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NOJHL Approves Expansion To Espanola

TJHN sources are reporting that Espanola Ontario has been approved by the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League as an expansion city for the 2013-2014 season.

As reported by TJHN last week, expansion to Espanola was expected to receive unanimous approval from the NOJHL board of governors.

Tim Clayden, former owner of the North Bay Trappers, is the new owner of the Espanola franchise.  Clayden recently sold the North Bay franchise to a local group of investors clearing the way for his expansion bid in Espanola.

Tom McCarthy is expected to move with Clayden to Espanola as Head Coach of the yet to be named franchise.

The addition of Espanola brings the NOJHL back to an eight member league.  The advantage of eight members provides for a more balanced game and travel schedule.

The even better news in the approval of an Espanola franchise is the creation of more Tier II junior hockey playing opportunities for players.  A new franchise means a completely open roster to be filled.

TJHN will update this story as more information becomes available.

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