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WHL

The Calgary Hitmen expect to clinch the WHL title on home ice in about 12 hours or so. Sharing a plane with Tri-City might have ratcheted up the intensity. (Calgary Herald)

Star centre Brayden Schenn resumed practising with the Brandon Wheat Kings ahead of next week's Mastercard Memorial Cup. (Luber's Lounge)

Today's should-read: Mitch Messier, father of Tri-City forward Marcus Messier, nearly died in a car crash 14 years ago. (Calgary Herald)

Vancouver Giants graduating captain Lance Bouma and Spokane forward Mitch Wahl are keeping the Abbotsford Heat afloat in their all-Canadian AHL playoff series vs. Hamilton. Barrie Colts goal scoring leader Bryan Cameron and defenceman T.J. Brodie have also joined the Heat.

(For those scoring at home, the Calgary Flames' farm team and the Calgary Flames-owned WHL team are still playing. Just saying.) (Calgary Herald, Abbotsford News)

The Chilliwack Bruins have added 19-year-old Swedish forward Robin Soudek, who wasn't expected to fit into the Edmonton Oil Kings' plans. (Chilliwack Times)

OHL

New Peterborough GM Dave Reid, as noted last night, plans to finalize his coaching staff by May 14. The current Petes coaches will get interviews. (Peterborough Examiner)

Windsor Spitfires left wing Adam Wallace, who missed Tuesday's series clincher vs. Barrie due to suspension, will be back for the Memorial Cup opener. (Windsor Star)

Barrie d-man Nick Crawford has signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. (Buffalo News)

QMJHL

The Moncton Wildcats are looking to batten down the hatches defensively against Saint John in Game 4 of the final. (Moncton Times & Transcript)

Should the Battle of New Brunswick go seven games, the decider is already sold out. As Saint John Sea Dogs pres. Wayne Long noted of, "I think we could've sold 8,000 to 10,000 tickets for Saturday's (Game 5) if we had a bigger building." (Moncton Times & Transcript)

Coach-GM Mario Durocher has re-upped for two years with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. (Cape Breton Post)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. You may contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca.

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