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North Star forward Layne Young passes the puck during training camp last week. Young is the reigning SJHL rookie of the year.
North Star forward Layne Young passes the puck during training camp last week. Young is the reigning SJHL rookie of the year. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars expect to score by committee in 2016-17

By Nathan Kanter
September 15, 2016 - 12:26pm

Last year’s Battlefords North Stars won three quarters of their games over the course of a 58-game season, something many fans would consider superb.

They had three of the league’s top-10 scorers on their team, Igor Leonenko, Layne Young, and Coby Downs, another exceptional feat.

Braydon Buziak lines up for a faceoff during 2016 playoff action against the Flin Flon Bombers. The former North Star signed with the Regina Pats of the WHL last week.
Braydon Buziak lines up for a faceoff during 2016 playoff action against the Flin Flon Bombers. The former North Star signed with the Regina Pats of the WHL last week. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Buziak thrilled to sign with Pats

By Nathan Kanter
September 8, 2016 - 5:00pm

Former North Star Braydon Buziak is thrown off by the question, just for a second.

He’s not sure how to answer.

“Why did you choose hockey as a kid?”

For him, and many other Saskatchewan kids, it’s just the natural thing to do.

The North Stars celebrate a goal during the 2016 playoffs against the Flin Flon Bombers. In the preseason CJHL rankings, the North Stars are the top-ranked SJHL team.
The North Stars celebrate a goal during the 2016 playoffs against the Flin Flon Bombers. In the preseason CJHL rankings, the North Stars are the top-ranked SJHL team. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars top SJHL team on pre-season CJHL rankings

By Nathan Kanter
September 2, 2016 - 5:00pm

On Friday, the pre-season rankings for the CJHL were released and only two Saskatchewan teams made the top 20 spots: the Battlefords North Stars, at 13, and the Estevan Bruins, at 20.

Practice on Friday morning at the Civic Centre was all about systems and making sure players went hard on the forecheck.
Practice on Friday morning at the Civic Centre was all about systems and making sure players went hard on the forecheck. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars set for first pre-season game

By Nathan Kanter
September 2, 2016 - 5:00pm

A little more than 30 minutes into Friday morning’s practice, Nate Bedford stopped the drill at centre ice to once again give instruction on how he wants the North Stars to play.

“We’re intimidating!” he reminded the group.

Kendall Fransoo (grey) fends off a check during Thursday’s practice at North Stars Camp.
Kendall Fransoo (grey) fends off a check during Thursday’s practice at North Stars Camp. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Leadership in good hands for North Stars this season

By Nathan Kanter
September 1, 2016 - 2:06pm

They’re best buddies off the ice and they’re also the backbone of the defence for the North Stars: Kendall Fransoo and Connor Sych.

Sych may have three inches on Fransoo, standing a whopping 6'4”, but what’s clear is how big both men are on leadership.

Former North Star Coby Downs takes a face-off during 2016 playoff action against the Kindersley Klippers.
Former North Star Coby Downs takes a face-off during 2016 playoff action against the Kindersley Klippers. Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

Downs in the mix at USHL camp

By Nathan Kanter
August 31, 2016 - 2:29pm Updated: September 1, 2016 - 6:29am

For about a month and a half this summer, Corina Terrero was receiving phone calls from a strange number. So, like most people would, she ignored them.

But they kept coming.

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