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In 2013, after an 11-season absence, the Ontario Hockey League returned to North Bay as the Battalion relocated from Brampton and made an instant impact as the Troops captured the Eastern Conference championship in 2013-14 and lost to the Guelph Storm in the OHL final.
The North Bay Battalion has brought future NHL players back to the Gateway City with a number of former Battalion players graduating to the pro ranks, including two-time Stanley Cup champion Barclay Goodrow of the New York Rangers and World Champion Nick Paul of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It has also allowed hockey fans in North Bay to have seen top current NHL stars as visitors to North Bay Memorial Gardens, including Connor McDavid, Mitch Marner, Aaron Ekblad and Andrei Svechnikov.
The current edition of the Battalion features 17 returning players from the 2021-22 season when the Troops won the Central Division title and advanced to the Eastern Conference final against the eventual OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs. The Battalion also features seven NHL draft picks, comprised of goaltender Dom DiVincentiis (Winnipeg Jets), defencemen Ty Nelson (Seattle Kraken) and Tnias Mathurin (Detroit Red Wings), and forwards Kyle Jackson (Seattle Kraken), Justin Ertel (Dallas Stars), Matvey Petrov (Edmonton Oilers) and Liam Arnsby (Florida Panthers).
Experiencing your local OHL team in North Bay is one of the best ways to spend a night out. Located in the heart of our city, North Bay Memorial Gardens is conveniently located with ample parking for our guests. For each of our home games, we strive to provide only the most entertaining and enjoyable hockey experience in North Bay. Our arena offers multiple concession options, full service of alcohol, along with a number of suites and lounges for our valued guests.
We invite you to join us for an exciting outing for North Bay's favourite pastime, and show your support for your local OHL team! Visit battalionhockey.com to learn more about our season schedule, and for any and all updates about our team!