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  • McMaster volleyball star rebuilding hospital in Nigeria, passing up pros

    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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  • Roy lends hand to Remparts, Draisaitl and Duclair reunite: the coast-to-coast

    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 ...

    WHL

    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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  • 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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  • Keefe in line for Leafs farm team job: the coast-to-coast

    The Leafs have permission to talk with Sault Ste. Marie coach Sheldon Keefe (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)The Leafs have permission to talk with Sault Ste. Marie coach Sheldon Keefe (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

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

    WHL

    The Kelowna Rockets have the farthest to travel to the tournament, but also had the longest post-playoffs hiatus. So there is that. (Kelowna Capital News)

    The Memorial Cup is the biggest tournament in the world where Leon Draisaitl will be allowed to participate. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    The Rockets were surprised that San Jose Sharks pick Rourke Chartier was able to start the championship series, let alone thrive. (The Pipeline Show)

    Ryan Pyette points out no WHL team has won a Cup hosted by the QMJHL since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994. (London Free Press)

    Kelowna defenceman Cole Martin took a long route from Arlington, Texas to helping win a league title. (Regan's Rant)

    OHL

    The floor is clear for the Toronto Maple Leafs to hire Sheldon Keefe away from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for their AHL affiliate. (The Leafs Nation, Soo TodaySportsnet)

    London Knights super-scout Lindsay Hofford

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  • Connor-icles: McDavid TV interview after Oshawa championship win rankles fans

    McDavid finished two points shy of the OHL playoff record (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)McDavid finished two points shy of the OHL playoff record (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    To the victor goes spoils usually dictates coverage choices after a championship-game win, but then again, Connor McDavid is is exceptional.

    When the Oshawa Generals beat the Erie Otters and McDavid 6-2 on Friday to win the best-of-7 Ontario Hockey League final 4-1, Sportsnet had to decide quickly how to juggle giving the Generals their due while acknowledging the end of McDavid's generational three-year tenure in junior hockey. On-ice reporter Rob Faulds had brief on-ice interviews with two big Oshawa cogs, Cole Cassels and goalie Ken Appleby, but after a segment from the studio, Faulds conducted an interview with the 18-year-old McDavid, who will soon be the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL draft.

    Needless to say, the decision to devote time to the captain of the runners-up irked some junior hockey fans who have been doused in McDavid mania across the past three seasons (much it from this corner, guilty as charged). 

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  • Oshawa Generals oust Erie Otters, clinch OHL championship

    Oshawa is the first Eastern Conference OHL champion since 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Oshawa is the first Eastern Conference OHL champion since 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Cole Cassels, Matt Mistele and the entire Oshawa Generals crew brought the curtain down on the Connor McDavid show.

    Cassels had tour assists, giving him a series-high 12 points, to help the Generals beat the McDavid-led Erie Otters 6-2 at General Motors Place to complete a five-game win in the Ontario Hockey League championship. Mistele also his team-high 13th post-season goal when the Generals, backed by a crowd of 6,000-plus, scored thrice in the first five minutes of the second period to force McDavid and the Otters to play catch-up mode. 

    "I love these guys to death," Cassels, a Vancouver Canucks signing, told Sportsnet 360. "It was a total team effort to shut down Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. I couldn't be more proud of this team. He's the best player in the world. We had to try to get in his grille and get him off his game."

    It's the Generals' OHL-record 13th title, but first since 1997. It was also the first by an Eastern Conference team since the Peterborough Petes

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  • Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL ImagesJordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

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

    WHL

    The Medicine Hat Tigers don't have a lease finalized for the Alberta city's new Regional Events Centre. (CHAT-TV, Medicine Hat News)

    Talk about a dream come true for Kelowna's Jackson Whistle: winning the league championship with his hometown club. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    Kelowna's Dillon Dubé is euphoric after winning a championship as a rookie: "We came out hard and didn't stop." (Cochrane Times)

    Might we just skip ahead to Brandon winning the 2016 Ed Chynoweth Cup? (Winnipeg Free Press)

    The Prince George Cougars' prospective new logo has leaked out into the media. (Prince George Citizen

    Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Dustin Perillat is spending his spring running track and field, including the 800 metres, since he's a glutton for punishment. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

    OHL

    At long last, Belleville Bulls standout Jordan Subban has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. (24 Hours Vancouver,

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