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WHL

Rick Rypien, the NHLer who was found dead Monday afternoon, was a former Regina Pats captain. His death hit home for Pats president Brent Parker: "He just appreciated everything that we did for him, and we appreciated everything he did for us ... I'm just in shock ... absolutely in shock.'' (Regina Leader-Post, Winnipeg Free Press)

New York Rangers draft choice Shane McColgan has accepted being cut from Team USA last week; meantime, what's the lay of the land for the right wing's Kelowna Rockets? (Dub Nation, Regan's Rant)

Rockets overage goalie Adam Brown, who's 5-foo-10, is confident a shorter netminder can make the NHL. Look at Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

OHL

It's a safe bet Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Mike Stapleton would prefer to have Daniel Catenacci in the fold for his second stint in the Soo. (Sault Star)

The London Knights have signed top pick forward Bo Horvat, but are losing a returning forward. Dane Fox will not be at training camp due to personal reasons. (London Free Press, London Community News)

GM-coach Jacques Beaulieu bolstered his bottom-six by adding centre Charles Sarault from the Kingston Frontenacs for two future picks, including a 2013 third-rounder. Sarault's move leaves the rebuilding Frontenacs with only one likely returning player — Boston prospect Ryan Spooner — who scored 10 goals for the team last season. (Sarnia Observer)

Nineteen-year-old forward David Mazurek is hopeful he can finally get a foothold in major junior after signing with the Fronts. Mazurek lost his mother, Rita, to cancer, in 2008 early in his rookie season. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Sudbury Wolves D-man Charlie Dodero was passed over in the NHL draft, but he's getting a look from the Boston Bruins this fall. That's kind of a good franchise. (Sudbury Star)

The league's made some minor rules tweaks, but nothing radical. (Loose Pucks)

Fittingly, former London Knights sparkplug Steven Sanza is keeping on with an underdog CIS team. The former captain, along with ex-Guelph Storm defenceman Chris Van Laren, has joined the St. Thomas Tommies (STU has the smallest enrolment of any school competing in Canadian university hockey). (Fredericton Daily Gleaner)

QMJHL

Blue-chip forward Anthony Duclair, was there any doubt, has signed with the Quebec Remparts. Duclair had been linked with the NCAA's Vermont Catamounts. (QMJHL)

First-year Halifax Mooseheads coach Dominique Ducharme has high-end young talent — Martin Frk, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Luca Ciampini — at his disposal. (Metro Halifax)

The buzz word is renewal for the P.E.I. Rocket, who not only had a coaching change but have two new imports in forward Matej Beran and defenceman Tomas Pavelka. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Yeah, the clean-slate motif is being used for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles under new coach Ron Choules, too. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Brandon Thibeau was the Moncton Wildcats' playoff starting goaltender last spring, but has stiff competition for the No. 1 job. (Moncton Times & Transcript)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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