcase themselves in an elite environment in front of scouts and coaches from all levels as well as compete against the top prospects from the MJHL and SJHL,” stated NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca.
“I want to personally thank both SJHL president Bill Chow and MJHL commissioner Kim Davis for the invitation to compete in this heavily-scouted event,” added Mazzuca.
The following is the opening week of NOJHL’s 2019-20 regular season schedule, with dates and times subject to change:
Thursday, Sept. 5 French River Rapids @ Cochrane Crunch 7 p.m. (Tim Horton Event Centre)
Thursday, Sept. 5 Powassan Voodoos @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 7 p.m. (Chelmsford)
Friday, Sept. 6 French River Rapids @ Timmins Rock 7 p.m. (McIntyre Arena)
Friday, Sept. 6 Rayside-Balfour Canadians @ Powassan Voodoos 7 p.m. (Powassan Sportsplex)
Friday, Sept. 6 Blind River Beavers @ Espanola Express 7 p.m. (Regional Recreation Complex)
Saturday, Sept. 7 French River Rapids @ Cochrane Crunch 7 p.m. (Tim Horton Event Centre)
Saturday, Sept. 7 Soo Eagles @ Soo Thunderbirds 7 p.m. (JRC)
Saturday, Sept. 7 Elliot Lake Wildcats @ Blind River Beavers 7 p.m. (BR Community Centre)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Powassan Voodoos @ Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Soo Eagles @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 6:30 p.m. (Chelmsford)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Espanola Express @ Soo Thunderbirds 7 p.m. (JRC)
Thursday, Sept. 12 French River Rapids @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 7 p.m. (Chelmsford)