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Kevin Northup (right) poses for a photo with Yarmouth Mariners player Ben Chipman at the conclusion of this past hockey season. Northrup has been named the new director of communications for the MHL.
Kevin Northup (right) poses for a photo with Yarmouth Mariners player Ben Chipman at the conclusion of this past hockey season. Northrup has been named the new director of communications for the MHL. - Contributed

YARMOUTH, N.S. – The MHL has announced the league’s new director of communications and the position has gone to Kevin Northup of Yarmouth.

The junior A hockey league announced on Aug. 1 that effective immediately, Will MacLaren has stepped down as the league’s director of communications and Northup has replaced him.

Northup is no stranger to both the MHL or the local media scene. Northup, 28, has been the play-by-play voice of the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners since 2012. An employee of radio station Y95-CJLS since 2009, Northup has been the station’s sports director since 2011. He has called Mariners’ games for CJLS, HockeyTV and Eastlink. Northup graduated from Atlantic Media Institute in 2008.

"I'm very excited to be taking over the role of Director of Communications for the MHL,” Northup says. “Having (recently) celebrated its 50th season, I feel the league is gaining momentum as a destination for Junior A hockey in Canada. I look forward to being a part of the MHL family for years to come."

Northup continues to work at Y95-CJLS, along with carrying out this new position with the MHL executive.

The league’s president looks forward to having Northup in the fold.
“Kevin has shown a passion for the game and for the league through his great call of Mariners’ games for many years,” says Brian Whitehead. “We look forward to bringing him into to MHL Executive fold and working with him to continually forge a bond between the league, its teams and fans as well as the media.”

Will MacLaren had been named to the position of director of communications upon its creation by the league in 2013.

“Due to various commitments outside of my duties with the league, I have made the difficult decision to move on,” MacLaren says. “I have thoroughly enjoyed and am very proud of my association with the MHL in various capacities. This league is a vital part of hockey in the Maritimes and the people who are associated with it and support it are first rate.

“Kevin Northup has been one of those people for many years,” MacLaren adds. “I wish him the best of luck in what I’m sure will be a long, successful tenure with the MHL Executive.”

MacLaren, 37, who resides in Cole Harbour, was involved with the league in one capacity or another for 10 seasons. In addition to his league duties, MacLaren was a long-time host and play-by-play commentator for the MHL with Rogers TV as well as the play by play webcast voice of the former Dieppe Commandos franchise from 2011-2015.

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