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WHL

How the Edmonton Oil Kings were made: GM Bob Green acquired 10 current players during the franchise's first three seasons. (Edmonton Journal)

When Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit and Portland centre Sven Bärtschi play together in the Calgary Flames system, they'll have plenty to discuss. (Calgary Sun)

With a seven-game final that attracted several crowds above 10,000, league commissioner Ron Robison was rather ebullient on Monday. (Calgary Herald)

Hockey parents might want to heed the words of Theresa Reinhart, mother of the Edmonton Oil Kings' Griffin Reinhart and two other NHL prospects: "They didn't play spring hockey ... I never envisioned this. I kept trying to get them to be golfers. (Vancouver Sun)

Time for a retrospective on the original Edmonton Oil Kings franchise, which went to the Memorial Cup final seven consecutive seasons in the days before it was a tournament. Glen Sather played on the 1963 Cup-winning team. (Edmonton Journal)

In the final analysis, the Portland Winterhawks still don't have a championship but they also aren't playing in front of "maybe 800 people" any more. (The Columbian, Oregon Live)

The Brandon Wheat Kings' Corbin Boes is one of the goalies Hockey Canada will look at before the Aug. 9-14 Canada-Russia challenge series. Does anyone else realize that starts only 74 days after the Memorial Cup final? Has this sport heard of an off-season? (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Wheaties, meantime, are close to renewing their arena lease. (Brandon Sun, paywall)

OHL

Are the London Knights very similar to Edmonton? Stacked blueline, good goaltending, poised to be good beyond this year? (Le Nouvelliste)

Has it really been 16 years since all three league champions also finished first in the regular season? (Regina Leader-Post)

The Knights wore their green third jersey throughout the playoffs and that's the one they'll wear in Shawinigan. (London Free Press)

Erstwhile London coach Dale Hunter showed he can coach at the NHL level. (London Free Press, NBC4 Washington)

Niagara IceDogs coach-GM Marty Williamson conceded after the fact that fatigue caught up to his draft pick-laden team: "If you really think how long their season has been … it's unbelievable what those guys have gone through." (St. Catharines Standard)

So Niagara gave Boston Bruins prospect Dougie Hamilton their team MVP award even though they nominated Mark Visentin for the OHL's outstanding player award? Shenanigans! (St. Catharines Standard)

QMJHL

The city of Gatineau, Que., has received provincial funding for a new arena that would house the Olympiques. (RDS, Le Droit)

Jess Rubenstein comments on New York Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov's denial that he signed anything with a KHL team. Kabanov wrote on Facebook "in a month from now i will be ready to prepare myself for a big season with Islanders/Bridgeport." (The Prospect Park)

Daniel Audette is a mortal lock to be the Sherbrooke Phoenix's No. 1 overall pick in next month's QMJHL draft. He's considered a more complete player than his father Donald Audette, who scored 260 NHL goals. (La Presse)

Minnesota Wild prospect Charlie Coyle, Saint John's co-playoff scoring leader, talks about his midseason move to the QMJHL. (The Pipeline Show)

Sportsnet takes a look at the Sea Dogs. (Sportsnet)

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If Saint John are the favourites and Shawinigan earned 5-of-8 possible points against them in the season series, then ipso facto ... (Temps d'Arret)

Know this much: the city of Shawinigan is ready to win the party. (Le Nouvelliste)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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