The NOJHL has announced Thursday night’s game between the Timmins Rock and the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners has been postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
A post on the Rock Facebook feed added some clarity to the reason for the postponement, indicating: “It is with a heavy heart the Rock announce the passing of Captain Derek Seguin’s brother (Ryan Patrick Seguin).
“To honour him in a celebration of life on Thursday, the Rock with the thankful support of the NOJHL and the Kirkland Lake Goldminers have decided to postpone Thursday’s game. It will be rescheduled to a later date.
“Our deepest condolences to Derek and the complete Seguin family.”
The press release issued by the NOJHL did not indicate when the contest — scheduled to be played at the Joe Mavrinac Community Centre in Kirkland Lake — will be played.
Following Thursday’s postponement, the Rock will return to action Saturday night when they travel to Cochrane for a game against the Crunch at the Tim Horton Event Centre, starting at 7 p.m.
The next home game for the Rock will be on Sunday, at 2 p.m., when they host the Hearst Lumberjacks at the McIntyre Arena.
The Lumberjacks (25-10-0-1) currently hold down top spot in the NOJHL’s East Division standings, but they have played five more games than the Powassan Voodoos (25-6-0-0), who sit just one point back in the standings.
Meanwhile, the third-place Rock (22-5-1-1) trail the Lumberjacks by five points and the Voodoos by four points.
It is important to note, however, the Rock have seven games in hand on the Lumberjacks and have played two games fewer than the Voodoos to this point in the 2019-20 NOJHL campaign.
Fans are reminded Sunday’s home game against the Lumberjacks will feature the Rock’s annual Teddy Bear Toss.
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The Rock’s annual 3-on-3 Tournament will return to the ice at the McIntyre Arena on Thursday, Jan. 2, and Friday, Jan. 3.
Each Novice, Atom or Peewee team will again be coached by members of the Timmins Rock.
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