October 29, 2013
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Former 40-goal scorer Todd Fiddler split from the Moose Jaw Warriors on Monday. Now Warriors GM Alan Millar is saying a CJHL team made overtures to the forward: "We’ve come to the understanding that there is the potential of some tampering by a Junior A team." (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)
Vancouver Giants GM Scott Bonner might move at least one more defenceman. Monday, the Giants sent 17-year-old Reid Zalitach, a former second-rounder in the bantam draft, to Moose Jaw for draft picks. (Vancouver Province, Moose Jaw Times-Herald)
It might be too early to really get into this ... but Vancouver vs. Red Deer for the 2016 Memorial Cup bid would be a great big city vs. medium city debate. (Vancouver Province)
Spokane found out how strong on the puck it has to be to keep up with Portland last weekend. Can the Chiefs apply that to Saturday's rematch, when they'll be coming off a game in Vancouver the evening prior? (KREM)
Is it safe to say Kelowna's Jordon Cooke has the early lead in the race to be the Dub's goalie of the year? (Kelowna Capital News)
Coach Todd Gill is tweaking the Kingston Frontenacs' power play is also separating 17-year-old forwards Sam Bennett and Spencer Watson in the wake of a four-game winless stretch, writes Ian MacAlpine. (Kingston Whig-Standard)
The London Knights' new arrival, German defenceman Tim Bender, is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 174 pounds. Knights QM Mark Hunter notes the 18-year-old was playing in his country's top-tier league: "That’s a men’s league and that’s a pretty big jump. That’s like the American League here." (London Free Press)
Meantime, may one consider this season Dale Hunter's audition to guide Team Canada at the Montreal/Toronto world junior championship in 2015? (London Free Press)
The potential is definitely there for the Sudbury Wolves, whose depth players helped them have a 4-of-6 week. (Sudbury Star)
Charlottetown's Daniel Sprong is the league's lone 16-year-old off to a point-per-game start. How did he slip down to the No. 13 overall pick last June? (Le Nouvelliste)
Power Rankings time! (Parlons Junior)
Whether the Moncton Wildcats land the 2015 Memorial Cup host bid remains to be seen, but goalie Alex Dubeau could potentially be part of two different tournament host teams since he was a rookie in Shawinigan in '11-12. That would be quite the distinction. (Le Nouvelliste)
Young defenceman Maxime Chevalier has a tall task trying to earn minutes in the Quebec Remparts' eight-man rotation on the back end. (Le Soleil)—
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