The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that tonight’s originally scheduled game between the Soo Thunderbirds and Rayside-Balfour Canadians at Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie has been postponed.
This game has been called off in the interim due to the fact that Rayside-Balfour will have insufficient players to ice a complete roster for the contest due to injuries and none of their affiliate players being available due to the high school exams that are taking place across Ontario.
“The decision to postpone the Thunderbirds – Canadians game was based on the importance the NOJHL places on both player safety and equally important, education,” stated league Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.
“Both teams are impacted, with a number of players on the Thunderbirds also in the midst of studying for their exams, while adding in the time and distance involved for Rayside-Balfour to travel to Sault Ste. Marie and back, it was decided to reschedule the game in the best interests for everyone involved,” added Mazzuca.
The NOJHL apologizes for any inconvenience this postponement may cause and the league will announced the make-up date for this contest once it is finalized.