Soo Eagles News - Hockey News August 29, 2015

Coach Capy joins Soo Eagles staff

by Randy Russon

Esteemed bench boss Jim Capy is returning to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as co-coach of the Soo Eagles, has learned.

Capy is no stranger to the NOJHL, having previously been a winning coach with the Soo Thunderbirds, Blind River Beavers and the erstwhile Soo Indians.

A retired Canada Post worker, Capy spent the 2014-2015 season with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League, guiding them to the championship.

With Thunderbirds management having recently relinquished control of the midget team — which will still operate as a GNMHL franchise under the administration of the Sault Major Hockey Association — Capy decided to move on after getting an offer to join the NOJHL Eagles from coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo.

In returning to the NOJHL with the Michigan-based Eagles, Capy began by thanking the former administration of the erstwhile Thunderbird midgets, Albert Giommi and Kevin Cain.

“We had a really good year together and I want to thank Albert and Kevin for their efforts in establishing a quality major midget program,” Capy said evenly.

Moving on from the midget ranks and back to the junior level has Capy excited.

“The NOJHL has not only grown to 12 teams but it has grown in terms of the level of talent, coaching and leadership,” opined Capy.

After being offered the co-coach position with the NOJHL Eagles, Capy said he made sure that his work with the midget program was done before accepting Bragagnolo’s offer.

“I have known Bruno a long time, I have coached against him and I have a lot of respect for him,” said Capy. “He has won wherever he has coached and he has a reputation for running a good program and for developing players.”

Between the 58-year old Capy and the 57-year old Bragagnolo, the two have been coaching for a combined 60-plus years.

Besides having previously coached in the NOJHL and with the Thunderbird midgets, Capy has also coached at the major midget level in the Michigan Soo and at the high school level in the Canadian Soo.

Bragagnolo knows who and what he is getting in Capy.

“There is no doubt about his coaching expertise and knowledge of the game,” Bragagnolo said of Capy. “Everyone knows who Jim is and he has a ton of respect throughout hockey.

“He makes our staff even better,” Bragagnolo continued. “He runs a great practice and he has kept up with the game. It’s like having another head coach — which is why he is coming in as co-coach and not as an assistant.

“Jim is known for his preparation and attention to detail and he will have a lot of say in running the team,” added Bragagnolo, who as general manager and part owner of the Eagles also oversees operation of the team-run concession stand and beer area at Pullar Stadium.

After three seasons in the North American Hockey League, the Eagles are returning to the NOJHL this 2015-2016 campaign in what is now a 12-member loop.

As part of a revamped NOJHL, the Eagles and reigning champion Soo Thunderbirds will be resuming their hotly-contested, cross-border rivalry.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News August 29, 2015

Cade Nolan joins Soo Eagles

by Randy Russon

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have signed 1996 birth-year defenceman Cade Nolan, has confirmed.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Nolan, who hails from Garden River First Nation, played the 2014-2015 season with the Batchewana Attack of the now-defunct Canadian International Hockey League. Before that, he skated for the Soo Indians major midgets.

Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo said he likes Nolan’s skill level.

“He’s a great skater,” Bragagnolo told “He does a lot of things well and he’s very coachable.”

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News August 17, 2015

Labour Day weekend in the NOJHL

Soo Thunderbirds, Soo Eagles and Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will face off in a three-game, pre-season series. The round-robin set will be held on Labour Day weekend at John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.  Opening game is slated for Saturday, Sept. 5 when the Eagles and Wildcats take to the ice for a 1 p.m. matinee match. Later on Saturday, Elliot Lake will play its second game when the Wildcats face the host Thunderbirds at 8 p.m. The series will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. when the Twin Soo teams begin the renewal of their cross-river rivalry. The 2015-2016 NOJHL regular season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11 with all 12 teams in action.

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Road to the NHL: Alex Galchenyuk

Veteran head coach Bruno Bragagnolo will always remember hearing about – and seeing – Alex Galchenyuk for the first time.

“I got a call from a friend of mine, Gerry Fraser, who was down in Florida back in 2009. The Galchenyuks were there along with two other Russian players, and one day Gerry saw Alex running and working out on the beach. He went up to Alex’s dad, and the two of them started talking. Mr. Galchenyuk mentioned that Alex eventually wanted to play in the OHL. Gerry told him about the program we had going with the Chicago Young Americans [in the Midwest Elite Hockey League], and recommended that he give me a call. We’d sent a lot of players to the OHL before, so we eventually had a chat,” recalled Bragagnolo, who after speaking with Mr. Galchenyuk suggested that Alex – who was 15 years old at the time – come up to the Windy City to take part in one of the squad’s summer skates.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News July 21, 2015

Multiple commitments to Soo Eagles

by Randy Russon

Homegrown forward Landon Hubbard heads an early list of players who have committed to the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2015-2016 season, has confirmed.

A 5-foot-9, 165 pound puck whiz with skill and speed, Hubbard has spent the past two seasons playing with both the AAA midget Soo Indians and the Soo High Blue Devils.

He finished up the 2014-2015 season with the Indians and scored 15 goals in 27 games.

Indians head coach Pat Carricato had all good things to say about Hubbard when asked by

“He was a key part of our success,” Carricato began. “He’s great teammate and a pleasure to coach. I think he will be a good player for the Eagles this season.”

Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has been watching Hubbard develop over the past few seasons and said the 1998 birth-year forward “is definitely ready to move up to the NOJHL. He has really good skills and he’s a smart player.”

Hubbard said he looked at opportunities to play in the North American Hockey League but opted to stay home and skate in the NOJHL for the Eagles.

“This will be my last year in high school so I thought it would be best to stay here and play in the NOJ,” Hubbard told “It has a reputation as a good league and this is a good step up for me.”

Hubbard is one of six players who have committed to play in the NOJHL for the Michigan-based Eagles in 2015-2016.

The others are 1996 birth-year goalie Jack Deines, 1996 birth-year defencemen Alex DiBacco and Levi Rowan, 1996 birth-year forward Kendall Huckins and 1997 birth-year forward Korey Muzzy.

Deines played for Detroit U-D Jesuit in 2014-2015 while DiBacco is from the Chicago Young Americans, Rowan is from Cadillac high school, Huckins is from the erstwhile Batchewana Attack and Muzzy is from the Minnesota Revolution.

“All of these players are well-known to me and our scouting staff and we are happy to get commitments from them to play for the Soo Eagles this coming season,” Bragagnolo told

“Deines had an excellent pre-NAHL camp and caught the eyes of many observers and was the best goalie there. DiBacco is a tough, hard-nosed defenceman with good offensive skills. Rowan has really impressed us with his skill and smarts. Huckins is a kid who can put up points and is hard to play against. Muzzy is a player with size, skill and a lot of potential,” assessed Bragagnolo.


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