And because of it, they usually lose and lose big at the OHL Gold Cup.
But the tough northerners are out to prove they belong.
So far, so good.
The team lost its opener but it was a tight 1-0 affair against Hockey Eastern Ontario. They'll look to get on track today at the tournament which runs until Sunday at the Activa Sportsplex.
HNO faces a lot of hurdles such as travel, a small population and the threat of players heading south for greener pastures.
But they continue to fight.
And they're hoping to turn some heads at the Gold Cup.