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This is the 2018-19 Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 49th season overall dating back to the founding of the NOHA Junior B Hockey League in 1970, and the league's 41st season under this name. Each team will play 56 games with 27 at home, 27 on the road and two games being held at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury, Ontario for the 3rd Annual NOJHL Showcase October 9-10, 2018. It is the league's turn in the rotation to host the Dudley Hewitt Cup.  The Cochrane Crunch were announced as the host team on March 1, 2018.  The event being held at the Tim Horton Events Center in Cochrane.[1]

NOHA 100th anniversary logo

League Changes[]

  • The league has adopted the NHL overtime format with five minutes of three on three sudden death overtime followed by a three round shoot out with extra rounds as needed to break the tie.
  • The league will be adding two high definition cameras in each arena to provide teams with better video analysis for the team and increase supervision of the officials and player safety.
  • The league will expand its Concussion Management Program and will continue to work with the Canadian Mental Health Association to help anyone involved with the league access to help in dealing with mental health issues.[2]

Membership changes[]

  • None

Division Alignment[]

Eastern Division
Team Joined Centre Arena
Cochrane Crunch 2012 Cochrane Tim Horton Events Centre
French River Rapids 2015 Noelville Noelville Arena
Hearst Lumberjacks 1988 Hearst Claude Larose Recreation Centre
Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 2003 Kirkland Lake Joe Mavrinac Community Complex
Powassan Voodoos 2014 Powassan Powassan Sportsplex
Timmins Rock 1991 Timmins McIntyre Arena
Western Division
Blind River Beavers 1999 Blind River Blind River Memorial Community Centre
Elliot Lake Wildcats 2014 Elliot Lake Elliot Lake Centennial Arena
Espanola Express 2015 Espanola Espanola Regional Recreation Complex
Rayside-Balfour Canadians 2000 Rayside-Balfour Chelmsford Community Centre
Soo Eagles 2015 Sault Ste. Marie, MI Pullar Stadium
Soo Thunderbirds 1999 Sault Ste. Marie, ON John Rhodes Community Centre


Eastern Division[]

Team GP W L OL T GF GA Pts
Hearst Lumberjacks 56 33 16 6 1 210 159 73
Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 56 33 17 3 3 194 156 72
Powassan Voodoos 56 33 19 3 1 206 172 70
Timmins Rock 56 33 20 3 0 186 156 69
Cochrane Crunch 56 31 20 1 4 200 186 67
French River Rapids 56 14 39 2 1 155 244 31

Western Division[]

Team GP W L OL T GF GA Pts
Soo Thunderbirds 56 44 11 0 1 221 145 89
Rayside-Balfour Canadians 56 31 20 2 3 194 169 67
Soo Eagles 56 28 24 3 1 208 185 60
Blind River Beavers 56 25 24 5 2 201 185 67
Elliot Lake Wildcats 56 21 32 1 2 152 224 45
Espanola Express 56 10 43 0 3 145 291 23

Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy Playoffs[]


The top five teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The fourth place team plays the fifth place team in a best of three series. The series winner becomes the fourth seed and plays the first place team in the division semifinals and the second place team plays the third place team in best of seven series. The semifinal winners meet in the best of seven division championship series. The division champions meet in the best of seven Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy final.

The playoff champion (or the runners-up if the Cochrane Crunch win the Copeland Cup-NcNamara Trophy Playoffs) will advance to the 2019 Dudley Hewitt Cup being held at the Tim Horton Events Centre in Cochrane, Ontario, hosted by the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of that tournament will advance to the 2020 National Junior A Championship being held at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, Alberta hosted by the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

East Preliminary Round[]

West Preliminary Round[]

East Semifinals[]

West Semifinals[]

East Final[]

West Final[]

Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy Final[]

2019 NOJHL champions Hearst Lumberjacks