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  • Team Canada hopeful Josh Anderson entered the OHL as an undrafted free agent (The Canadian Press)

    Between the trio of them, Josh Anderson, Félix Girard and Taylor Leier make one challenging junior hockey Jeopardy! question.

    One was never drafted out of minor hockey, twice. One passed on attending the NHL draft in 2012 and one was bypassed by 30 NHL teams that year. Yet the common thread that ties together the three Team Canada hopefuls, aside from having never been in Cliff Clavin's kitchen, is that it takes all kinds to construct a winning lineup for the world U20 championship. In Anderson, Girard and Leier, each arguably the most unlikely forward from each CHL league who's on the 25-man selection camp roster, Team Canada has a trio whose intangibles have made them indispensable to winning teams in junior.

    Whether that fits into the final puzzle might become clearer following Saturday afternoon's exhibition game against a team of Canadian Interuniversity Sport players. Each has something to offer.

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  • Shinkaruk (left) was chosen No. 24 overall by Vancouver in June (The Canadian Press)

    Hunter Shinkaruk believes he made a point prior to arriving a Team Canada's selection camp, even though the ethos of the whole exercise is that everyone is starting at zero.

    Hockey Canada cutting down to a 25-player camp has reduced a lot of uncertainly about who will be around on Boxing Day when the country's obsessed-over team of teenagers opens the IIHF world U20 championship in Malmo, Sweden. There is some mystery with where Shinkaruk fits. The Medicine Hat Tigers captain has been a proven scorer since he bagged 49 goals during his sophomore season in the Western Hockey League and he also lasted until the final cut with the Vancouver Canucks this fall.

    The more complicated part of the narrative is that the 19-year-old has sustained hip and shoulder injuries this fall. Plus there was the juxtaposition at the NHL draft. Shinkaruk was one of the prospects whom the NHL had doing the media whirl, a treat usually saved for surefire top-10 picks, yet he stayed on board until Vancouver took him at No. 24.

    In any event, after being a late cut from the ill-fated 2013 squad, Shinkaruk at least has a clean bill of health.

    "Playing through injuries wasn’t fun, but it was something that I felt like I wanted to do because I wanted to get an invite to try to make this team," said Shinkaruk, who's only played in 18 of the Tigers' 31 games. "I took some time off to rehab my body and get it to 100 per cent. I feel good now. It’s my last kick at the can now."

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  • Sam Reinhart will lead Team Cherry at the CHL's Top Prospects game.

    All eyes will be on Kootenay Ice centre Sam Reinhart and Barrie Colts blueliner Aaron Ekblad at the CHL Top Prospects Game as the 2014 NHL draft’s poster boys are poised to square off against each other.

    Reinhart, who will suit up for Team Cherry, seems to be the draft’s frontrunner to go first overall. He, however, hasn’t solidified himself clearly ahead of Ekblad because there has been some concerns about the 6-foot-1, 185-pound centre’s consistency.

    “I’m not sure if I’m ready to call Reinhart a franchise player at this point yet or not,” says Ross MacLean, head scout of International Scouting Services, on Reinhart who has potted 16 goals and 50 points in 33 contests this year. “There are times where it would be easy to proclaim this, but he still has a lot to prove. My opinion of him so far is that he projects as a very different type of offensive player at the next level than he does at junior and I think he is the type of player that is more an integral piece of a puzzle

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  • Kevin Shier (via OJHL)A haunting story in the Syracuse Post-Standard popped up earlier this week. A New York State National Guardsman named Timothy Neild crashed his Chevrolet pickup truck just outside Dewitt, NY Monday morning. His vehicle reportedly veered off the road and striking a concrete pillar supporting an overpass, before bursting out into flames.

    From there, a group of five good samaritans worked to rescue the unconscious driver from the burning truck. One of the five men, as it turns out, was 20-year-old Kevin Shier of the Toronto Jr. A Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He was travelling with his father on a visit to an NCAA campus for an interview:

    Shier, who was with his father, stopped at the scene after seeing smoke in the distance, despite the fact that he was on his way to one of the most important visits of his life.

    “It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” said the Toronto native, “it didn’t really feel like it happened.

    “We just kind of slowed down to see what it was. My dad asked if we should stop; then I said ‘yes’. You see people doing things like that on the news, but you never think it’s going to happen to you but obviously I’m glad we stopped and helped out.”

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  • Royals forward Axel Blomqvist (right) scored the winner in overtime to steal two points from Swift Current. (Photo credit: victoriaroyals.com)Royals forward Axel Blomqvist (right) scored the winner in overtime to steal two points from Swift Current. (Photo credit: victoriaroyals.com)

    No. 1 star: Axel Blomqvist, Victoria Royals (WHL)

    Blomqvist played hero for the Royals in their 4-3 win over Swift Current, scoring the winner at 3:31 of the extra frame and adding two assists. The goal was the towering Jets’ prospect’s second since his trade from Lethbridge, and his tenth overall.

    Victoria played rope-a-dope with the Broncos, taking a 3-0 lead in the first 3:35 of the game and surrendering it, then stealing the win in overtime.

    Steven Hodges had a goal and an assist for the winners. Victoria improved to 20-13-0-1 on the season, enough for fifth in the Western Conference.

    Patrik Polivka got the win in goal, stopping 32 shots, while Landon Bow steered aside 24 shots. Swift Current dropped to 19-12-0-3, good for second in the Eastern Conference. Julius Honka, soon to be leaving for the Finnish world junior camp, had a goal and an assist in the loss.

    No. 2 star: Samuel Hodhod, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)

    Hodhod paced the Armada offence with a four-point night as

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  • Dumba was invited to Canada's final selection camp for the 2012 and '13 WJCs (AP)

    Team Canada likes its defencemen to be percentage players, whereas Matt Dumba fast-rising prospect in the Minnesota Wild organization due to his yen for the open-ice check or calculated gamble to kickstart the offence.

    The latter created a clamour for Team Canada to take him for the 2012 world junior championship, where the medal round was held in his native Calgary. Dumba was cut from that team and last season's as well, but after being spotted for the first two months of the NHL season by the Wild, he's on loan to Team Canada. How his big-league experience colors his performance will be a storyline heading into the world junior championship.

    "It’s good. It’s seize the moment, live in the moment and be at my best," Dumba said Thursday after arriving at Pearson International Airport, where almost as a reminder of the difference between NHL and junior hockey, he had a one-reporter welcoming party as he waited for his Minnesota Wild equipment bag to appear on the baggage carousel. "It’s a huge honour to represent your country and I just want to do it to the best of my abilities.

    "[The Wild's decision is] all based on how the team is doing and injuries and what they felt is best for me, how it would help me grow, that’s basically it."

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  • Sam Reinhart is at the top of many 2014 NHL draft rankings (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)

    Friday's first full day of practice Team Canada might include a reveal — whether the top two Canadian forwards for the next two NHL drafts, Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart, can make a connection.

    This iteration of Canada's under-20 team might soon prove to have included back-to-back first overall picks, although some might point defenceman Aaron Ekblad also fits into that sceneraio. While cards are being held close to the chest, the 16-year-old McDavid and 18-year-old Reinhart were roommates last April with Canada's gold medal-winning team at the world under-18 championship. They were also used on the same line during the juniors' summer development camp, but now need to step it up a notch.

    Reinhart, whose draft status will mean being inundated with prods to talk about himself for the next half-year, brightened as soon as he heard the word "McDavid."

    "He’s a special player," said the Kootenay Ice captain, who is tied for fifth in Western league scoring with 50 points in 33 games. "If you simplify your game around him, he’s going to create stuff, he’s going to find you with the puck. You don’t have to make it too complex because he’s got the skill level to do what he wants."

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  • Shea Theodore has set his sights on proving his doubters wrong. (Derek Leung, Getty Images)

    Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Shea Theodore isn’t letting the disappointment of getting snubbed from Team Canada’s world junior tryout and the Subway Super Series get the best of him. Instead, he is using it as motivation to prove Hockey Canada’s brain trust wrong while putting his name in the conversation for next year.

    “I want to prove them (Hockey Canada) wrong and maybe make them think twice about their decision,” says Theodore. “The world juniors and Super Series were two things I wanted to be a part of. It was disappointing to not get the opportunity, but if I can finish out this year really strong I think that will maybe make them think about their decision more and get my name in the mix for next year.”

    Taking into account Hockey Canada only handed out 25 invites this year, it ultimately wasn’t that surprising to see Theodore not receive an invite to the world junior camp. The Super Series was a bit of a different story, though. The Anaheim Ducks first-round pick made a

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  • Halifax star Jonathan Drouin meets the press as players arrive for Canada's WJC camp

    There’s no need to panic but Jonathan Drouin won’t be skating when Team Canada takes to the ice for the first time on Friday afternoon in Toronto.

    The Halifax Mooseheads star suffered a mild concussion last Friday after being hit from behind by Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.

    “It’s getting better,” said Drouin on Thursday, after arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “I’m not at the point of skating right away. We’re taking it day-by-day. When I see the medical staff from Team Canada … when they (give) me the OK, I am going to go on (and play).”

    Drouin said he was without any headaches on Wednesday, but on Thursday he said he had some “light headaches, probably because of the flight.”

    The hit became a lightning rod for criticism after the QMJHL disciplinary prefect, Raymond Bolduc, decided not to suspend Erne, a Team USA prospect, for the hit.

    Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter said Drouin listed as day-to-day.

    “You

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  • Ekblad is vying to be Team Canada's first 17-year-old defender since Ryan Ellis in 2009 (OHL Images)

    The way Aaron Ekblad made up ground in order to cover more territory on the ice has been, well, exceptional.

    The strides that Ekblad has made over the first half of his draft-year season with the Barrie Colts has affirmed Hockey Canada got it right when he was granted exceptional status to join the OHL in 2011, a year before his puck-chasing peers born in 1996. There was some wondering prior to last season, when Hockey Canada decided there were seven other defencemen more worthy of taking to the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament, which is played on the 100-foot-wide international ice surface. Fifteen months later, with the U20 squad set to also go abroad, Ekblad is in the mix for a spot on the team's blueline even though he'll be the only undrafted defenceman at Canada's camp this weekend in Toronto. While a 17-year-old can never rest on his laurels, the potential NHL lottery pick will concede it's been a notable transformation over the last 15 months.

    "It was a seven day a week thing," Ekblad, listed at 6-foot-4 and 216 pounds, says of the improvement in his acceleration. "I went back to my trainer Erik Brinkman at a place called BodyX. We did a lot of power and strength movements and a lot of things that will help me be more explosive. That was the goal throughout the summer — getting leaner and getting more explosive.

    "A lot of the people told me that was my downfall, the thing I needed to work on the most," the Belle River, Ont., native adds. "It's as simple as that."

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  • Since the Detroit Red Wings are playing at the Big House on New Year's Day, it's only fair that a Michigan Wolverines player borrow a move from Henrik Zetterberg to win a Top 5 NCAA matchup.

    On Wednesday, No. 3-ranked Michigan and No. 4 Ferris State were in the seventh round of a shootout when UM freshman and Alex Kile, a graduate of the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers, was sent in to try to solve FSU goalie CJ Motte. The 19-year-old then replicated Zetterback's one-handed shootout move, getting Motte to slide right before reaching around him to one-hand the puck off the post and over the goal line. Going post and in was just for dramatic effect. That gave Michigan the 3-2 win, although the NCAA The NCAA formally considers the game a 2-2 tie with Michigan winning the shootout 2-1. Because, NCAA.

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  • Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha (CP Images)No. 1 Star - Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

    On the eve of the Canada's national junior camp opening in Toronto, Anthony Mantha tried his best to cement his case. He's been projected up and down the lineup, clearly with the talent (and chemistry, with Jonathan Drouin and Charles Hudon) to play on the first line, but he was also brought up as candidate for the final forward cut on Toronto radio Wednesday afternoon by TSN's Bob McKenzie.

    How could you not bring Mantha? He led the Foreurs to a 6-3 win over one of the top teams in the nation. The reeling Blainville-Boisbriand Armada may be without their entire top line, but their chief talent this season has been preventing goals and the Foreurs rattled off six goals against the Q's stingiest club.

    That's eight straight for the Foreurs. Mantha, leading the Q in scoring by a wide margin, had two goals and two assists, scoring a minute into the game and again on the powerplay with 3:03 to go in the first period. Val-d'Or are still struggling at the gate, managing to attract just 1,652 fans to watch two of the top teams in the league collide. Despite the anonymity, the Red Wings prospect Mantha has been getting it done. He has 73 points in 35 games, and registered a point in 22 consecutive contests, shut out only once this year in Charlottetown on Oct. 17.

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  • McDavid is the hands-down favourite to be picked No. 1 in 2015 (OHL Images)

    Underpromise and overdeliver works in sports as well as business. Speculating where Connor McDavid fits in the grand design for Team Canada, whose first full practice is Friday, is putting the cart ahead of the horse.

    In the here and now, McDavid, whose driver's license states he was born in 1997 and is thus 16 years old, is doing the psych job of convincing himself the doubters are legion. Never mind the Sportsnet magazine "Better Than Crosby" cover or the fact that seven months ago, he was the MVP at the world under-18 championship.

    "I'm going in as an underdog," McDavid said last weekend during Erie's Eastern Ontario sweep through Peterborough, Ottawa and Kingston. "I don't think a lot people think I'll make the team. We'll see how it goes.

    "There was a TSN thing that basically said I wouldn't have a shot," added McDavid, whose 50 points over 31 games is tied for fifth in OHL scoring. "I was watching it. Obviously it doesn't feel good. At the end of the day, they have their opinions. They're experts and they're good at what they do, but I'm going to try to prove them wrong."

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  • Gaunce was drafted by Vancouver in 2012 (Mike Carroccetto for Yahoo! Canada Sports)

    Brendan Gaunce has had a lot to process, so the the best tack is seeing the similarities rather than the changes in his hockey fortunes.

    Such is life for a highly rated 19-year-old prospect whose original OHL team ends up being a seller. Gaunce, the Vancouver Canucks first-rounder, is adapting to life with the now contending Erie Otters after his trade two weeks ago. Concurrently, it comes while moving on from being omitted from Team Canada's national junior selection camp. It's a lot to grasp after 3½ seasons as a beacon for the Belleville Bulls — the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 priority selection, sophomore with first-round NHL hype, then captain on a team that fell one win short of the OHL final.

    "I didn't really know where anything was so I still use the GPS," Gaunce says. "But I know most of the main streets and main spots. I'm getting used to it.

    "I've been doing the same things for four years," Gaunce says. "At the end of day it's still playing hockey with a bunch of guys your own age ... it's definitely different, but I don't know if it's much different from what we had last year in Belleville. They've had a good start to the year and we're hoping that success keeps coming."

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

    WHL

    Hockey Canada will know by Tuesday whether the Toronto Maple Leafs will loan Morgan Rielly out for the world junior. Rielly isn't playing in Wednesday's Los Angeles Kings-Leafs game. (The Canadian Press)

    The Regina Pats have managed decently amid an injury to their best player, Calgary Flames first-rounder Morgan Klimchuk, which was not always true of past Pats clubs. And what do they mean that Jordan Eberle didn't sell 50/50 tickets and drive the Zamboni when he played in Regina?! (Regina Leader-Post)

    After Friday, Edmonton will be without its three aspirants for teams Canada and USA, so it's in their interest to make it count. Henrik Samuelsson had a sweet shorty on Tuesday vs. Saskatoon. (Edmonton Journal)

    Today's should-read that is only tangentially about hockey: a captain in the Canadian army returned home from a tour in Afghanistan to surprise his 10-year-old girls. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    It got a little dusty while watching the Portland Winterhawks pass out gifts to children in the hospital. (FOX 12 Oregon)

    What is the long tail of Tuesday's Matt Dumba trade? Meantime, Red Deer-bound Presten Kopeck, an Alberta native, will be playing in more familiar environs. (Oregon Live, The Hockey Writers, Medicine Hat News)

    OHL

    Playing on the Ottawa 67's first line in his first half of his 16-year-old season? Travis Konecny is doing something that past 67's luminaries such as Logan Couture and Sean Monahan did not pull off initially, writes Jean-François Plante. (Le Droit)

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  • The Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza is back on Thursday at 12 noon ET/1 p.m. AT/9 a.m. PT.

    Please join Cam Charron, Sunaya Sapurji, Neate Sager, Mike Sanderson and a cast of many for the blogetariat's most wide-ranging approximately one-hour-long weekly discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. Canada begins its national junior team selection camp on Thursday, while Team USA and other rivals for the U20 hockey supremacy are also set to convene their camps. It's also not a bad time to take stock and reflect as the first half of the CHL regular season draws down.

    The Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.

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  • Vancouver Giants defenceman Mason Geertsen (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)

    If major junior hockey automatically banished players for fighting, then neither Mason Geertsen nor Austin Carroll would have been involved in a checking-to-the-head incident on Tuesday.

    Just saying.

    It is facile to think that played into the check, though. Geertsen's headshot on Carroll during the waning moments of the second period in Tuesday's Vancouver Giants-Victoria Royals rivalry tilt takes in a lot of other elements of the debate about how to make hockey safer while retaining its speed, physicality and unpredictability. On the replay, it looked like Carroll took a glance down at the puck in front of him as he moved in on the Giants defence pair of Geertsen and Dalton Thrower. Geertsen, 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, lunged forward for the open-ice check on Carroll, who is the same dimensions at 6-3 and 214 but was hunched over. The result was head contact, a checking-to-the-head major/game misconduct for Geertsen and a match penalty to the Royals' Brandon Magee for tripping Geertsen to start an end-of-period melee.

    (Update: Geertsen has been suspended three games.)

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  • Mitchell Vande Sompel was chosen No. 14 overall in the OHL priority selection (OHL Images)

    The diehards who faithfully turn out for the Ottawa 67's during their displacement to the Canadian Tire Centre are used to seeing a 16-year-old standout from the London, Ont., area do unique things with the puck.

    Tuesday was special, though, since there were two, Travis Konency and his good friend, the Oshawa Generals' Mitchell Vande Sompel. Konecny, as the OHL's No. 1 overall pick, has done almost without fail, furnished a wow moment that let those among the announced crowd of 1,634 feel smart for showing up. The Clachan Comet produced another piece of virtuosity, dangling and deking by defenceman Stephen Desrocher before roofing the puck by Carolina Hurricanes-drafted goalie Daniel Altshuller.

    That was only a too little, too late response to the big night from Vande Sompel, the offensive defenceman whom the Generals took with their No. 14 overall choice in the OHL priority selection.

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  • Well here's something you don't see every day. A night after Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins missed scoring a goal by inches, Austin Rediron, the goaltender of the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, shot a puck into the net with 9 seconds left for his first goal on the season against the Kindersley Klippers:

    Better than the goal itself, you'd think, has to be Rediron's celebration. The Meadow Lake, SK, native dropped to one knee and fist pumped towards his team's bench. It was a pretty aggressive goalie pull from Klippers coach (and no, I am not making this name up) Rockie Zinger. There were just seconds left in the game and his team was down by two goals at the time, with no chance of a comeback.

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  • The Knights have been close to unbeatable since Zadorov's return (Terry Wilson - OHL Images)A week after Erie landed Brendan Gaunce, Guelph followed suit by exchanging a tidy ransom for Kerby Rychel and Nick Ebert. Prices are high for junior hockey players and while there's often a trade deadline arms race between contenders in the major junior system, it may be a little different this year, particularly in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

    Last year, players were moved much closer to the deadline, including Joshua Leivo to Kitchener, Vincent Trocheck to Plymouth and Cody Ceci to Owen Sound. If the cost is going to be higher for the extra 10-15 games of acquiring a player before December rather than the early January deadline, what's the use? Almost every team that's a buyer at the trade deadline will make the playoffs and really, you're stocking up to give yourself a better chance in the postseason.

    This year though, the field is different. The contending OHL teams are all based in the West: London, Erie and Guelph, and though the Knights have already secured their Memorial Cup berth, any other Western team that wants to play at the MasterCard Memorial Cup this season is going to probably have to go through London.

    What more, if you parse down our own Dynamic Dozen rankings this week, you'll find that the teams after the 'Big 3' are concentrated in the West as well: Windsor is 14th and Sault Ste. Marie is 16th. The Oshawa Generals, at 21st, are the highest ranked OHL Eastern team in our national rankings.

    So the balance of power is concentrated to one conference, and that means making moves early is a bit more important this season, to create some separation in the standings prior to the World Juniors and fight not just to prepare for the playoffs, but home ice advantage too. The advantage is difficult to quantify (not as easy as saying "13 of 15 series last year were determined by home ice!" since in almost every case, the team with home ice is the team with the higher point total in the regular season) but there may be some psychological attribute as well.

    With Gaunce and Rychel moved, who will be the next domino to fall, and what number will he wear with the Knights?

    1. London Knights, OHL (.607 RPI, +2.1 SRS, +1) — It was mentioned in this week's Hot & Cold, but the Knights have a .906 point percentage since Halloween, and leap ahead of Erie this week after going perfect in a week that included games against Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, and Owen Sound.

    Now, how much can you attribute the team being red hot to being a well-rounded team overall, and how much of it is thanks to the return of Nikita Zadorov from the Buffalo Sabres? The Knights are 7-1-0 and have given up just 15 goals in the eight games since his return.

    2. Erie Otters, OHL (.598 RPI, +2.3 SRS, -1) — The Otters, like the Knights, are going to lose some key players for the World Juniors, a disease that often afflicts the top teams come December. They'll lose a player from each of their top two lines, their starting goaltender, and possibly their No. 1 defenceman. OHL leading scorer Connor Brown has been picking up points on a line with Dane Fox recently, so it won't be the first time he'll be tested playing without Andre Burakovsky.

    Meanwhile, in Oscar Dansk's absence between the pipes, the team will have to count on sophomore Devin Williams. With a .907 save percentage, Williams is 10th in the OHL (Dansk is 4th). Williams is first-time eligible as a draft prospect this upcoming June in a fairly wide open goalie class, so he'll have a chance to impress some scouts that are sticking around in North America.

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