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Huberdeau blocks out lockout talk: Friday’s coast-to-coast

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Team Canada coach Steve Spott tells Sunaya Sapurji he was tempted to prank his Kitchener Rangers defenceman, Ryan Murphy, before telling the 19-year-old he had made the squad. (Yahoo! Canada Sports)

Canada has a promising final-but-not-final roster. (Calgary Herald)

Jonathan Huberdeau doesn't want to think about the prospect of the NHL lockout ending while he is with Team Canada. (La Presse)

Can 18-year-old goalie Jake Paterson push to be one of the two on the final roster? (Postmedia News)

Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon are also the first two Halifax Mooseheads to make Team Canada. Brad Marchand does not count! (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Winnipeg Jets management is glad Mark Scheifele is playing "a larger role on a bigger stage" with Team Canada. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Would Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado be on standby in case Canada had a defenceman recalled by the NHL? (The Canuck Way, Vancouver Province)

Calgary Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit was betwixt and between about being the odd goalie out. (Postmedia News)


Former Calgary Flames colleagues Dave Lowry and Brent Sutter go head-to-head tonight in the Victoria-Red Deer Friday Night Hockey tilt. (Sportsnet)

Rebels defenceman Mathew Dumba took Hockey Canada's decision hard. (Calgary Sun)

Undrafted Todd Fiddler has been on a goal-per-game pace for Spokane for nearly a month and a half. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Recovering from a consussion means 19-year-old Swift Current Broncos forward Brent Benson will miss a reunion game this weekend with the surging Saskatoon Blades. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Everett Silvertips' Kohl Bauml is out until late December with a bum shoulder. (Everett Herald)

Regina Pats newcomers Darian Henry and Marc McCoy helped snap a seven-game losing streak oon Thursday. (Regina Leader-Post)

The Brandon Wheat Kings' result this weekend could determine their trade-deadline decisions. (Luber's Lounge)


So what is Niagara IceDogs coach-GM Marty Williamson going to do with his lockout  limbo-affected team? (National Post)

Bob Boughner was on-point after his Windsor Spitfires lost to short-staffed Kitchener: "We played like it was going to be an easy game." (Windsor Star, Waterloo Record)

Barrie is planning another MasterCard Memorial Cup bid for 2014. (Barrie Examiner)

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo is expected to suit up this weekend for the Sudbury Wolves, who are short-staffed nevertheless. (Sudbury Star)

Rookie goalie Jake Smith (33 saves) fared well in the first game of his audition to show the Brampton/North Bay Battalion he can be a regular 'tender next season. (Peterborough Examiner)

The Barrie Colts and Niagara IceDogs struggled to score in their first outings without their Team Canada members. (Barrie ExaminerSt. Catharines Standard)

Oh, old media: here's 18 paragraphs of a general sports columnist furrowing his brow in a vain attempt to understand Connor McDavid signing with Reebok at age 15. (Ottawa Citizen)


Having two players away at the world junior gives Quebec coach-GM Patrick Roy a chance to work 18-year-old newcomer Alexandre Boivin into the lineup. (Le Soleil)

Goalie Anthony Terenzio will get in the Mooseheads' lineup since star netminder Zach Fucale is taking a few days off to attend a family funeral. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Is 18-year-old Cape Breton Screaming Eagles standout William Carrier content playing out his NHL draft year with a struggling team? (Parlons Junior)

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