NOJHL Notes: Local lad Nick Jameus signs with Soo Eagles

Local product Nick Jameus (right) in action against the Soo Thunderbirds as a member of the Elliot Lake Wildcats. Jameus has since signed up with the Soo Eagles. SPECIAL TO SAULT THIS WEEK jpg, SH

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Free agent forward Nick Jameus has a new Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League home.
Sault This Week has confirmed Soo Eagles is committed to Jameus ahead of the 2020-2021 NOJHL season.
A Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native, Jameus spent the 2019-2020 season with the lowly Elliot Lake Wildcats.
Elliot Lake ceased operations following the 2019-2020 NOJHL season and all of its players became free agents.
And the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Jameus is one player that Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo zeroed in on.
“We love his work ethic and skill level and (Eagles head coach) Doug (Laprade) and I think he will fit in well with our team,” Bragagnolo told Sault This Week.
Jameus is also known as a character individual.
As an NOJHL rookie last season, Jameus, who has a 2002 birth date, finished fourth in scoring on the Elliot Lake points chart. He totaled six goals, nine assists, 15 points in 51 regular season games on a Wildcats team that finished in last place overall with a record of 7-46-3.
Prior to his NOJHL rookie year, Jameus played two seasons in the Great North Midget Hockey League, suiting up for both the Soo Jr. Greyhounds and Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves.
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EAGLES TRYOUT CAMP
Soo Eagles received the go ahead to hold their main tryout camp later this summer.
Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo confirmed the main camp dates and details.
The Eagles are one of 11 teams in the NOJHL and its lone American entry.
With a good reputation as a franchise that develops its players and provides a first rate environment, the Eagles are coming off a 2019-2020 season in which they posted a record of 30-21-5.
The 65 points the Eagles earned was good for fourth place in the NOJHL’s West Division and just two points back of the third place Soo Thunderbirds. The Eagles then swept the fifth place Espanola Express in two straight games in the preliminary round of the playoffs before the COVID-19 pandemic put an abrupt end to the season.
Off the ice, the Eagles are actively involved in the Michigan Soo community. And they have received considerable recognition for their volunteer work within the community.
Besides the veteran Bragagnolo as their long-time general manager of 10 years, the Eagles feature the reputable Doug Laprade as their head coach.
The 51-year-old Laprade is a former national championship player and assistant coach from his days with the Lake Superior State University Lakers.
Known as a player’s coach, Laprade has spent the past two seasons as the Eagles bench boss.
At any rate, the Eagles main camp is slated for Aug. 12-14 at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Sault.
For player registration, go to www.sooeagles.net or call general manager Bruno Bragagnolo via 847-921-4543 or head coach Doug Laprade at 906-322-0748.
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NET OPPORTUNITY
Rayside Balfour Canadians have an opening for a goalie.
The first place team in the West Division of the NOJHL from the 2019-2020 season has dealt 2002-birth-year goalie Nicholas Heinzle to the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League in a cash exchange.
With Heinzle headed to the prairies, veteran David Bowen is now the only goalie on the Rayside roster.
Heinzle had an impressive season for Rayside in 2019-2020 with a 17-3-4 record, 2.81 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
But Bowen, who has a 2000 birth date, is clearly the main man for Rayside.
Between good stints in both the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League in 2019-2020, Bowen was a sensation for Rayside with an 18-5-0 record, 2.65 goals against average and .924 save percentage.
One up and coming goalie who will get a chance to take over from Heinzle as Bowen’s understudy in Rayside is homegrown Chelmsford product Evan Nicholls.
Rayside general manager Jeff Forsyth has confirmed that he will be extending a training camp invitation to Nicholls.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Nicholls got into 1,078 minutes of action for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2019-2020 and had a 3.72 goals against average on a below .500 team.
With a 2003 birth date, Nicholls still has a season of midget eligibility remaining.

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