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  • Sudbury Wolves' Nick Baptiste, Franky Palazzese & Mat Campagna (OHL Images)

    The Ontario Hockey League regular season begins this week. They play one of these every winter? Man, it never ends. With the days getting shorter and the season getting nearer, BTN is taking an early look at each team in reverse order of last season's standings.

    Sudbury Wolves

    In 2012-13 — 29-27-5-7. 515 point pct., 209 GF/227 GA. Fifth, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to Belleville in conference semifinal.

    Final Dynamic Dozen ranking — 14th OHL, 37th CHL.

    Drafted — RW Nick Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres, third round), C-LW Connor Crisp (Montreal Canadiens, third), LW Dominik Kubalik (Los Angeles Kings, seventh).

    2014 NHL draft watch — C Matt Schmalz, at 6-foot-6, was the main return in last season's Frank Corrado trade with Kitchener.

    Read More »from Sudbury Wolves on cusp of Eastern Conference contention: OHL Burning Questions
  • Sarnia Sting's Alex Basso, Anthony DeAngelo and Nikolay Goldobin (OHL Images)

    The Ontario Hockey League regular season beginsthis week. They play one of these every winter? Man, it never ends. With the days getting shorter and the season getting nearer, BTN is taking an early look at each team in reverse order of last season's standings.

    Sarnia Sting

    In 2012-13 — 35-28-1-4, .551 point pct., 242 GF/250 GA. Seventh, Western Conference. Lost 4-0 to Plymouth in first round.

    Final Dynamic Dozen ranking — 13th OHL, 35th CHL.

    Drafted — None.

    2014 NHL draft watch — RW Nikolay Goldobin is one of the league's most gifted attackers and D Anthony DeAngelo has been the epitome of a high-reward, high-risk puck rusher over two seasons. Six-foot-three D Tyler Hore and LW Jordan Addesi each have NHL size and should get consideration from teams looking to stockpile prospective role players.

    Read More »from Sarnia Sting bring NHL draft buzz with DeAngelo, Goldobin: OHL Burning Questions
  • Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    BTN's own Scott Sepich looks at how the Portland Winterhawks' success in U.S. recruiting is altering the face of the Dub. (The Oregonian, The Pipeline Show)

    Victoria Royals GM Cam Hope underlines the challenge of selling junior hockey on Vancouver Island: "Victoria is a different market than Prairie cities that are all about hockey ... But that shouldn’t be an excuse for us at all." (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    Overage D-man Peter Kosterman fit right into his new role in Prince George. Well, who knows really? He scored a goal in his first preseason game with Cougars, so that's the basis for that statement. (Prince George Citizen)

    Seventeen-year-old forward Josh Passolt, who had a strong training camp in Prince Albert, is returning to Minnesota high school hockey. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

    Newly added defenceman Zach Hodder will have to pick up some extra minutes for Moose Jaw so long as Warriors star Morgan Rielly is still with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

    What's the saying, if you have two goalies you have no No. 1 goalie? That sums up the situation for the Regina Pats. (Regina Leader-Post)

    OHL

    The Kitchener Rangers have a surplus of defencemen, so fire up the hot stove. Oh, and Ben Fanelli will be named captain, bank on it. (Ranger Report)

    The Sudbury Wolves have all but one of their main cogs back in time for their opener. Meantime, after last week's "official newspaper" story, Randy Russon has Sudbury's back: "In the 14 years prior to this season, the Wolves have had only three head coaches. The Greyhounds, by comparison, have had eight head coaches in the same span, not including interim bench bosses." (Sault This Week)

    Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas is working on the basis that captain Darnell Nurse will not return before the club's early-October Eastern swing. (Sault Star)

    Read More »from ‘Hounds on wait list to see Nurse: the coast-to-coast
  • Saginaw Spirit's Nick Moutrey, Eric Locke & Jake Paterson (OHL Images)

    The Ontario Hockey League regular season begins this week. They play one of these every winter? Man, it never ends. With the days getting shorter and the season getting nearer, BTN is taking an early look at each team in reverse order of last season's standings.

    Saginaw Spirit

    In 2012-13 — 32-29-4-3, .522 point pct., 247 GF/261 GA. Eighth, Western Conference. Lost 4-0 to eventual OHL champion London in first round.

    Final Dynamic Dozen ranking — 12th OHL, 33rd CHL.

    On the pro-or-junior bubble — Would-be overage C Eric Locke remains in training camp with the Buffalo Sabres.

    Drafted — C Justin Kea (Buffalo Sabres, third round), G Jake Paterson (Detroit Red Wings, third), C Jimmy Lodge (Winnipeg Jets, third), LW Nick Moutrey (Columbus Blue Jackets, fourth), LW Cody Payne (Dallas Stars, originally a Boston Bruins fifth), Locke (Buffalo, seventh).

    2014 NHL draft watch — D Brandon Prophet showed good two-way potential as a 16-year-old, while W Zach Bratina is a former Plymouth Whalers first-rounder coming off a rookie year that was curtailed by a brain injury.

    Read More »from Saginaw Spirit didn’t stand Pat in off-season: OHL Burning Questions
  • Gatineau Olympiques captain Taylor Burke (Francis Vachon, The Canadian Press)Gatineau Olympiques captain Taylor Burke (Francis Vachon, The Canadian Press)

    No. 1 star: Taylor Burke, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

    The Olympiques captain had a hat-trick and added a helper as Gatineau throttled the Sherbrooke Phoenix 6-2 in Gatineau on Sunday. Burke lit the lamp in each period, including the winner in the second.

    The Phoenix Coyotes camp invitee also went 21-for-28 in the faceoff circle, dominating the opposition in that category.

    Burke and linemates Alexandre Carrier (4A) and Simon Tardif-Richard (2G) were responsible for all but one of Gatineau’s goals.

    Overage starter Robert Steeves earned the win in goal for the ‘Piques, stopping 15-of-17 shots in the victory. Gabriel Parent, making his second career QMJHL start, steered aside 32-of-38 shots.

    No. 2 star: Anthony DeLuca, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

    The Rimouski forward potted two goals and added an assist as the Oceanic defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday.

    DeLuca fired a game-high nine shots in the victory, which included the game-tying goal on the powerplay with

    Read More »from Big night for Gatineau’s top line in rout against Sherbrooke: weekend’s 3 stars
  • On Saturday, Canada's national newspaper, The Globe & Mail, ran a provocative column by Roy MacGregor entitled, "Now is the time to save the game of hockey." The passage with the greatest stickiness might have been a long-ago Howie Meeker quote — "you absolutely cannot learn a skill in a violent atmosphere."

    That went online a few hours after the Shawinigan Cataractes' Evan Scott, unfortunately for him and even more unfortunately for the Victoriaville Tigres' Michael Rhéaume, provided a perfect illustration of what MacGregor and Meeker were addressing. Rhéaume, an 18-year-old from Lévis, Que., made a nifty play to take a pass and zip the puck to Gabriel Gagné, who scored. The puck had already reached Gagné by the time Scott, who had been well behind the play, felled Rhéaume with a blindside check to the head.

    Welcome to the season premiere of How Many Games Would That Get In The OHL? In the QMJHL, it only resulted in a two-game ban.

    Read More »from Shawinigan Cataractes’ Evan Scott ejected for check to the head, only gets 2 games (VIDEO)
  • Niagara IceDogs' Anthony DiFruscia, Jesse Graham and Aaron Haydon (OHL Images)

    The Ontario Hockey League regular season begins next week. They play one of these every winter? Man, it never ends. With the days getting shorter and the season getting nearer, BTN is taking an early look at each team in reverse order of last season's standings.

    Niagara IceDogs

    In 2012-13 — 30-34-2-2, .471 point pct., 222 GF/248 GA. Sixth, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-1 to Oshawa in first round.

    Final Dynamic Dozen ranking — 19th OHL, 56th CHL.

    On the pro-or-junior bubble — Overage G Chris Festarini is in camp with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

    Drafted — C Carter Verhaeghe (Toronto Maple Leafs, third round), D Jesse Graham (New York Islanders, fifth).

    2014 NHL draft watch — Six 1996-born players debuted with the 'Dogs last season, including 6-foot-3 defender Aaron Haydon, goalie Brent Moran and wings Brook Hiddink and Brendan Perlini. The new Russian imports, W Alexander Protapovich and D Alex Mikulovich, are also draft-eligible. Fellow 17-year-old Matt Gillard has also enjoyed a strong exhibition season.

    Read More »from Niagara IceDogs not ready to be written off totally: OHL Burning Questions
  • Teichmann wore a 'Sons of Anarchy'-themed mask last season in Mississauga (OHL Images)The rubber has met the road, so to speak, when it comes to Ontario Hockey League goalie Tyson Teichmann commemorating his affinity for the hit drama Sons of Anarchy on his mask.

    As a member of the Mississauga Steelheads last season, the Belleville, Ont., native wore a mask that depicted two images from the series — an insignia of the bike gang and a portrait of the protagonist Jax, who's portrayed by British actor Charlie Hunnam. Over the off-season, the 20-year-old was traded from the Steelheads to the Kitchener Rangers. He wore the mask in an exhibition game on Friday, but it won't be around for the regular season, by mutual agreement with the team. There's definitely some layers here, considering that the NHL, not too long ago, pushed to create a formal approval process for goalie mask art.

    From Josh Brown (@BrownRecord):

    [Teichmann] liked it so much, that he had the exact same paint job done for his helmet in Kitchener but never got a chance to wear it.

    "It's gone," he said. "It won't be here this year. They (team) didn't think it was appropriate. We agreed that it's probably not the smartest to put a biker gang on the helmet even though it is a TV show."

    It seems outlaws aren't welcome for a club whose mascot Tex is a cowboy.

    Read More »from ‘Sons of Anarchy’ goalie mask of OHLer Tyson Teichmann meets roadblock from Kitchener Rangers
  • Curtis Lazar is key to another strong season in Edmonton. (The Canadian Press)With the season starting on Sept. 19, we will look at each division in the WHL and make 14 fun facts and fearless forecasts for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

    The WHL’s Central Division seems to be split into two. The Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels and Edmonton Oil Kings are at the top in a three-horse race for first place. While the Kootenay Ice, Medicine Hat Tigers and Lethbirdge Hurricanes are in a battle for playoff spots.

    1. Oil Kings will be in tough to take the Eastern Conference – Edmonton has their work cut out for them to come out of their conference for the third straight year. They lost their top two leading scorers, Michael St. Croix and Dylan Wruck, a trio of stud defencemen, David Musil, Martin Gernat and Keegan Lowe, superstar puck-stopper Laurent Brossoit and a handful of other impact players in the offseason.

    It is, however, a safe bet for the Oil Kings to capture a home-ice-advantage playoff spot because they have Ottawa Senators first-rounder Curtis Lazar and

    Read More »from WHL preview: Hitmen, Rebels and Oil Kings lead the Central Division
  • Goulet with Islanders GM Grant Sonier (via courierfrontenac.qc.ca)No. 1 star: Alexandre Goulet, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

    The Islanders hoped for an immediate dividend when they took Goulet in the first round in June, but not this quick. The 17-year-old scored two dagger goals 80 seconds apart to cement Charlottetown's 5-2 victory over Halifax in front of a throng of 3,311. Prince Edward Island native Kameron Keilly was named first star in the building by virtue of scoring the game-winner with 5:08 remaining on a setup from youngsters Daniel Sprong and Alexis Pépin. Goulet, of Disraêli, Que., got his maiden QMJHL marker 85 seconds after Keilly's counter. Then he buried another one.

    The Mooseheads are 0-2 to start the season.

    No. 2 star: Jacob Brennan, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

    Brennan is a cousin of Jordan Boyd, the Titan draft pick who tragically died on the first day of training camp. In the club's first regular-season game since that unthinkable event, the 19-year-old goalie handled 34-of-35 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles shots. The

    Read More »from Charlottetown Islanders’ Alex Goulet scores 2 in his first QMJHL game: Friday’s 3 Stars

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