Express returned to the ice Friday night

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League is hosting some pre-season exhibition games, including one in Espanola on Friday night. The Espanola Express played and fought hard (no checking allowed) to lose out in overtime five to four against the

A total of six Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League preseason contests were held over the weekend.

Here’s a rundown of some of the statistical numbers from those games:


Friday, Nov. 6

Thunderbirds 6 Beavers 1

Rapids 5 Express 4 (OT)


Saturday, Nov. 7

Thunderbirds 7 Beavers 4

Lumberjacks 7 Crunch 2

Rapids 5 Express 3


Sunday, Nov. 8

Lumberjacks 6 Crunch 5 (SO)

Stage II of the NOJHL’s ‘Return to Play’ set-up features the league has worked closely in partnership with municipal, regional and provincial health organizations in attempting to guarantee the well-being of its players, officials and respective staff members.

Strict measures have been put in place, with stringent penalties, that will be fully enforced by both on-ice officials as well as the league’s executive and management board.

This includes a very limited number of spectators, or in some cases, no fans being allowed into buildings to view games.

As per current provincial regulations, no intentional body contact will be allowed and any occurrences will be strictly enforced and penalized.

A lengthy list of rules and regulations have been formulated by the league’s executive committee, in conjunction with its member clubs, as well as all governing bodies associated with the NOJHL.

“I’d like to commend all those involved in this entire process is assisting us as we draw closer to on-ice game action,” stated NOJHL Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“The health and safety of everyone associated with our league remain paramount and our No. 1 priority,” added Mazzuca. We trust our in-depth plan of action will offer vital guidance and direction as we work towards an eventual full and safe return to play strategy.”

Further information, including additional exhibition games, the number of teams that will compete during the 2020-21 season and the format of the NOJHL’s regular-season schedule will be announced in the coming days.

Photo: Cole Delarosbil celebrates his goal with teammate James Eng in NOJHL exhibition action on Friday. Photo by Chelsea Solomon

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