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The good news keeps coming the way of North Bay’s Cole Craft.

The North Bay native who plays for the Rockland Nationals of the CCHL junior A league received an NCAA Division I hockey commitment from Lake Superior State University located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

“I am very proud to announce my commitment to play Division 1 college hockey at Lake Superior State University,” Craft stated via social media on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point including my coaches, teammates and family.”

It’s been a memorable season for Craft who won a silver medal with Team Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek back in December and then he was named as one of a trio of North Bayites to take part in the CJHL Top Prospects Game in January in Hamilton.

The six-foot-one winger is having a solid season in Rockland, where he has recorded 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points in 43 games so far this season.

The 2017 eighth-round pick by the OHL’s Sarnia Sting had put his focus on playing hockey in the NCAA in the future.

“I’m getting to play in every situation, which is important for me in developing as a player and off the ice as a person as well,” Craft said of his experience so far in Rockland to BayToday’s freelance sports reporter Ken Pagan at the CJHL Prospects Game in Hamilton.

“I think Rockland has put a program in place that is going to help a lot of players make that next step, whether that’s major junior or NCAA. That’s what I’m working toward right now, is to get a scholarship to the U.S., so hopefully, my hard work pays off,” stated the second-year junior A forward who played midget for the North Bay AAA Trappers.

Craft is the latest North Bay player to receive an NCAA Division 1 commit. Others include defenceman Ben Brunette to UMass-Lowell this summer and Nate McDonald who currently plays goal at Cornell.

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The North Bay & District Trappers AAA Hockey Association is accepting coaching applications for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Applications are available for the following teams:

U12 (Formerly Minor peewee)
U13 (Formerly Major peewee)
U14 (Formerly minor bantams)
U15 (Formerly Major bantam)
U16 (Formerly Minor Midget)
U18 (Formerly Major midget)

Applications are now on the North Bay Trappers website at
Deadline for applying is February 9, 2020.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to:

North Bay & District Trappers Hockey Association
225C Fisher St
North Bay, ON
P1B 2C8

The document 2020-21_Coaching_Application.pdf was attached to this post.


The North Bay & District Hopper Buick/GMC Minor Bantam AAA Trappers came home with gold Sunday at the Barrie AAA Colts Tournament which took place over the weekend in Central Ontario.

The Trappers defeated the Eastern Ontario Wild 4-1 to capture the gold medal Sunday afternoon.

Masen Wray, Heath Bradley, Ayden Thomason and Jesse Lefebvre scored the goals behind the solid goaltending of Justin Robinson.

“We were a little bit more patient, we played a little bit better in our zone,” said head coach Guy Blanchard about his team’s first tournament victory of the year.

“We got some above-average goaltending from both guys and that kind of helped us with our goals against, we played strong defensively. We waited for some breaks, we got them and took advantage of it. That was our game plan the whole weekend.”

The Trappers started the weekend with a clash with the West Dundee Leafs where they defeated the Chicago squad 5-0 Friday morning. Zach Major, Ryan Armitage, Grayson Bradley, Austin Odd and Anthony Boyes scored in the win. Mikey Purkhart collected the shutout.

Friday night, the Trappers battled to a 3-3 tie with the host Barrie Colts squad. Heath Bradley, Caleb Dawson and Austin Odd supplied the offence in the draw.

On Saturday, the Trappers blanked the Cambridge Hawks 3-0 as Purkhart recorded his second shutout of the weekend. Zach Major, Austin Odd and Heath Bradley scored in the win.

Saturday night the Trappers faced the Eastern Ontario Wild, where they fell 2-1. Mathieu Turgeon had the lone goal in the loss.

That set up a Sunday morningclash with the Trappers northern rivals the Nickel City Sons, in the semi-final.

In that game, the Trappers pulled out a 3-1 win with Mathieu Turgeon, Masen Wray and Austin Odd scoring in the semi-final victory.

Team members: Ayden Thomason, Davis Anello, Jacob McGill, Lucas Nashkawa, Zach Major, Grayson Bradley, Nate Gravelle, Jesse Lefebvre, Mathieu Turgeon, Heath Bradley, Anthony Boyes, Masen Wray, Austin Odd, Caleb Dawson, Ryan Armitage (affiliate), Justin Robinson and Mikey Purkhart.
Coaches: Guy Blanchard, Bob Lekun, Troy Lefebvre Trainer: Christian Turgeon. Manager: Denis Major.


The Minor Bantam AAA Trappers are pleased to announce that Hopper Buick GMC is their major sponsor for the 2019/20 season.

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A pair former North Bay Major Midget AAA Trappers teammates will be heading to Cornwall, Ontario next week in hopes of being named part of the final Team Canada East roster.

Defenceman Kobe Seguin, currently playing with the Soo Thunderbirds, and forward Cole Craft, with the Rockland Nationals, have been identified as part of the 44 player roster invited to Team Canada East selection camp in advance of the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Seguin had one goal and nine assists for 10 points in 49 games with the Thunderbirds, who lost in game 7 of the NOJHL finals against the Hearst Lumberjacks last spring. Meantime Craft tallied 14 goals along with 33 assists for 47 points in 59 games with the CCHL team based in the Ottawa area.

From Aug. 7-9, 44 Team Canada East hopefuls will gather at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont., for three days of games and practices as part of the evaluation process.

The players were selected from the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).

Team Canada East staff, led by head coach Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) and director of operations Mark Grady (Orleans, Ont.), will use the camp to evaluate the prospects before selecting the final roster for the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

“This marks the first year Team Canada East will host a summer selection camp, which will help the team staff evaluate and select its roster earlier than previous years and continue to evaluate the players throughout the season,” said Brent Ladds, president of the CJHL in a release.

“We are excited to start the evaluation process for Team Canada East next week, and we look forward to watching both Canadian teams compete for a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December.”

Powassan Voodoos head trainer and former Battalion assistant equipment manager JJ Johnson has been named as a member of the training staff as both a therapist and equipment manager.

Team Canada East will kick off the tournament against Russia on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. MT when the World Junior A Challenge heads to Dawson Creek for the first time.

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