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This is the 2015-16 Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League season.  This was the league's 46th season overall dating back to the founding of the NOHA Junior B Hockey League in 1970, and the league's 39th season under this name.

The league schedule will commence on September 11, 2015 and end of March 9, 2016.

The press release of the schedule made special mention of a Family Day match-up between the Soo Thunderbirds and the Soo Eagles being held at Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (the home of the Eagles) and the Thunderbirds will serve as the home team.

Membership ChangesEdit

Division AlignmentEdit

Eastern Division
Team Joined Centre Arena
Cochrane Crunch 2012 Cochrane Tim Horton Event Center
French River Rapids 2015 Noelville Noelville Arena
Iroquois Falls Eskis 1988 Iroquois Falls Jus Jordan Arena
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 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

StandingsEdit

Eastern Division

Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Cochrane Crunch 54 40 10 2 2 - 298 169 799 84
Powassan Voodoos 54 40 10 1 3 - 278 137 718 84
Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 54 39 19 1 2 - 247 135 728 81
Timmins Rock 54 29 24 1 0 - 257 219 759 59
Iroquois Falls Eskis 54 15 39 0 0 - 163 310 758 30
French River Rapids 54 2 49 1 2 - 124 347 602 7
Western Division
Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Soo Thunderbirds 54 48 5 0 1 - 247 84 672 97
Elliot Lake Wildcats 54 34 13 2 5 - 223 144 633 75
Rayside-Balfour Canadians 54 28 28 1 0 - 229 208 818 57
Soo Eagles 54 22 30 0 2 - 182 197 725 46
Espanola Express 54 12 39 0 3 - 132 243 735 27
Blind River Beavers 54 10 40 0 4 - 139 326 745 24

Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

The league announced the 2016 playoff format on February 4th. The top five teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.  The number 4 and five seeds in each division meet in a best-of-three series.  The winning teams meet the number 1 seed in the best-of-seven division semi-finals.  The division finals and league final are also best-of-seven series. The playoff champion will advance to the 2016 Dudley Hewitt Cup (and the other finalist if the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners win the playoffs) which is being held in Kirkland Lake and being hosted by the Gold Miners who qualify as host.  The tournament was originally awarded to Sudbury, Ontario to be hosted by the Sudbury Nickel Barons  on October 7, 2014; but the team announced they were relocating to Rayside-Balfour prior to the 2015-16 season and there was deemed to be little support in the community of Sudbury.  The tournament was then re-awarded to Kirkland Lake on April 27, 2015.  The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup advances to the 2016 Royal Bank Cup being held in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

Eastern Division Preliminary RoundEdit

Western Division Preliminary RoundEdit

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalEdit

Western Division FinalEdit

League FinalEdit

The Soo Thunderbirds qualify for the 2016 Dudley Hewitt Cup as NOJHL champs and Kirkland Lake also qualifies as they are hosting the tournament.

2016 NOJHL champs Soo Thunderbirds

2016 NOJHL champs Soo Thunderbirds

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