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Portland Winterhawks feel fallout from BenefitGate: Thursday’s coast-to-coast

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Jim Matheson's B.S. detector went off over BenefitGate: "Surely there has to be something more sinister than this to get the esteemed Mike Johnston ... a suspension for the rest of the WHL season." (Edmonton Journal)

Johnston says the Portland Winterhawks are seeking recourse: "We believe that, apart from recruiting trips and parents' weekend, there is no prohibition in the rules governing flights for players' parents, which were the majority of the infractions." (Vancouver Sun)

Getting to know Kelowna Rockets defenceman Madison Bowey, who could be drafted early next summer. (The Pipeline Show)

The Edmonton Oil Kings will certainly have two players named to Hockey Canada's national junior team selection camp. Could gritty Travis Ewanyk make three if his knee holds up well? (Edmonton Journal)

The popular question at a Calgary Hitmen practice: "Who's playing with who today?" But Mike Williamson's line juggling is working. (Calgary Herald)


Barrie Colts rookie left wing Brendan Lemieux has his first game in Windsor. Does his dad, Claude Lemieux, have any history with Detroit/Windsor area hockey fans? (Windsor Star)

Is Kitchener's Justin Bailey another Wayne Simmonds? (ESPN, paywall)

The Niagara-Belleville game was marred by a brawl. The IceDogs' Mack Lemmon, a former Bull, got into a fight after being dumped into the opposing bench. (Belleville Intelligencer, St. Catharines Standard)

Would it be more cost-effective for Hamilton to have the OHL instead of the AHL? (Hamilton Spectator)

A Josh Leivo update: the Sudbury Wolves do not expect to have the Toronto Maple Leafs pick in the lineup on Friday. (Sudbury Star)

Traded 20-year-old forward Derek Schoenmakers is skating with the OUA's Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, but the Peterborough Petes still hope to convince him to play. (Peterborough Examiner)

The Erie Otters are eagerly awaiting 19-year-old centre Dane Fox's return to the lineup. (Erie Times-News)

A recent Kingston-Plymouth game as seen through the eyes of a college hockey writer. (Western College Hockey)


Did you catch that? Patrick Roy called out the Quebec Remparts' top two lines after home loss to the P.E.I. Rocket. Mikhail Grigorenko was minus-3 on the night. (Le Soleil)

New Acadie-Bathurst coach Danny Dupont has paid his dues, serving as an assistant with three teams before taking over the Titan. (Le Quotidien)

A "Jonathan Drouin might be better than Nathan MacKinnon" column. No one has thought of that angle. (La Presse)

Commissioner Gilles Courteau says no teams are planning on relocating for next season. It is odd it comes in a P.E.I. context when the club already announced a new name for next season. (Charlottetown Guardian)

It was a team struggle, but Vancouver  Canucks-drafted goalie David Honzik is having a rough time in Cape Breton. (Cape Breton Post)

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