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  • PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Juho Lammikko, 65th overall pick of the Florida Panthers, poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Juho LammikkoPHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Juho Lammikko, 65th overall pick of the Florida Panthers, poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Juho Lammikko

    No. 1 star: Juho Lammikko, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

    The Finnish forward was very quick to introduce himself to a new league and new country, getting the third-period game-winner in his first game as the Fronts fended off a Peterborough Petes comeback to win 5-3. Lammikko (1G-2A, +2) showed off some supple hands on that goal 57 seconds into the final frame, going forehand to backhand to roof the puck over goalie Jason Da Silva.

    That staked the Fronts to a 4-0 lead. A Lawson Crouse wraparound goal with allowed Kingston, which couldn't finish Peterborough off after taking a 3-0 series lead in the first round last season, to avoid a late fade vs. the Petes. (The Petes had some fun with that on Twitter during the second period.)

    Lammikko, a Florida Panthers third-rounder, also had the secondary assist on first-period by linemates Robert Polesello (1G-1A, +3) and Spencer Watson (1G-1A, +2). The trio, which comprise Kingston's top line while Sam Bennett is away with the Calgary Flames,

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  • Portland Winterhawks face protest over logo from Native American group

    The Winterhawks have used the same crest since moving to Portland in 1976 (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)The Winterhawks have used the same crest since moving to Portland in 1976 (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)

    Chances are, one of the Portland Winterhawks diehards who has a tattoo of the team logo might have also watched and agreed with the sentiments of the South Park takedown of the NFL and Washington team owner Daniel Snyder that aired on Wednesday night.

    Interesting juxtaposition, potentially?

    There is no one label that fits all situations when it comes to making progress on use of aboriginal culture and imagery in the sports world. Yet in a world where one can pull up the logo of every hockey team called the Winterhawks in fewer than five seconds, it's probably not something the Western Hockey League powerhouse Winterhawks can just wish would go away. Earlier this week, Jackie Keeler, a Portland-based writer who is founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (the originator of the #notyourmascot hashtag), called on the Winterhawks to deep-six their Chicago Blackhawks-style crest.

    From Colin Miner:

    “Mascotry has to stop,” says Jackie Keeler, a Portland activist, member of the

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  • For MLSE, renaming Maple Leaf Square 'Ford Square' new low in tone-deafness

    Canadians celebrate the Olympic men's hockey victory on Feb. 23, 2014 (Chris Young, The Canadian Press)Canadians celebrate the Olympic men's hockey victory on Feb. 23, 2014 (Chris Young, The Canadian Press)

    It would seem like the Doug Ford/Rob Ford brand would be the last thing an entertainment company in Toronto would want to be associated with, even unintentionally and unwittingly.

    Nevertheless, for a few dollars more, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has once again shown than whenever a seed of down-to-earth, honest, organic-seeming fandom sprouts in the city, they will be there to try to assign a dollar value to it.

    The crowds that have gathered in Maple Leaf Square in recent times to cheer together during Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors games, and during hockey games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, show how sport can bring together. The Ford family are a divisive farce, not a unifying force. Yet MLSE has plunged ahead blindly by renaming the public space Ford Square, after the auto giant. It's not a literal connection, but same name, you know ...

    The large public plaza, located outside of the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, will be renamed after the automobile

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  • Sarnia Sting starting from the bottom: OHL Burning Questions

    Goldobin is in camp with the San Jose Sharks (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Goldobin is in camp with the San Jose Sharks (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Sarnia Sting.

    Last season went like — The Sting fulfilled expectations, in a matter of speaking. There was full acknowledgment it would be a development year and they finished eight points clear of the 19th-place Kitchener Rangers.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 17-44-2-5, .301 point pct., 209 GF/336 GA. Tenth, Western Conference. .

    Drafted — D Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay Lightning, first round), LW Nikolay Goldobin (San Jose Sharks, first).

    On the junior-or-pro bubble — Each of the first-rounders is still with his NHL team; Goldobin had a two-point night for the Sharks on Tuesday. 

    2015 NHL Draft watch — C Pavel Zacha is a legitimiate top 10 hopeful and RW Nikita Korostelev is projected second or third-rounder in NHL Central Scouting's estimation.

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  • Connor McDavid named captain in Erie: the coast-to-coast

    Connor McDavid named captain of the Erie Otters. (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Connor McDavid named captain of the Erie Otters. (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

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

    WHL

    "Sward aims to be mightier" is easily the best junior puck headline of the week. Of course, the opportunity cost of dreaming that up was making sure to vet photographers' captions. (Vancouver Sun)

    What are the Winnipeg Jets going to due with the "too good for junior" Josh Morrissey? (Winnipeg Sun)

    With Reid Duke returning for this weekend, the Lethbridge Hurricanes are eager not to start with another winless weekend. (Lethbridge Herald

    Pavel Padakin thought he was going to be in Russia; now the 20-year-old is in Regina. Same number of letters. (Regina Leader-Post, Calgary Herald)

    Wyatt Hoflin might have the No. 1 goalie job won in Kootenay, depending on what the New York Rangers organization does with Mackenzie Skapski. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

    OHL

    Did Connor McDavid 'C' this coming?

    Josh Brown projects the final standings in the Eastern and Western conferences; ditto from Brock Otten, who writes the balance of power might have shifted

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  • A Vancouver Sun photo caption published Tuesday evening called attention to Subban's ethnicity (CTV News Channel image)A Vancouver Sun photo caption published Tuesday evening called attention to Subban's ethnicity (CTV News Channel image)

    There are two ways or 'let's agree to disagree' about it — publishing a photo caption that refers to an athlete by his ethnicity, is a racial double standard. It might also be a comment about staffing levels at some of our nation's big city dailies, but that's not as here or there.

    Overnight, like with his older brother, Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban, Vancouver Canucks draft pick Jordan Subban had the thrill of scoring a NHL preseason game tempered by an unintentional insult. It was also a reminder that as an Afro-Caribbean Canadian playing the country's alpha sport, "simply being who he is" means things happen to Jordan Subban that would never happen to white hockey players.

    Long story short, somehow staff at the Postmedia papers in Vancouver allowed a photo caption to appear online that referred to the 19-year-old Subban, who plays for the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League, as the "dark guy in the middle." Brutal. The Sun, understandably, has issued an apology.

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  • Buffalo Sabres second-rounder Justin Bailey is one of Kitchener's veterans (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Buffalo Sabres second-rounder Justin Bailey is one of Kitchener's veterans (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Kitchener Rangers.

    Last season went like — The Rangers were showing modest progress, in the midst of a 5-0-1-0 streak in February, when Justin Bailey suffered an upper body injury. Without Bailey and with D Max Iafrate also ailing, they lost their last 11 games and fell into the OHL's second slot for the priority selection and import drafts. So say hello to Adam Mascherin and Gustaf Franzen

    2013-14, by the numbers — 22-41-2-3, .360 point pct., 195 GF/277 GA. Ninth, Western Conference. .

    Drafted — C Ryan MacInnis (Arizona Coyotes, second round), RW Justin Bailey (Buffalo Sabres, second), LW Nick Magyar (Colorado Avalanche, third).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — Franzen and former 10th-round selection Mason Kohn should elicit attention; D Doug Blaisdell was the lone Ranger on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List, while LW Darby Llewellyn is a re-entry possibility


    1.  What will

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  • Ottawa 67's hopeful for happy homecoming: OHL Burning Questions

    Konecny won the rookie scoring title with 70 points (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Konecny won the rookie scoring title with 70 points (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Ottawa 67's.

    Last season went like — The standard preseason optimism was laced with dread that the timing, the tide and the talent just was not there during Season 2 of the 'lost years' phase of playing at distant Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa fell below .500 to stay after a 0-3 swing in mid-October. It was still in playoff position entering the final week before No. 1 centre Erik Bradford broke his femur in the antepenultimate game of the season. A second straight season out of the playoffs hastened a housecleaning in the front office.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 23-39-3-3, .382 point pct., 217 GF/305 GA. Tenth, Eastern Conference.  

    Drafted — D Alex Lintuniemi (Los Angeles Kings, second round), D Jacob Middleton (Los Angeles, seventh).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — C Travis Konecny, the OHL rookie of the year, is a Top 10 hopeful; C Dante Salituro, RW Artur Tyanulin and RW Jeremiah Addison are all first-time draft eligibles; D Troy Henley also rated inclusion on the NHL Central Scouting preliminary list.

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  • Mississauga Steelheads due to move on up, in theory: OHL Burning Questions

    Day demonstrated potential more frequently in the second half of his rookie season (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Day demonstrated potential more frequently in the second half of his rookie season (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Missisauga Steelheads.

    Last season went like — Mississauga won the tortoise race for the last Eastern playoff berth by taking 12-of-16 possible points vs. Niagara and Ottawa over the final two months of the season. Their workhorse goalie helped make them a tough out in a first-round loss to Oshawa, while rushing defenceman Sean Day began to settle down down the stretch. 

    2013-14, by the numbers — 24-38-1-5, .397 point pct., 163 GF/262 GA. Eighth, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to Oshawa in first round.

    Drafted — G Spencer Martin (Colorado Avalanche, third round).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — LW Jesse Barwell made the biggest contribution of any of the Trout's 1997-born cohort; D Sean Day is still a season away.

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