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  • 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup: Homegrown Huskies march to first Cup appearance

    Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net11 days ago

    Is it possible for the number one ranked team in the CHL to come in under the radar?

    The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies dominated their way through their QMJHL competition, running the table in the regular season with a 54-9-3-2 record, blasting their way through the playoff bracket with a 16-5 record, and a 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup berth in the process.

    The goal is in sight, but the Huskies aren’t done. They won their first President’s Cup in their history – the first in their franchise’s history since 1970 as the Montreal Junior Canadiens – and they will march on, led by head coach Gilles Bouchard.

    While the top line of the London Knights, Christian Dvorak flanked by Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner, may get the most attention, the Brandon Wheat Kings as western champs after reaching the finals a year ago and with 2017 NHL draft hopeful Nolan Patrick in tow, and the Red Deer Rebels hosting the first Memorial Cup tournament in Alberta since 1974, it can be easy to forget the Huskies as the team from the Quebec league that won their first President’s Cup.

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  • Flint Firebirds hire George Burnett as GM, name Joe Stefan assistant GM

    Dhiren Mahiban at Buzzing The Net12 days ago

    The off ice shake up to the Flint Firebirds organization continued on Tuesday as George Burnett was announced as the club’s general manager and Joe Stefan was appointed the team’s assistant general manager and director of player development.

    Both Burnett and Stefan have signed new three-year contracts with the hockey club.

    Burnett replaces Terry Christensen, who after one season as GM of the Firebirds, is no longer with the organization. Stefan was previously the Firebirds’ interim head coach and assistant general manager.

    According to Burnett, the Firebirds will have a new head coach in place within a week.

    “It’s a terrific opportunity, very exciting to have a new direction and I look forward to the role,” Burnett told Yahoo Canada Sports. “The change in the role will no-doubt be different, but I look forward to supporting a coaching staff and leading the hockey operation.

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  • Carleton Place Canadians continue to bring championship hockey to small Ontario community

    Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net26 days ago

    Jason Clarke didn’t have to think too hard about putting in an application when the then-Central Junior Hockey League wanted a 12 th team in time for the 2009-10 season.

    Clarke saw first-hand how his Junior B Carleton Place Legion Kings were supported by fans at home and road games and by sponsors.

    Founding the Carleton Place Canadians just made too much sense.

    “We made the jump to (Tier II) Junior A and haven’t looked back since,” said Clarke, the team’s owner, coach and general manager.

    In just seven short years, the Canadians are firmly entrenched in the town of roughly 10,000 people, 50 kilometres west of Ottawa . They’re also firmly established as the best team in the now-Central Canada Hockey League.

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