NOJHL notebook: Alumnus Appleby backstops Oshawa to Memorial Cup crown



Release Date: Monday, June 1, 2015

Photo credit: James Code/Code Photography

NOJHL alumnus Appleby backstops Oshawa to Memorial Cup win

SUDBURY –  Former Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League netminder Ken Appleby was instrumental in guiding the Oshawa Generals to the Memorial Cup Canadian Hockey League title Sunday night in Quebec City, Que.

Appleby efforts between the pipes saw named the Memorial Cup’s outstanding goaltender award, earning the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy.

The 20 year-old from North Bay recorded a 2.08 goals-against average along with a .915 save percentage, leading the Generals to a perfect 4-0 record, including a 2-1 overtime triumph vs. the Kelowna Rockets in the championship game Sunday.

Appleby was also named to the Memorial Cup all-star team in goal for his efforts.

During the course of the regular season he led all OHL stoppers in both goals-against average and save percentage at 2.08 and .924 respectively while tacking on a league-best 38 wins eventually backstopping to the Generals to an OHL title.

As a rookie, Appleby played in the NOJHL during the 2011-12 campaign for Kirkland Lake before moving on to the OHL.

The North Bay product also played for Team NOJHL at the 2011 Central Canada Cup Challenge.

PRESEASON GAMES: A pair of NOJHL preseason games have already been scheduled in August.

The Timmins Rock and Rayside-Balfour Canadians have a pair of exhibition contests schedule for Aug. 28-29.

McIntyre Arena in Timmins will be the site of the opening contest on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The two sides will meet once again at Countryside Arena in Sudbury at 7:15 p.m.

Both teams are relocating to new locales for the 2015-16 campaign with the Rock making the move from Iroquois Falls while the Canadians make the move to Rayside-Balfour from Copper Cliff.

DUDLEY-HEWITT 2016: The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and the town of Kirkland Lake will serve as the host of the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A Championship, May 3-7, 2016 at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.

Joining the host Gold Miners will be the champions of the NOJHL, the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Should Kirkland Lake win the NOJHL title then the league finalist will also take part in the event.

The Soo Thunderbirds are the defending Dudley-Hewitt Cup title holders after claiming the crown last month in Fort Frances.

RBC CUP 2016: The Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League will host the 2016 RBC Cup Canadian Junior A Hockey championship.

The five-team tournament will be held from May 14-21 at the Centennial Civic Centre.

The Portage Terriers (MJHL) hosted and won the 2015 RBC Cup defeating the Carleton Place Canadians in the final.

Joining Lloydminster will be the champions of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, the Fred Page Cup (Eastern Canada) as well as the winner and finalist of the Crescent Point Energy Cup (Western Canada).