September 30, 2013
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
It sounds like Hunter Shinkaruk's return to the Medicine Hat Tigers is a when, not an if, since Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella said, "We do battle drills with Hunter. He tries like hell, but he’s 18."
The Tigers have started 3-1-0-0 without Shinkaruk. (Vancouver Province)
Montreal Canadiens second-rounder Dalton Thrower will play for a pro contract with the Vancouver Giants, where coach Don Hay helped current Hab Brendan Gallagher come of age. Name a role on the Giants' blueline, and Thrower will likely be filling it. (Vancouver Province)
Kamloops Blazers forward Cole Ully may face suspension after getting a checking-from-behind major on Saturday, although he would be treated as a first-time offender. (Kamloops Daily News)
Prince Albert is unbeaten, but light an overage defenceman after Evan Morden left the team on Saturday. It is just oh so hard to believe a player could chafe under playing for Cory Clouston. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)
What will be the over/under on Wednesday's Spokane-Portland game, since the Chiefs' Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani are first and third in scoring, sandwiched around the Winterhawks' Oliver Bjorkstrand? (Spokane Spokesman-Review, Portland Tribune)
Max Domi travelled all day Saturday from Phoenix to Toronto, arriving 1:30 a.m. Sunday so he could play in a 2 p.m. game. Then he promptly got thrown out. Anyone think he should have been given the day off? (London Free Press)
Guelph 6, London 3: take note of that for your personal OHL Power Rankings. (Guelph Mercury)
So will it be Kerby Rychel, Josh Ho-Sang and Nikita Yazkov on the same line in Windsor for the foreseeable future? (Windsor Star)
Eighteen-year-old centre Josh Sterk, unneeded in Kitchener, has broken out with eight points in four games for the Oshawa Generals. (Waterloo Record)
Top NHL draft goaltending prospect Alex Nedeljkovic probably rated more than just the No. 1 star after nabbing two points for the Plymouth Whalers against Kingston and his old pal Matt Mahalak on Sunday. (Kingston Whig-Standard)
Between Sergey Tolchinsky's five-goal start and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds having 5-of-6 possible points through two weeks, things are semi-decent in the Soo. (Sault Star)
Sure, coach Paul Fixter's Sudbury Wolves salvaged a couple Bettman points from their roadie, but why were they playing catch-up in the first place? (Sudbury Star)
So Mississauga was supposed to be bad, yet it's started 3-1. All three games have needed more than 60 minutes for a resolution, however. (Mississauga News)
Halifax Mooseheads overage Darcy Ashley, on the imminent return of Jonathan Drouin: "He adds an element to our team we were lacking. It's good to have him back. As a group we'll have some of that swagger back." (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
The Quebec Remparts got the early-morning 'bag skate' after being pumped 11-2 by Val-d'Or on Saturday. (Le Soleil)
The Charlottetown Islanders finally took a loss, while losing veteran Jack Nevins to a checking-from-behind major. (Charlottetown Guardian)
First overall pick Nicolas Roy scored his first junior goal during Chicoutimi's Sunday win over Drummondville. (Le Quotidien)
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