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SPORTS – NOJHL Powassan pulling out for the season, Express takes a month-long break

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Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Commissioner Robert Mazzuca says the Powassan Voodoos have received permission for a leave of absence for the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to ongoing issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He adds with the odd number of competing teams, the Espanola Express will sit out play in January, but will return in February while the Blind River Beavers will continue to play.

Mazzuca says the Canada – U.S. Border also remains closed for non-essential travel the Soo Eagles continue to be unable to participate in league play.

He adds depending on COVID-19 protocols, eight teams will continue to pay with games restarting following the lockdown.

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