Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

WHL

BTN's own Scott Sepich looks at how the Portland Winterhawks' success in U.S. recruiting is altering the face of the Dub. (The Oregonian, The Pipeline Show)

Victoria Royals GM Cam Hope underlines the challenge of selling junior hockey on Vancouver Island: "Victoria is a different market than Prairie cities that are all about hockey ... But that shouldn’t be an excuse for us at all." (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Overage D-man Peter Kosterman fit right into his new role in Prince George. Well, who knows really? He scored a goal in his first preseason game with Cougars, so that's the basis for that statement. (Prince George Citizen)

Seventeen-year-old forward Josh Passolt, who had a strong training camp in Prince Albert, is returning to Minnesota high school hockey. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

Newly added defenceman Zach Hodder will have to pick up some extra minutes for Moose Jaw so long as Warriors star Morgan Rielly is still with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

What's the saying, if you have two goalies you have no No. 1 goalie? That sums up the situation for the Regina Pats. (Regina Leader-Post)

OHL

The Kitchener Rangers have a surplus of defencemen, so fire up the hot stove. Oh, and Ben Fanelli will be named captain, bank on it. (Ranger Report)

The Sudbury Wolves have all but one of their main cogs back in time for their opener. Meantime, after last week's "official newspaper" story, Randy Russon has Sudbury's back: "In the 14 years prior to this season, the Wolves have had only three head coaches. The Greyhounds, by comparison, have had eight head coaches in the same span, not including interim bench bosses." (Sault This Week)

Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas is working on the basis that captain Darnell Nurse will not return before the club's early-October Eastern swing. (Sault Star)

Brock Otten breaks down which players and teams made the biggest statement in preseason, if there is such a thing as making a statement in preseason. (OHL Prospects)

As a young team, the Niagara IceDogs might have some issues with discipline. (St. Catharines Standard)

True story: Scotty Bowman received commission when he coached once upon a time in Peterborough. (Peterborough Examiner)

Speaking of the Petes, is the buzz back? (MyKawartha.com)

QMJHL

Rimouski Océanic rookie Andrew Picco is just happy to have a clear head, let alone be playing. Last season, he sustained a brain injury playing prep-school hockey — and then was in a vehicle collision with a deer a couple days later. (St. John's Telegram)

New Quebec Remparts goalie Callum Booth had a strong first two starts. (Le Soleil)

Seventeen-year-old Russian Ilya Zinoview has landed in Shawinigan and should be skating for the Cataractes shortly. (Le Nouvelliste)

Kevin Forbes offers a primer on the Q season. (The Pipeline Show)

First the team, now the rink has a new name in Charlottetown. The Islanders' puck habitat will now be the Eastlink Centre. (Charlottetown Guardian, Summerside Journal Pioneer)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca.

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