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While the Crown appeals Graham James' prison sentence, his first victim Greg Gilhooly bared his soul to CBC: "I can con most people in the short term that I am okay." Heartbreaking. (CBC)

Dean Millard lays out his projected Team Canada lineup, while Guy Flaming looks at teams Sweden, Czech Republic and Finland. (Coming The Pipe!)

The Portland Winterhawks probably have two chances to have the WHL's sanctions for player benefit violations reduced: slim and none. (Kamloops Daily News, Oregon Live)

Canada has never lost a world junior game during a lockout season. The fact that is a stat is in no way the least bit depressing. (CBC Sports)

Play along and pretend Morgan Rielly has not automatically got it made with Team Canada. (Toronto Sun)

Vancouver Giants owner Ron Toigo acknowledges BenefitGate is a call for the WHL to clearly define "our guidelines and see if there are things we can do fairly to make it easier to recruit more of those players who are going to college." (Vancouver Sun)

Team Canada aspirant Hunter Shinkaruk believes he will be past the effects from a deep cut he sustained Nov. 17 by the time the selection camp begins. (Calgary Herald)

Calgary Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit is taking motivation from being the only non-OHL goalie invited to Canada's camp. (Edmonton Journal)

Draft-year goalies Brendan Burke and Tristan Jarry are each thriving of late. (

The Prince Albert Raiders and Spokane Chiefs have made a few trades in recent years, so there's some familiarity heading into Tuesday's inter-conference clash. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)


For new Soo Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe, "Absolutely it was fair" to be scrutinized closely because of his long association with David Frost. (Toronto Sun, Ottawa CitizenSault Star, The Cheap Seats)

Chris Peters projects Team USA's preliminary roster, which should have room for Alex Galchenyuk. He had a pretty good weekend for Sarnia.

Uncle Sam's prelim roster will be named Tuesday. (United States Of Hockey)

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy on his approach to Canada's camp: "Last year I was trying to prove too much, that I could be just as good defensively and maybe that took away from my offensive side... This year, I'm just going to go in and play the same game I play in Kitchener." (Waterloo Record)

London Knights goalie Kevin Bailie lost track of the tally during Sunday's record shootout in Mississauga: "I thought we lost." But captain Scott Harrington won the quip-off by telling Steve Green: "Usually once overtime is over, our job (as defencemen) is done for the day." (London Free Press)

To think, teams hate going to Owen Sound, yet the Attack have a better road record than they do on home ice. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

So Toronto Maple Leafs first-rounder, Rielly, is headed to Canada's camp and Ottawa Senators firsties Cody Ceci and Matt Puempel were left off? Hey, Leafs fans need a win wherever they can get it. (Ottawa Sun)


Nathan MacKinnon has not been told any specifics about whether Team Canada is eyeing him up to play centre or wing. (Sports and Moore)

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have canned their GM and coach in the same season, with Ron Choules getting pink-slipped. Is that three already this season? (Cape Breton Post)

Chicoutimi's Charles Hudon and Rimouski's Francis Beauvillier have turned it up offensively ahead of the national junior camp, notes Patrick King. (Sportsnet)

Ottawa Senators goalie prospect François Brassard had a solid 38-save night for Quebec on Sunday. It was not enough for a Team Canada invitation, though. (Le Soleil)

Everyone knows Los Angeles Kings late-rounder Tomas Hyka can skate; now he's using it to turn games for the Gatineau Olympiques. (Le Droit)

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