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Eagles getting ready for NAHL takeoff - Junior Hockey News
Published: Saturday, 28 Apr 2012
Soo Eagles are prepping for a takeoff flight that will transport them from one junior league to another.
After four seasons in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, the Eagles are leaving for the North American Hockey League effective the 2012-13 campaign.
The reputable, respected Bruno Bragaganolo will continue to lead the Eagles as coach and general manager as they make their move from the NOJHL to the NAHL.
The Eagles will hold their first of three off-season tryout camps from May 11-13 at Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and among others, players from the Canadian side of the International Bridge are expected to be in attendance.
All NAHL teams can carry two import players and in the case of the Eagles, Bragagnolo makes no secret of the fact that he would like to tap the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. market.
Of note, players of First Nation descent are not classified as imports which means the Eagles, as an example, could sign defenceman Tyler Sehovic from Sault, Ont. and he would not count as one of their two Canadians.
Sehovic, a 1995 birth year, played with the Eagles during the 2011-12 NOJHL season and is a 2011 Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Soo Greyhounds.
"If he doesn't sign with the Greyhounds he'd be a player that we would look closely at signing," Bragagnolo said of Sehovic, a tall, rangy defender. "Tyler is a good, young player with a lot of potential."
Besides Sehovic, there are several others from the 2011-12 Eagles who could potentially make the move from the NOJHL to the NAHL for the 2012-13 season, notably forwards Dallas McLaughlin, Gavin Burbach, Josh Borgen, Cole Hyrsky, Connor Lyons and Aaron Leach, defencemen Johnny Dora and A.J. Kapcheck and goalie Chris Truehl.
Borgen and Truehl both played briefly in the NAHL last season before heading to the NOJHL and the Eagles.
All NAHL teams can have a roster of 30 tendered and drafted players until September 1 when the number must be reduced to 25.
The annual NAHL Draft is slated for Thursday, May 31 and the number of players that each team is able to select depends on the team's roster as of May 30.
Leading up to May 30, each team's roster can be comprised of protected veteran and signed tenders only. For example, if a team has 10 veterans rostered and 10 signed tenders then that team is allowed 10 draft picks, for a total of 30 players.
Author: Randy Russon
Russon brings a a lifetime of media experience to the JuniorHockey.com staff.
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The clock is ticking towards tryout time.
Six junior teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and North American Hockey League have informed Mika Media and Sault This Week of dates and places for upcoming tryout camps they will be holding.
Soo Thunderbirds, NOJHL. The NOJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup champion Thunderbirds will be staging a tryout camp from June 1-3 at John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. For more information and/or to register, go to tbirdhockey.ca.
Elliot Lake Bobcats, NOJHL. The new NOJHL franchise will hold a free agent tryout camp from May 25-27at Countryside Arena in Sudbury. To register or for further information, visit elliotlakebobcats.net or call Bobcats coach-general manager Ryan Leonard at 705-257-0132, vice president of hockey operations Chad Vresk at 705-256-1472 or scouts Brad Boyer at 705-941-8733 or Charly Murray at 705-759-3129.
Soo Eagles, NAHL. Formerly of the NOJHL, now of the NAHL, the Eagles have finalized dates and locations for three separate tryout camps in May, June and July. The first camp will be held at Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. from May 11-13. A second camp is slated for Suburban Ice Arena in Farmington Hills, Mich. (just outside Detroit) from June 22-24. A third camp will be held at American Heartland Ice Arena in Lincolnwood, Illinois (just outside Chicago) from July 20-22. For more information and/or to register, e-mail Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit sooeagles.net.
Michigan Warriors, NAHL. The Flint-based Warriors of the NAHL will hold their first open camp on June 15-17 and a second one on July 13-15. Following that will be the Warriors main camp, scheduled for July 16-18. All three camps will be held at Iceland Arena in suburban Flint, Mich. For more information, phone Warriors coach-general manager Moe Mantha at 734-646-7482.
Port Huron Fighting Falcons, NAHL. The Fighting Falcons will hold a pre-draft tryout camp from May 25-27 at Glacier Pointe Ice Complex in Port Huron, Mich. For more information and/or to register, contact Fighting Falcons assistant coach Mike Bush by e-mail, email@example.com
Corpus Christi IceRays, NAHL. The Texas-based IceRays will begin the off-season with a pre-draft camp from May 25-27. For further info and/or to register, e-mail IceRays assistant coach Chris Mei at firstname.lastname@example.org
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