New Team. New Den. New Brand of Jr. A Hockey!

It will be a new home, a new name and certainly a new look for the Nickel City’s resident junior A hockey club, but general manager Jeff Forsyth says the same high standard that has kept the Rayside-Balfour Canadians near the top of the NOJHL standings in recent years will remain in place for their […]

Sudbury’s Jr. A hockey team is now known as the Greater Sudbury Cubs

With junior hockey games resuming in northern Ontario, fans will notice a few changes. The former Rayside-Balfour Canadians Jr. A franchise has officially been renamed and is now called the Greater Sudbury Cubs. For many years, the team’s home ice was the Chelmsford Community Centre and Arena; now the players will be facing off at […]

Northern Health Units Partner with NOJHL for “Vaccine Playoffs”

TIMMINS, Ont. — The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) is teaming up with five northern health units to host a friendly “Vaccine Playoff” competition amongst teams. The goal of the competition is to encourage youth and all eligible hockey fans to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Team vaccination rates will be posted starting Wednesday, July […]


The Rayside Balfour Canadians Jr. A Hockey Club GM Jeff Forsyth has announced the acquisition of 19-year-old forward Alexander Dillon that has graduated from the Provincial Jr. C Hockey League. Dillon is 6’, 170 lbs and is a left-shot forward that can play all forward positions. The Whitby native has made the jump to Jr. […]


The Rayside Balfour Canadians organization is very eager and optimistic to finally get back to playing normal hockey once again and welcoming hockey fans back to our games. It is our goal to insure that we are able to have everything in place in time for our Home Opener in September. At this point in […]

NOJHL announces plans for 2021-22 season

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday its plans for the upcoming 2021-22 season. All of the dates remain tentative however, pending approval on a return to play from provincial, regional and municipal health authorities as it relates to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. The NOJHL expects to have a 56-game regular […]

Rayside-Balfour’s DeGrazia cracks NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings

CALGARY, Alta. – National Hockey League Central Scouting released their final rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft Thursday and 10 Canadian Junior Hockey League players earned their way on the list. Leading the CJHL contingent is Brooks Bandits (AJHL) defenceman Corson Ceulemans, who was slotted 14th among North American skaters. Next at 8th among NA […]

NOJHL partners with InStat

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that they have entered into a partnership for the 2021-22 season, with InStat, a statistical analysis and video scouting company. The InStat platform is currently used by hockey leagues, federations and organizations world wide. It has proven to be a vital tool for coaches, […]

Estevan Bruins (SJHL) to host 2022 Centennial Cup

CALGARY, Alta. – Following the February cancellation of all spring 2021 events, Hockey Canada has announced the new host cities for its three spring 2022 national championships – the Esso Cup, TELUS Cup and Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons. The Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, will head to Estevan, Sask., in 2022, marking […]

CJHL Q&A with Brent Ladds

CALGARY, Alta. – In these unprecedented times, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, like so many others, continues to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, handed out for a second straight year while many of the CJHL leagues and member clubs remain in a state […]