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WHL

Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Hunter Shinkaruk is optimistic about rejoining Medicine Hat's lineup as early as Friday. (Vancouver Sun)

Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts opens up about the injury that has put his draft season on hold. (The Pipeline Show)

Sticking to Victoria, charges are "likely" for the spectator who body-slammed mascot Marty the Marmot last Saturday. The YouTube-age has even been given a WWE mash-up. (Victoria Times-Colonist, QMI Agency)

Quinnipiac University's release about Peter Quenneville bolting for the Brandon Wheat Kings notes, "Peter wants to focus only on hockey and here at Quinnipiac University our players are committed to excellence in both hockey and academics." Was that passive-aggressive? (Quinnipiac Chronicle, Luber's Lounge)

The release of Mac Engel shows the about-to-be-road-tested Regina Pats are sold on 6-foot-6 Dawson McAuley as their No. 1 goalie. (Regina Leader-Post)

OHL

Sherry Bassin, on the Erie Otters' challenge of being in the same division with Guelph and London: "This is the American League East of junior hockey so you can't get too fired up about a good start. Erie's like the Minnesota Twins and we've got to figure out where we fit in." (London Free Press)

Goalie Jake Smith is back from a hamstring injury, but North Bay still has four regulars recuperating from injuries. (North Bay Nugget)

The Sudbury Wolves might need some reinforcements on the back end to get into contention, writes Ben Leeson. (Sudbury Star)

Plymouth Whalers grad Tom Wilson has been a solid two-way player for the Washington Capitals although he's yet to get a NHL point this season. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

QMJHL

So was the Moncton Wildcats' 2015 Memorial Cup just a charade to get the municipal government to pay for air-conditioning in the ancient Coliseum? (The Pipeline Show)

With the Val-d'Or Foreurs scuffling along with a .500 record, that raises the question of whether trading league scoring leader Anthony Mantha would be a good idea. (Parlons Junior)

One of the Q's best faceoff takers, Gatineau Olympiques veteran Simon Tardif-Richard, is done for a month with an injured right hand. (Le Droit)

Key injuries and a tough first-quarter schedule has not helped Quebec Remparts skipper Philippe Boucher fill Patrick Roy's wingtips. (Le Nouvelliste)

Who does not love power rankings? (Parlons Junior, The Q News,)

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