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WHL

The Portland Winterhawks are exploring holding an outdoor game, even though some would say the fad is officially dead now that the Ontario league has actually done it. (Portland Tribune)

Kelowna overage Marek Tvrdon playing his first game against his former Vancouver Giants club sorely needs a Mean Gene Okerlund-style interview. Meantime, first overall pick Tyler Benson is joining the Giants this weekend. (Vancouver Province)

Top draft prospect Sam Reinhart is out to extend his point streak to 22 during Friday's Kootenay-Saskatoon tilt. Well, actually he'd probably just like to win the game. (Taking Note)

Click for Rob Vanstone's passionate plea for Regina fans to turn out for a pivotal Swift Current Broncos-Pats tilt ... stay for a Garth Snow takedown. (Regina Leader-Post)

Portland not losing another game for the rest of the regular season? It's a distinct possibility. (P.A. Daily Herald)

OHL

Of course, the Kingston Frontenacs would change up their lines when they're already planning to rock camouflage jerseys and socks in support of military charities. Todd Gill has split up sophomore sensations Sam Bennett and Spencer Watson in the wake of New Jersey Devils-drafted centre Ryan Kujawinski's return from injury. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

If not for that 15-game suspension, London Knights vet Matt Rupert would be on a 40-goal pace. (London Free Press)

Despite a slump, Erie coach Kris Knoblauch sees "more to like" about the Otters' game of late. (Erie Times-News)

The Midwest Division is the OHL's answer to baseball's AL East division. Come on, guess who's the New York Yankees in this analogy. (North Bay Nugget)

As if Clachan, Ont., was already not even a dot on the map ... now likely rookie of the year Travis Konecny says he's actually from another hamlet named Duart. (Hockey's Future)

You know how there was a nearly 100-vehicle collision on an Ontario highway on Thursday? It took the Barrie Colts nearly eight hours to reach Windsor. (Windsor Star)

Friday's test vs. league-leading Guelph might very well be a moment of truth for the Sudbury Wolves, who were big buyers at the trade deadline. (Sudbury Star)

Niagara IceDogs pilot Marty Williamson surmised that his team "looked drained" in practice this week. The 'Dogs are two points adrift of the playoff pack with eight games to go. (St. Catharines Standard)

Producer and former play-by-player Dave Gilbert, who's been around the OHL broadcast scene since 1982, signed off for the perhaps final time on Thursday after helming TV Cogeco Ontario's telecast of Peterborough's win over Oshawa. Money quote: "I got into this late but I did what I wanted." (Peterborough Examiner)

Anyone else pull a muscle just seeing a picture of what minor midget goalie Joseph Raaymakers is doing in the gym? (CKSN)

QMJHL

Montreal Canadiens draft prospect Zachary Fucale missed the memo about goalies having a post-world junior letdown. (CP)

While the Acadie-Bathurst Titan have been shut out a league-record 13 times, the star-crossed small-market team was not shut out from seeing its alumni play under the Olympic flag. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Remember Nicolas Deschamps, the Q's co-scoring champion four seasons ago? He played his first NHL game this week for the Washington Capitals. (La Presse) —

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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