NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ex-NOJHLers among plethora of CJHL alums competing at CIS University Cup
SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League was nicely represented at the CIS University Cup in Saskatoon, Sask., that wrapped up Sunday after crowning a new champion in Canadian Interuniversity hockey.
Two ex-NOJHLers and former Soo Thunderbirds Matt Amadio and Micky Sartoretto were both on the roster of the Waterloo Warriors, who shocked the No. 1 seeded Alberta Golden Bears in their opener before falling to the St. Mary’s Huskies Saturday thus ending their unheralded postseason run that saw them knock off the top three ranked teams in Ontario on their way to the nationals.
Both Amadio and Sartoretto were instrumental last season in leading the Thunderbirds to both a NOJHL regular season and playoff crown along with a Dudley-Hewitt Central Canada Jr. A championship and a semifinal berth at the 2012 Royal Bank Cup in Humboldt, Sask.
Among other former NOJHL players who competed in the OUA this season, you had ex-T-Birds defenceman Kris Barclay at York University and Sudbury forward Jamie Haines, who attends Ryerson University.
Then you also have 2012 NOJHL player of the year Jordan Carroll, who is expected to suit up for the Laurentian Voyageurs when they make their return to OUA hockey circles in 2013-14.
Carroll’s former Sudbury Jr. A teammate and fellow 100-plus-point man Nick Esposto is also anticpated to be joining the Voyageurs program.
Carroll, Haines and Sartoretto were all first team NOJHL all-stars in 2011-12 while Amadio garnered second team laurels.
Overall, according to files provided by the Canadian Junior Hockey League, there were 62 CJHL alumni of the rosters of the six schools that competed at the CIS hockey championship who played at least 10 games in their respective careers and five for goaltenders.
Building on that, 56 CJHL alums skated in at least 30 contests (5 for netminders) during their time playing Jr. A hockey across the country and thusly ever-improving the NOJHL and CJHL’s focus of advancing its players to the next level.