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Layne Young was one of three North Stars who didn’t make the cut for Canada West, who will compete in the upcoming World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 11-18.
Layne Young was one of three North Stars who didn’t make the cut for Canada West, who will compete in the upcoming World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 11-18. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

All 3 North Stars cut from team Canada West

By Nathan Kanter
December 7, 2016 - 5:25pm

Levi Kleiboer, Cody Spagrud, and Layne Young were all cut from team Canada West on Wednesday afternoon, and will not compete in the Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta. this December.

Former North Star and Battleford native Braydon Buziak has five goals in 17 games this season for the Regina Pats.
Former North Star and Battleford native Braydon Buziak has five goals in 17 games this season for the Regina Pats. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Buziak enjoying his time as a Pat

By Nathan Kanter
December 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

When Braydon Buziak signed a WHL contract with the Regina Pats in early September, he knew it wasn’t a guarantee he’d stick with the team.

There’s no doubt it was special for the undrafted Battleford native, but there was still hard work to come.

North Stars defenceman turned forward Conor Jensen (right) hounds Bronco forward Dawson Atamanchuk during Friday's 3-1 win.
North Stars defenceman turned forward Conor Jensen (right) hounds Bronco forward Dawson Atamanchuk during Friday's 3-1 win. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars stay perfect against Broncos with 3-1 win

By Nathan Kanter
December 3, 2016 - 2:38am

The last time the North Stars were in Humboldt, they allowed three third period goals, but managed to hang on for a 5-3 win.

Head coach Nate Bedford was visibly frustrated with his club after the game.

North Stars defenceman Levi Kleiboer has been exceptional on the offensive end this season, and will try out for team Canada West next week, hoping to earn a spot for the Junior A Challenge.
North Stars defenceman Levi Kleiboer has been exceptional on the offensive end this season, and will try out for team Canada West next week, hoping to earn a spot for the Junior A Challenge. file photo/battlefordsNOW Staff

Constant improvement focus for North Stars' Kleiboer

By Nathan Kanter
November 30, 2016 - 10:02am Updated: November 30, 2016 - 10:36am

Last week, North Stars defenceman Levi Kleiboer thought he’d been traded.

The North Stars celebrate a goal against Nipawin on Nov. 15. The team has been incredibly tough to beat so far this season.
The North Stars celebrate a goal against Nipawin on Nov. 15. The team has been incredibly tough to beat so far this season. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

COLUMN: Evaluating the North Stars season at the halfway mark

By Nathan Kanter
November 29, 2016 - 5:54pm

With the SJHL regular season now officially half over for the Battlefords North Stars, I thought it would be a good time to look back on the first 29 games and evaluate some of the smaller details.

North Stars' blueliners Connor Sych (2) and Kendall Fransoo (6) celebrate with the top line after Ben Allen (front middle) tipped in a Fransoo shot to open the scoring on Friday.
North Stars' blueliners Connor Sych (2) and Kendall Fransoo (6) celebrate with the top line after Ben Allen (front middle) tipped in a Fransoo shot to open the scoring on Friday. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars finish first half of season by doubling up Hounds

By Nathan Kanter
November 26, 2016 - 12:31am

The North Stars followed up their poor third period performance on Wednesday with a better one on Friday in their 4-2 win over Notre Dame.

Better, but not great, according to head coach Nate Bedford.

North Stars forward Layne Young was one of three Battlefords players invited to take part in camp for the 2016 Junior A Challenge.
North Stars forward Layne Young was one of three Battlefords players invited to take part in camp for the 2016 Junior A Challenge. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Three North Stars invited to Junior A Challenge selection camp

By Nathan Kanter
November 25, 2016 - 12:00pm

North Stars’ players Levi Kleiboer, Cody Spagrud, and Layne Young each received an invite to attend selection camp for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

The North Stars celebrate a goal at home over the weekend. On Wednesday, despite scoring five times and coming away victorious over Humboldt, the takeaway was a very poor final period.
The North Stars celebrate a goal at home over the weekend. On Wednesday, despite scoring five times and coming away victorious over Humboldt, the takeaway was a very poor final period. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars squeak by Broncos despite poor 3rd period

By Nathan Kanter
November 24, 2016 - 2:17am

The North Stars got back in the win column on Wednesday night thanks to a 5-3 road win over Humboldt, but their 2-0 lead heading into the third period vanished and the game was nearly tied.

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