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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 Troops enter the 2023-24 season as two-time defending Central Division champions and in both campaigns advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship series before losing to the Hamilton Bulldogs and Peterborough Petes, the latter a tough seven-game series defeat with a 3-2 loss on home ice in game 7.
The Battalion returns a strong core with reigning OHL Goaltender of the Year Dom DiVincentiis (Winnipeg Jets) leading the way. Star defencemen Ty Nelson (Seattle Kraken) and Tnias Mathurin (Detroit Red Wings) will anchor the blueline, while returning forwards include veterans Owen Van Steensel, Dalyn Wakely and Anthony Romani.
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 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!