NOJHL To hold First Ever Combine And Live Player Draft
The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has proven to be one of, if not the most innovative Junior A or Tier II leagues in Canada over the last six years.
From player safety initiatives such as concussion protocols, and mental health awareness training, the NOJHL has lead the way for many across the country.
These innovations, and progressive thoughts, have helped the NOJHL grow from six to twelve teams in the last five seasons. Keeping with that tradition, the NOJHL is now looking to elevate the level of play on the ice through the addition of its first ever Combine and live player draft.
The Combine and Draft will take place at the Troy Sportsplex in Troy Michigan the weekend of August 4th through 6th, 2017.
Players will be tested on and off the ice beginning Friday morning on August 4th. They will then participate in four games ending on Sunday August 6th. At the conclusion of the games, a live player draft will take place on site and will be broadcast on line as well as having picks announced live on Twitter and Facebook.
“Our owners have been looking at hosting a draft for a few years now. This year, the owners wanted to be progressive in their recruiting. Having our event in the United States, is a way for us to reach into southern Ontario as well as the Mid Western United States.” Said Robert Mazzuca NOJHL Commissioner
“Southern Ontario and Detroit are player markets we want to educate on the benefits of playing in the NOJHL.” Said Kirkland Lake Head Coach Marc Lafleur “We want those players to know we are a viable Tier II option if they are not ready for the USHL or Major Junior.”
“As the lone team in the United States, we are happy the league is coming to Michigan for this event.” Said Soo Eagles General Manager Bruno Bragagnolo “Giving players another opportunity to be drafted, be recognized for their accomplishments in hockey, is something we believe will continue to elevate the level of skill in our league.”
“The NOJHL has been a long time partner of TJHN and the Hockey Holdings Group of companies. We look forward to strengthening that relationship as we assist the league in this endeavor. Providing additional Tier II playing opportunity to those players who simply cant fit traveling to Northern Ontario for a tryout into their summer camp schedule. The NOJHL mindset, in that if the players cant come to us, we will go to them, just shows their progressive thought process once again.” Said Joseph Kolodziej CEO Hockey Holdings Group
The Combine and Draft are being organized by The Junior Hockey News and the Pre Draft Combine. Players may register to attend the Combine and Draft https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/nojhl-draft/ Cost is $300