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Draft-year defenceman Ryan Pulock is back in the Brandon Wheat Kings lineup this weekend. (Luber's Lounge)

Guy Flaming projects a Team Canada lineup, with the NHL still in effect. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle's Regina Pats jersey retirement was made all the more poignant by the presence of his grandfather, who went off chemotherapy for a week so he would have the strength to attend. (Regina Leader-Post)

The Kamloops Blazers have bestowed the captaincy upon forward Dylan Willick, who is currently a few weeks away from returning from a broken ankle. (Kamloops Daily News)

Cam Tait wonders if the MasterCard Memorial Cup will ever come to Red Deer. Wait, didn't the Rebels bid for it for this season are they not five places ahead of Saskatoon? (Edmonton Journal)

The Portland Winterhawks booster club has started to taking donations to help subsidize players' parents' airfare to the Oregon city. Meantime, it looks like there is not much chance of the WHL reducing the sanctions against the 'Hawks. (Oregon Live, Taking Note)

Kelowna Rockets fans know what winning ugly looks like after Wednesday night. (Regan's Rant)


Twenty-year-old forward Derek Schoenmakers, recently traded from Windsor to last-place Peterborough, will not report to the Petes. (Peterborough Examiner)

What will the Kitchener Rangers do before the OHL trade deadline? (Waterloo Record)

New Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe makes his debut tonight against the Windsor Spitfires. (Sault Star)

Officials in Hamilton could vote Thursday on whether to give the AHL's Bulldogs the right to negotiate a new lease at Copps Coliseum. (Hamilton Spectator)

Detroit Red Wings fourth-rounder Andreas Athanasiou is a having a good post-draft season in Barrie, although his defence is a work in progress, says Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk. (Barrie Advance)

Three points in a 3-2 Belleville Bulls win and Sportscentre highlight of the night? Anaheim Ducks pick Joseph Cramarossa had a decent day, especially considering what happened in the last Bulls-Peterborough Petes match. (Belleville Intelligencer)

London Knights forward Matt Rupert lost one tooth from taking a skate in the mouth last month, but didn't  lose his taste for red meat. (London Free Press)

Undrafted overager Keevin Cutting has been a pillar for contending Owen Sound. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Erie Otters players are turning the page on the coaching charge from Robbie Ftorek to Kris Knoblauch. (Erie Times-News)


The P.E.I. Rocket are a solid eighth overall with a 17-10-2 record, but expect to hear trade offers for veteran stars such as Josh Currie, Ben Duffy and Jimmy Oligny. Currie had a beauty goal in P.E.I.'s win over Quebec, incidentally. (Le Soleil)

Yasin Cissé left Boston University to join the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and, shocker, Boston U coach Jack Parker made some patronizing comments about major junior hockey. (La Presse, Boston Hockey Blog, Station Nation)

Overage defenceman Jason Seed, who was part of Saint John's back-to-back league championship teams, has caught on with the RBC Cup-host Summerside Western Capitals. He could return to the Q yet, though. (Summerside Journal Pioneer)

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