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  • Stanley is a cousin of former OHL standout Michael Latta (Dave Ducharme, Windsor Spitfires)

    Logan Stanley has never had any hang-ups about playing rough.

    At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, the Windsor Spitfires top pick was the biggest player taken in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League priority selection. Stanley, who's already arrived in southwestern Ontario for his first training camp, is eager to establish himself as a defender who can change the flow of play by using his size effectively.

    "My favourite player in the NHL is Shea Weber and he's a physical guy who likes to throw his weight around, be physical in his own end," the Waterloo, Ont., native says. "I just try to be like him. I just think it's fun to get in other guys' faces and hit hard and stuff like that. It's a big part of my game, but also it's important to be a good skater and make a good first pass. All those three things can make a good defenceman.

    "If you're going to play rough and hit hard, you're going to be expected to fight once in a while," adds Stanley, who played with the Waterloo Wolves during his minor midget year. "I'm coming in knowing that's going to happen and I'm ready for that, I think. I think that will be a fun experience."

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  • Mete was chosen No. 8 overall by Owen Sound in the OHL priority selection (OHL Images)

    Very little, it would appear, has changed regarding Victor Mete's stance at playing in the Ontario Hockey League this season with the Owen Sound Attack.

    It is part of the hockey business. Mete's advisers indicated in April there was "no interest" no interest in the young defenceman joining the Attack after it chose Mete No. 8 overall in the OHL priority selection draft. On Wednesday, one of Mete's advisers with the Arc Sports Group, Darren Ferris, gave a guarantee the 16-year-old will not be at Attack's camp, citing "certain necessities which are not available in Owen Sound."

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  • Carleton Ravens beat Memphis by 32 points, but keep it in perspective

    National team member Phil Scrubb had 30 points against Memphis (Justin Tang, CP file photo)

    By now, the word "fluke" should not even come up in conjunction with the Carleton Ravens' annual August visits from NCAA teams.

    Carleton — or "Canadian team" as it's known to U.S. headline writers — scored it most lopsided exhibition win yet over a U.S. visitor on Tuesday. Phil Scrubb, who might yet prove to be the biggest talent ever develop north of the border, went off for 30 points during the four-time defending CIS champs' 92-60 drilling of the Memphis Tigers. It's certainly the greatest margin of victory Carleton has ever enjoyed over a Division I team; certainly no CIS team in recent memory has thumped a NCAA team by more than 25 points.

    It is another proof that Carleton, whose players enjoy one more year of eligibility and fewer restrictions on practising together than their NCAA counterparts, compares favourably with a Division I mid-major. It is awesomely good and a rising tide that has raised some, if not all boats, at the CIS level. Several others such as Ottawa, Ryerson, Windsor and McMaster are also play a Division I level — and within a Canadian Interuniversity Sport system whose first objective is graduating students, too. Still, there could stand to be some perspective.

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  • Watch Josh Ho-Sang score ridiculous trick-shot goal (VIDEO)

    What a brazen display of individuality, and what an affront to every lunch-bucket hockey player's hockey player who could always be counted on for a honest effort every shift.

    There was a little shootout competition during the BioSteel hockey camp in Toronto on Saturday. Vancouver Canucks prospect and Belleville Bulls defenceman Jordan Subban got a lot of attention for scoring an 'alley-oop goal' on his brother Malcolm Subban, taking a high flip pass out of the air and redirecting the puck into the net. Arguably, though, that outspoken offensive dynamo Josh Ho-Sang topped it.

    One day after saying Hockey Canada is "afraid" to invite him to its national junior camp, the New York Islanders first-round pick pulled off a great bit of derring-do — a spinnerama with a lacrosse-style over-the-shoulder shot to pick a corner of the net. Look at the bend in the stick.

    That is, surely, the move Ho-Sang had saved up to use Team Canada ever needed him in a shootout in the world championship gold-medal game. Just kidding.

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  • Ottawa 67′s Travis Barron out to make early impact: Making The Jump

    Barron is out of the same midget team as former 67's star Tyler Toffoli, who earned a Stanley Cup ring in June (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Travis Barron drew a bead on the Barberpole early last season but knew he'd have to work to make it a reality.

    The rugged left wing whom the Ottawa 67's ultimately added with their No. 3 overall choice in the OHL priority selection immediately felt comfortable with playing in the nation's capital. Barron honed his game for the past three seasons with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens program, where 67's grad Tyler Toffoli played minor hockey. The current Los Angeles Kings wing's father, Rob Toffoli, scouted Barron all season, so there was an understanding. It just became a matter of Barron establishing himself as a top-5 pick.

    "From Day 1, I said I want to be an Ottawa 67," says Barron, a native of Caledon, Ont. "As the year went on, it looked like it was going to be tougher to be there because of where they were in the standings, which would make it tougher to be drafted there. But I worked hard and really, really wanted to be there and used that as motivation.

    "My game kept improving as the year went on and I started thinking, 'I can do this.' I got really lucky but at the same time I feel like I deserved to go that high because of the hard work I put in."

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  • Ho-Sang accepts congratulations after being taken No. 28 overall by the Islanders in June (Matt Slocum, Associated Press)

    Windsor Spitfires star Josh Ho-Sang became an instant anti-hero before the NHL draft, touching off a kerfuffle with his criticisms of how he believed he was being judged by scouts and by Hockey Canada. The 18-year-old hardly distanced himself from those remarks after the New York Islanders stepped up to select him late in the first round. Diehard Islanders fans, who surely know from feeling prejudged, have embraced their organization adding a polarizing prospect.

    Meantime, Hockey Canada once again declined to include Ho-Sang in its summer development camp. He was sixth in points among underage players (those 17 or younger at the start of the 2013-14 season) in the Ontario Hockey League despite arguably being surrounded by less premium talent than the other five. All five, each of whom arguably had more premium talent around him on his OHL team than Ho-Sang did, were in Canada's camp earlier this month.

    It would be easy for Ho-Sang to say this is all in the past. Instead, he doubled down, calling it "insulting" that he wasn't invited. Neither Ho-Sang nor Hockey Canada will say what off-ice factors might play into this, which means the controversy should continue to simmer.

    Read More »from Josh Ho-Sang calls out Hockey Canada again: ‘They can’t invite me … because they’re afraid’
  • McLeod helped the Marlboros capture the OHL Cup midget crown (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Mike McLeod is quick to see parallels to another centre who graced the Hershey Centre once upon a time.

    "I'm probably like Jason Spezza," the Mississauga Steelheads' No. 4 overall pick says when asked which big-leaguer he strives to emulate. "He's kind of like me in terms of build. He's a good playmaker and he drives the net too. Good leader."

    McLeod has miles to go in order to become an established NHLer, but at least he won't be too great a distance from his family home. By joining the Steelheads, who recently signed a four-year arena lease extension, the 6-foot-1½, 180-pound pivot will have be able to live at home as a rookie.

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  • Sportsnet punts OUA football coverage, but blaming network is an easy way out

    Western Mustangs' Matt Uren catches a touchdown in front of Queen's T.J. Chase-Dunawa during the 2013 Yates Cup (Dave Chidley, The Canadian Press)

    These are bleak times for amateur sports coverage in Canada. Ontario University Athletics is just the latest to pay a price for Rogers overpaying for the national NHL rights. Over the past weekend, the network finally acknowledged what was pretty much an open secret: it has dropped the weekly football package that the country's largest athletic conference already helped underwrite in exchange for visibility. Thus the Yates Cup, the oldest football championship in North America, will not be televised in November (the OUA is launching a webcast network instead).

    The easy — and perhaps most self-righteously fun — is to throw Sportsnet some shade for drastically scaling back its university coverage just one year after signing a six-year media rights contract with Canadian Interuniversity Sport.(For the uninitiated, CIS can only sell the rights to its championships; conferences have jurisdiction over their regular season and playoffs.) It is somewhat staggering that a network that committed $5.2 billion to the NHL doesn't have the "capacity" to staff a Saturday afternoon football game. There is more to it, though, than blaming the big, bad broadcaster.

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  • Sonny Milano speaks; QMJHL trades galore: the coast-to-coast

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

    WHL

    The Vancouver Giants seem willing to wait two seasons for Dallas-area defenceman Max Gildon. Or they could just trade his rights to Portland when the time comes. (Vancouver Province)

    Kurt Leavins explains why erstwhile Prince Albert Raiders star Leon Draisaitl should surely stay with the Edmonton Oilers. (Oil On Whyte)

    The Victoria Royals do not expect centre Steven Hodges to be assigned to the WHL as a 20-year-old, hence trading him to Tri-City. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    Now that the league could be shorn of Reinharts, the Quennevilles are the new power family. (The Pipeline Show)

    Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear, pride of Ochapowace, Sask., had a nice welcoming party at the airport after helping Canada win the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

    Andy Eide outlines how to follow the Dub on Twitter, and modestly excludes himself. (The Hockey Writers)

    OHL

    Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounder Sonny Milano expands on why he's joining the Plymouth Whalers. (Columbus Dispatch)

    What does adding Milano mean for the Plymouths? (The Hockey News)

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  • Graves was a rock on Val-d'Or's blueline during its run to the QMJHL title (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Better to deal now than see the stakes go up later during a Memorial Cup year.

    New York Rangers prospect Ryan Graves, who was an immovable force during Val-d'Or's run to the President's Cup and the Memorial Cup semifinal last spring, is probably the best 19-year-old defenceman available in the Quebec League. Late Sunday, the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts pulled off a bit of a blockbuster, acquiring the 6-foot-4 defenceman on the eve of the QMJHL's preseason trade deadline. Graves had shoulder surgery following his extended playoff run with Val-d'Or and will not suit up until a few weeks into the regular season.

    Remparts GM Philippe Boucher, in all, added five seasoned players in roughly 18 hours in a bid to contend for the Cup at Le Colisée in May. Quebec's other notable pickups include anteing two draft choices to nab overage centre Taylor Burke from the Gatineau Olympiques and trading for 19-year-old defender Simon Boudreau.

    For those scoring at home, the trade unites the Rangers' back-to-back 2013 picks out of the QMJHL, with Graves joining 50-goal scorer Anthony Duclair.

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