The NOJHL is back up to 12 teams. It’s added three teams to the league and among them are the Espanola Express. No stranger to the league are the American-based Soo Michigan Eagles. The return of the Eagles, after being off a few years, means a renewal of its rivalry with the Soo Thunderbirds. The third team added to the league is from French River. All 12 teams will play in the upcoming season.