By Josh Sweetland
Ontario Hockey League

Thunder Bay Kings goaltender Brady Cates is this year’s Hockey Northwestern Ontario U16 AAA Player of the Year. Cates, who hails from Emo, was the backbone of the Kings this past season, keeping them in games throughout the year in GTHL league play as well as the Whitby International Silver […]

By Kevin Jeffrey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
TBnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – Even though his name was put forward for the National Junior ‘A’ Championship, Kevin Bragnalo didn’t think he would get picked to go to Oakville. “I’m involved in the high-performance group of officials so being picked was possible,” Bragnalo said. “When the director of officiating, Colin Dzijacky, […]

By Sam Laskaris
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

Zach Whitecloud believes knowing what it takes to become a Stanley Cup champion could prove to be a key ingredient for the Vegas Golden Knights this season in their playoff run. Whitecloud, from the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba, is a member of the Golden Knights and was with […]

- Allan Bradbury photos

The 10th annual Chuck McPherson Memorial Hockey Tourna- ment was held at the Duke Arena last weekend drawing teams from across the district and beyond. 13 teams competed across three age groups. Medal winners were as follows: Gold Winners:U-9 – Armstrong CrushersU-11 – Green Pro TarcatsU-13 – Attack Noir Silver […]

- Allan Bradbury photos

This year’s winners were: Rookie of the year- Blake Kreger Barney Maher Award for MVP- Ashton Veldhuisen Danny Johnson Award, to the player who best exem- plifies Danny’s attributes of Honest, dedication, positive attitude, perseverance, work ethic, desire to excel and strong playing ability. -Klyde Laplante Bert Egan Award for […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Brant Witherspoon’s boxing journey began when was 13 years old in Fort Frances, Ontario, his hometown where no boxing gyms existed. His father Gord helped him collect boxing equipment in their garage so he could train as best as he could, but Witherspoon still found it difficult to excel without […]

By Kevin Jeffrey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
TBnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – The Kam River Fighting Walleye and Red Lake Miners meet in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) playoffs for the first time since the 2022 Bill Salonen Cup Final. Only two players remain from that series that concluded with a Miners win at the Cochenour Arena […]

By Lee Griffi
Local Journalism Initiative reporter
The Wilmot-Tavistock Gazette

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) is coming under criticism from a Wilmot Township coach and the mother of a player who was suspended after being on the receiving end of a racial slur. 16-year-old JJ Jacobs, a member of the New Hamburg Junior Firebirds U18 team, received a seven-game […]

By Kevin Jeffrey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
TBnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – It’s been 13 years since Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout skated in the Superior International Junior Hockey League playoffs. That drought ends on Friday night as the North Stars and Bombers begin their best of seven semifinal at the Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena. The North Stars are […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

The Lakers played better at home than away, but in the end there was not enough scoring to keep up with the second-place Sioux Lookout Bombers. Lakers head coach Tyler Miller was optimistic that the team could put up a fight against the Bombers who finished second overall in the […]

The Fort Frances Girls and Women’s Hockey Association enjoyed a strong showing at the Stars Cup Tournament The event, hosted by Winnipeg East Female Hockey, was held in Winnipeg from March 22-24, featuring teams from across Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, including Emo, Kenora and Dryden. The FFGWHA U13 Leafs dominated, […]