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  • Murphy (right) was Carolina's 2011 first-rounder (OHL Images)

    It is hard to think of a bright young prospect who has had the vicissitudes of the hockey world — concussions, Hockey Canada cuts and training camp-cancelling lockouts — visited upon him more than Kitchener Rangers captain Ryan Murphy.

    The Rangers will still be waiting for their captain when/if the Carolina Hurricanes get some of their established defencemen back from injuries. The puck-moving defenceman, who has stayed with the 'Canes through two training camps without ever getting into the lineup, will make his NHL debut for reals after injury-depleted Carolina summoned him on an emergency recall (both Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen are injured). Alas for Rangers supporters, it comes just says after Murphy's former junior teammate Jeff Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion. It has been a while in the making for Murphy, even if he might not stay for a while.

    From Chip Alexander (@ice_chip):

    Read More »from Kitchener Rangers’ Ryan Murphy to make NHL debut with Carolina Hurricanes
  • Evidently, Moncton Wildcats winger Ross Johnston had no alibi for swinging his stick and breaking the jaw of the Halifax Mooseheads' Brian Lovell last Saturday.

    The QMJHL has handed down a 15-game suspension — covering the rest of the regular season, as some dim-bulb armchair disciplinarian wild-guessed — over the incident. That means Johnston will miss almost as much time as Lovell, who is out 4-6 weeks.

    From Willy Palov (@CH_willypalov):

    That's twice as long as any other suspension that the Quebec League has meted out, but the recklessness and the damage done warrants it.

    Read More »from Moncton Wildcats’ Ross Johnston gets 15 games for stick swing (VIDEO)
  • Matej StranskyNo. 1 Star - Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

    It's a somewhat curious situation considering local and national writers had all but buried the Saskatoon Blades after a rough first month, but, uh, the MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts for this season have won their 13th straight, with a 5-1 victory over Moose Jaw Wednesday evening. That just happens to be a franchise record.

    Andrey Makarov stopped 35 of 36 shots and was named first star in the building. We'll give some lover over to Matej Stransky, awarded the second star tonight at the Credit Union Centre after scoring a goal and recording an assist in the win. He banged home a rebound off a Darren Dietz shot as part of a four-goal third period.

    Overager Brendan Walker scored two goals in the final two minutes, one on an empty net and another on a late powerplay. Walker's second, scored with :48 seconds left by stuffing in a loose puck from right in the crease, caused tensions between the provincial rivals to boil over. Michael Ferland was ejected for crosschecking Warriors' defenceman Braiden Doucette, but there were no late fighting majors doled out.

    No. 2 Star - Scott Simmonds, Belleville Bulls (OHL)

    There was just one game on the Ontario Hockey League docket tonight, and it ended with the Belleville Bulls securing their spot atop the Eastern Conference standings with a home win 8-5 over the Ottawa 67s. Alan Quine recorded a hat-trick for the home Bulls in the contest, but Scott Simmonds' feat was perhaps a tad more notable: he scored the 5-2 and 6-2 goals, that effectively put the contest out of reach, with goals nine seconds apart in the second period.

    Read More »from Saskatoon records 13th straight win; Belleville’s offence shines – Wednesday’s 3 Stars
  • Defenceman Cameron McDonald and his winning cup

    Is there anything more Canadian than the convergence of Tim Hortons and junior hockey?


    But, defenceman Cam McDonald can thank Lady Luck that these two Hoser entities merged for him on Tuesday afternoon.

    The 19-year-old, who regularly plays for the Amherst Ramblers in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, received a call from the Moncton Wildcats on Monday, to let him know he'd be a call-up for their QMJHL game the next night against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

    Before the game he and two Wildcats -- forwards Mark Tremaine and Ryan Penny -- made a stop for coffee in downtown Moncton.

    "The coffee shop they usually go to was closed so they said, 'Let's go to Timmy's then' and they got their coffees and I got mine," said McDonald.

    The trio then proceeded to the rink to get ready for the game. Roughly 20 minutes after McDonald finished his cuppa joe, he rolled up the rim to find he had won a prize of $5,000 in the java juggernaut's yearly contest.

    "I just started jumping around," said

    Read More »from McDonald called up for cup of coffee in Moncton, hits jackpot
  • Blake Clarke is third among all OHL rookies in scoring (OHL Images)

    Blake Clarke's parents will have an odyssey next season when they set out from their home in St. Louis to North Bay, Ont., to see their oldest son play. Even with the chance of weather delays, it's nothing compared to how far the rookie left wing's game has come in the past 12 months, including his first major junior season with the Brampton Battalion.

    Major junior hockey will sell itself in North Bay. The fans in the city which has gone 11 winters without an OHL team might not yet appreciate that Clarke is closing in on the rookie-year point totals that Matt Duchene and Cody Hodgson each produced as 16-year-olds in Brampton, where defensive responsibility is next to godliness. Granted, loyal Battalion fans who are losing their beloveds would be right to say any rookie would suffer in comparison to those two stars. Nevertheless, to see Clarke in action is to probably be oblivious that he had some setbacks during his draft season. He leads 1996-born OHL rookies with 45 points and is third among all rookies behind Erie's Connor McDavid and Sarnia's Nikolay Goldobin.

    It is a far cry from the situation the Missouri-born Clarke, whose father is from Toronto, fought through during his draft season. Like a lot of upwardly mobile U.S. players weighing major junior vs. the NCAA, he went to the USHL with the Fargo Force. Ice time was scarce and he left for the St. Louis Blues under-18 team. Now Clarke is on the first line in Brampton.

    Read More »from Brampton Battalion’s Blake Clarke filling big role as a rookie
  • Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...


    Mike Johnston isn't around the Portland Winterhawks but the suspended coach-GM's presence is still manifest, writes Gregg Drinnan. (Kamloops Daily News)

    Is the Harlem Shake still a thing? The Victoria Royals, the westernmost team in major junior hockey, performed one. (Voice of the Victoria Royals)

    Tri-City goalie Troy Trombley stopped 75-of-77 shots in his first two starts for the Americans to help beat league-leading Portland and rival Spokane. Yet he isn't the WHL goalie of the week. Who votes on this, the International Olympic Committee? (Red Light District)

    Brandon Wheat Kings overage defenceman Tyler Yaworski is bent on making the most of his remaining games in the Dub. (Brandon Sun, paywall)


    The OHL could be part of the events for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, reports Kevin McGran. The London Knights, Plymouth Whalers, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires were supposed to play at Comerica Park before the lockout deep-sixed the event. (Toronto Star)

    Dallas Stars first-rounder Radek Faksa will resume skating with the Kitchener Rangers this week, while teammate and Edmonton Oilers pick Tobias Rieder will play this weekend. Rieder sustained minor injuries in a motor vehicle collision last week. (Waterloo Record)

    Read More »from OHL outdoor games likely for next season: Wednesday’s coast-to-coast
  • Luca Ciampini is putting up a point per game in his third season with Halifax (The Canadian Press)

    The Halifax Mooseheads, while battered and bruised, have pushed the Portland Winterhawks off their pedestal for this latest Dynamic Dozen.

    No one could claim with a straight face that Halifax is the same team whether a certain No. 22 is in the lineup. The Mooseheads, save for the nationally televised loss to the Moncton Wildcats where Nathan MacKinnon suffered a leg injury, have taken on and beaten many of the Quebec League's toughest teams over the past few weeks. The injuries they sustained most recently are a concern, but in the interim, they are the new No. 1 after the Portland Winterhawks had an off-week by their standards.

    Read More »from Halifax Mooseheads top BTN Dynamic Dozen for the first time this season
  • O'Brien had gone 186 games without a penalty (The Canadian Press)Acadie-Bathurst Titan coach Danny Dupont had words of wisdom for Zach O’Brien when he returned to the bench after taking the first penalty of his QMJHL career in a 5-1 loss to the Moncton Wildcats Tuesday.

    "I told him that he’s got about 850 more [penalty minutes] to catch me,” Dupont said with a chuckle.

    Normally a player taking his first penalty wouldn’t be noteworthy. Except O’Brien, a 20-year-old forward from St. John’s, N.L., hasn’t taken one in 186 previous QMJHL games, including playoffs. The Titan alternate captain is an impact forward who doesn’t shy away from high traffic areas, with 246 career points over three seasons. In fact, O’Brien finished second in QMJHL scoring last season without taking so much as a two-minute minor.

    “It’s been a while,” the Titan forward admitted. “The pressure’s off now, definitely.”

    According to the QMJHL, the official record for longest penalty-free streak is 181 regular-season games and 192 including playoffs. O'Brien was within reach of those marks. For the record, the penalty O’Brien took was interference, taken at 1:25 of the second period. The Wildcats didn’t score on the man advantage.

    Read More »from Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s Zach O’Brien ends his 186-game penalty-free streak
  • Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...


    Top draft prospect Seth Jones was recognized twice in Annie Fowler's Best of the West(ern Conference) poll. (Tri-City Herald)

    It's almost like the Saskatoon Blades' season actually started in mid-January, writes Patrick King. (Sportsnet, Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

    The WHL-to-Winnipeg talk died as soon as it sprouted. (Taking Note)

    Check out which contributor to this humble blog was mentioned in a Globe & Mail column that talked about the underuse of advanced hockey stats. (The Globe & Mail)

    Fifteen-year-old Minnesotan Alec Baer might get into the Vancouver Giants lineup before the end of the season. (Vancouver Province)

    These are the bad times for the Kelowna Rockets: forward Carter Rigby's season is over due to a shoulder injury and so it defenceman Mitch Wheaton's year. (Kelowna Capital News)

    Overage forward Jordan DePape, who had major shoulder surgery in the fall, is on schedule to debut with Red Deer by playoff time. (Red Deer Roundup)


    Anaheim Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson will be back on the ice this week with the Kitchener Rangers in his recovery from a hip/groin injury, but coach Steve Spott will not rush him back into action: "The position that he plays is number one. Number two, the amount of games he could play in the playoffs. It’s almost every second night." (Waterloo Record)

    Meantime, the Rangers who are present and accounted for had a bit of a discipline problem during Monday's loss to rival Guelph. (Waterloo Record)

    Calgary Flames second-rounder Pat Sieloff's groin injury is lingering and now his Windsor Spitfires are all but out of the playoff chase. (Windsor Star)

    Read More »from Kitchener Rangers’ John Gibson nears return to ice: Tuesday’s coast-to-coast
  • Lovell tweeted this photo of his swollen jaw following surgery (Twitter)Whatever the Moncton Wildcats' Ross Johnston meant to do with his stick when he broke the Halifax Mooseheads' Brian Lovell's jaw on Saturday, he wasn't in control of it.

    Was this intentional or incidental? It happened so fast that none of the four on-ice officials in the game between QMJHL Maritimes Division rivals called a penalty, but the Mooseheads video crew caught it and the clip went viral. After bumping along the boards at the Halifax Metro Centre, the tip of the 19-year-old Johnston's stickblade appeared to get caught between the plexiglass and one of the steel dividers. As Lovell rose from the ice, Johnston yanked his stick loose and his follow-through swing connected with the Mooseheads defenceman's jaw.

    Johnston has been suspended indefinitely.

    Read More »from Moncton Wildcats’ Ross Johnston suspended for two-hander that broke player’s jaw (VIDEO)


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