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  • Ryan Graves (27) scored Quebec's third goal (The Canadian Press)Ryan Graves (27) scored Quebec's third goal (The Canadian Press)

    QUEBEC CITY — Appropriately, the Quebec Remparts' most important goal came directly off a missed Anthony Duclair chance.

    The Memorial Cup hosts, only 72 hours removed from their double-overtime defeat in Game 7 of the President's Cup final, moved the puck and their legs with more alacrity more most of their 4-3 win against the three-time-zones-from-home Kelowna Rockets on the opening night of the Memorial Cup at Le Colisee. Ryan Graves' short-handed goal 2:08 into the third that the Remparts enough cushion to hang on prevail was a microcosm of that.

    The Rockets, playing their first game in nine days, had a chance to tie on the power play early in the third. After Quebec cleared the zone and Duclair, snakebitten on several chances throughout the first two periods, won a puck race with 17-year-old Nick Merkley to earn oan breakaway, Graves got the jump on Rockets captain Madison Bowey in transition. When Duclair  was stopped by Jackson Whistle, Graves fell heir to a juicy rebound and

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  • Tyson Baillie and Kelowna won the WHL title on May 13 (Don Denton, The Canadian Press)Tyson Baillie and Kelowna won the WHL title on May 13 (Don Denton, The Canadian Press)

    Buzzing The Net is hosting a live chat on Friday when the Kelowna Rockets and Quebec Remparts face off in Game 1 of the Memorial Cup at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager, and a cast of many to discuss all the action on the ice in the Quebec City and myriad goings-on in junior hockey. The Rockets are vying to be the first Western Hockey League team in more than 20 years to win a Memorial Cup tournament held in Quebec, whereas the Quebec Remparts are out to win on home ice.

    Kelowna Rockets preview | Quebec Remparts preview 

    Buzzing The Net will host a livechat during all Memorial Cup games.

    Please remember the Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.

    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • Quebec is the 7th consecutive host team that failed to win its league title (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)Quebec is the 7th consecutive host team that failed to win its league title (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)

    There is more than a sneaking suspicion that the CHL will probably address the wrong problem when the day that the host-team format for the Memorial Cup is finally ditched.

    The writing might be on the wall for a format that's been used since 1983, where the Canadian Hockey League holds a championship tournament where one team out of four is not actually a champion. (Everyone in junior hockey just kind of goes along, rationalizing that it's all good so long as the host team had a decent playoff run, as the Quebec Remparts did by reaching Game 7 of the QMJHL final before being edged by the Rimouski Oceanic.)

    Simply switching to a single-elimination format and/or including more teams — more teams that are not champion of anything, like the Remparts, sorry/not sorry — is not going to give the tournament a reboot as a media property. Cultivating broader and deeper interest happens when there's a season-long investment, sprinkled with some inventiveness, in a sport. If indeed building the

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  • Austin Campion-Smith helped McMaster win 4 OUA titles in his 5 seasons (Yoseif Haddad, McMaster University)Austin Campion-Smith helped McMaster win 4 OUA titles in his 5 seasons (Yoseif Haddad, McMaster University)

    For a young man who spent much of his time with his back to the opposition as one of the best setters in Canadian Interuniversity Sport across the past five men's volleyball seasons, Austin Campion-Smith knows how to pay forward — and keep a promise.

    Campion-Smith, who was the nerve centre of a mighty Marauders' attack for the past half-decade, would be "a sought-after commodity in the volleyball world" if he so desired. Volleyball is one team sport where CIS is relatively close to parity with NCAA and many players do go on to spend some of their twenties playing in Europe. Campion-Smith, though, has found a different calling.

    The Bowmanville, Ont., native, who helped McMaster win four Ontario championships during his tenure, is in Egbe, Nigeria, helping with a renovation project on a hospital that his grandparents, Dr. George Campion and Esther Campion, helped establish during the 1950s. That's sacrifice:



    From Scott Radley

    In 2011 — funded heavily by one of his uncles who's

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  • Anthony Duclair #10 of the Quebec Remparts skates with the puck during the QMJHL game. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)Anthony Duclair #10 of the Quebec Remparts skates with the puck during the QMJHL game. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

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    Indulge Kelowna Rockets coach Dan Lambert some sentimentality at a serious time of year, since his first NHL game with the Quebec Nordiques was at the Colisee. (Regan's Rant)

    Today's should-read: Ed Willes caught up with Kimbi Daniels, who was the rookie standout on the 1989 Swift Current Broncos championship team that also included Lambert. (Vancouver Province

    Leon Draisaitl and Anthony Duclair faced off in a NHL game in November and will meet up against in the Kelowna-Quebec tournament opener. Did they also meet at the world junior championship? I recall Team Canada faced Germany in the first round. (Toronto Sun)

    The experts want you to know they can't pick a favourite. (Sportsnet)

    The Erie Otters might have a local investor. (Erie Times-News)

    Should Portland fans cheer for the Rockets? (The Oregonian)

    Say it together, Kelowna Rockets: "tous les vegetables et n'est pas des sauces, s'il

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  • Christopher Clapperton (#57) of the Rimouski Oceanic celebrates his goal with teammates during game 7 of the QMJHL finals, Drummondville, Que., May 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain BergeronChristopher Clapperton (#57) of the Rimouski Oceanic celebrates his goal with teammates during game 7 of the QMJHL finals, Drummondville, Que., May 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron

    Buzzing The Net is hosting a live chat on Satuday when the Rimouski Océanic and Oshawa Generals face off in Game 2 of the Memorial Cup at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager, and a cast of many to discuss all the action on the ice in the Quebec City and myriad goings-on in junior hockey. The game includes draft picks from six Canadian NHL teams, with Rimouski boasting Frédérik Gauthier (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jan Kostalek (Winnipeg Jets) whilst Oshawa is buttressed by Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks), Tobias Lindberg (Ottawa Senators), Michael McCarron (Montreal Canadiens) and Hunter Smith (Calgary Flames). The Océanic are coming off a draining double-overtime Game 7 win in the Quebec League final. The Generals are vying to become the first team out of the OHL's Eastern Conference to win the tournament since 1999.

    Rimouski Océanic preview | Oshawa Generals preview

    Buzzing The Net will host a livechat during all Memorial

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  • Butch Carter says Canadian Basketball League to start small, grow sustainably

    Butch Carter has lived in Toronto since his tenure as Raptors coach (Toronto Star image)Butch Carter has lived in Toronto since his tenure as Raptors coach (Toronto Star image)

    Butch Carter believes he has workarounds for two of the main hurdles posed for minor pro basketball in Canada.

    One, it is a challenge to find suitable venues in a country that often only seems to have the resources for games played on ice; second of all, there is the matter of cohesion at the league level (as the National Basketball League of Canada's forfeit fiasco three weeks ago illustrated, indirectly). The former Toronto Raptors coach has spent more than a year pitching a business plan for the Canadian Basketball League. Carter says the CBL will begin holding tryout camps within the next 30 days ahead of Year 1, which is slated to tip off in December. So far, franchises are planned for Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Scarborough and Ottawa.

    "The challenge is making sure we can find enough grassroots people in the communities where we're going to play to organize a community's team," Carter said on Thursday."I met with over 24 mayors and city commissioners. It's going to get done

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  • Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza, Thurs., May 21, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT!

    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - FEBRUARY 23: Kurt Etchegary #19 of the Quebec Remparts celebrates his game tying goal with teammates during the QMJHL game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Centre Marcel Dionne on February 23, 2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. The Remparts defeated the Voltigeurs 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - FEBRUARY 23: Kurt Etchegary #19 of the Quebec Remparts celebrates his game tying goal with teammates during the QMJHL game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Centre Marcel Dionne on February 23, 2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. The Remparts defeated the Voltigeurs 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    Come one, come all for the Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza that is slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. 

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager and the rest of the Yahoo! Jr. Hockey crew for the blogetariat's most popular, approximately one hour long discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey.It's essentially a Memorial Cup preview chat, so there should be much to discuss. No one is going to say the Quebec Remparts entered through the back door now, are they?

    Please remember the Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.

    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • Saginaw Spirit GM James Paliafito hired by Toronto Maple Leafs

    Saginaw Spirit goalie Evan Cormier (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Saginaw Spirit goalie Evan Cormier (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    At this rate, the Toronto Maple Leafs' hockey operations might soon include general managers from all 20 Ontario Hockey League teams. Whilst new coach Mike Babcock was being introduced on Thursday, Sportsnet reported that Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito, AKA The Most Interesting Man In Junior Hockey, is joining the Leafs as director of player evaluation. Paliafito, earlier in his professional life, was a player agent in the NFL.

    On the Leafs' end the skein of hirings out of the OHL — Mark Hunter from London, Kyle Dubas from Sault Ste. Marie, and potentially Sheldon Keefe — fit into the idea of overhauling the team's player intake and

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  • Memorial Cup preview: Top 10 Oshawa Generals observations

    The Generals open against Rimouski on Saturday afternoon (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)The Generals open against Rimouski on Saturday afternoon (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    With the King of Late Night signing off, Buzzing The Net is borrowing the Top Ten trope to profile the Memorial Cup teams. It's an homage. Or as David Letterman would say to someone who tried to slip a fancy word by him, "you mean stealing."

    Presenting the Oshawa Generals, who are vying to be the first OHL team to win since the 2010 Windsor Spitfires.

    10. "What's D.J. doing behind the bench?"

    D.J. Smith, whom at age 38 is the youngest head coach in the tournament, told Toronto's TSN 1050 this week that, "some people may think I'm pretty high-strung." He's aware of his hockey rep, but the former pro defenceman has toned down. That calmness seems to have spread out to the team, at least as far as one can  tell.

    "The personalities have changed compared to years ago," Smith told TSN 1050 on Tuesday. "I think if you can get that 20 players to buy in to what you're teaching, you have a chance. It's a different generation. When I grew up and when I was coached, the yelling approach always

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