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London Knights lose Matt Rupert for rest of regular season: Wednesday’s coast-to-coast

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WHL

Victoria Royals president Dave Dakers says the team won't be part of the game of franchise musical chairs sparked by the Calgary Flames potentially moving their AHL farm team out of B.C.: "We’re good in the WHL, actually pretty darn happy." (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Today's should-read: a follow-up on the politics behind Vancouver Giants rookie Alec Baer getting bounced from his Minnesota high school team for visiting the WHL club. As the 15-year-old forward's father put it: "It's clear to me that our son's consequence had a lot more to do with this ongoing battle than missing a team practice If he is being used to send some type of signal to others, that is quite infuriating." There is no one side to anything, though.(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Edmonton Oil Kings overage wing Trevor Cheek could be a pivotal player Wednesday when the Oil Kings go into Portland for a potential WHL final preview. (The Columbian)

Saskatoon Blades defenceman Darren Dietz has come a long way since the day when he was passed over in the bantam draft. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Kamloops Blazers are poised to sweep their season series with Vancouver. That used to be the other way around about three seasons ago. (Kamloops Daily News)

The rebuilding Giants won't be living a basement apartment forever, writes Sam Cosentino. (Sportsnet)

Prince Albert got two valuable points Tuesday, thanks to standouts Mark McNeill and Mike Winther developing some rapport on their new line. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Prince Albert Daily Herald)

The league claims ticket sales didn't increase during the nearly four-month NHL lockout. It's like major junior and the NHL have their own unique fanbases, or something. (CBC)

OHL

London Knights left wing Matt Rupert's 10-game ban for a charging major last Sunday vs. Saginaw spells an early end to the 18-year-old's regular season. London Free Press)

An upper-body injury to Knights captain Scott Harrington has opened up some ice time for rookie D-man Miles Liberati. (London Free Press)

The Barrie Colts' 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup has support from the local city council. The London Knights did not get that, but still have the larger home arena. (Barrie Examiner)

The Tragically Hip wrote Fifty Mission Cap about a hockey player named Bill Barilko. One scribe in Sault Ste. Marie must think So Hard Done By was written about the Greyhounds' Nick Cousins. Cousins could also be suspended for a check-from-behind infraction last weekend. (Sault Star)

Getting to know Erie Otters left wing Stephen Harper. (The Pipeline Show)

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Saguenéens centre Laurent Dauphin will be a solid third-round pick for someone, although the 166-pounder needs to be more solid on his skates. (The Canadian Press)

Anthony Verret, who started the season in Sherbrooke, has given the Quebec Remparts more depth down the middle. (Le Soleil)

Speaking of the expansion Phoenix, they might have a claim to more than the 16th and final playoff berth. (Le Tribune)

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