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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.

North Stars defenceman Conor Jensen (yellow) tries to blow by Jeremy Velazquez (left) and cut to the net during day two of training camp at the Civic Centre.
North Stars defenceman Conor Jensen (yellow) tries to blow by Jeremy Velazquez (left) and cut to the net during day two of training camp at the Civic Centre. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Feeling out process continues on second day of North Stars camp

By Nathan Kanter
August 30, 2016 - 4:59pm

After two days of practices and one scrimmage, things are starting to come together for the North Stars at training camp.

Head coach and General Manager Nate Bedford called last night’s scrimmage, the first of three this week, a “feeling out process” and said that’s to be expected.

Battlefords North Stars defenceman Ryan Rosenberg (#4) battles against Kindersley Klippers forward Carson Pickett (#17).
Battlefords North Stars defenceman Ryan Rosenberg (#4) battles against Kindersley Klippers forward Carson Pickett (#17). Matt Kelly/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars and new coach gearing up for camp

By Matt Kelly
August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

It's hockey season again in the Battlefords with faces new and old descending on the Civic Centre for the North Star camp.

The 2016-17 North Stars season begins on Sunday, Aug. 28 with check-ins and fitness testing followed by on-ice sessions and scrimmages until Friday, Sept. 2.

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